Hotel Providence Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Pros

  • Centrally located in downtown's Arts and Entertainment District
  • Hip, chic restaurant and lounge
  • Outdoor terrace with live music in the summers
  • Rooms have pillow-top mattresses, iPod docks, and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
  • 24-hour fitness center with solid range of equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Some rooms are dog-friendly (though for a fee)

Cons

  • Central location leads to excessive noise on weekends
  • Expensive nightly parking fee (valet only)
  • Some may find the room decor old-fashioned

Bottom Line

Hotel Providence is an 80-room boutique hotel centrally located in Providence's Arts and Entertainment District. The interior decor is a mix of traditional New England and European styles, though some may find the rooms more old-fashioned than upscale. But the restaurant and bar have a much more contemporary and sexy feel -- and thus draw a hip, stylish crowd. While its location means plenty of things to do, it also can mean lots of room noise in the summer and on weekends, and there's no pool (you'll find one at the Providence Marriott Downtown). Still, it's a popular site for weddings, and guests traveling with their dogs will likely appreciate the pet-friendly rooms and the "pet concierge" station in the lobby.

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 Scene

Hip and historic hotel in a culturally significant neighborhood

The Hotel Courtyard
The Hotel Courtyard

Hotel Providence's turn-of-the-century building fits in quite nicely in the Arts and Entertainment District, which has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The hip boutique hotel has a European feel, with antique-style knickknacks and furnishings in the lobby and rooms. An an art and literature theme pays homage to the neighborhood: The hotel named 16 of its suites after New England authors, and there is an art collection on-site featuring pieces by local artists.

Those looking for a sexy night out need look no further than the hotel's restaurant and bar (Aspire and A-Bar, respectively), both sophisticated, hip spots that are favorites with locals as well as guests. And many more restaurants, clubs, and bars are within walking distance.

 Location

Right in the middle of downtown's Arts and Entertainment District

Hotel Providence is is in the Arts and Entertainment District, within walking distance to a number of pubs, clubs, and restaurants.

Providence has always been a bit like Boston's little sister. When it came to East Coast cities, it was always a question of "Boston or New York?" for travelers. However, that has started to change over the years. Providence is coming into its own. The capital of the smallest state in the country, Providence is densely populated and chock full of interesting things to see and do, such as the Riverwalk, historic buildings dating back to pre-revolutionary times, and the oldest Baptist church in America. Not to mention, it's a city that's easy to explore by foot. Of course, those used to a grid system may get a little lost walking the streets of Providence, which seem to have no rhyme or reason to the way they run.

Downtown, there are plenty of galleries, shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars to keep the average vacationer happy. Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel and the Providence Performing Arts Center are a couple of notable spots. Every summer, don't miss the spectacle of WaterFire -- 100 bonfires are lit just above the surface of the water on the three rivers that pass through downtown.

And for prospective college students, Brown, Johnson and Wales, and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) are right in the downtown area.

  • 10-minute drive to T.F. Green Airport
  • 55-minute drive to Boston Logan Airport
  • 5-minute walk to Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel and the Providence Performing Arts Center
  • 10-minute walk to Amtrak Station in the Capital Centre Project, 6 blocks away
  • 15-minute walk to the Riverwalk with plenty of running and walking paths, the Fleet Ice Skating Center, and the Rhode Island Convention Center
  • 8-minute drive to The Roger Williams Park with a zoo, planetarium, carousel, and lake with canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boating
  • 80-minutes on public transportation to Boston
  • 45-minute drive to Newport

 Rooms

Rooms with generic New England style and upscale amenities such as iPod docks; rooms facing the street can be noisy

The Roger Willaims Suite
The Roger Willaims Suite

The rooms at Hotel Providence are decorated with antique-style New England furnishings, such as ornate armoires and upholstered benches. The beds have pillow-top mattresses and high-end linens, and each room features artwork by local artists. But the overall feel is a bit generic, and there are signs of wear, such as carpet stains and nicks and scratches on the wood.

Rooms facing Matthewson Street can encounter a lot of noise on weekends from the bars and clubs, not to mention the church bells ringing frequently (starting at 8 a.m.) at Grace Episcopal Church across the street. Also, the hotel has become a popular spot for weddings and private parties, which can add to the noise on the lower levels of the building. For those wanting the quietest of stays, book a room in the Westminster Wing (specifically the second floor).

 Features

A decent 24-hour fitness center, pricey valet parking, and a lovely rooftop terrace

Brown University Boardroom
Brown University Boardroom

 Food

Upscale New England fare and classy cocktails

A-Bar
A-Bar

Aspire, an elegant restaurant with dramatic crystal chandeliers and plush maroon banquet seating, serves contemporary Rhode Island cuisine with fresh New England ingredients for lunch and dinner. Seating is also available outside in the courtyard. Aspire is quite popular with weddings and private parties, which means it is sometimes closed to the public.

A-Bar offers signature cocktails and classic drinks in sexy surroundings. Both indoor and courtyard seating are available.

 Bottom Line

Hotel Providence is an 80-room boutique hotel centrally located in Providence's Arts and Entertainment District. The interior decor is a mix of traditional New England and European styles, though some may find the rooms more old-fashioned than upscale. But the restaurant and bar have a much more contemporary and sexy feel -- and thus draw a hip, stylish crowd. While its location means plenty of things to do, it also can mean lots of room noise in the summer and on weekends, and there's no pool (you'll find one at the Providence Marriott Downtown). Still, it's a popular site for weddings, and guests traveling with their dogs will likely appreciate the pet-friendly rooms and the "pet concierge" station in the lobby.

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Address

  • 139 Mathewson Street Providence, RI 02903 United States of America

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite
  • King Suite
  • Roger Williams Suite
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 80
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Address: 139 Mathewson Street Providence, RI 02903 United States of America
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