Walk to downtown's attractions from Hotel Providence (from $179), a boutique spot with a prime address on restaurant-heavy Westminster Street. Take a self-guided tour of the art collection, and have lobster sliders ($12) at in-house eatery Aspire, which was voted Best New Restaurant by the readers of the Providence Phoenix in 2009.
Check out the picturesque College Hill neighborhood at the Old Court Bed and Breakfast (from $115), where accents like vintage wallpaper and marble fireplaces lend a homey feel. Ask for a room with a view of the State Capitol building and take an evening stroll out the front door and down Benefit Street, one of the city's most beautiful avenues of colonial mansions.
Stay within your budget at Hotel Dolce Villa (from $92) in Federal Hill, the city’s version of Little Italy. Don’t expect opulence, but the functional white-on-white suites have far more personality than the average chain, and all have kitchenettes. Satisfy your late-night sweet tooth with a slice of lemon mousse cake ($6) with a decadent crust a few steps away at the justifiably famous Pastiche Fine Desserts, open until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.