Ever since The Great Salt Pond became New Harbor almost 120 years ago, the tranquil waters of this incredible natural estuary have become a sought-after safe haven for mariners coming from near and far. Champlin’s is one of New England’s largest resort marinas and features 4,700+ linear feet of dock space, a 30′ harbor depth, and spacious docking facilities, allowing us to accommodate vessels up to 250+ ft.
All Champlin’s Marina and Resort guests have full access to all the resort amenities and facilities including our newly-renovated 46-room onsite boutique hotel, Pier 76 Dock Bar (live music every Friday & Saturday night!), Café Boutique, waterfront pool, and newly implemented marina slip configurations to allow for safer and more spacious dockage. Your slip includes complimentary Wi-Fi and water, bathhouse and shower facilities. Pump-out is available upon request from the town.
SEASONAL DOCKAGE NOW AVAILABLE AT CHAMPLINS
For the first time in its history, Champlin’s Marina and Resort is offering seasonal dockage to boaters! As a seasonal slip holder, you have a dedicated dock space for your vessel from June 1st - September 30th. This gives you the freedom to come and go as you please and the convenience and peace of mind of having a guaranteed slip on Block Island for the duration of the summer. Make an inquiry to learn more about seasonal dockage at Champlin’s Marina and Resort.
The natural beauty, historical charm, and laid-back vibe you can only find on Block Island ensures a lifetime of experiences: whether just for one day or an entire summer. Join us at Champlin's!
Avoid Champlin's if you possibly can! It is noisy at all hours of the night and the bathrooms look like they haven’t been cleaned for over a week. Champlin's put us in Slip SF1 because they knew it was going to be noisy that night and SF1 was supposed to be quiet. But it was still noisy! Imagine watching inebriated boaters stumbling down the dock at 2 am! When do I call 911? I complained about the noise the next morning. I was told I should have called the manager at midnight, then 1:00 am, then 2 am, then 3:00 am and so on. And the inebriated boater at 2 am? Champlin's reports they fish a lot of drunken boaters out of the water in the summer months. But unlike other marinas where we've stayed during this trip, such as Safe Harbor marinas, Champlin's never gave us the numbers to call with problems or in an emergency. For the price Champlin's charges, you'd expect a welcome package with important information about the marina, including the phone number to call with concerns. No welcome package. In fact, bring your own hose if you need to fill your water tank. This is NOT a destination resort! We would advise boaters NOT to use Champlin’s.
I enjoyed my stay. This a resort in the fullest sense of the word. There’s a lot of services offered. However, my stay was in late Sept and I was one of three boats at what is normally a very crowded facility. My beef is that I had to float for 20 minutes before getting help from a dockhand at arrival. No one gave me the shower code. The dock bar played music late into the night, breaking the tranquil fall setting. The good points-easy access to town, a great breakfast at the dock cafe and good WiFi (I was working remotely) outweighed the bad. The price, nearly 900 bucks (15 for 110v a night!) for a 40ft sailboat during off season was hard to swallow. If it weren’t for the WiFi, I would have been swinging on a morning for 50 bucks a night. My choice, so be it.
Completely ignored upon arrival. Dock hands said they forgot we came in despite being empty . Old and tired docks that are difficult to tie to and get on and off. Find another marina .
Great staff and facilities. We had so many boats coming in at the same time and they were unprepared. The dock crew was so calm, polite and helpful. I have the utmost faith next year they will know how to handle it.
our stay was awesome! we really enjoyed the marina and especially the mudslides. the facilities were very nice and the shps store was fully stocked and had very good food. The only downside for us was the dock light being too high and too bright making it hard to sleep.
Staff was great and facilities were well-maintained.
I was charged for 30amp power and it was not available.
Spent OFF Soundings weekend at Champlins. Staff very nice and helpful. Since so many off us arrived at the same time after the race docking was very chaotic. Next year it would be a good idea to have a marina map and slip assignments in advance. Also, automatic sinks in some of the restrooms did not work. No water would come out.
Everyone was extremely nice and just off season made for great weather. Definitely a go to place-We cant afford it during the high season but this was perfect for us just after Labor Day.Ethan was awesome with helping with anything needed.
We booked this marina because we wanted a more premium experience which we thought would be reflected by its very high price. We found the staff to be extremely inattentive. Several members of our party let the staff know that there was no toilet paper in the men’s bathroom for three days in a row, and it was never taken care of. It became so bad that other guests had begun using paper towels instead of toilet paper and throwing it on the floor creating absolutely disgusting conditions. On the third day, the toilet paper dispenser had been ripped off the wall by what we assumed was another frustrated guest, and it was still laying on the floor, empty of course when we left. These kinds of conditions are absolutely unacceptable, especially given the exorbitant prices Champlin’s charges per foot. We came in with high hopes for the new management and we’re extremely disappointed.
New management has and is continuing to improve the facility. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Dock hands require training on proper method to tie boats with tide consideration. The one major negative is noise after 10:00PM. Over Labor Day weekend (4) boats played excessively loud music from 10:30PM until 1:00PM. Many boating guests asked them to lower the volume, but instead the volume was increased. Complete disregard for other guests. Management must evaluate how to manage the loud music situation, or many boaters including myself will seek dockage elsewhere.
