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

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.

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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.

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