Ocean House in Watch Hill, R.I., a $140-million luxury hotel that opened in 2010, has earned an AAA five diamond ranking for 2012 -- the first and only five diamond-ranked hotel in the state.
The new Ocean House replaced the original built in 1868 which had fallen into disrepair. The old structure was razed and a new one put up, using more than 5,000 artifacts salvaged from the original including furniture, window frames, doorways, moldings, front desk and a terrific old wooden elevator.
The hotel has but 49 rooms ranging in size from cozy 500-square-foot guestrooms to massive 2,700-square-foot luxury suites, and upscale amenities such as a 12,000-square-foot spa, with 20-meter heated lap pool, and a monthly "Farm and Vine" dining program in its Seasons restaurant, which celebrates New England food.
Ocean House is offering a "AAA Five Diamond" package in honor of the award, available through April 15, which gets guests a 20-percent discount off deluxe or terrace rooms. Rates at the hotel start at $292 per night. For information, visit www.oceanhouseri.com, or call 401-584-7000.
The management of Ocean House is also managing nearby Weekapaug Inn, which has been closed as it undergoes a $15-million renovation. Built in 1899, the inn's original 67 rooms will become 28 guest rooms, plus four, two-bedroom residential suites. The Weekapaug Inn is scheduled to reopen in October, Ocean House officials said.