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.