Looking to rest your head in the Ocean State? We’ve got you covered! Check out our picks for the best lodging in Rhode Island for 2015.
BEST PET-FRIENDLY INN
THE DARIUS INN, Block Island
Dogs travel free on the Block Island Ferry, and island beaches are open to leashed puppies. But where will you stay? Easy! Vibrant, casual, energetic, fun—all describe can-do sisters Christy and Becca Zendt and the centrally located, shabby-chic beach house they run, where five first-floor suites are pet-friendly. Rates: from $95.
62 Dodge St. 401-465-6357; dariusblockisland.com
BEST RETREAT HOUSE
PARADISE FARMHOUSE AT NORMAN BIRD SANCTUARY, Middletown
A thoughtful renovation and update, in keeping with its National Register of Historic Places status, has transformed a centuries-old structure into a bright, airy, six-bedroom refuge on the grounds of Newport County’s largest wildlife sanctuary. Reserve the farmhouse for a private eco-escape or retreat of your own design, or find rooms available by the night in conjunction with birding programs hosted at this 325-acre site.
583 Third Beach Road. 401-846-2577; normanbirdsanctuary.org/farmhouse
BEST CAPITAL DIGS
THE DEAN, Providence
Think European hostel meets minimalist, mid-century American home inside an art professor’s apartment, and you’ll intuit the vibe at Providence’s sleek new boutique hotel. Yes, you can snooze in bunk beds if you choose. Karaoke in The Boombox is also optional. The staff ’s genuine desire to assist makes this the ideal crashpad for city newcomers. Rates: from $99.
122 Fountain St. 401-455-3326; thedeanhotel.com
BEST BEACH VALUE
THE ANCHOR MOTEL, Narragansett
A family beach vacation is within your budget. This clean, comfy motel is just steps across the street from Rhode Island’s most popular sandbox, Scarborough State Beach. All 15 rooms boast ocean views. Kids 10 and under stay free; parking’s free; beach admission’s free. Coffee and doughnuts? Also free for guests in the B & B rooms. Rates: from $99.
825 Ocean Road. 401-792-8550; theanchormotel.com
HISTORIC HIGHLIGHT – BEST VILLA-STYLE STAYS
WATCH HILL INN, Watch Hill (1845)
With all the amenities of its acclaimed sister property, Ocean House, just a short walk away, this lavishly remodeled allsuite, coastal-chic property gives families and small groups a luxurious option for extended stays. With ultra-modern kitchens, in-room laundry, waterview terraces, and designer touches, these 650- to 4,000-square-foot accommodations feel like dream homes. Rates: from $455.
38–44 Bay St. 401-584-7400; watchhillinn.com