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Watch for a New and Improved Watch Hill Inn, Launching This Summer

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  Site Where: 44 Bay Street [map], Watch Hill, RI, United States, 02891
March 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

One of the oldest inns in America, Watch Hill Inn is getting a youthful makeover as it prepares to re-launch this summer as an all-suite boutique hotel. A joint venture is in place between Watch Hill Properties and Ocean House Management, who also run the 5-star Ocean House, a short walk away, and nearby Weekapaug Inn. Co-mingling of guests and facilities of this hotel threesome is part of the game plan.

The historic inn fronting Watch Hill Harbor dates to 1845 and is considered one of the oldest purpose-built inns in the country. Yeah, age is just a number and the 169-year old inn will undergo a few constructive nips and tucks that will ideally attract a younger generation of leisure traveler. The well-to-do traveler that is, based on the proposed villa concept.

Those plans will create 18 residential suites and duplexes, ranging in size from a roomy 650 square feet to a whopping 4,000 square feet. Each suite will have a full kitchen, private terrace, and laundry facilities. On the technical side, there will be all kinds of great Apple devices such as iPads, wireless music, and Apple TV. Other amenities will include a private club lounge, and use of spa, dining, and event spaces located at the sister hotels.

We have not yet seen any renderings of the new suites which are being renovated by Ocean House Design Group. The basis of the interior design, led by Donna Simmons, will be contemporary coastal, perhaps with regional New England references.

The design team must be working hard, as the anticipated summer opening (no specific date yet) is right around the corner. Once completed, the Watch Hill Inn plans to display the well recognized fleur-de-lis plaque by its front door, as a new member of Relais & Chateaux.

Reopening date not yet confirmed, we will provide updates as they are issued

[Photo: Watch Hill Inn]

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