LOVED IT! First time in Block Island. The Marina is in a great location, has wonderful facilities and a great vibe. Staff is professional and it is fun to be there.
Extremely helpful in every way.
We just came back from a fabulous trip there. Couldn’t say more nice things about the very helpful and accommodating mgmt and staff. We love it here & can’t wait to be back.
Rowdy, loud, drunken, foul mouthed boat owners and guests with boat girls dressed like prostitutes, really took away from the excellent location, amenities, and service of Champlin's Marina and Resort. The dinghy for the boat across from us had molded rubber female buttock sex toy prominently displayed on the bench seat.
staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. marina well maintained. the land facilities are excellent. taxi service is friendly and fast to downtown.
For my first time at Block Island and at Champlin's, I must say that the staff was always there to assist especially when we needed to leave with a few other boats blocking our way, they managed to make the necessary changes and allow me to be on my way and on schedule. Facilities were great although I do not recommend the pizza, although as a Brooklynite, I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to pizza.
Excellent dock staff. Love the changes and improvements too the facilities!!
Very helpful dock staff
Great stay, excellent staff!
Solid facilities with good staff but in going upscale it's lost some of it's charm. It's not as much fun when you're tied up between 100' plus size boats. The Mary A., coming in at 154', basically privatized a whole finger while blocking the view.
Nicely renovated facilities with good all-round facilities snd helpful staff.
Our dock space was great! Dock master, Bailey is friendly and is on it! The cafe is awful. One person working at a time, slow service. I ordered a latte, only had un caffeinated. Larde was only half filled. Avoid the cafe!
First time ever boating to BI and was very happy with the marina. Very accommodating and professional. I was however very disappointed in the ice cream shop and snack bar. The guy at the snack bar took my order for a breakfast sandwich and orange juice. Sat there for 30 mins waiting and then he asks if we needed to order. He never put the order in! To add to it he made zero effort to redeem his mistake. The ice cream shop is of course over priced. That’s not my issue because you expect that. What you don’t expect is a stale waffle cone and a cup of frost bitten ice cream. Not to mention the young guy behind the counter not wearing gloves while handling food. So lets fast forward to 2021 vacation. Champlin's under new ownership. We stayed there from the 8th through the 14th. We arrived around 10 am and had a short wait until we could dock. The deck hands were great. we settled in and just like everyone else in this technology driven world we live in we all connected to Champlins WIFI. It worked great and I was happy about that because I still have a business to run from a far this week. Lets fast forward to Tuesday night when all of a sudden no WIFI. it was late so i went to sleep figuring maybe it was a glitch and would be all set by the morning. It was not. I called the office and spoke to someone who said they would check it and get back to me. 24 hours later no call and no WIFI. So i called again and spoke to a young man who claimed he worked in IT at a previous job and asked me to reset my phone. I knew this wasn't the issue because all four of us had done that already. Once we discovered it wasn't our devices the young man in so many words told me the WIFI on the island was sketchy and I most likely had to deal with it. Mind you when I walked from my boat to the middle of the marina the WIFI worked fine. So for the rest of the week we dealt with limited television and no WIFI at the boat. Lets fast forward to Friday night. This is the last night of vacation at Champlin's. We decide to go to the bar by the fuel dock for some entertainment and of course mudslides. My daughter Ashley who is 25 years of age asked me if I wanted drinks for the table and of course I did and gave her my Discover card. Mind you she's been getting drinks here all week long! The male bartender who I bought drinks from all week asked her for an ID. Her ID was back at the boat so she came back to the table and I got up and walked to the bar and ordered the drinks. At this time it was the female bartender who took my order. Well the male bartender VERY sternly asked me if the drinks were for me and my wife and I said they were for me, my wife and my daughter. he then instructed the female bartender not to serve me the third drink until we furnished an ID. I looked at him very politely and said sir she's my daughter and was born in April 1996! He then raised his voice slightly and said "don't I have the right to ask for an ID?" I said of course you do but I'm telling you she's 25!! He then repeaded to the female bartender not to serve the third drink and was giving me such an awful attitude and very dirty looks. I became very upset and yelled at him. he yelled back. It was an awful experience. Now I wont sit here and say he was wrong for asking for my daughters ID! He wasn't but the way he spoke to a patron that spent close to $4,000 to stay there was disgraceful and disrespectful. My daughter went to the boat and got her ID and he inspected it very closely. Never in my life have I been treated this way. Even after this was over he continued to give dirty looks throughout the night. What an awful ending to my stay there. This is not how you treat a customer. Not to mention the patrons at the bar shaking their heads at him and some at me! The woman with that piece of crap sailboat with the "Make America gay again flag" wouldn't stop giving me dirty looks and shaking her head while sitting across the bar watching the whole thing unfold. Making me feel like I was in the wrong. Perhaps I could have handled things a bit differently but there was no need for this bartender to treat and talk to me the way he did.
