Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A nice spot for budget travelers
Families on vacation, sports teams on a weekend trip for a tournament, and plenty of business travelers -- those are the target demographics of the Seekonk Inn. The hotel offers the basics: an uninspired lobby with vending machines, a daily breakfast buffet featuring standard fare, a basic-use business center and fitness center, and a heated indoor pool. The drab (and sometimes stained) hospitality-style carpeting throughout the property, and the plastic-covered chairs in the breakfast room definitely cheapen the place, but for the price this hotel does its job.
Seven miles from downtown Providence
Smack dab on Route 6, you’ll find nearly every big-box shopping store on this stretch of road (Target, Walmart, Kohls) along with just about every fast food and chain restaurant you can imagine. While it’s actually located in a suburb of Providence, (technically in Massachusetts), Seekonk is just a quick drive to downtown Providence. Plus, by staying outside of the city, you can enjoy room rates that are much cheaper.
Providence has always been a bit like Boston's little sister. When it came to East Coast cities, it was always a question of "Boston or New York?" for travelers. However, that has started to change over the years, and Providence is coming into its own. The capital of the smallest state in the country, Providence is densely populated and chock full of interesting things to see and do, such as the Riverwalk, historic buildings dating back to pre-revolutionary times, and the oldest Baptist church in America. Not to mention, it's an easily walkable city. Of course, those used to a grid system may get a little lost walking the streets of Providence, which seem to have no rhyme or reason to the way they run.
Downtown, there are plenty of galleries, shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars to keep the average vacationer happy. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and the Providence Performing Arts Center are a couple notable spots. Every summer, don’t miss the spectacle of WaterFire -- 100 bonfires are lit just above the surface of the water on the three rivers that pass through downtown.
And for prospective college students, Brown, Johnson and Wales, and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) are right in the downtown area.
Standard hotel rooms with soft beds
There’s nothing extraordinary or unique about the rooms, but for a mid-range hotel chain, that’s to be expected. No luxurious linens or bedding here, but at least the beds have duvets instead of old, dated bedspreads. Above all, the rooms are clean (although a few of the rooms had the smell of cigarette smoke, even though the hotel itself is a non-smoking property). The microwaves and mini-fridges are a nice bonus.
The heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi are great during those harsh New England winters
The Best Western Seekonk has clean rooms, a heated indoor pool (great during New England winters), a fitness center, and a free daily breakfast -- for a budget-friendly price. Decor is what you'd expect (standard drab-chain getup), and for the most part amenities are no-frills -- though the in-room microwaves and mini-fridges are a bonus. Although there is no restaurant on the property, the location on busy commercial Route 6 is near chain restaurants galore.