Places to Stay
Now that you’ve arrived in the tiniest state in the United States, it is time to check into the relaxing environment especially designed to relax and enrich your stay. There are very pleasant accommodations in each of the five counties: Providence, Bristol, Newport, Kent and Washington. All are close to attractions, landmarks and museums or far away from anything at all.
Rhode Island offers everything from the cozy New England atmosphere of a Bed and Breakfast to the upscale downtown accommodations of a resort-style hotel. The following is a sampling of each end of the spectrum of accommodations available in the Ocean State.
For travelers who enjoy cozy, personal service, bed and breakfasts may be the way to go. Three choices in Rhode Island that could be your perfect accommodation: Point Pleasant Inn Bed and Breakfast in Bristol, The Brattle House Bed and Breakfast in Newport, and Old Court Bed and Breakfast in Providence.
Point Pleasant Inn Bed and Breakfast
333 Poppasquash Road
Bristol, RI 02809
Fax: (401) 253-0371
E-Fax: (208) 445-6626
Innkeepers: Trish and Gunter Hafer
Located between Providence and Newport, Point Pleasant Inn is a 33-room mansion providing a cozy retreat for those travelers who wish to “get away from it all”.
Whether enjoying a Rockwell-era book in the Inn’s library, a view of the water from the Grand Salon, the music room, billiards or other games, as well as an exercise room, tennis court, bocce, croquet, volleyball, hoops, kayaks and bicycles amongst other amenities, you will find it at Point Pleasant.
Along with a bike path, there is a water taxi service close by and, on Wednesday nights, regatta races and a lawn party. Also available for your enjoyment are such amenities as: full breakfast in the dining room (known for its murals of Bristol’s famous homes), tea and coffee service, soft drinks, baked goods, fresh fruit. Included in your room rate is a full bar in the dining room.
Some “extras” include: scenic cruises, massages, and a honeymoon/anniversary package. Points of interest close to Point Pleasant Inn Bed and Breakfast area include: the Newport mansions and cliff walk, an opera or play in Providence, the Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute, Colt State Park, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum,
Roger Williams Park, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Abbington Village and Audobon Society of Rhode Island.
The Brattle House Bed and Breakfast
209 Spring Street
Newport, RI 02840
Innkeepers: Barbara and Joe Tortolani
Brattle House Bed and Breakfast, located in the Historic Hill section of downtown Newport, is one of nearly 20 bed and breakfasts in Newport. Brattle House offers canopy beds, a sitting area, private bath, air conditioning and a TV. A full breakfast, afternoon refreshments, parking, and a coupon booklet offering discounts to area shops, restaurants and local attractions are also included.
Points/activities of interest nearby include: a harbor cruise, a walk along Cliff Walk, bike rides along Ocean Drive, Newport Arts Festival, waterfront festivals, Grand Jai Alai, Newport to Providence Ferry, Naval War College, Naval Station, Historic Ten Mile Drive, sight sailing yacht charters, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Salve Regina University.
Old Court Bed and Breakfast
144 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Innkeeper: Christopher Lavendier
Old Court Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of downtown Providence, offers period furniture in both public and private areas and breakfasts with croissants, juice, pastries and full home-made breakfast. All rooms have private baths, a phone and TV.
This bed and breakfast is located within walking distance of central downtown, Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Consider visiting some of these other points of interest: Benefit Street features many Colonial and
Victorian Houses, Waterfire, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence Place Mall, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Johnson and Wales University and the East Side with its art galleries, specialty stores, and points of architectural interest.
Incorporated in 1677, East Greenwich is the “shire” town of this county. It is located just 13 miles south of Providence and offers an excellent harbor for both commercial and pleasure craft. Metropolitan Park faces a protected inlet near East Greenwich as well as a golf course, horseback trails, beach and picnic areas.
Warwick is the largest city in the county, which also includes Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich and West Warwick. Two interesting places within Kent County are the Warwick Museum of Art and the New England Institute of Technology. Of special interest to school groups, children and youth groups is the University of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center.