Great spot. Convenient. The dock crew is excellent and friendly
Easy to get to slip Nice facilities
Great dock staff, lots of fund just staying on the dock
Great stay great weather the dock hands were very helpful !!
The new renovations look great and the lack of rafting is a big plus. We have been going to Champlins for more than 20 years. Although the place was quite honestly, a dump, our favorite part of going there was enjoying family meals around the grills. We have celebrated many family occasions there and have fond memories of those times. Sadly, the grills are no longer there and instead have been moved up a steep hill which is very inconvenient and inaccessible, to say nothing of the diesel fumes billowing from the generators next door. In view of the huge price increase, I think they could rethink the decision to move the grills and bring them back where they belong and can be more easily used. Steve Sowa. “ Baby Tooth”
I don’t know what everyone is bellyache-n about? The changes at Champlins Resort and Marina are for the best. The rooms have been redone and are tasteful , comfortable and clean. The Marina improvements are very nice, cafe clean, ice cream store clean, with more improvements to come……..and the staff extremely professional. Arcade-waste of time, money and energy. KUDOS to the new regime!!!
Nice Marina. Clean facilities and nice staff. But the staff have no control over the drunk idiots that party all night on their boats. Music blasting at volume 10 from 5 different boats. Screaming and parting till 1am with absolutely no regard for other Mariners, guests or those with children.
New ownership has made some upgrades to buildings and electrical services. Staff is much friendlier than previous ownership. No rafting which is a lot less stessfull.
Nice facilities, friendly staff. No laundry services! Dockside cafe very slow. You can wait up to an hour for a bacon, egg and cheese. This needs to be more professional for the prices they are asking.
Boating activities with staff continues to be good, however the elimination of laundry services, removing the grocery store and the game rooms is not promising for future trips to this marina. Also the distance between the kitchen and the Cafe is ridiculous. The restaurant near pool has been also eliminated. No towels available at pool, and bathrooms needed attention.
Unfortunately we will never return . After nine consecutive years we were very disappointed. Many others agree .
We have stayed at Champlin’s Marina many many times….it has always been our favorite summer destination. This last visit left us disappointed. We knew that the resort was under new ownership and that renovations had been made. However, it just seemed as though Champlin’s was not yet prepared for the season and if that was stated on their website, we would have at least been given a heads up. They no longer have; a sit down restaurant (which was so convenient and served amazing dishes and drinks), playground, arcade, bikes/paddle board/moped rentals, laundry service, and the new ice cream shop was not yet open. Basically, everything that made the resort fantastic is gone. The positives; the cafe workers are friendly, Bailey the dock hand is on top of everything, the landscaping looks phenomenal, the renovations look clean and modern but still needs attention to many areas. One more thing to add, I had a medical emergency and I received assistance on my boat in a matter of 5 minutes. So thank you very very much for the quick medical attention. We truly hope that Champlin’s takes all of these reviews into consideration, because changes for the better can always be made. Unfortunately, we will not be returning to Champlin’s anytime soon. It’s time to try the other Marinas that Block Island offers.
Block Island is a great destination and Champlins is the only marina with a pool. The new owners have made some changes most noticeable are the grounds but I don’t think for the better. The grills were moved from the walkway leading to the docks which is good idea but should have been moved to the grassy area where there are now picnic tables and some lawn games. Placing the grills all the way at the top of the hill makes carrying food, charcoal etc. cumbersome. The pool is always cold and needs re surfacing. Bathrooms are not very clean with mold on those shower curtains that were present;Many were not. internet was still weak as always although electric seems improved. No more rafting which is good. Dock staff were not as experienced in tying boats properly but pleasant. With the new ownership very overpriced and increasing
Most of the facility was not open, bathrooms were very dirty, marina is overpriced for what they offer!
Nice yard and cafe. Nice access to block island. Excellent docking service on arrival, not so helpful on departure which was difficult. It's only ten minutes but the 8 pm horn honking and music playing is absurdly loud.
Better under new owners but still a noisy parking lot. Please get rid of that brutally annoying Jenga game. Seemed short staffed. Breakfast cafe workers were great. Grounds prettier and well maintained than before.
Manage your expectations - this is a loud party Marina. Staff is nice. The boats are jammed in, so be prepared for a modified med tie. Lots and lots of kids in the summer and the pool is really nice.
The staff was amazing! The place is changing and looks great! However the price was ridiculously high, especially for docking. Maybe it would make sense if we stayed in the hotel. Also the arcade is gone which was sad for the kids.
What an improvement! The new owners of Champlain’s clearly knew exactly what was needed. The grounds are immaculate. The smelly dumpsters are gone. There are new picnic tables, chairs overlooking the marina and they moved the grills out of the main dock flow.
Beautiful place however boats are packed in like sardines. They move people around after they are tied up. The restaurant was not open and there is no notice of this when you book or on the website. Marina is well kept. Pool was nice but shower bathrooms should have AC.
