The 6 Best Hotel Rooms in Rhode Island

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


With Memorial Day behind us, the summer is nothing but blue skies and vacations to plan. The following half-dozen hotel rooms, chosen for being the most luxurious, glamorous, or just plain incredible, are here to show the rest of the world that the best vacationing is right here in Rhode Island. Save your dollars and plan a stay.

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Stone House Inn - Plover Suite

You'd never know you were in New England, much less Little Compton. This suite in the beautifully renovated Stone House Inn is as thoroughly modern and beautiful as anything in Los Angeles. Highlights include a private balcony, fantastic sound system with recessed Bose speakers throughout the room, Japanese-style deep soaking tub, plus high-end Red Flower bath and beauty amenities. Summer rate: $400-$425. Stone House Inn, Little Compton.



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Hotel Viking - Breakers Suite

Sheer elegance. When your hotel room has a main parlor, not a living room, you know this is all about sense and sensibility. Plus, a formal dining area with a chandelier, focal point fireplace, wood parquet floors, hand-knotted area rug and elaborate tassel-trimmed drapery. Regal furnishings showcased by chinoiserie and gold and silver detailing. The Breakers Suite features a separate master bedroom and a private adjacent guest bedroom with its own sitting area – accommodations ideal for a family and formal Newport entertaining at its best. Summer rate: depending on availability, starting at $759 per night. Hotel Viking, One Bellevue Avenue, Newport.



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41 North - Grand Suite I

Let's begin with the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Newport Harbor and an oversized balcony spanning the length of the suite. Yes, dining and living rooms, yes gas fireplace, and oh yes, a two-person deep-soaking tub and separate shower with body spray. There's literary luxury here as well with a full-stocked library and a signature Dr. Seuss book (they think of everything). The in-room I-Pad has complimentary newspapers and hotel directories, and there's an artist-designed keychain. Distinctive and unique in the Newport landscape of luxury accommodations. Summer rate: weekday $1,795, weekend $1,895. 41 North, 351 Thames St, Newport.


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Ocean House - Tower Suite

This is the dream. And you can see Montauk from it. This extraordinary suite tops the stunningly rebuilt Ocean House Resort in Watch Hill, and commands the coast with an expansive outdoor deck, stunning panoramic ocean views and a private roof deck. The size of many homes at nearly 2,400 square feet, it's a four-floor two-bedroom/two-bath escape brought to summery perfection by well-known decorator Cindy Rinfret. More? Gorgeous details like a vertical grain fir ceiling that rises 24 feet, custom-designed bookcases, and the most astonishingly Zen bath (soaring loft, day bed, hand-appliqued pillows...) in the hotel universe. Summer rate: $5,000 per night. Ocean House, Watch Hill.


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The Chanler - The Renaissance Room

European splendor marks this beautiful retreat just off Cliff Walk. And like any world-class room, the greatest pleasures are often found in the bath. To wit: a spectacular marbled bath complete with sunken tub surrounded by columns and featuring a screen that depicts a scene from ancient Rome. Trims of gold on the double vanity, an oversized walk-in shower, private toilet and bidet room. The bedroom, surrounded by tall windows overlooking the room’s rooftop deck and Atlantic Ocean, has decidedly French details, with ornately paneled walls as well as a carved ceiling treatment. The room has three luxurious crystal chandeliers, an antique walnut hand-laid floor, and antique oriental rug of gold, turquoise, and pink accents. And guess what: there is a special hook high in the closet, specifically made for bridal gowns. Summer rate: weekday $849, weekend $1,249 (prices may be higher in July/August around the Jazz Festival). The Chanler, 117 Memorial Blvd, Newport.

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Vanderbilt Grace - Grace Suite

This is like having your own, remarkable apartment in the heart of historic Newport. Available in one bedroom and two bedroom configuration, the suite looks out on historic Mary Street but has a modern sensibility. In its one-bedroom configuration the 940 sq ft suite has a dining area, kitchen, living area and an additional bathroom. The bedroom comes with a king-size bed, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and separate tub. Facilities include a flatscreen TV, free WiFi, CD/DVD player. In its two bedroom configuration the Grace Suite measures 2000 sq ft. It offers views of both Main Street and the garden terrace. The two bedroom Grace Suite has the added benefit of encompassing the beautiful Christy Room thus giving guests an additional private reception room - and one of the most stylish in the whole of Rhode Island. Summer rate: $1,600. Vanderbilt Grace, 41 Mary St, Newport.


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