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Daniel Hostettler Named Managing Director of the
Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island

WATCH HILL, RI, May 27, 2009 – Daniel Hostettler has been named Managing Director of the Ocean House, the five-star hotel and private residence property set for a grand opening in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, in June 2010.  The announcement was made by Charles M. Royce, of Bluff Ave. LLC, a community investment group that owns the property.

“We are thrilled and fortunate to welcome Daniel to the Ocean House,” said Mr. Royce.  “As a leading figure in the luxury travel industry, we are confident he will set the highest standards of care and impeccable service for our guests and residents.”

Mr. Hostettler brings nearly 20 years of experience in the luxury hotel and restaurant industry, leading Five Star and Five Diamond hotel and resort properties across the United States and Europe. Most recently, Mr. Hostettler was the President and Managing Director of Lajitas - The Ultimate Hideout, an independently owned Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four Diamond, Leading Hotel of the World and Preferred Hotel of the World based in Texas. Previously, Mr. Hostettler served as Managing Director at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa and the Summer Lodge Hotel and Spa in Dorset, England. Mr. Hostettler received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Hotel-Restaurant Management. He is fluent in Swiss German, French and Spanish.

Famously known for its warm yellow facade and stunning location on the Watch Hill bluff overlooking the Atlantic, the Ocean House enjoyed a 136 year history of welcoming guests. In 2003, the Ocean House closed and in 2004 was painstakingly dismantled to preserve many of the historic features.  Ground breaking for the new 49 guestroom Ocean House began in late 2007 with a faithful replication of the main structure to honor its tradition as a coastal Rhode Island icon and to preserve the best features of the past while designing amenities for today’s most discerning traveler. 

SETTING: The Ocean House at Little Narragansett Bay; lies on a private stretch of beach perched high on the bluffs of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Montauk and Block Island. Watch Hill has one of the most pristine and spectacular stretches of shoreline on the East Coast. Dune grass and seabirds, waves and sunlight, and a deep and abiding sense of contentment can all be found here.
LOCATION: Strategically located between New York and Boston, the Ocean House is a 2½ hour drive from New York and 1½ hours from Boston including their international airports.  Just four miles away, Westerly Airport welcomes private aircraft as well as regional air service.  Green Airport in Providence is forty five minutes away and Amtrak services the nearby town of Westerly.  Ocean House transportation can be arranged from all airports.
ADDRESS: 1 Bluff Avenue, Watch Hill, Rhode Island 02891 
MANAGING DIRECTOR: Daniel A. Hostettler, CHA 
OWNERSHIP: Bluff Ave., LLC, a community investment group led by Charles M. Royce, Nicholas C. Moore, Donna Simmons and Grant Simmons, was formed in 2004 to preserve the Ocean House site as a hotel, community asset and significant cornerstone of the Watch Hill and Westerly communities.
HISTORY: Famously known for its warm yellow façade and stunning views of the Atlantic, The Ocean House opened in 1868 just after the Civil War. The grand Victorian hotel provided a genteel beach resort where generations of families and guests from across America would come “to summer”.  The Ocean House welcomed guests for 135 years, until 2003 when a new structure replicating the original exterior design was conceived, complete with salvageable elements of its historic interiors. 

“The Ocean House was long the gracious summer respite where generations of families and guests made lasting memories and is an important centerpiece of the Watch Hill and Westerly community,” said Mr. Hostettler. “I look forward to welcoming new generations of guests by creating a gathering place that is casually elegant, relaxing and memorable.”

The new Ocean House will be open year-round and will cater to leisure and business travelers seeking a serene, first-class, beachfront hotel. Guests will be treated to “farm to table” cuisine in both the fine and casual dining venues. A private Club Room and bar will offer light fare and a convivial atmosphere.  An impeccably designed spa will feature six treatment rooms, an ocean view lap pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.  A 1,000 foot expanse of private beach will provide guests with an oceanfront playground replete with staffed cabanas and an array of water sports and area activities. 

The Ocean House will feature over 10,000 square-feet of indoor and alfresco events space to accommodate private gatherings, corporate retreats, business conferences and weddings.

In addition to the hotel, the Ocean House will feature 23 private residences ranging from sumptuous studios to stately two bedrooms, all with stunning ocean views and each featuring the privacy of home combined with the elegant services of the finest of hotels: world-class cuisine, breakfast in bed, private beach and cabana access, spa and fitness centers and all the exceptional touches that make Ocean House living an unparalleled experience. 

For additional information on Ocean House, please visit or call (401) 315-5599.


Rebecca Widness
   T: 646-375-2239 

Also See: Development of Internet Initiatives Aimed at Tourism Professionals Helps Raise Optimism for Rhode Island's $6.8 billion Tourism Industry / May 2009



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