Hotel Providence Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Located in a neighborhood that has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Hotel Providence's turn-of-the-century building fits in quite nicely. A hip, boutique hotel with plenty of interesting architecture and decor, it has a European feel with antique-styled knickknacks and furnishings in the lobby and guest rooms. Art and literature oriented, the hotel named 16 of its suites after New England authors, and there is an art collection on-site featuring pieces by local artists. But the on-site restaurant and bar have a much more contemporary and sexy appeal -- and thus draw a hip, stylish crowd.
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.