Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Hotels and Inns
1 Bluff Avenue
Watch Hill, RI 02891
Ocean House opened in 1868 just after the Civil War. The hotel gained prominence among the historic New England hotels built during this era.
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 beach resort where generations of families and guests from across America came "to summer." In fact, in 1916 Ocean House was immortalized in the silent movie American Aristocracy, starring Douglas Fairbanks.
The Ocean House 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.
The new resort features 49 rooms and 18 Signature Suites, providing more spacious accommodations than the original structure,
Ocean House is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star hotel. Ocean House's OH! Spa and Seasons restaurant are also Forbes Five-Star rated, making Ocean House a triple Five-Star resort.
25 Spray Rock Road
Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
Toll Free: 888-813-7862
Frederick Buffum, a Rhode Island-born entrepreneur, and his wife Phebe, opened a small inn in 1899. Sensing the appeal of the Weekapaug beach community, they named it for the location, and sited their resort prominently, on a spit of land between the ocean and salt pond. The Buffums found themselves expanding the Inn from its initial capacity of thirty, to space for more than 100 guests.
After the original building was damaged by the hurricane of 1938 the Buffums rebuilt on a more sheltered site on the western shore of Quonochontaug Pond,
In 2010, Weekapaug resident Lang Wheeler teamed with Watch Hill resident Chuck Royce restored the Inn to discerning standards of comfort and low-key luxury, making it available to guests in all seasons. At the same time, they resolved to maintain the traditions and values that have made the Weekapaug Inn a treasure to those who know it, and a great find for those who will now discover its charms.
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