Lark Hotels opens beachfront property in Rhode Island

Lark Hotels opened Block Island Beach House in New Shoreham, R.I., on July 1. Photo credit: Read McKendree (Block Island Beach House)

Lark Hotels, a boutique hotel company with more than 25 properties, opened its first full resort, Block Island Beach House, July 1 in New Shoreham, R.I. Following the summer season and prior to reopening in May 2020, the property will undergo an expansion that will add a pool, oceanside cottages and suites and two new event spaces.

The hotel originally was built in 1873 as a small cottage for the island’s doctor. Boston area design firm Elder & Ash has renovated and reimagined the property. The 31-guestroom hotel features several food-and-beverage venues: The Surf, an oceanfront kitchen and bar serving beach barbecue and fresh fish; the appropriately named Beach Bar; and, just inside the front door, Coffee & Cocktails, which serves coffee, alcoholic drinks and grab-and-go food.

Next year, Block Island Beach House plans on adding two new event spaces: an “ethereal” outdoor venue that will be able to accommodate up to 150 guests and a more intimate space called the Surf Shack, which will fit up to 30 people.

Originally launched in 2012, Lark Hotels includes properties in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and California. Its properties range in size from nine to 95 rooms.