Two Rhode Island Hotels Named to World's Best List

Travel and Leisure magazine selected a Newport and a Westerly hotel for the list of the top 100 hotels in the world.

You could travel to Udaipur, India, or Shanghai to experience one of the world’s best hotels, or you could simply get in your car and drive less than an hour to one of two Rhode Island hotels that made the top 100 hotels list (in the entire world!) for Travel and Leisure magazine’s 2015 World Best Awards.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport was named number eighteen on the list, and the Ocean House in Westerly follows right after at number nineteen. Little Rhody came up big on a list that features some of the most luxurious accommodations from Paris to Bora Bora. It’s your duty as a Rhode Islander to visit these spectacular spots since they are so close. Even if you can’t swing a night’s stay at either hotel, you can book a dinner reservation at the Chanler’s Spiced Pear restaurant or Seasons at the Ocean House to get a feel for what makes each so special.

Here’s what Travel and Leisure had to say about both hotels:

18. The Chanler at Cliff Walk

117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 401-847-1300,

“There are only twenty rooms at the Chanler, built  in 1873 as a private summer home. Each guest room is individually named and designed–some reflect a French Provincial style, others have Greek revival details–though all are luxuriously appointed with heated bathroom floors, wet bars, and antique prints or original oil paintings. Reservations are strongly recommended at the Chanler’s well-regarded restaurant, Spiced Pear.  T he kitchen opens up to an elegant dining room with Atlantic Ocean views; organic, seasonal New England fare includes zinfandel-poached pear and Maine diver scallops served with a sunchoke puree.”

An example of the accommodations.
A "Game of Thrones"-style stay, anyone?

19. Ocean House

1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 401-584-7000,

Built in 1868 on a windswept bluff with views of the Atlantic, the Victorian hotel once catered to moneyed aristocrats but was eventually torn down. Redone to the tune of $146 million, the property is as grand as ever: expansive decks and manicured croquet lawns are a nod to old-world glamour, while the light-filled 49 guest rooms and 39 suites have modern bathrooms (oversize soaking tubs; marble tiles) and custom-made dark wood furnishings. On the ground floor there's the farm-to-table Seasons restaurant, with a veranda overlooking a private white-sand beach-the perfect spot to idle away an afternoon, cocktail in hand. What more could you want for a summer getaway?

The entrance of the Ocean House.
The view from the beach.
An example of the accommodations.