Lark Hotels Converts Surf House to New Block Island Beach House

The luxury inn boasts Block Island’s only beachfront hotel property.


Block Island Beach House.

Lark Hotels, the boutique hotel company that owns more than twenty-five hotels in the most sought-after parts of the country recently expanded to Rhody’s own Block Island. Previously the Surf House, Block Island Beach House is the island’s only beachfront hotel property, and is located conveniently between the sprawling Crescent Beach, downtown Block Island and the island’s Old Harbor ferry port. The hotel just opened yesterday.

Originally built in 1873 to house the island’s doctor, the new owners of the property pay homage to its history by decorating with one-of-a-kind antique items that maintain the integrity of the wood-shingled Victorian beach cottage, juxtaposed with simple, modern accents.

The hotel has thirty-one guest rooms decorated by Boston area design firm Elder & Ash with hand-turned wood poster beds, individually-selected vintage rugs and Polaroid art photography by artist She Hit Pause that inspired the hotel’s nostalgic-for-summer feel and serve as the focal point of each room.

The Beach House also has an on-site restaurant, a beach bar and a spot for coffee and cocktails. The Surf is an oceanfront summer kitchen and bar serving barbecue and fresh fish while the Beach Bar is more laid back, offering a variety of cocktails and clam bakes on Sundays. Lastly, Coffee and Cocktails is located in the front lobby and provides guests with locally roasted coffee, as well as wine, craft beer, cocktails, and an eat-in or grab-and-go full breakfast through dinner menu on a first-come first-serve basis.

Rates range from $209-$659 depending on room type and time of stay, and rooms range from simple, 135-square-foot crash pads to the 324-square-foot King Suite. Also on offer are pet-friendly suites with exterior entrances for convenience and privacy.

A room inside Block Island Beach House.


Following the summer 2019 season, Lark plans to add even more amenities to the property, such as a pool, oceanside cottages and suites and an outdoor event space steps from Crescent Beach.

It seems that the Block Island Beach House has it all. Both a wraparound ocean-view back porch and a town-view front porch allow guests optimal people-watching and sun-tanning angles. The hotel also has direct beach access, three food and drink concepts and even vintage Polaroid cameras provided for guests to better remember their stay by.

Book a room or learn more about Block Island Beach House here.

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