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Hotel Dolce Villa
63 DePasquale Square, Providence, R.I.
(401) 383-7031, dolcevillari.com

Cost: $199 for a one-bedroom suite; two-bedroom suites start at $249. The hotel recently offered a “name your own price” promotion, and it guarantees to beat any online rate.

Drive time: About five-and-a-half hours.

The scoop: You can’t miss the sunny, yellow façade of this three-story, all-suite boutique hotel in Providence’s Federal Hill “Little Italy” district. Suites combine Old World Italian countryside warmth with South Beach contemporary chic.

Amenities: Kitchens with full-size appliances; whirlpool tubs; custom-made furniture; memory foam beds; pullout sofas; and complimentary biscotti, hot chocolate and popcorn. Some suites have balconies and fireplaces. Owner/restaurateur Gianfranco Marrocco offers guests 10-percent discounts for his three dining establishments just steps from the hotel.

Don’t miss: Mangia your way through the eateries, bakeries and artisan chocolate shops along the city’s restaurant row.

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