|Hotels, Inns & B&Bs on Block Island RI|
|Big old Victorian hotels are characteristic of Block Island, but there are some small guest houses as well. All are in high demand in summer.|
You'll see them as you approach Old Harbor in New Shoreham, Block Island by ferryboat: these wonderful big old Victorian-era hotels with clapboards, mansard roofs, and cupolas flying the American flag.
Most have been renovated and the facilities modernized, but the century-old ambience and character are carefully retained.
There are other wonderful, pictureque hotels, inns and B&BS inland from the ferry docks: the 3-star, 67-room 1661 Inn & Hotel Manisses, the 45-room National Hotel, and Payne's Harbor View Inn in New Harbor. More...
They look old-fashioned, but they are quite up-to-date when it comes to rates, however.
Save on Weekdays!
You can save 10% to 20% on many lodging establishments if you stay during the week (Monday through Thursday) instead of the weekend if your schedule allows it.
Breakfast is (Usually) Included
On Block Island, most hotels serve breakfast to their guests at no additional charge. Breakfast may be anything from pastries and coffee to a full all-you-can-eat buffet.
Taxes & Service Charges
Also, all hotel prices are subject to the Rhode Island 11% sales plus room tax, and some hotels levy a service charge (usually 4% to 6%) in place of your tips to the staff. Ask about taxes and service charges when you make your hotel reservation to avoid hotel bill shock when your bill turns out to be 11% to 15+% more than you anticipated.
Beware of Fog on Flights!
If you plan to fly to Block Island, be aware that fog may cause cancellation of your flight. You should plan your schedule so that in the event of bad weather you will still be able to catch a ferry and get to your hotel in time to claim your reserved room. If you don't make it, you will forfeit your deposit and your reservation.
—by Tom Brosnahan