Updated August 28 at 4:28pm

Ocean House awarded top AAA rating; 14 others also recognized

The Ocean House at Watch Hill has once again earned a AAA Five Diamond rating, its fourth consecutive year receiving the designation.

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Ocean House awarded top AAA rating; 14 others also recognized

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WESTERLY – The Ocean House at Watch Hill has once again earned a AAA Five Diamond rating, its fourth consecutive year receiving the designation.

In addition, Seasons at the Ocean House – the fine-dining restaurant located inside the luxury hotel – received a Four Diamond rating for the fifth year in a row.

The Ocean House was the only Rhode Island establishment awarded a Five Diamond rating. Five Diamond recipients represent 0.3 percent of the more than 59,000 establishments throughout North America visited by AAA inspectors each year, AAA Southern New England said in its announcement of the 2014 awards Friday.

Four restaurants in total, including Seasons at the Ocean House, received Four Diamond ratings, which comprise 3.9 percent of the 59,000 establishments inspected.

The other three Rhode Island restaurants recognized were Muse by Jonathan Cartwright in Newport, which was first recognized by AAA in 2012; Spiced Pear Restaurant in Newport, first recognized in 2004; and Gracie’s in Providence, first recognized in 2011.

Nine Rhode Island hotels and one hotel in Bristol County, Mass., also received Four Diamond ratings for 2014:

  • Point Pleasant Inn & Resort in Bristol (since 2003)
  • Cliffside Inn in Newport (since 2003)
  • Hydrangea House Inn in Newport (since 2005)
  • The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport (since 2004)
  • Vanderbilt Grace in Newport (since 2011)
  • Hotel Providence in Providence (since 2005)
  • Omni Hotel in Providence (since 2003)
  • Renaissance Providence Hotel in Providence (since 2008)
  • The Weekapaug Inn in Westerly (since 2013)
  • Historic Jacob Hill Inn in Seekonk (since 2001)

“AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants provide guests with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings,” said Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Southern New England’s senior vice president of public and government affairs. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector. We are proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region.”

The awards will be officially presented at a luncheon in Providence in March.

AAA Southern New England on Friday also announced the awards for Massachusetts. Fifty hotels and 16 restaurants in Massachusetts received Four or Five Diamond awards for 2014, the majority of them located in Boston.

Ocean House, Watch Hill, Seasons at the Ocean House, AAA Diamond award, Muse by Jonathan Cartwright, Spiced Pear Restaurant, Gracie's, Point Pleasant Inn & Resort, Cliffside Inn, Hydrangea House Inn, The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Venderbilt Grace, Hotel Providence, Omni Providence Hotel, Renaissance Providence Hotel, Weekapaug Inn, Historic Jacob Hill Inn,

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