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Ocean House Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List

Monday, December 17, 2012

 

The Ocean House has been named to Conde Nast's prestigious Gold List for 2013, in addition to being honored by Fodor's last week. Photo: Ocean House.

Ocean House, the venerable Watch Hill resort, has just been named to Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2013, putting it in the company of the very finest resorts, hotels and cruise lines in the world. Last week it seized another laurel, being named one of the 100 Best Hotels in World by Fodor's.

The Gold List

Ocean House was the only New England property to join Traveler's Gold List this year among 36 properties in the US. The luxuriously welcoming resort has been on Traveler's radar since 2011, when it was named to the magazine's editors' picks of the world's best new hotels, and in 2012 when it was named a Readers' Choice Award Winner. Ascending into the upper stratosphere is no easy feat, according to Traveler.

"The contenders are tested afresh every year," write the editors, "in our Readers’ Choice Survey, the collective result of some eight million votes cast by as savvy a group of travelers as you’ll find on the planet." Ocean House received ratings on rooms, service, location, design, food, and activities, to average a final score of 90. "The word awesome barely begins to describe this Rhode Island treasure," Traveler says, quoting a respondent. "It sits on a pristine white beach and is very private and ultra-exclusive.” 

The only other Rhode Island hotel to sit on The Gold List for 2013 is Newport's repeat winner, The Chanler, with an overall score of 91.3.

Other New England winners

Sixteen other hotels were named to the 2013 Gold List. In Connecticut, The Mayflower continues to wow travelers. In Maine, the Chebeague Island Inn and White Barn Inn and Spa in Kennebunkport remained on the top list. Massachusetts, on the other hand, can brag of great riches with 10 hotels on the Gold List. New Hampshire's Wentworth By The Sea in New Castle is the single winner in the state and in Vermont, The Stowe Mountain Lodge and the Pitcher Inn in Warren took top honors.

Fodor's 100 Hotels

Ocean House's recent honor from the well-known travel publisher was inclusion in its list of the 100 Best Hotels in the World. Ocean House was included in Fodor's "Fun For All Ages" category, and was the only New England property in the category. "Generations of families have vacationed at this historic (and recently refurbished) Victorian-inspired hotel set on a wide, sandy stretch of Rhode Island coastline," writes Fodor's. "In summer, guests can be found building sandcastles on the private beach, taking a dip in the lap pool, playing croquet on the grassy lawn, or just lazing in a wicker rocker on one of the many verandahs. In cooler months, guided local winery tours, cooking demonstrations led by hotel chefs and an on-staff "food forager," and tours of the hotel's in-house art collection keep guests busy."
 

 

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