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“Impeccable service in elegant atmosphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Ocean House
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Watch Hill
Certificate of Excellence
New Haven, CT
Level Contributor
36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Impeccable service in elegant atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Ocean House provides unobtrusive but perfect service. One is made to feel immediately welcome and at home and staff make every effort (successfully) to anticipate needs. As I was at a business conference, I did not have free time to enjoy all the hotel had to order, but everything they did was flawless. The room (king deluxe) was large and extremely well appointed, down to an ipad set to access all the activities of the hotel. Small details, like binoculars to enjoy the ocean (or harbor) view, a flashlight in the drawer, books to read about the area and soft music playing on the radio (with ipod dock) combined to create an atmosphere that was both comfortable and elegant. The bed was extremely comfortable, the bathroom large and luxurious with separate spacious shower stall and an enormous soaking tub (with it's own tv). Most of our meals were served in the conference room, buffet style. The food was well prepared, delicious and interesting, with variety to meet everyones preferences. The soups, bread and desserts were particulary good. I can't remember a hotel stay when I couldn't think of anything that could be improved. This was one time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience with us as a business traveler. We are so pleased that we made your time away from family pleasant and enjoyable. We are thrilled that you mentioned the ipads in the rooms as this is a new feature that launched in March and we are grateful for all feedback. We hope you find the time to come back as a leisure guest and experience all that the Ocean House has to offer.

Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
President & Managing Director
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

One of the most beautiful ocean shore hotel & spa I have aver stayed in! Nothing extravagant, nothing overdone, nothing catchy of tacky, The Ocean House is luxury at its best. I stayed there in November, weather was very cold. Very sobre and boutique like from the outside, you feel the warmth when you walk in, in a beautiful, tastefully decorated lobby. The lounge is wide and confortable with cosy, steady furniture. The rooms are fabulous with a large bathroom semi-open to the bedroom. Beds are fantastic with the highest quality mattresses and linens.
The service is only outstanding, with knowledgable, professional, helpful and welcoming staff.
Spa has a sea water swimming pool, large enough for lap swimming.
No need to mention the Atlantic shore beauty!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Guillaume S
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you for pointing out how enjoyable a stay is at the Ocean House even during the non-summer months. We work very hard to provide a memorable experience at all times of the year. Please visit us again soon.

Warm Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
President & Managing Director
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Boston, Massachusetts
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99 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We just returned from our second annual "spring overnight" to the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. These guys just keep getting better which is pretty amazing. We stay in plenty of very nice hotels/inns/resorts and no one does the little things better than the Ocean House and the property and location can't be beat. I said in my last review that there is no better ocean-front resort/property in New England and I absolutely stand behind that comment. Last March it was sunny and 75 degrees; this week it was sunny, windy and 35 degrees with some snow on the ground. It doesn't matter!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DK1960
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments. We are glad you mentioned that Ocean House is great no matter what the season or weather. With our Five-Star OH! Spa, our fine-dining restaurant, the amazing location and scenery, the spectacular art collection around the hotel and the interesting resort activities year-round, Ocean House is a great place to be any time of year. We look forward to welcoming you back next spring.

Warm Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
President & Managing Director
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NY, NY
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

A visit to Watch Hill, RI as spring is just about here is a great way to energize and gear up for the warm weather at The Ocean House. We checked in to a very friendly, and accommodating staff, eager to please and make us feel at home. We sipped our champagne and were shown to our beautifully appointed and nicely upgraded room ( unexpected and greatly appreciated OH!). My wife and I couldn't be happier. We overlooked the majestic sun drenched beach and magnificent property.
We immediately went straight to the gym for me and spa for my wife and enjoyed a good two ours of relaxing in the pool/ and facilities. We repeated this each day.
I enjoyed the bar for a while and then we went to Seasons the Farm to table restaurant which was outstanding,we ate there both nights as well as an amazing breakfast each day ( love those scones and croissants, send me some more please !)
Over all my wife and I loved everything about this place, we love to check out new places and this one is now added to our list and we look forward to another trip to OH this summer as I can't imagine how great the beach will be and by the way they are doing a great job making the hurricane sandy mess disappear. Thank you OH see you real soon!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
We look forward to welcoming you back this summer. We offer beach cabanas for rent by the day down on our private beach and we are expanding our dining outlet at the beach called Dune Cottage. The deck was destroyed by Storm Sandy so we decided to expand it as well as the food options. We will have some scones and croissants waiting for you.

Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
President & Managing Director
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

From the front it looks like just a regular hotel, but once you step inside you know it isn't. From the playing of a harp to the long entrance of plush sofa's, right into the exquisite lounge and upscale dining room. A walk onto the veranda leaves you breathless with the views of the ocean and the dunes. The white rockers all around the entire porch area allows you to sit and slowly take in the smells and sounds of the ocean. You think it can't get any better until you visit the spa, and there,if you take in a session, a are taken into yet another wondrous experiences and a world of complete serenity with everything that could pamper anyone's soul. The rooms almost all with views of the ocean were way beyond even some of the best hotels. So for luxury it was well worth the price. The say you get what you pay for and in the case of this hotel, it is truly and understatement-you get more.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cortona04
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
We can’t take credit for the beautiful views, or the genius of the original builders who selected this amazing location to build a hotel, but we do try to make sure that each guest who visits us is able to enjoy all that our location has to offer. Please come back and visit us again soon.

Warm Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
President & Managing Directory
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Washington Township, New Jersey
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

My girlfriend and I are both from New Jersey but she went to school in Rhode island and knew this hotel/restaurant well. Well, looking for a nice weekend getaway we came to Mystic, Conn. to go to the seaport. The next day we jumped over to the Ocean House for a nice champagne brunch before the long drive back to NJ.
Before we went inside, the both of us took a walk on the beach not 100 feet from the building. After a bunch of nice, romantic pictures we headed inside. At $54.00 per person, I can't believe how they make any money. Everything from the clam/oyster bar to the crepe station was the absolute best and well worth the money. The scenery itself is worth the money even if they served us McDonald's breakfast burritos. To top everything off, they had a live Jazz band playing to set the mood and add to the already perfect experience. 10/10 this place is amazing, I'm definitely coming back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank rsb135a
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We are very pleased that you were able to join us for our famous Sunday Brunch while you were in the area. Our culinary team and our wait staff work very hard to make our Sunday Brunch the best in the area. Please come back again soon.

Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
President & Managing Director
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Level Contributor
53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Thank you OH for the beautiful room and flowers we had the pleasure of experiencing during my birthday celebration. I can say with absolute conviction that any season spent here will become a great memory. The positive reviews are so on point as to the absolute quality the OH offers it's guests. The Spa has the best service and treatments you could want within the confines of this beautiful hotel. On arriving we had lunch before checking in, food and service perfect as usual. Dinner at Season's with the wonderful Patrick made for a special evening. Janice was a delight during the mustard making and cheese classes offered by the OH for the guests. From the moment you arrive, the valet and desk staff are greeting you with friendly smiles. The little things can be the most important memory when traveling. Looking forward to 2013 at the Ocean House!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SSGCt
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Daniel H, General Manager at The Ocean House, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for sharing your birthday with the Ocean House. We are thrilled that your stay was so enjoyable. Our OH! Spa is the only 5-star spa in Rhode Island and does not disappoint. We do have amazing wait staff and Patrick is at the top of the class. We look forward to seeing you this year as well.

Regards,
Daniel A. Hostettler
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Additional Information about The Ocean House

Property: The Ocean House
Address: 1 Bluff Ave, Watch Hill, Westerly, RI 02891-5703
Location: United States > Rhode Island > South County > Westerly > Watch Hill
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Watch Hill
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ocean House 5*
Number of rooms: 49
Also Known As:
The Ocean House Hotel Watch Hill

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