We last visited Champlin's in July 2019. Our review after that trip was "5 Stars - Definitely coming back." Since then Champlin's was bought by new owners. I totally get the limitations of doing a major renovation on an island, but it sure was disappointing that on this visit there was no restaurant, no washer-dryers, just a nice little snack bar for coffee, breakfast and sandwiches. The pool is in urgent need of upgraded filters, and the bathrooms were generally unattended and in need of cleaning. All tolerable as I'm sure will be fixed by next season. The real problem was the courtesy (or lack thereof) of the other boaters. When we last visited, the composition was 1/3 sailboats, 2/3's powerboats. This time around, we were one of two sailboats - all the rest were powerboats. I wasn't sure if this was an organized fleet visit, or a coincidence, but the docks were swarmed with large families. Again tolerable. What was not tolerable was the disco music and loud conversations that prevailed until 2AM both nights we were there. At one point, we considered filing a noise complaint with the local police, but ultimately let it go. Bottom line, next time we visit Block Island, we'll stay on a mooring. Best David and Randy
Electric issues and floating dock was very dangerous
Block Island is beautiful and well worth traveling there. However, Champlins was massively disappointing on several levels. 1. They pack boats in way too closely creating at times an unsafe docking environment. 2. We were placed next to the waterfront bar where music is played excessively loud from noon to past 11:00 at night. It was loud enough that we were unable to hear our television inside our boat with the doors shut. The 11:00 curfew was ignored both nights we were there. 3. It is way overpriced. The facility needs serious upgrading - and they charge prices as expensive as first class facilities on Nantucket or other places. There is new ownership and we are hopeful they will make the needed improvements and investments. Until they do, I would go elsewhere.
Expensive BUT many upgrades, no rafting, great atmosphere, very helpful deckhands, pool and good shops.
Disappointed. Been staying at Champlins for the better part of 35 years. The family fun (Arcade, bikes, playground, easily accessible grills) are gone. If they want to charge Gurney's prices they should provide Gurney's amenities & service. Pool is the same as the last 20 years, beat up and cold, restaurant closed, a cafe that serves the worst Pizza I've ever eaten and breakfast fare that is no better. Nice that the trash Compactor is out of sight but please empty the ever overflowing trash receptacles! On the positive side, the landscaping improvements do dress the place up and the dock power seemed stable. I'll spend more time in Montauk next trip East!
Doc and staff were great, bathroom and showers were horrible, dirty, cold water, no hooks for cloths or towels and no soap or shampoo.
It was disappointing stay compared to 2 years ago when we were there. The bumper boats and arcade are both gone. We were also disappointed in the lack of ventilation in the bathrooms and how slippery the tile floors were. They were also seemed short staffed considering the bar/restaurant by the pool wasn't open during the week and there were a few times toilet paper was super low in the ladies rooms and they weren't exactly the cleanest at some points in the day. The pool looked like the sides had not been scrubbed in years. And we probably would've overlooked all this and not written any review because we had a good time anyway, but the miscommunication when we booked another day, only to be asked to leave because they had screwed up, was very frustrating. I hope they work on all of these complaints because according to the cab drivers, there was not one positive review from anyone staying at the marina!
This was our 8th visit to Champlin's and only our second since 2019. We were somewhat disappointed to say the least. Here is a list of what we thought changed for the worse since our last 2019 and prior visits. Poolside bar and restaurant were closed all but one day of our visit. No live music poolside; Kids arcade and bumper boats - Gone Garbage in the dock receptacles overflowing constantly-smelly and unsightly; No upgrades to the showers/restrooms - No shower curtains; lack of ventilation; No Ice Cream! Old convenience store now closed; Only one bartender at tiki bar-long wait times for drinks; Miscommunication with dock master about staying an extra-night. We were first told it was OK, but then were forced to leave after OK was rescinded. Quite frankly, all the talk on the website about the improvements made to the facility are smoke and mirrors. The cost for us to stay was up over $100 per night since 2019. Would be OK with that if there were actual improvements made. Seemed like a bit of false advertising. All in all, we had a good time during our stay but really felt like things went downhill v. our prior stays at Champlins. We are hoping the foregoing items are addressed in the near future!
Been reading the online reviews about the changes and was hesitant. Just got back from a 3 night stay and loved it. Great dock staff. Love no rafting. Improvements starting to take shape. Look forward to continued improvements. We will be back.
great facility. very clean. dock staff very professional
We had high hopes with the change in ownership; however, sadly they fell short. They removed all kid friendly activities that made it family oriented. They made grounds more attractive but, not functional moving grills to a location that is not easy to access carting food. The restaurant and snack bar were closed and the cafe had very limited options. The pool is still not heated and the cement around pool needs resurfacing. All in all very disappointing.
Marina staff/ dock hands were excellent
First time at Champlin’s and we were pleasantly surprised. Staff was great getting us in and set up. Looks like they have invested a good amount in the property and docks. Best mudslide on the island as well. We will be back.