The T.F. Green Airport is the travelers destination point in Kent County. Located in Warwick, it is considered a medium-size hub compared to other airports in the New England area. There are several sites in Kent County where immigration records are located and this county is known to genealogists as a gold mine of ancestry records.
The only thing that you won’t find in Kent County is a cozy, homey bed and breakfast! For that, you will need to go to nearby Newport County.
There are Alternatives . . .
For the traveler who prefers the hotel (or inn) experience, there are just as many offerings. The “short list” includes: Bristol Harbor Inn, the Hyatt Regency Newport, and Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor.
Bristol Harbor Inn
259 Thames Street
Bristol, RI 02809
Overlooking Narragansett Bay, Bristol Harbor Inn is the gem of Rhode Island hotels. This inn is truly special. It is also unique because it is not part of any hotel chain.
You enjoy the privacy and convenience of a hotel with all the comforts of home. Each room has a private bath, data port, writing desk, phone, air conditioning, and cable TV. Room rates also include a continental breakfast. The proprietors are quite visible as they tend to the comforts of their guests
These waterfront accommodations are walking distance from museums, parks, the East Bay Bike Path, shopping and dining areas. The inn has a selection of accommodations: suites, water view or waterfront, and rooms with fireplaces.
This inn also has facilities to accommodate business meetings, lectures, rehearsals, wedding receptions and exhibitions. Bristol Harbor Inn is a crucial part of the Thames Street Landing, a waterfront restoration/renovation.
Hyatt Regency Newport
1 Goat Island
Newport, RI 02840
The Hyatt Regency is in a high end resort area. It is set up for people who wish to be at home while they are on the road. The rooms here include: separate work areas, cable TV, telephone, individual air conditioning, daily newspaper, clock radio, individual heat control, private bathroom and room service. Internet connection is available for a fee.
Some of the other amenities include: shuttle service downtown, in-house gym and a business center that operates 24/7 and offers high-speed Internet access, copying, faxing, printing, laptop safes, sign making, and typing services.
Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor
220 India Street
Providence, RI 02903
The Radisson is a boutique hotel located in Historic East Side Providence, just minutes from downtown, and is said to be the only hotel in Providence with a waterfront view. Rooms include: newspaper, coffee maker, maid service, modem, and cable TV. General amenities include a 24-hour front desk, copy service, gym, elevators, indoor parking, indoor tennis, complimentary, wireless internet and laundry/valet services. The Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor offers rooms with Sleep Number® Beds, ergonomic chairs and longer, wider work desks.
Rhode Island’s Special Treat
Bed and Breakfast
Narragansett, Rhode Island
This romantic, contemporary and stately home has 17 rooms spread over 3 floors. Narragansett has a beautiful town beach, a mile long, 2 blocks from the Candlelight Inn. The Atlantic Ocean is closer - just a single block from this bed and breakfast.
The Candlelight Inn is located in the heart of Narragansett. Topography of the area lends itself to jogging, walking, running and inline skating. This Bed and Breakfast is across the road from Veterans’ Park as well as the historic block of yesteryear casinos. The grand hotels once occupied this location.
The area has many casual and fine dining restaurants and the Inn is a short drive from an indoor theatre complex, shopping areas, entertainment, artist communities and their galleries as well as golf, hiking, cycling, canoeing and boating.
Visitors to the Candlelight Inn will leave with a sense of being fulfilled and very anxious to return in the future.
Why not take a day trip or weekend getaway to Block Island?
The National Hotel on Block Island is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. The 45 room hotel which overlooks Old Harbor was built in 1888 and renovated in 2004 and offers the latest amenities.
This Rhode Island gem is walking distance to the ferry, restaurants, shops and beaches. This landmark Victorian Hotel also has its own restaurant, bar and grill which features fresh seafood and excellent steaks.
The National Hotel
Water St, Block Island, RI
Phone: (401) 466-2901
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