Cozy and Relaxing Wintertime Stays in Rhode Island

Where to stay (and unwind) when you plan your getaway from winter into spring. 
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Hotels with Spas

Graduate Providence

Formerly the Providence Biltmore, this landmark locale is close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Redesigned rooms bursting with old-school charm pay homage to Providence’s history and are stocked with Malin + Goetz amenities. Get pampered in one of the Norwich Spa’s ten treatment rooms, hair salon, manicure and pedicure stations, sauna or relaxation rooms. Just reading the range of massages is relaxing: hot stones, deep tissue, exfoliation, anti-aging, the Mommy to Be and more.  11 Dorrance St., Providence,  401-421-0700, graduatehotels.com/providence

Hotel Viking

Located in the heart of downtown Newport, Hotel Viking offers historic charm with modern amenities and Gilded Age glamour. Luxurious rooms, newly renovated indoor pool and fitness center and a range of dining options are anything but ordinary. Don’t miss the award-winning SpaFjör’s relaxing and energizing treatments to embark on a healing journey with revitalizing treatments from around the world. Try the signature One Bellevue Bourbon Body Scrub, the Javanese Royal Ritual or the Volcanic Earth Clay Ritual. One Bellevue Ave., Newport, 401-847-3300, hotelviking.com

Shelter Harbor Inn

Experience quintessential New England hospitality with upscale amenities on more than three acres of greenery on Block Island Sound. Completely revamped in 2019, the Inn offers twenty-two guest rooms and suites, charming indoor and outdoor event spaces, an onsite farm to fork restaurant and seasonal activities. The Spa is a highlight, with a range of massage offerings and unique facial and body treatments such as the eighty-minute Quonnie Skin Quench, a rejuvenating and anti-aging treatment. 10 Wagner Rd., Westerly, 401-322-8883, shelterharborinnri.com

The Break Hotel

Just thirty minutes from Providence is the Break, a twelve-room/four-suite boutique property on a distinctive stretch of beach with a retro-chic surf vibe and whimsical beachfront touches. Relax in the beach house atmosphere with ocean views, heated outdoor year-round saltwater pool, sauna, fitness room and fireplaces in every room. Their micro-spa offers a sanctuary for the senses with private treatment rooms for relaxing massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps. Check out the Detoxifying Salt Polish with coconut oil massage and sea salt scrub.  1208 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, 401-363-9800, thebreakhotel.com

Ocean House

This summer getaway is even more restorative in the quieter winter months. Guest rooms are elegant and plush, and twenty-four-hour room service with farm-to-table cuisine means you can hide away without sacrificing flavor. Their Ocean and Harvest (OH!) Spa ups the luxe factor: it’s the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Rhode Island. Perched high on the bluffs with an ocean view, they offer massage, body treatments (hello Ocean Body Wrap!), skin and nail care, salon services and an indoor saltwater pool. 1 Bluff Ave., Watch Hill, 855-678-0364, oceanhouseri.com

Newport Harbor Island Resort

With comfort top of mind in huge rooms with luxe linens, jetted tubs and water views all around, Newport Harbor Island Resort is soothing from the moment you set down your bag. Their Seawater Spa with floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding bay is the icing on the relaxation cake with a complete menu of therapeutic treatments and packages that allow you to enjoy the combination of services that suit you best. Leave time to check out the indoor heated pool, outdoor saltwater pool and eucalyptus sauna fitness center. Goat Island, Newport, 401-851-3325, newportharborisland.com

Castle Hill Inn

Originally built in 1875 as a summer residence for a noted marine biologist, the Castle Hill Inn is a coastal haven of romance and relaxation. Choose to stay in a cottage on the private beach or one of the rooms in the Agassiz Mansion, some of which feature gas fireplaces, oversized soaking tubs, and wet bars. Leave time to rejuvenate at their boutique spa, Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetic, with luxurious face and body treatments and products made from organically grown herbs and flowers, many harvested from the seaside farmlands of Rhode Island. 590 Ocean Dr., Newport, 401-849-3800, castlehillinn.com

Bristol Harbor Inn

Overlooking a tranquil harbor in the heart of downtown, this recently renovated inn features fifty-two spacious guestrooms and suites with luxurious bedding, some with marble fireplaces. Many guest rooms have wonderful views of Bristol Harbor and Narragansett Bay, and waterfront dining and sunset cocktails are just steps away. For
a total relaxation vacation, their Micro Spa is not to be missed.  Indulge in a range of massages, rejuvenating facials, body treatments, wraps and scrubs to find your Zen.  259 Thames St., Bristol, 401-254-1444., bristolharborinn.com

The Preserve Sporting Club and Residences

This four-season private club and community offers a variety of overnight accommodations for the ultimate night’s sleep amid the calming sounds of nature. Choose from cabins, townhomes and the Hilltop Lodge Suites with luxurious resort amenities. Immerse yourself in the landscape of a luxurious spa sanctuary at the OH! Spa. For the adventurous, there are 3,500 protected acres in the Carolina Management Area to explore along with golf, shooting stands and the longest indoor range in the country. Enjoy dining in their unique Hobbit Houses with an upscale grilled menu. 87 Kingstown Rd., Richmond, 401-539-4653, preservesportingclub.com

