Places to Stay in Newport, RI

Looking for Newport, Rhode Island hotels?

If you stay in downtown Newport, you’ll be within walking distance of Newport’s historic attractions, picturesque harbor, popular restaurants and boutique shops. Many of these properties have rooms with water views. If you want to save money on lodging costs, consider staying in nearby Middletown. You’ll find lower rates (especially during the peak summer months) and free parking. The hotels in Middletown don’t have historic charm and nice views, but they are just a couple miles down the road from all Newport has to offer. If you like bed and breakfasts, check out these top Newport B&Bs;.

 

Newport, Rhode Island Hotels by Category

Downtown Hotels

Downtown Newport has a variety of lodging options, from luxury inns to large chain hotels to timeshare properties that offer condo-size accommodations (even if you don’t own a timeshare). During much of the year, you can find affordable rates at downtown Newport hotels. During the summer, however, the prices skyrocket. Despite high prices, hotels in Newport are generally booked far in advance for special event weekends (like during the Newport Jazz Festival or Newport Folk Festival).

 

Newport B&Bs

Newport has quite a few B&Bs. Some are steps away from the hustle and bustle of Newport Harbor; others are tucked away in residential neighborhoods…still just a short walk from top attractions.

Sometimes when hotels are sold out during big event weekends, you may be able to find a room at one of the smaller B&Bs…some even allow dogs!

 

Affordable Hotels in Middletown

Middletown has quite a few budget-friendly, family-friendly hotel options like Hampton Inn & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.

Places to Stay in Providence, RI

Looking for Providence Hotels?

Pick the location, price and amenities that fit your needs. Start by deciding if you want to stay downtown, close to WaterFire, performing arts venues, Providence Place Mall, universities and the Italian restaurants and bakeries on Federal Hill. Rates at downtown hotels are not as high as in larger cities. And you might find some bargains on the weekends when business travelers check out. You might also want to consider one of the city’s smaller “bed and breakfast hotels,” one of the many hotels near the airport or hotel bargains in nearby Seekonk.

Providence Hotels by Category

To make it easier to find your perfect hotel, I’ve divided the listings into 4 categories:

 

Downtown Hotels
Downtown, you’ll have several lodging options, from the historic and beautifully restored Providence Biltmore to the charming Hotel Providence. Many of these properties are within walking distance of the city’s restaurants and attractions.

 

Airport Hotels
Keep in mind that the “Providence” airport is actually in Warwick, a few exits from downtown. Near the airport, you’ll probably find a better room rate as well as free parking (and maybe even a complimentary breakfast). You can drive into the city in less than 15 minutes, or get to Newport and the popular South County beaches in less than 45 minutes.

Bargain “Providence” Hotels
Depending on the day of the week and time of the year, you may find low rates at several downtown hotels. However, you’ll probably find even cheaper rates just outside Providence in Seekonk.

Although Seekonk is actually in Massachusetts, you’re just about 10 minutes from downtown Providence and a bit closer to Newport. You will also save money with free parking (and free breakfast in most cases).

Bed and Breakfast Hotels
For a different type of lodging experience, try one of the 6 bed and breakfasts in Providence and surrounding areas. Accommodations, amenities and prices vary.

 

Places to Stay in Block Island, RI

Need Block Island lodging? If you’re visiting during the summer, it’s best to plan ahead. Some hotels and B&Bs; are booked solid (especially on weekends) and rental homes should be reserved months in advance. Block Island is the kind of place where generations of families visit year after year, staying in the same hotel during the same week each summer.

 

Types of Block Island Lodging

To make it easier to search through, we’ve curated listings into 3 categories:

Hotels
These are larger properties with at least 17 guest rooms and an on-site restaurant. Some are located directly in the heart of town, while others are just a short walk from the main drag.

 

Inns/B&Bs (City Center)
All of these inns and B&Bs; are right in the heart of town, just steps from the ferry, shops, restaurants and the beach. If you stay in one of these properties, you could find plenty to keep you happy without ever needing a car, taxi, bike or moped. The downside? Many of these rooms are cooled by ocean breezes rather than air conditioning. And with open windows comes noise, especially if you’re near some of the larger restaurants that have outdoor dining and live music. (This usually is only an issue on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.)

 

Inns/B&Bs (Just outside of Town)
Many of these properties are just a 5-10 minute walk from the ferry landing and main drag in town (and the beach). Others are slightly farther away. If you don’t bring your car on the island, you can always rent a bicycle or take an island taxi when you don’t feel like walking.

Many of these inns/B&Bs; have sprawling yards and large porches or decks, some with water views. If peace and quiet are important to you, this is the type of place you’re looking for and will readily find on Block Island.

