Hotel Providence Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Hotel Providence is a sometimes-chic, sometimes traditional 80-room boutique hotel located centrally in Providence's arts and entertainment district. Because of its location and general elegance of the building and event space, Hotel Providence is a popular site for weddings. The decor is traditional New England style but the on-site restaurant and bar have a much more contemporary and sexy appeal -- and thus draw a hip, stylish crowd. While its location means plenty of things to do, it also can mean lots of noise in the summer and on weekends, but guests traveling with their dogs will appreciate the dog-friendly rooms and the "pet concierge" station in the lobby.
Christopher Dodge House Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Christopher Dodge House offers a quaint, affordable bed-and-breakfast experience in Providence. The full daily breakfast is a nice perk, and the cute rooms are spacious and comfortable (though the bathrooms are on the small side). Details such as four-poster beds, fireplaces, and original tin ceilings from 1858 add historic charm.