Champlin's seems to be the premier marina in New Harbor on Block Island. The rates are highest, but the facilities are very good, and a slip was available on 2 weeks notice for a Sunday night & Monday night in July. Dock staff was friendly and helpful. There is a well-kept swimming pool (lots of kids) and a bar and restaurant adjacent, although the restaurant was closed during our visit for lack of staff. Closer to the docks they have a carry-out "cafe" with hot pizza, boxed sandwiches & salads, beer, etc. and a bar overlooking the harbor on the second story over the dockmaster's office at the outer end of the central pier. We were told that the marina has recently been bought by new owners who have invested a substantial amount to improve it. We did not use the showers, but the bathroom's were clean. By comparison with Newport (as a reference point), Block Island is less intensively thronged with visitors, but the downtown area is full of pedestrians and the roads are full of bicycles. Car, moped and bile rentals are readily available, the coast is scenic from roads as well as from the water, and there are plenty of restaurants. (This was our first time there.)
Baily and the team on the docks and in the bar were great wow what a difference new management made. The place is spotless and well kept up. They are working on a few items but I am sure all will be ironed out. It is a must-go place without the rifraf and a pearl of the Longisland block island sound area.
Great marina a little change but not going to stop me from going every year. Some times change is good. Can't wait to go back again soon.
My friends and I have stayed several times at Champlin's over the years with always a great experience. Unfortunately it looks like we will be heading to one of the other marinas in Block Island. I have a 29 foot and my friends boats are 25 and 26 feet. With the new owners it is a 35 foot minimum charge each night at $9 a ft plus electric. This is a big increase per foot over the previous years. It seams like they only want the larger boats as customers which is a shame because I really have enjoyed my stays there. I wish the new owners much success.
A lot of changes some good some bad, way overpriced for dockage
Like the way new owners have cleaned the place up. Bathrooms could use an upgrage. Dock hands where great when docking. Had a great time but very expensive.
We were there for 6 hours they charged me 420 dollars (28’) didn’t give me any water or shore power and told me to leave before sunrise
The property improvements made a difference. The grounds were very clean and cleaning crews continually paced up and down the dock to maintain the cleanliness. Had a great time at champlains. Always such a fun atmosphere. Enjoyed a mudslide!!
Been staying at Chaplin's for the past 20 years.....Most of the tome had a wonderful experience.... This year under new management many things have changed for the worst.... Good news first new owners cleaned the place up and eliminated rafting... However bad news...Champlin's is no longer a family place... Restaurant was closed, playground swing set gone, no ice cream, play room gone, new dock personally poorly trained hard to find anyone in charge on the docks, no electric upgrade for larger yacht.....Our yacht 93' Viking had to run generator the entire week... Very disappointed....Now looking for other dockage alternative for next year...Will not be back this year...
Such a nice place to stay on your own boat. Calm, nice environment. Cafe and bar are great! Highly recommend
Great stay at Champlain’s. Electric is upgraded and they arent rafting. Dockmaster and staff are very accommodating.
Everything was great we can’t wait to see the ongoing improvements
No restaurant only pizza and light breakfast Pool needs to be heated and the bar was closed Short staff on site Marina dock hands very helpful
Horrible place. Zero help docking no activities completely over priced. The faculty isn’t cared for. Pool is gross
Very attentive staff during the severe weather.
Another good stay at Champlin’s. New owners, and not all of the old amenities as before. But all in all decent. Bathrooms could use a little more work. Wish the bike rental would come back. And the store. Heard people missing the kids amenities though we didn’t need them.
We visited Champlin’s recently and we were very pleasantly surprised at how great this place has become. I guess there’s new ownership and they hired wonderful, helpful and friendly staff. Bailey in particular!!! We will definitely return soon!
We had a 5 night stay through the 4th of July weekend. Marina upgrades were great and the new no rafting policy was a nice change. No one jumping on and off your boat in the middle of the night. Dock attendants were always 5 star and continue to be. Unfortunately they are dealing with staffing shortages like everyone else. Restaurant and ice cream parlor were not open and the new upstairs bar was also without staff to operate. Same time next year I'm sure it will be top notch and 5 stars.
My wife and I have gone to Champlain's at least once a season for the past five years or so. This year they are under new management, and rates increased a bit, however, they have done wonderful improvements to property, including updates to the bathrooms decking, an all new expanded Cafe and much more. The dockhands are great, always there to assist with anything you may need.
My stay was from June 28-30. Weather was perfect. Dock hands very helpful w fuel and docking. However my dockhand after helping w docking, moved my e bike from my boat to the dock. Within a minute my wife’s $3500 e bike was blown over into the salt water and rendered unfunctional. This changed our plans for our stay on the island. my florida and Ny bike dealers said the bike was toast. I would like to see a shower for boaters closer to the docks, possibly near the dock bathrooms and also a way of unlocking the pool gate closest to the water from inside.
We stayed at Champlin's for Block Island Race Week and were really impressed with the positive, friendly and helpful attitude of the entire staff. Clean restrooms, pretty flowers, and a fresh coat of paint goes a long way. Wow! What a nice change. We'll be back.
It was ok. Charge alot for a slip, but most things closed including restaurant and laundry. Pool dirty. Awful communication, they rarely answer phone. Nobody knows what’s going on.
Good stay. Some upgrades are complete and some are in process. Hope they leave some of the charm that Champlin's had previously, e.g. the movie theater, bumper boats...