 

FAQs for Block Island Lodging

When it comes to Block Island lodging, you have a lot of options. To find the best fit for you, consider these questions:

Are you searching for a romantic inn or a family-friendly hotel?
Some smaller inns and B&Bs; cater to couples, so if you’re bringing the family, pick a hotel that welcomes kids. Or consider renting a cottage or beach house.

Are you looking for luxury?
Block Island is a laid-back kind of place and that is reflected in most of the island’s lodging options. If you’re looking for a 4-star hotel, you won’t find it here. If there are certain amenities you can’t do without (think air conditioning, a television or private bath), be sure to ask before booking.

Are your travel dates flexible?
To avoid the highest rates and minimum stay requirements, plan your Block Island vacation for mid-week…or consider coming in May, June, or September. The weather may be cooler, but the island is just as beautiful.

Traveling last minute?
Contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce if you need last-minute help with Block Island lodging (800-383-2474). Their office is located inside the Welcome Center at the Old Harbor ferry landing.

 

Lodging Options

Like most long-time Surf Hotel guests, we were very sad when the hotel closed a few years ago. I’ll never forget the feeling of pulling out of the harbor on the ferry and looking back to see the Surf Hotel guests waving what felt for the last time. The good news is that this lodging site was reborn as Block Island Beach House with some significant changes but with many of the things that made the original Surf Hotel so great. Worth a look and a visit. Other great options are The Gables II, Avonlea, Spring House, and Payne’s Harbor View Inn.

City Spotlight: Wickford

Wickford, RI is a quaint waterfront village that’s worth a trip. It’s about 30 minutes from Providence and 20 minutes from Newport. Visiting the South County beaches? Wickford is just minutes away. If you enjoy strolling down small-town main streets and browsing in eclectic shops, Wickford, RI is for you. There are restaurant choices for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending on what time you visit, and a fabulous bakery you won’t want to miss. Scroll down for details on shopping, restaurants and attractions.

 

A Peek at Some Favorite

Wickford, RI Stores

What’s nice about shopping in Wickford is that you’ll find an eclectic mix of small, local stores. From women’s clothing to jewelry to unusual gifts and household items, there’s something for everyone. It’s also a very pet-friendly village. Dogs are welcome to join you for outdoor dining and even in some stores. You’ll also find lots of water bowls on the sidewalks so Fido can stay hydrated. Here’s a taste of the stores you’ll find in Wickford, Rhode Island:

 

  • The Book Garden is your top pick if you’re one of those people who can’t walk by a bookstore without going in. You’ll find a nice assortment of used books for adults and children.
  • Nearby, look for The Grateful Heart for books related to meditation, philosophy, psychology and women’s issues.
  • Family-owned Wilson’s of Wickford has been in business since 1944. Stop in for men’s or women’s apparel, with brands such as Tommy Bahama, Woolrich, The North Face and Pendleton.
  • It’s hard to miss Lulabells because of its bright pink exterior. Inside, you’ll find a variety of gifts, household items and jewelry. Look for the eco-friendly cutting boards and serving dishes made from recycled bottles.
  • Wickford is a dog-friendly community, and if you like to pamper your pet, you’ll want to be sure to stop in Shaggy Chic. You can pick up adorable collars and doggie sweaters as well as grooming items, treats and other necessities.
  • For a wide variety of home decor and gift items, stop by the Yes! Gallery. You’ll find beautiful pottery, handmade artwork and even items that use recycled materials from Fenway Park (great for the Boston Red Sox fan in your life).

 

Restaurants in Wickford, Rhode Island

Wickford Diner

For an inexpensive diner breakfast, start your day at the Wickford Diner. While service can be hit or miss, the food (and coffee) hits the spot. For an inexpensive, hearty breakfast, try the Wickford Diner.

 

Beach Rose Cafe

This small, casual cafe serves breakfast and lunch, either inside or out on the deck overlooking Wickford Cove. (Bring your dog!) For lunch, choose from a variety of sandwiches, salads, wraps and paninis, as well as local seafood favorites like clam rolls, chowder and clamcakes. The outdoor seating at Beach Rose Cafe is nice in warmer weather.

 

Wild Flour Bakery

If you need a little pick-me-up after all that shopping, be sure to stop by the Wild Flour Bakery. When you see all the beautiful items in the display case (all reasonably priced), you may need several minutes to decide what to order. Coffee and gelato are also available. If you like sweets, don’t miss the Wild Flour Bakery.

 

Tavern by the Sea

If you’re looking for dinner in Wickford, this is your best option. Depending on the weather and your preference, you can sit inside or out on the casual, dog-friendly deck overlooking a small section of Wickford Cove. Most salads and sandwiches are under $10, with grilled pizzas just a bit more. Dinner entrees are in the $16-$20 range. Stop by on Tuesdays and you can get dinner for two (including two glasses of wine) for under $35. Tavern by the Sea is a popular dinner spot in Wickford.