Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip with the kids and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top picks for families in Providence, and get inspired!
For families and business travelers who want beyond the basics in their mid-range hotel chain, the Marriott Providence Downtown offers more than most -- free parking, a variety of bonuses (spa, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, restaurant and bars, and business center), and comfortable rooms with nice modern features (flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi). The price is slightly steeper than at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, but that hotel's features offering isn't nearly as complete.
Courtyard Providence Downtown is a mid-range chain hotel in a prime -- you guessed it -- downtown Providence location. It’s a dependable hotel that delivers clean, comfortable beds at a reasonable rate. The indoor pool and whirlpool are excellent additions for families, as is the on-site restaurant, The Bistro, open for breakfast and dinner.
It may be a chain hotel, but Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown still 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 in downtown Providence, 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 Courtyard by Marriott. Though the Best Western Plus Providence does have a pool, the Hampton Inn & Suites ranks higher for its superior location.
For its budget-friendly price, Best Western Seekonk has clean rooms, a heated indoor pool (great for kids, especially 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 for families. Although there is no restaurant on the property, the location on busy commercial Route 6 is near chain restaurants galore.