A Place Unlike Any Other
U.S. – RHODE ISLAND – WATCH HILL
Ocean House is a historic Rhode Island luxury hotel that has been meticulously reconstructed to pay tribute to its storied past and offer exceptional personal experiences for guests, members and residents.
Perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort and the first and only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel in the state. Ocean House’s OH! Spa and Coast restaurant are also Forbes Five-Star rated, making Ocean House a triple Five-Star resort, one of only thirteen resorts in the world with this honor.
Open year-round, Ocean House’s celebrated hotel and residential accommodations, uncompromising service, beachfront location, and world-class amenities pay homage to New England’s golden age of hospitality with timeless elegance and renewed civility. The beautiful grounds of Ocean House have made it a premier luxury wedding destination for those seeking an unforgettable experience.
Signature Suites and Private Cottages
Open year-round, offering uncompromising service, beachfront location, and world-class amenities, Ocean House pays homage to New England’s golden age of hospitality with timeless elegance and renewed civility.
Each of the Ocean House’s 49 guestrooms and 20 Signature Suites is inspired by the Rhode Island resort’s magnificent oceanfront setting, high atop a bluff overlooking Block Island Sound. Comfortable, soothing, and spacious, accommodations are beautifully appointed with turn-of-the-20th-century décor complete with custom wooden furnishings, a muted color scheme, and early New England artwork.
Every luxurious suite is individually decorated, each one offering a unique take on seaside sophistication. Suites boast sprawling private terraces with uninterrupted Ocean vistas. Indoors, enjoy open living and dining areas replete with seasonal gas fireplaces.
Private homes for rent range from cozy two-bedroom bungalows to sprawling seven-bedroom homes, some with private swimming pools, laundry facilities, fireplaces, or hot tubs. Cottage guests have the added convenience of a dedicated cottage concierge to coordinate requests before and during your visit.
From sophisticated fine dining to casual beach fare, Ocean House offers a variety of restaurants that elevate traditional Rhode Island flavors into something entirely new. Fresh local ingredients, world-class service, and a farm-to-table philosophy harmonize to create a culinary experience unlike any other. A team of wine and culinary professionals welcomes guests to experience a unique selection of intimate epicurean events, tastings, and immersive educational opportunities that invite active participation in the farm-to-table process.
COAST offers a seasonal menu that changes nightly and showcases the finest of each season’s products. A collaboration with, and proximity to, local farms allows the chefs to source the highest quality ingredients of not only the season but of that day. This creates a distinctive dining experience and allows the restaurant to present the best possible menu every evening. *Jackets preferred for gentlemen; collared shirts required, ties are optional. Cocktail attire is recommended for ladies.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to the pool, SEASIDE TERRACE is the perfect locale for enjoying a casual meal for breakfast or lunch. Choose from delicious breakfast items and New England classics like chowder and lobster rolls, plus savory light items and salads and sandwiches, all ordered from the Seaside Terrace window counter and enjoyed at open seating. Seaside Terrace features the best views that New England has to offer.
DUNE COTTAGE beach restaurant offers stunning ocean views from beneath a shaded pergola on the private beach—creating a dramatic setting for lunch on a seasonal basis. Reserved for resort guests and members, the atmosphere at this beachside restaurant has a casual elegance and offers a simple, yet sophisticated Mediterranean–inspired menu.
Showcasing an array of Veuve Clicquot champagnes, the SECRET GARDEN is a magical venue for intimate groups to enjoy delicious food and inventive champagne cocktails amid lush boxwood hedges and unobstructed ocean vistas.
Forbes Five-Star Spa
The OH! Spa is the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Rhode Island, and among only 56 destination spas in the world to achieve the Five-Star rating. The 12,000 square-foot luxury spa offers the best of the Ocean and the Harvest in a collection of seasonal treatments and products. Rejuvenate where the rolling hills of beachside roses and lavender fields meet the New England coastline. Immerse yourself in a personalized spa experience that reflects nature’s true elegance.
In addition to tours of the resort and surrounding Rhode Island, as well as daily afternoon refreshments, things to do include culinary education through the Wine & Culinary Arts program, croquet clinics, art classes, cultural events, fitness classes and much more.
Rhode Island’s spectacular beaches offer endless possibilities for recreation and outdoor activities for adults and children. Yachting, biking, golf, squash, fishing, tennis, and surf/paddleboarding are just a few of the exceptional activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Art is a pivotal part of the Ocean House experience. Museum-worthy exhibits, an art exploration for kids, lecture series, seasonal events, and more together create a cohesive curated portfolio.
Experience the beauty of New England driving behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz convertible! As part of the Mercedes-Benz Hotel Program, guests of Ocean House and Watch Hill Inn have the opportunity to use one of four Mercedes-Benz vehicles without charge.
About Ocean House
Famously known for its warm yellow facade and stunning views of the Atlantic, the Rhode Island Ocean House opened in 1868 just after the Civil War. For those who could afford the luxury of travel, Ocean House became the quintessential summer home attracting many distinguished guests in the early 1900s. The grand Victorian hotel was a genteel resort on the beach where generations of families and guests from across America came “to summer.”
Ocean House welcomed guests for 135 years but was closed in 2003 when it was deemed beyond feasible repair. In 2004 a new structure replicating the original exterior design was conceived. Today, this much-loved beach hotel has been recreated to convey the romance of its storied past and the rich character of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Viewed from the outside, all of the resort’s 247 windows remain in their original positions. More than 5,000 salvageable artifacts and furnishing elements were lovingly harvested from the original structure’s historic interior.
Ocean House is a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, an association that sets the gold standard for unique, high-end, independent hotels and restaurants around the world. Over 50 years ago, the association was first conceived as a travel itinerary from Paris to the South of France with stops at charming and unique properties along the way. This travel route was affectionately known as La Route du Bonheur – the route of happiness. Today “La Route du Bonheur” stretches well beyond the borders of France and extends to all five continents of the globe.
Empowering Experiences – Ocean House Management (OHM) is a different kind of resort management company model. Each of the properties in the OHM collection delivers a distinctive experience born of its environment and local culture. Although unique in character, each property reflects a commitment to the values that define our collection and their special promise to our guests.