Narragansett’s The Break a Boutique Beauty

Sometimes, one bad thing leads to something good. We were overnighting in Narragansett recently and had booked a room at a local B&B, but upon inspection found it woeful, outdated and rudely mismanaged. We scrambled to find alternate Friday-night accommodations for our party of four and bam, stumbled onto The Break, a stunningly beautiful 16-room boutique hotel, opened in June 2015, owned by locals Jim and Rebecca Durkin.

Room at The Break, courtesy of Lark Hotels

We had no idea the little town of Narragansett had lodging quite as spectacular as this. It’s a retro kind of place, part of the Lark Hotels family that has 19 hotels in its embrace all over New England and California, including The Attwater and Gilded, both in Newport.

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The Break’s interior design is part of its “vintage beach community” brand, tapping into the seaside vibe and surfer nostalgia of the late ‘60s – when local surfing legend/guru/enigma Peter Pan burst onto the surfing scene. The lobby is wide open, airy and deliciously appointed with lush lounging by the fireplace and a giant mid-room aquarium, the décor bright and bold with blue and beige tones abounding. In season, a popular hangout is the rooftop bar and snack lounge, as well as heated pool.

The rooms are spacious with heated bathroom floors and super-soft linens. Other amenities include free WiFi (which all hotels are tending to offer more and more), free small plates breakfast on weekdays and brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, gorgeous local nautical art and sculptures, free iPad use for your stay, iPod docking stations and Apple TV, waffle kimono robes and bath amenities from Lather. In short, everything you’d expect to find in an upscale, big-city boutique hotel, only in little old Narragansett, with mid-winter rates kicking in around $150 a night, and the hotel being a perfect jumping off spot to the nearby ferry to Block Island.

Spa at The Break, courtesy of Lark Hotels

There’s a lovely spa here as well, and it factors into a special package at The Break, well worth taking advantage of.

The hotel’s sole restaurant is a beauty, dubbed Chair 5 and named after a lifeguard chair and gathering spot at Narragansett Town Beach. The menu features hand-crafted, locally sourced and seasonally inspired offerings, simple, elegant and abundant.

Table at Chair 5 bar, photo by Paul E. Kandarian

The bar area is shiny and stylish; we particularly loved a long polished wooden table there, surrounded by throw-back blue scoop chairs. In the morning, breakfast was superb, including a whopping bowl of oatmeal with nuts and dried fruits, and ample portions of juicy sausage and bacon with our eggs.

The dinner menu looked divine, including items like local oysters, lobster boils, and whole-fish specials, making us realize we really have to come back for another overnight.

The Break oozes local flavor, and that’s by design. The Durkins worked with Frank Karpowicz Architects in South Kingstown, interior designer Jocelyn Chiappone of Digs Design Company in Newport and Bob Poulin of RAP Builders in Cranston to bring this beauty to life. They chose well, as The Break is easily one of Rhode Island’s newest and most delightful boutique hotels.

And it’s a place the greater traveling world has noted, with Forbes lauding its “16 colorful rooms, a gorgeous roof deck, a heated pool and vintage 1960s-inspired design.”

Sometimes, one bad thing can lead to something good. And at The Break, one of the best.

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