Ocean State Rentals in Newport, Rhode Island

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Ocean State Rentals is employee owned since 1996, renting only waterfront condos in Newport, Rhode Island. The inventory is owner controlled for reservation and accommodation flexibility which means that you can find a great rental exactly where you want.

In addition, Oceanstaterentals.com is a glossy, user-friendly interactive site rated "Excellent" by both Tripadvisor and Flipkey. Website functionality is a huge deal when it comes to book a vacation rental.

A video starts playing upon opening to give a brief description of Newport, Rhode Island where the rentals are located. An interactive slideshow and text content complete the presentation.

In addition to the homepage presentation, more local knowledge is available on a separate page accessed by clicking on "Ten Great Things to Do in Newport" located at the bottom of the text content.

Within the homepage text, hyperlinks provide promotional videos and links to properties and information.

From the main menu on the homepage there are links to videos, also linked within the text. A "Resources" button brings up a PDF file lease agreement. The "Privacy Policy" shows Ocean State Rentals terms of service and policies.

Feedback from past customers is accessed from the "Testimonial" button. The final function in the menu provides contact information with phone and email addresses for general inquiries, booking agent and the owner.

Access to the rental inventory is linked within the content section, or a button in the vertical menu to the left. Either link takes you to the same page.

Once on the Ocean State Rentals page, showing the four complexes available, you're given a general listing and individual photos. Clicking on the photo enlarges the overview shot. Each block has two additional links for availability and specific information.

Under "More information" you'll find a complete list of amenities for both the complex and the suite itself. All suites have two-bedrooms, two baths with Jacuzzi style bathtubs, WiFi, and flat-screen televisions. Linens are included. Other amenities vary between properties. Typical occupancy ranges from 2 to 6.

After selecting the rental complex the "Check Availability" button begins the reservation process. You're taken to a page to bring up a calendar or enter exact dates.

Once the dates have been selected you're taken to a listing page with the complex, unit number, rates and occupancy limits. "Click to Reserve" takes you to an online reservation form.

After reading the disclosures, you submit the standard information such as name, address and contact information. A non-refundable payment in full is required with a credit card. Information is protected with McAfee Secure.

At the very bottom of the index / Homepage there's a small hyperlink, "Newport Beach Rentals," which takes you offsite to Flipkey for additional rentals. These are broader listings, not necessarily Newport waterfront, but still within the same general area.

The "Site Map" contains a bit of a hidden gem. In addition to the usual hierarchical information, the site map contains a wealth of links for visitors who may not be completely familiar with Newport Rhode Island.

There's a link to one of Newport's most popular events, the America's Cup. HomeAway has more rentals. There are links to popular "must see" places in the "City by the Sea," Ocean State Rentals twitter account, Facebook page and blog.

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