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February 1, 2010

Historic Resort, The Ocean House to Open June 2010 After $140 Million Restoration

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Watch Hill, Rhode Island – The Ocean House, a luxury Victorian-era seaside resort, is scheduled to re-open its doors in June 2010 after a $140 million restoration. The property will feature 49 guest rooms and 23 private residences, farm- and sea-to-table cuisine, the 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa and more than 10,000 square feet of event space. The resort will also boast a stretch of private beach, making it the only resort in New England that can host private events and wedding ceremonies on the water’s edge.

Perched high on the bluffs in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the Ocean House will offer sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean or Watch Hill Bay from each guest room. Famously known for its warm, yellow façade and stunning views of the Atlantic, the Ocean House was built just after the Civil War. The Ocean House welcomed guests for 135 years, until 2002 when a new structure replicating the original exterior design was conceived. The new 152,660-square-foot, structure will provide a more spacious retreat than the original and will feature more than 5,000 salvageable artifacts and furnishing elements lovingly harvested from the original structure’s historic interiors.

The new Ocean House will pay tribute to luxurious, Victorian-era seaside hotels while providing every modern convenience. Master craftsmanship will be evident at every turn of the gracious interiors—from the impeccably detailed architectural elements to the imported hardwood floors, the decorative copper trim and the custom-designed furnishings. Each spacious room, ranging from 500-square-feet to the 4,000-square-foot deluxe suites, will be richly appointed to reflect the feel of a sprawling seaside estate, offering an unrivaled residential experience. Guest rooms will feature breathtaking water views, working fireplaces and private terraces.

Modern technology will be integrated throughout the resort, including high-tech communications, cell phone boosters, locking and control systems. LCD flat panel televisions will be available in guest rooms, as well as in the stately marble bathrooms. A door-side panel with remote control capabilities will allow guests to adjust the in-room environment with the touch of a button. State-of-the-art sensory technology will alert staff of housekeeping needs, including the removal of room service trays. To complement the resort’s residential experience, each guest room will have a dedicated floor valet for butler service.

For more information about the Ocean House, call 401-315-5599 or visit

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