Great "vacation" spot; lots of showers and clean bathrooms. Large pool and beach on premises. Restaurant and bar, fuel, pumpout, ice all convenient. The staff was outstanding. Site is large with lots of amenities. Some were still opening such as the coffee shop and ice cream hut. Taxis await to take you into town or to the bluffs and lighthouse. Even though we were there on "Race Weekend", the service was great. Highly recommend if you are looking for a fun, "all-inclusive" feel.
Great people and very accommodating
Dock help is the best!
Stayed at the new and improved Champlin’s. Appreciate the amount of clean up they have done to the property, no more dreaded rafting, polite, knowledgeable and super helpful dock hands! Most important you can still get the famous mudslides, but you will do so on a cleaned up dock, new tables and chairs. It is pricey than it used to be, but you can justify with all the improvements. Keep up the great work Champlin’s!!!
Great Marina! Massive renovations and improvements almost complete. Staff were helpful and kind. Don’t miss the “world famous” mudslides at the dockside bar.
The marina looks great, not everything is open yet but close. The dockmaster, Bailey, did a great job communicating with me and was very accommodating. The new no rafting policy and dockage fee will certainly change the experience at Champlin's. We look forward to returning.
Champlins property is so clean and beautifully decorated with lovely flower pots. I really enjoyed my breakfast at the Galley House- the avocado toast w/scrambled was delicious and the view was incredible. The staff were very friendly and attentive. I look forward to my next visit in July!
Great trip. They’re definitely making tons of improvements to the property. Still getting up and going, but staff was very informative and supportive. Looking forward to out 2 other trips this season.
arrived at the marina sept4,2020, labor day weekend , as we had a reservation for a 3 night stay. On our arrival at 3 pm we found the marina to be severely overbooked, large boats rafted 3 abreast . i was directed to my slip by the dock staff which did not have enough water for my 42’ boat, causing damage to my props.i was assured by the dock master that his insurance would compensate me for the damage. now 3 months later and i have received no compensation from the marina or their insurance
The attitude here is 10-fold better than Payne's. More amenities and much better service. We were there 2 weeks ago. Showers were cold so they gave us a room to use the shower. They made an effort for all our needs. Their amenities were all open despite very few boats during this fall week. Enjoyable stay!
We were not warned that the showers would be cold!
Never Again Have stayed here several times before and wouldn’t plan on ever coming back. Rude dock master, Fixed Docks, Cold Showers and it’s loud. Better off in the harbor on the hook.
Big mistake going there on holiday weekend...boats rafted up 3 deep, parties until 3am, no face masks. A total zoo for $350/night. What a deal!!!
Staff were great help tying up. WiFi didn't work at all. Restaurant was great. Try the dock.
As always we made a stop at Champlain’s for our annual summer vacation and it didn’t disappoint. The pool was great; the dock hands are exceptional.
Not at floating dock. Very difficult to get off boat unless walking on other persons boats.
This was our first time at Block Island. We were looking forward to a great experience, however practically from the beginning our mood soured very much to the point of being very upset with several things: 1. The marina was overcrowded with boats, where they were stacking us two to three boats deep and three boats wide and these were not small boats. Most boats were 50ft+. It felt like everyone were on top of each other.... 2. We stayed at the marina for three nights (Friday to Monday), but it was impossible to leave the dock by boat and go for a swim in the bay area. 3. Dock crew was very experienced and quick, but unceremonious and never bothered to ask permission to board the boat during the docking or when they were tying other boats to ours (stacking us three wide). 4. The close proximity of the neighboring boats at times was uncomfortable. 5. Although our Dockwa reservations was correct in the Dockwa system, upon checking in at the office, I discovered that they had our reservation screwed up in their system. The person at check in was border line rude saying that my reservations were only for two nights instead of three and my pricing was way higher in their system. Only after insisting to see the manager, whom I had to wait for to come from another office at the other side of the marina, this problem was resolved according to my original Dockwa reservation. 6. There were no welcome packets given to us with the information about the marina and its amenities. 7. WIFI was not powerful enough to reach our boat, although we were only fifty feet away from the dock office. In summary, this was a very frustration experience, which will keep us away from Champlin's for any foreseeable future.
NICE MARINA,,,GOOD HELP
We loved our stay at Champlin's. The Dock help was wonderful - very experienced and helpful. The only suggestion I have is the shower room could be cleaner. I noticed dirt and trash 2 days in a row in the same place.
Always one of our favorites. Sock hands are amazing. BI Oyster Bar on premises has outstanding food!
Great spot!!! Staff was excellent clean facilities
The dock crew is very friendly and accommodating.
I wish the Governor of RI would visit this place. No social distancing, no masks being used by the staff and guest, and bathrooms were discussing. We originally were planning to stay two days but got the heck out of there after one. Stay away!
Great stay. Dirty bathrooms. Other than that everything was great!
Place was great. Dock hands great.
It’s a very nice Marina and the employees were great. My only complaint was there was no music whatsoever. I understand the whole COVID thing, however, people are still paying premium rates and it didn’t have the vacation vibe that we all pay for. A guy/girl with a guitar or even some background music by the pool or by the tables would have added a lot to the experience.
