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You’ll feel as if you’ve walked back in time when you arrive at the Ocean House. While the renovations from 2003-2010 certainly modernized the more-than-a-century-old summer home, the Ocean House still retains its history and ambience of the past. We can only imagine the guests of the 1900s would have loved our favorite features of Ocean House today:
1. The beach. One of the best aspects of the Ocean House is its location. Situated on the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, guests at the Ocean House are literally steps away from placing their feet in the sand. You’ll get private beach service, including food and drinks, as a guest of the hotel.
2. The resort fee. Sure, it sounds like an added expense, but there’s something to be said for the $28 resort fee at Ocean House. It simply makes things easy. The resort fee includes Internet access, valet, daily housekeeping and concierge service, and any resort activities you book (including exercise classes and sports activities). One yoga class can cost between $20-$25 in Boston or New York, so a $28 resort fee that includes everything ends up being a less expensive way to go. Also, the resort fee includes all gratuities (except for in the dining venues).
3. It’s kid-friendly. The Ocean House, while regal and elegant in its own right, is also a great place for kids and families. There are endless kids’ activities available on a daily basis, including water sports, croquet, cooking and boating lessons. Parents will feel at ease leaving their kids on the grounds with Ocean House staff while they enjoy a few stolen moments on the deck overlooking the ocean.
4. The fitness center. We almost moved into the gym at the luxury Watch Hill hotel when we it saw it for the first time. Aside from the expansive cardio and weight training equipment, and the ocean views from the workout room, the Ocean House has a movement studio that’s setting the trend for future hotel gyms. The movement studio includes a "Fitness on Request" machine, which is an automated workout library available to all guests. You simply choose your workout (options include spinning, cardio, weight training, yoga), and a large screen appears from the ceiling, complete with a virtual fitness instructor who will lead your personal exercise class. The use of the movement studio and Fitness on Request is free to all guests and Ocean House members.
5. The dining. You can’t beat the dining options at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. With four options to choose from, there is simply something for every age and appetite. The formal restaurant Coast is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. You can also have a more casual bite at the resort’s Verandah, Seaside Terrace or Dune Cottage.