Forty 1 North Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upscale, eco-friendly boutique hotel set on a marina attracts yacht owners by the dozens, and has a hip bar scene that brings in a trendy local clientele as well. The contemporary rooms are luxuriously appointed and decked out with all the latest technology -- including free Wi-Fi and iPads for guest use, popular amenities among business travelers. The hotel also features several indoor and outdoor spaces for meetings and events, and an on-site event planner is helpful in prepping for meetings.
Vanderbilt Grace Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Vanderbilt Grace is a 100-year-old mansion built by the Vanderbilt family that has been converted into a modern, elegant hotel. It's a luxury property, so accommodations here don't come cheap, but the rooms are well-appointed, the dining is first-class, and the location is prime -- close to Newport, but without the noise -- making it a good choice for business travelers. Plus, the hotel features three meeting spaces, as well as an outdoor terrace for gatherings, and a substantial fitness center for business travelers who still want to break a sweat after meetings.
Hyatt Regency Newport Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Hyatt Regency may be on Goat Island, but it's just a 10-minute walk across the bridge from downtown. If you'd rather not walk, the hotel offers a free hotel shuttle and water shuttle to the downtown area. Plus, business travelers will likely appreciate features such as a 24-hour business center and multiple meeting rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, numerous dining options, and high-tech rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, work desks, iPod docks.