Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown Rating: 2.5 Pearls
It may be a chain hotel, but Hampton Inn & Suites Providence is one of the best deals downtown, and has personality and character thanks in part to its historic building. With a free daily breakfast, modern features (including flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped fitness center), and a central location, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck here. Plus, suites come with microwaves, mini-fridges, and pull-out couches. There's plenty for both business travelers and families to like, but there's no pool -- unlike at the nearby (and pricier) Courtyard by Marriott.
Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Sheraton Providence Airport, located only a quarter mile from T.F. Green, is a convenient option for travelers who need to be by the airport. The guest rooms are comfortable and clean -- important for any business traveler -- and there's free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Bluefire Restaurant and Lounge, and the Link@Sheraton lobby featuring computer stations with free Internet, are nice additions. The on-site fitness center has modern equipment, and the hotel provides free shuttle to nearby spots (including the airport).
Johnson & Wales Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls
For rates that are only marginally higher than those of the budget chain hotels in Seekonk, Johnson & Wales gives more for your money. The on-site restaurant serves delicious local steak and seafood, and the large rooms are a step up from those at the nearby Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn, with flat-screen TVs, higher quality decor and bedding, and enormous bathrooms (though the extra space isn't always used well). Sure, the decor is dated in typical New England fashion (mustard-colored carpeting, antique-style furnishings) and there is no pool, but free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, and free parking make this hotel a great value.
Best Western Plus Providence - Seekonk Inn Rating: 2.5 Pearls
For its budget-friendly price, Best Western Seekonk has clean rooms, a heated indoor pool (great during New England winters), a fitness center, and a free daily breakfast. Decor is what you'd expect (standard drab-chain getup), and for the most part amenities are no-frills -- though the in-room microwave and mini-fridge are a bonus. Although there is no restaurant on the property, the location on busy commercial Route 6 is near chain restaurants galore.