 

Cozy Stays

Omni Providence

For a downtown getaway, the Omni Hotel in Providence is right in the center of the action, with a skybridge to the mall for easy shopping without going outdoors. Oversized rooms and suites are tastefully appointed with luxurious baths, plush robes and breathtaking views of Providence and its downtown skyline. The Omni’s real selling point is its indoor heated pool with a glass dome that fills the space with natural light. The pool room also boasts a hot tub and is adjacent to the Capital Club Fitness complete with yoga studio. 1 West Exchange St., Providence, 401-598-8000, omnihotels.com

The Dean

For a boutique hotel with an arty collegiate vibe, check out the Dean in the heart of the Downcity historic district. A fifty-two-room hotel built around the history and culture of Providence, it’s filled with custom furniture, craftwork from local purveyors and found objects from Europe and beyond. Choose among an eclectic array of rooms, from the suite featuring a king bed and a sitting area for six to the bunkbed room that sleeps four. All rooms feature luxury linens and original artwork, from European portraiture to prominent RISD photographers. 122 Fountain St., Providence, 401-455-3326,
thedeanhotel.com

Aloft Providence Downtown Hotel

Located in Providence’s trendy and bustling Innovation and Design District, Aloft Providence is steps away from the universities and dining hotspots. The hotel is rocking a modern industrial design with pops of vibrant color. It has a ground floor WXYZ Bar serving cocktails, craft beer and light bites and a Backyard al fresco space, plus the Blu Violet rooftop restaurant, bar and events space that offers panoramic views of the entire city. The new hotel, managed by Marriott International, has 175 guest rooms, including five upgraded suites. They have mobility accessible rooms and pets are welcome through the Animals R Fun program. 191 Dorrance St., Providence, 401-252-0710, marriott.com/hotels/travel/pvdal-aloft-providence-downtown

The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Let yourself be enchanted by the sound of ocean waves lapping the shore and nearby Cliff Walk at
the upscale Chanler. Immerse yourself in architectural beauty in a storied mansion with twenty distinctive rooms decorated in various period styles, as well as signature rooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Or choose a beachside villa with a private entrance, outdoor hot tub and sauna. Lounge in manicured gardens with ocean vistas by day, dine at their signature restaurant Cara, then chill with an after-dinner drink at their crackling fire pit under the stars. 117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, 401-847-1300, thechanler.com  

The Residence Inn Lincoln

Close to Twin River Casino, Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, and the Xfinity Center, the Residence’s spacious suites make a great home base for any activity you may have planned. There’s a hot breakfast buffet daily, grocery delivery service and twenty-four-hour support that includes a mini-mart for food, snacks and beverages, so no matter your craving they have you covered. Relax and unwind on the patio by the fire pit or in the indoor heated pool with floor to ceiling windows. And they’re pet friendly, so you don’t have to leave man’s best friend at home. 632 George Washington Hwy., Lincoln, 401-305-6950, marriott.com

Weekapaug Inn

Escape to nature in this inn on the shore overlooking Quonochontaug Pond that has a naturalist on staff to help you discover and engage with your surroundings. Chat with him at breakfast while planning your day, ask questions about local wildlife and habitats, or participate in activities such as guided beach walks, bird watching or stargazing. Restored from its 1939 roots, the Inn’s architects merged history with modern amenities to deliver casual comfort in spacious rooms with luxurious furnishings and vintage pieces. 25 Spray Rock Rd., Westerly, 855-679-2995, weekapauginn.com

Avonlea

This beautifully renovated beach house delivers the full romantic Block Island getaway experience. Breath taking views, beachfront walks, dreamy wrap-around porch, and evening wine service with their famous Block Island barnacle cookies – check! Choose your room named for gemstones from Diamond to Jade to Moonstone. Some include decadent king-size beds and Jacuzzi tubs and all include complimentary New England Breakfast. It’s a serene island location to get away. 597 Corn Neck Rd., New Shoreham, Block Island, 401-466-5891, blockislandinns.com/avonlea

Hyatt Place Warwick

If you’re arriving at T.F. Green International Airport, there’s nothing more convenient than taking the skywalk over to the new Hyatt Place Providence/Warwick for a relaxing stay. An array of room sizes and suites with kitchenettes ensures you have the space you need to unwind while the heated indoor pool offers plenty of space for your laps workout or lounging with a pool-side drink. The Bar offers regionally inspired food, premium alcoholic beverages and specialty coffee drinks.Providence area attractions are a quick ride away. 800 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, 401-738-8700, hyatt.com

Bradford-Dimond Norris House  

For a cozy and historic stay, check out this inn with just five guest rooms, all with private bath and three with fireplaces. Located in the heart of Bristol’s Waterfront National Register Historic District, you’ll step back in time to the understated elegance of the Federal-era appointments, elegant foyer with mahogany staircase, formal common room and dining room. Though built in 1792 for Deputy Governor William Bradford, it was fully restored and renovated in 1994 with modern amenities and queen size beds. 474 Hope St., Bristol, 401-253-6338, bristolbnb.com