Great dock master and dock hands! Tons of fun! Will be back next year!
We have been coming to Champlin's for 18 years with our family and friends on our boat. We enjoy and love Champlin's and Block Island. Professional, knowledgeable and courteous staff and the best Mud Slides on the Island!!
Great stay! Staff was awesome:) Pool and restaurant On site was a plus WiFi could be better... I was not able to pick up WiFi in marina area:(
Our location at the marina was fantastic. We rafted with our friends which was previously planned and Champlains was able to accommodate. Marina staff are professional and all wearing masks. Block Island Oyster Bar served an excellent dinner and of course the bar on the dock has the best mudslide on the island.
always a great time! The Marina staff is always so accommodating...
This was my first time in Block Island and Champlins was the perfect spot. Our 2 day stay was absolutely perfect from even before we arrived. I read a lot of reviews of Champlins and was actually hesitant because of some negative reviews out there. I felt I had to submit this just to counter all of that nonsense. The communication in advance of our stay and all the way up to the dock was outstanding. The dock staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. We came in during some rough weather and they made sure our approach and tie up was flawless. The marina is in a nice quiet spot and just a short ride or walk to town. Bike rentals right on property cabs available in minutes any time of day. I can’t recommend Champlins enough.
Despite limited staff due to Covid the facilities were maintained well and kept clean. Staff was helpful and courteous. Block is definitely open for business with minor inconvenience regarding store and restaurant capacity rules. But other than that Block was the same - beautiful and relaxing as ever.
We love this marina. The dock crew is the best. The bathrooms and showers were disgusting. Especially during a pandemic. We were surprised they were not satanized or cleaned at all.
Champlins is always a great place for relaxing with friends and having a good time. They have everything you need on site. They need to work on keeping the bathrooms and showers cleaner.
The dock hands were AMAZING! fit my 40'er into a space like a glove and same on the way out. I never thought they could get me out. VERY well taken care of in that respect. Con: When I arrived and was put into the slip there was no welcoming, information, direction on amenities etc. I had never been there and was surprised with the cost of the dockage compared to others in the area that there wouldn't be more of a "service oriented" type of welcoming. The place was great but I had to figure out everything on my own with no direction on anything. Would be a nice addition for this higher end location.
Been staying here for years, and still very happy with the marina. Great staff, and awesome mudslides!
All staff members and dock hands were extremely courteous, responsive and professional. Pool was clean and warm! Breakfast sandwiches and bakery area are also very good.
Great location, mudslides (best on the island!) and facilities (very spacious and clean). Food & drink is good & convenient, though pricey. The yogurt parfait would be even better if the granola was on the side vs on the yogurt & soggy. Dockhands could use more training in customer service and boatmanship. It seemed most were not adept at managing lines - especially when assistance is appreciated (smaller boats without bow thrusters or uncooperative winds or new captains). The number of dockhands greeting incoming boats was also very inconsistent. Often the boaters were assisting one another though that also seemed frowned upon by the staff.
Always excellent. First time we got one of the floating docks. Was good to arrive early and leave a little later than others!
We,had an amazing time. Great weather and fabulous staff. Thank you
The marina was very overcrowded we were tied up four boats deep so we had to climb over 3 boats to get to the dock, total fire hazard.
Dock staff is amazing!!
Enjoyed our stay. Marina seemed close to 1/2 capacity. Management did a good job providing a clean safe enviornment.
great! helpful staff, much better then anticipated with the corona virus to worry about they did a great job with social distancing and all . Very enjoyable stay! but then my family and I always enjoy ourselves at Champlins! Its the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Block, and lets not forget there mudslides ,best on the East coast.....
We have been going every Labor Day Weekend and enjoy participating in the Christmas decorating contest. Even took 4th place this year. Everything you need is at the marina...food concession and bakery, gaming arcade, laundry, movie theatre, pool, bathrooms and showers, bar at end of dock, bike rentals. Dock employees are very knowledgeable and assisted all with dockage.
Great stay. We went and watched the Maiden movie at the on-site movie theatre. Visit was too short. Will be back.
Love staying at Champlins the staff is awesome best dock hands around
Great spot and professional staff
Mostly marred by a few issues around times the showers being open until (6:00pm, which is entirely too early to have a full day at the beach and try to get back in time to clean up), and poor placement of vessel. The biggest reason for the 2 stars was because the manager of the property, Randy, was rude, dismissive and overly apathetic to any customer requests or complaints. he actually called one of our issues 'trivial.'
Always a Great time at Champlin's Marina!!!!
We requested not to be rafted, my wife recently had ankle surgery and I did not want her climbing over boats. They put us on the 1st finger on the left and it worked out perfectly It was Halloween at Champlins and the festivities were wild, after hanging out for a while we were able to return to our peaceful slip Great job Chanplin's Geoff Tapper
Great fun. Helpful staff.
Always a great time! Disappointed that we were forgotten 3 times in the lineup for a dock (1.2 hours).
Always a great time. Incredible staff!
