Need Block Island lodging? If you’re visiting during the summer, it’s best to plan ahead. Some hotels and B&Bs; are booked solid (especially on weekends) and rental homes should be reserved months in advance. Block Island is the kind of place where generations of families visit year after year, staying in the same hotel during the same week each summer.
Types of Block Island Lodging
To make it easier to search through, we’ve curated listings into 3 categories:
These are larger properties with at least 17 guest rooms and an on-site restaurant. Some are located directly in the heart of town, while others are just a short walk from the main drag.
Inns/B&Bs (City Center)
All of these inns and B&Bs; are right in the heart of town, just steps from the ferry, shops, restaurants and the beach. If you stay in one of these properties, you could find plenty to keep you happy without ever needing a car, taxi, bike or moped. The downside? Many of these rooms are cooled by ocean breezes rather than air conditioning. And with open windows comes noise, especially if you’re near some of the larger restaurants that have outdoor dining and live music. (This usually is only an issue on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.)
Inns/B&Bs (Just outside of Town)
Many of these properties are just a 5-10 minute walk from the ferry landing and main drag in town (and the beach). Others are slightly farther away. If you don’t bring your car on the island, you can always rent a bicycle or take an island taxi when you don’t feel like walking.
Many of these inns/B&Bs; have sprawling yards and large porches or decks, some with water views. If peace and quiet are important to you, this is the type of place you’re looking for and will readily find on Block Island.
FAQs for Block Island Lodging
When it comes to Block Island lodging, you have a lot of options. To find the best fit for you, consider these questions:
Are you searching for a romantic inn or a family-friendly hotel?
Some smaller inns and B&Bs; cater to couples, so if you’re bringing the family, pick a hotel that welcomes kids. Or consider renting a cottage or beach house.
Are you looking for luxury?
Block Island is a laid-back kind of place and that is reflected in most of the island’s lodging options. If you’re looking for a 4-star hotel, you won’t find it here. If there are certain amenities you can’t do without (think air conditioning, a television or private bath), be sure to ask before booking.
Are your travel dates flexible?
To avoid the highest rates and minimum stay requirements, plan your Block Island vacation for mid-week…or consider coming in May, June, or September. The weather may be cooler, but the island is just as beautiful.
Traveling last minute?
Contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce if you need last-minute help with Block Island lodging (800-383-2474). Their office is located inside the Welcome Center at the Old Harbor ferry landing.
Like most long-time Surf Hotel guests, we were very sad when the hotel closed a few years ago. I’ll never forget the feeling of pulling out of the harbor on the ferry and looking back to see the Surf Hotel guests waving what felt for the last time. The good news is that this lodging site was reborn as Block Island Beach House with some significant changes but with many of the things that made the original Surf Hotel so great. Worth a look and a visit. Other great options are The Gables II, Avonlea, Spring House, and Payne’s Harbor View Inn.