Resort-like experience in the middle of downtown Providence
The Great Room (you might recognize it as a lobby) is an example of where the Marriott decided to go with its renovations in 2011. Bright, spacious, and punched up with colorful furniture and accents, it's an inviting, contemporary space that sets the tone for the rest of the hotel, which caters to business travelers and families alike.
The indoor/outdoor pool is the hotel's main stand-out factor among its competition -- modern and spacious, it comes complete with pretty lounge seating, fire pits, and a poolside cafe. The Jacuzzi is a bit small for the size of the hotel, though, so plan to cozy up with strangers when it's crowded. For non-water activity, head to the Bluefin Grille and Bluefin Lounge -- a hot spot among locals -- for some New England fare and cocktails.
Adjacent to the government buildings (you can see the State House from the lobby), Marriott Providence Downtown is a great location for travelers wanting to see the city’s sights, and maybe get in some shopping at the Providence Place Mall, too.
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 an easily walkable city. 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.
15-minute drive to T.F. Green Airport
60-minute drive to Boston Logan Airport
10-minute walk to Amtrak Station in the Capital Centre Project
5-minute drive to State House, Providence Place Mall, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Performing Arts Center
10-minute drive to the Roger Williams Park with a zoo, planetarium, carousel, and lake with canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boating
Rooms feature contemporary decor in warm colors and flat-screen TVs. As to be expected, as the rates go up, so does the square footage -- but luckily even the standard rooms have enough space to feel comfortable. The beds feature soft sheets and plush comforters, although those who don't prefer ultra-firms beds may wish they had a pillow-top mattress. The furnishings are nice, though standard-chain-hotel style -- no attempts at wowing with decor touches here. Also, although the Amtrak trains are not noisy, some rooms may experience a quick, rumbling vibration as the trains pass by -- something that could slightly alarm some guests at first feel.
Marriott Providence Downtown is a premier hotel chain that has transformed itself into a resort-style destination in the middle of the city. It’s the only hotel in the city to offer free parking. There is also the G Salon on-site, Club Pace (the fitness center), an indoor/outdoor pool that plays host to hot-spot AQUA for private pool parties, and a full-service restaurant and bar that are favorites among locals. And for those who want a little extra with their stay, the Concierge Club (for an extra fee) has you covered for those midday snacks you crave.