Champlin’s is always Champlin’s. It’s quite annoying when they unplug your electric to slide the boat over and $25 a night for a 30 amp and $50 for 50 amp is crazy
I wasn't very happy with the marina. The dock hands were good. But the place was dirty. Trash cans overflowing. Pool was dirty. They closed the bar and restaurant for a group that was there. They rafted us 3 wide. My wife fell trying to cross swim platforms. we are 60 and its not always easy.
My stay was better than I thought it would be. Could not get power at my location and needed to run the engine several times to charge batteries. Dock hands could be better trained - they are dealing with expensive boats. Rest rooms & showers were much better maintained than what I remember in the past.
I waited several days to write the review to be fair. We would never stay at this place again. It is clear safety of boats and personal is not a priority to the owners. Boasts tacked 2 to 3 deep with no access in or out of the marina creeks. The lack of trained personal is clear and evident. I give it 1 star due to the location only!
The deck crew were very helpful. Need to have the shows and large bathrooms open 24/7
Great place for kids and adults. Stayed for a week - Block Island is awesome!
Fun time. Lots of action on the docks. Can be loud late into the night if your docked on the inside parts. Great facilities
Great time was had at Champlins. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Grounds were clean and neat.
Really nice place to go visit
We spent two nights at Champlains this week. The staff members were friendly and helpful, the pool was dirty, the docks were decent, the surrounding area is beautiful. On our first night they put us on the outside end of the farthest dock towards the inside of the harbor. We went to bed around midnight and at 1am my wife woke up startled saying that someone was on our boat and that she heard footsteps on deck. My first assumption was that she was crazy but after a few minutes she convinced me to go on deck and have a look around. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary so I went back to bed. A half hour later she heard the same noises again. Regretfully I stayed below deck this time and went to sleep. The next morning we awoke to our coolers being robbed. Our boat and the boat next to us. They took water, alcohol, Gatorade, and $1,000 worth of yeti coolers and fishing lures. The manager that morning was somewhat helpful in calling the police for us. They refused to show us the surveillance camera footage but claim they gave it to police. They told us conflicting stories once that they had footage of another patron leaving the bar and stealing our stuff, bringing it back to his boat, and then a story of teenage pirates coming in on paddle boards and robbing us. Later that day I went back to the office and found a short and stumpy dismissive and arrogant grumpy little elf of a man in the place of the manager. I later found out this little guy was actually the owner!!!! I simply asked him if they had anymore information on the robbery and he immediately got a rude tone and asked me if he looked like the police. I told him there was no need to be nasty and that I was only asking because the manager had told us that there were other cameras that he wanted to have the camera guy check for more evidence. He told me to call the cops if I wanted more information. The whole thing felt shady, as if he was protecting someone. Maybe it was his employees that robbed us who knows. Anyway at no point did we ever get any sort of apology, no offer to move us to a more secure location even though the place was empty the next morning. No offer of any sort of compensation whatsoever. The lack of concern, lack of apology, and the attitude and complete lack of customer service by the OWNER made this experience horrible. The last day I felt obligated to let others know of what happened so that they could secure their belongings and not have the same experience. The cocky SOB of an owner came out and asked me if I wanted to borrow a megaphone to tell people. Do yourself a favor and stay at any other marina other than Champlains. Right next door is Payne’s and it looks like a great spot. We will be staying there our next trip to Block. Again ****BEWARE AND BE WARNED—— STAY AWAY FROM CHAMPLAINS****
Nice location , however I had a reservation for two nights . I entered the marina around 1:00 pm requesting my slip assignment and is dumbfounded when the Dockmaster advised me to stern in perpendicular to the tee head between 160 footer and a high speed ferry . Are you shitting me???? Ok so we tied off to the dock and to the 160 foot charter yacht . A few hours after we set all our lines and dock side water and electric we have to now we tie parallel to the tee head . Adjusting again . Ok after a long day we are settled . The next morning we leave for a few hours and the dock hands untie everything and move our boat with zero notification down to the are the 160 footer was near. No phone call no notice . Make a reservation and be treated like they don’t care .
Always a great time...something to do for everyone
I have stayed at Champlins on and off for 20 years. It is always very good, clean and their dock staff is excellent. I must say this was the best trip there we have had yet. They have made some nice updates. I think it is the best place to dock on Block and the mud slides are fantastic. With that being said Payne’s has a great new outdoor bar be sure to walk or dingy over there!
Sorry to report, the resort overbooked the marina. We had reserved a four night stay ,but had to leave after the first night . They reefed us out as the fourth boat from dock, with boats of 15 ft beams. So, no power, no water and had to crawl over the bows of the other three boats to get on dock. The dock master and staff had great attitude and understanding of the situation . If we were in our twenties to early forties ,probably could have managed ,but in mid sixties not so manageable. I’m sure any other weekend the ,stay would have been just fine. Beautiful area. I do worry about the possibility of a fire , that could be disastrous.
Location and amenities are great! Dock staff is second to none... We will return! TY for a great holiday stay
Great marina. Good service. Only complaint were out of control drunk party people on another boat. The marina should have a quiet time after 10:00 pm.