The Best Holiday Houses and Bed & Breakfasts to Book in Rhode Island

If your trip to the East Coast of America calls for a holiday house, Rhode Island has you covered
If your trip to the East Coast of America calls for a holiday house, Rhode Island has you covered | © Susan Viera / Alamy Stock Photo
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Windswept coastal scenery, historic maritime towns and excellent seafood restaurants make the smallest state in the United States well worth a visit. Whether you are in Newport to watch the America’s Cup or are preparing to explore the capital city of Providence, here are the best B&Bs and holiday houses in Rhode Island, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Bluebird Suites, for an extended stay in downtown Providence

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A living area in Bluebird Suites, with several soft seats by a fireplace
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In the middle of the Smith Hill neighborhood, close to Rhode Island State House, you’ll find Bluebird Suites. They’re a good bet if you prefer an apartment experience or a longer trip. Rooms feature private entrances, modern decor, full kitchens and king-size beds, plus washers and dryers. You can even work up a sweat in the on-site fitness center. Bluebird also has a picnic and barbecue area, and offers free parking in a private lot – a big boon in a city where that often comes at a premium.

2. Hydrangea House Inn, for a traditional bolthole in Newport

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The exterior of Hydrangea House Inn, with flowers surrounding the wooden-stepped entrance
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On prestigious Bellevue Avenue, home to many of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, the Hydrangea House Inn offers a quiet bed-and-breakfast experience. The gracious property has 10 rooms and suites, decorated with antique furnishings and floral curtains. Many also come with fireplaces, two-person spa tubs and steam baths. Breakfast served in the formal dining room is an event in itself, featuring home-made breads and granola, scrambled eggs in puff pastry, and the inn’s signature raspberry pancakes. From November through April, a two-night minimum stay is required on weekends; romance, anniversary and honeymoon packages are also available.

3. Global Luxury Suites, for a spacious pad in downtown Providence

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A living area at Global Luxury Suites, with a sofa, soft chair, dining table and TV; a double bed is through a doorway
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Global Luxury Suites offers amenity-filled stays in sleek apartments. Each unit sleeps from three to five guests, and has a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and Italian-made cabinetry. Bedrooms boast walk-in closets and large windows that overlook the city, while the building itself has a decked-out fitness center, co-working spaces, a club lounge and a rooftop deck with panoramic views. Just don’t forget your bike: this apart-hotel has a dedicated cycle storage facility.

4. Club Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn, for vintage grandeur in Jamestown

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The exterior of Club Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn as seen from a garden; a bridge over open water is nearby
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Located on scenic Narragansett Bay, Club Wyndham Bay is a Victorian mansion that has been transformed into a classically elegant hotel. Spot signs of its past in the vintage-inspired furnishings and traditional green-tiled roof. Queen-sized rooms with separate living areas come as standard; upgrade to a deluxe suite for a balcony. Make sure you take the 4mi (6.4km) Cliff Walk along the eastern shore of nearby Newport before unwinding back at the hotel in the outdoor pool overlooking the waterfront.

5. Melville House Inn, for an intimate B&B in Newport

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The exterior of Melville House Inn, with plant pots by a red door
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Close to Bowen’s Wharf, Newport’s historic seaport, Melville House Inn provides a cozy place to rest your head within walking distance of the major sights. The double rooms are warm and homey, set inside an 18th-century building. Each one comes with its own ensuite, while there’s a family room for those traveling with kids. Make sure you book a table at the nearby Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar for fresh-off-the-boat lobster rolls.

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