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Cancellation & Guarantee Policies
Should you wish to cancel your reservation, you must do so sixty (60) days or more prior to your arrival date to avoid forfeiture of your advanced payment. A refund will be issued subject to a $75 processing fee for any cancellation made from the time of booking up to 60 days (or more) before your arrival date.
Deposits or full payment made at the time of booking will not be refunded if you cancel within sixty (60) days of your arrival date or you do not show on your check in date.
Full payment including tax and extra charges associated with booking a room are required at the time of booking.
You can make a reservation today by using our secure online booking system.
We ask that your reservation for a one night stay be secured by full advance payment including Rhode Island tax and extra charges at time of booking. A fifty percent (50%) deposit is required for two-nights or a full one- week reservation. All major credit cards are accepted.
Children under the age five years old cannot stay overnight on the island.
Water Transportation – Rose Island Lighthouse Launch Service
Starfish, Rose Island Lighthouse’s own motor launch will take you and your guests for a 15-minute ride to the island. The launch departs from Fort Adams to Rose Island from May to October, Monday to Sunday, at 12:00 pm.
Electricity, Wi-Fi Service
Rose Island is powered by solar panels through a 110v service which runs the beacon and household lights. You can charge your phone, laptop and other small devices. Please refrain from using hair dryers or other such high-demand electrical devices. CPAP machines are permitted. Cellular coverage is available. You may ask one of the staff or the Captain how to charge your phone if you are staying in one of the outside buildings.
NOTE: The Rose Island Lighthouse is “off the grid” and subject to the harsh weather conditions. Please call the captain if electricity service fails.
In case of medical emergencies, please call 911. For non-medical emergencies: please call Brian Tefft, our Executive Director, 401-932-8065, or Office Manager, 401-847-4242.
Smoking is not allowed in the lighthouse or in any other buildings on the island specifically the barracks of Fort Hamilton. Please do not throw cigarette butts anywhere on the property, including the beach, pathways or lawns.
Please do not burn candles or use oil lamps.
Check In, Check Out Process
Check in for all guests is at 12:00 pm. Check out is at 10:00 am. Please make the bed with fresh linens (provided) and leave the room as it was when you checked in. Take all your trash, used linens and recyclables to the boat when you leave.
Exploring the Island
During bird nesting season (March 1 through August 15), walking around the island is limited to the 1.5 acre lighthouse reservation, including the two beaches adjacent to the lighthouse and the barracks.
The lighthouse museum is open from 10am – 4pm during the season. There will be day tourists visiting the island during these times from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day. Tourists will visit and view the living areas of the lighthouse except the bedrooms. However, if you are staying in the Curt Bunting and Wanton Chase rooms, please keep your bed made, door open, room tidy and valuables tucked away.
Enjoying the Island, Things to Do
Kayaks and life jackets are available for overnight guests’ use. Landing is limited to the lighthouse beaches. Please respect the harbor seals by keeping your distance from them.
Fishing is allowed, but you may want to bring your own fishing rods and bait. A saltwater fishing license is required to fish on Rose Island, available from RIDEM – Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
You may want to bring your own binoculars for a close up view of all the habitat or wildlife on the island.
It is safe to swim on the beaches around the island. Please do not use the towels provided in your room. Guests are responsible for bringing their own beach towels. There are shells and some sea glass treasures that you may find along the shore and keep.
Please observe our Carry In-Carry Out policy for all trash accumulated on Rose Island. Always pick up any trash or items that may cause harm to marine animals and wildlife. Your stewardship is always appreciated!
Amenities: In-Room and Around the Island
In the Lighthouse:
Curt Bunting and Wanton Chase Rooms: coffee maker, microwave oven, hot plate, small refrigerator and bathroom (no shower) shared by guests.
The Keeper’s Apartment has a private, fully equipped, kitchen and bathroom facilities with shower.
There is no electricity or bathroom facility, guests must use the outdoor toilet facility. A functioning wood stove is available for use. Make sure to bring your own bundle of firewood.
There is no electricity or bathroom facility in the barracks; however, there is an outdoor toilet within short walking distance from your room.
We provide the following to our overnight guests: bed linens, pillows, bath towels (for all rooms), paper towels and cleaning supplies, pots & pans for cooking (Lighthouse rooms only), and propane & tools for the outdoor grills. Refrigeration is limited to the Keeper’s apartment and a small refridgerator shared on the first floor of the lighthouse. All guests are required to bring their own food, as there is none available on the island, as well as coolers and ice.
There are three gas powered grills guests can use during your stay. Cooking utensils are available.
We advise guests to bring dinner paper products to help with water conservation. There are dishes / drinkware / silverware provided for the guests staying in the lighthouse. We have a carry in carry out trash policy.
Can we build a campfire on the beach? To protect the wildlife refuge and bird nesting habitat, RILF limits campfires to the fire pit located on the beach along the pathway from the dock. Guests are welcome to bring their own firewood to use in the fire pit. Please use safety precautions when using the fire pit.
Outdoor Bathrooms and Shower
There are two bathroom facilities on the grounds and an outdoor shower with a solar heated shower for guests staying in the Curt Bunting, Wanton Chase, Foghorn Building and Barracks rooms can share.
Getting Off the Island During Your Stay
You may go to Newport for lunch and sightseeing while on the island. Please call Jamestown Ferry (401-423-9200) or got their website www.jamestownnewportferry.com for schedules, to arrange and book your trips to Newport and back. In general, the ferry runs between 10 am and 4 pm each day so guests are warned to check service availability prior to departure.
Cancellation Policy Due to Bad Weather
Our Executive Director/ Captain will make a decision to cancel reservations for the day based on Coast Guard advisory due to high seas, hurricane force wind and severe weather conditions. Guests have an option to reschedule within a reasonable time to avoid seasonal rate changes or availability issues or request a refund. ALL reservations cancelled by the guest directly, are non-refundable within 60 days from date of stay.
We regret that we cannot accommodate your pets to stay overnight on the island.
Rose Island is NOT handicapped accessible. Guests must be in good physical condition and capable of climbing stairs, walking uphill on uneven ground, getting in on a small boat and walking moderate distance. The island is not suitable for children under 5 years old.