New Business: The Break Hotel impresses with style

As first boutique hotel in Narragansett
Wed, 01/06/2016 - 7:45am
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Just a short walking distance from the Point Judith Lighthouse sits a prize of a boutique hotel property with a retro-chic surf vibe and delectable food that caters to tourists and weary travelers alike. It's called The Break Hotel and it is the first boutique hotel of its kind to reside in the seaside community of Narragansett, Rhode Island.

The Break is a stylish, four-story beachfront hotel property that impresses with high-end finishes, sophisticated amenities, cordial service and an alluring location. Located at 1208 Ocean Road and just a mere block from the coastline, the 16-room full service hotel is nestled in the midst of a coastal community that features a mix of summer cottages and high-priced estate residences.

The hotel was opened in June of 2015 and is operated by General Managers Heather Beckman and Mike Guillen, who manage the hotel with personable service in a bed and breakfast manner. Beckman said that it is “exciting” working at The Break Hotel. “Every day brings new people through our doors and it is rewarding to be a part of their visit to the area and their vacation memories.”

Beckman noted that The Break Hotel’s locale is intrinsic to its operation in a seaside community. “The area offers a wealth of natural beauty to enjoy,” said Beckman, “and the hotel offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

The Break Hotel is owned by Jim and Becky Durkin, who are Narragansett residents. Lark Hotels, which manages The Break and 13 boutique-style properties across the country from Nashville to Maine, will open an additional four hotels in 2016. 

One of the amenities of a Lark constructed hotel is that almost every hotel features a Lark Suite, a room that stands out design-wise from the other rooms and suites. The Break does not contain a Lark Suite, but its rooms feature modern furnishings with beach inspired artwork and plush, luxurious bed linens. 

Dawn Hagin, Lark Hotels' Chief Inspiration Officer, calls The Break a “mini-resort that offers all the features of a large resort hotel, mixed with the personal experience and service of an inn.” Hagin is Lark Hotels' head of marketing and responsible for the group's creative campaigns, including the naming of Lark's restaurants and hotels.

Hagin's assessment of the service at The Break Hotel is accurate, as the hotel’s staff isn’t over solicitous, but affable and accommodating. They are quick to address a need, or offer a suggestion, and freely engage with guests.

When checking into The Break, guests are greeted by the sight of a stunning 400-gallon saltwater fish tank that dominates the lobby’s beach style décor. Eighteen species of fish are represented in the tank that began with a pair of clown fish. According to the hotel’s website, “20-plus species of coral use a combination of sunlight and a special liquid diet of phytoplankton, rotifers, and oyster eggs to get their energy for the day.”

Beckman said that the fish tank “usually draws the guest's attention when they first enter and never fails to generate conversation. I think it is great that the tank is the first thing guests see as they enter, as it serves as a conversation piece and breaks the ice.”

The Break is up-to-date on the latest technology. Rooms are equipped with 50-inch LED Apple smart televisions, the hotel has Wi-Fi throughout the building and guests are provided with iPads for the duration of their stay. For sports and health enthusiasts, the property's basement is outfitted with a fitness room.  

The hotel is hard to miss on Ocean Road and located around the corner from the popular Iggy's clam shack. In fact, if it weren't for the large purple flags that have "The Break" inscribed on them and flank the main entrance, the white building, with its circular asphalt driveway, could perhaps be mistaken for an estate-style residence.

The hotel's location, while being somewhat remote, provides guests with luxury accommodations and easy access to sightseeing spots, the beaches and restaurants of Narragansett, and the Port of Galilee. The property offers hotel style suites, fireplaces, and an in-ground heated pool.

Hagin said that what makes The Break different from other boutique hotels is that it has “a modern, yet comfortable, atmosphere and sense of fun, with heated bathroom floors, onsite spa services, a terrific onsite restaurant and bar, and a rooftop lounge and deck with views of the Point Judith Lighthouse. It has a quiet location and great ocean views.”

Hagin noted that the hotel’s restaurant, aptly called Chair 5 and run by Chef Basil Yu, serves “upscale comfort food and new twists on Rhode Island seafood favorites.” The beach inspired bistro has a menu that offers a selection of appetizers ranging from grilled oysters, fried Brussels sprouts, and calamari to dinner entrees such as seared black sea bass, buttermilk fried chicken, grilled salmon, and rib-eye steak.

For dessert, the cranberry panna cotta, cherry coconut popsicle, and s’mores ice cream sandwich are uniquely delicious creations.

The hotel's breakfast is unique to The Break and served tapas style under the direction and composition of the General Managers, Beckman and Guillen. It features small samples of eggs, quiche, yogurt and granola served in a jar, melon balls, oatmeal, as well as an assortment of tasty scones, biscuits and breads.

Beckman said that the tapas breakfast has been a hit with the hotel’s guests. “We get a lot of compliments on the breakfast,” noted Beckman. “The small plate approach is popular, as it allows guests to try a variety of different options and we try to keep it fresh and exciting each day.”

Hagin said, “Our curated small plates breakfast is a signature feature at all Lark Hotels. They vary daily and include elements that are unique from hotel to hotel. The Break has many different breakfast options.”

Another thing that Beckman said is a favorite feature of The Break is the hotel’s plush white bed linens. “Everyone raves about the bedding and linens,” she said.  

The Break is the perfect getaway hotel and would be suitable for a special event, congregating for drinks or just to unwind. The hotel’s rooftop bar provides guests with a stunning view of the coastline and contains several flat-screen televisions in rentable secluded alcoves.  

The Break Hotel is offering Block Island residents 15 percent off any room, any time, for any length of stay. Rooms at The Break range from: $159-$489. Pets are not accepted.

Learn more about The Break and the Lark Hotels at: www.thebreakhotel.com