Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Grand, Victorian-era building, manicured grounds, and sweeping views
The Ocean House, which opened in 1868, is impressive, with its massive grounds overlooking the ocean and quintessential Victorian-style architecture. It hasn't always remained so impressive, though: Over the years, time took its toll and the Ocean House fell into disrepair. In 2003, it was closed and the hotel was completely rebuilt to restore it to its original grandeur, retaining original pieces inside and outside.
The property is beautiful, elegant, and not stuffy in the least. The atmosphere is one of laid-back luxury, and most guests entertain themselves with simple pleasures such as having a drink on The Verandah or watching the sun set on the hotel’s private beach.
In the sleepy coastal village of Watch Hill, an hour-drive from Newport
Ocean House, with its restored Victorian-style architecture, fits in quite nicely in the seaside village of Watch Hill, which is home to high-priced mansions overlooking the ocean. Cute little boutiques, ice cream shops, and gorgeous water views can all be found on the town's main street, just a quick walk from the hotel.
There isn’t much going on in this sleepy town, but that’s part of the draw for guests at the Ocean House. Nearby Newport and Providence offer a bit more excitement for those who want more than relaxation from their vacation.
Providence, a 45-minute drive away, is Rhode Island’s capital city, and offers plenty of shopping, restaurants, clubs, and bars downtown. The Civic Center, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the State House are just a few popular attractions.
Newport is also a great place to spend the day. Known best for its massive historic mansions and architecture, history buffs will find plenty to occupy their time. And for those looking to do a little retail therapy, downtown is chock full of shopping. Newport’s restaurant scene is also quite well known and shouldn’t be missed.
Homey rooms with elements of Victorian, contemporary, and ocean-inspired decor
The homey rooms are modern and luxurious, with design elements inspired by the Victorian history and beach location. Think: chairs and curtains with floral patterns; crown moldings; and plush white bedding. Color schemes and styles vary a bit by room, but many rooms are decorated in shades of white, blue, and brown. They feel ritzy, without being stuffy, much like the wealthy seaside town around them. Highlights include comfortable beds, marble bathrooms with Molton Brown bath products, and in some, spectacular views of the water. As you go up in price, the square footage increases exponentially and the features get more grand; more expensive rooms may include private terraces, full kitchens, and fireplaces.
Many options, ranging from beachside cocktails to fine dining
The Ocean House is a luxury resort, with the rates to match, located on a private white-sand beach in the sleepy coastal town of Watch Hill. The hotel offers a slew of amenities, including a full-service spa, large fitness center, indoor pool (that opens to the outdoors), and plenty of dining options, so there’s really no reason for guests to leave the hotel grounds -- which is good, because there’s not a lot in Watch Hill, aside from the cute little boutiques and shops on the main street.