The choices you have for Rhode Island beach hotels are many and varied. In spite of the Ocean State's very small size, at only 1,545 square miles, there is remarkably more than 400 square miles of coastline, both along the shore of the mainland United States and on the many islands off the coast and in Narragansett Bay. Even the most landlocked part of the state, which is around the Woonsocket area, is only about 35 miles from the nearest beaches. Therefore, beach hotels in Rhode Island are located just about everywhere in the state.
You will find that finest and most elegant will be Newport Rhode Island beach hotels since that historic city is the most visited and has the most famous attractions. Also, it is the home of many very wealthy people and is considered one of the premiere ship and yacht building capitals of the world. Therefore, many world-class events and festivals occur here. When the wealthy come here to party, the best Newport Rhode Island beach hotels are available for them.
You can find accommodations in one of the best Newport Rhode Island beach hotels at the Bannister's Wharf Guest Rooms. Since there are only five rooms available here, it is quite exclusive and it becomes completely booked up during special events and the peak summer season. There are also some two-bedroom apartments located in historic buildings along the wharf. These have kitchenettes, so are great for families and small groups who want to save some money on dining out and lodging costs. This is also a great alternative to Newport hotels, and you can have no better location for the lively waterfront scene.
One of the best beach hotels in Rhode Island is also in Newport. Additionally, the Newport Beach Hotel and Suites (pictured) serves as one of the state's full service spas. It has a fitness center, an indoor pool, and is set right on its own private stretch of sandy beach. On the other side of the causeway is Easton's (First) Beach and Second Beach, as well as the beautiful Sachuest Point Wildlife Reserve, with its miles of hiking trails and dramatic views.
There are plenty of Rhode Island beach hotels other than in Newport. The state's nickname is the "Ocean State," and virtually all the attractions and things to do are located along the coastline. You will find many charming typical New England bed and breakfast inns along the coast. A number of these are full of history; some are the previous homes and mansions of whaling captains. You can also find some unusual beach hotels in Rhode Island that are actually motels offering camping spots in addition to rooms. While these are not always located actually on the beach, many are within walking distance. The Ambassador Motel at Misquamicut Beach is one of these, offering good clean and comfortable rooms and access to all the area attractions.
Some truly unique Rhode Island beach hotels can be found on beautiful Block Island. One of these is the lovely old National Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also check out the Jane Marie Cottage, the Inn at Block Island, and the Barrington Inn. The Jane Marie cottage is a seven-bedroom property that is perfect for the family gather for weddings on the island. The Barrington Inn is a lovely old Victorian farmhouse overlooking the water. The Inn at Block Island offer bed and breakfast type rooms in the main building as well as a private cottage. It also is near one of the historic lighthouses for which the state is known.