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“Overpriced and run-down” 2 of 5 stars
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144 Benefit St., Providence, RI 02903 (College Hill)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Providence B&B and Inns
Dallas, Texas
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“Overpriced and run-down”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

The inn needs an infusion of money for repairs. The stairs are covered in lumpy carpeting - hence, uneven and unsafe to walk up and down. The downstairs Empire room has an unfinished gas hearth of broken brick, a sagging, uncomfortable mattress, dim lighting, and a window unit that sounds like an 18 wheeler freight truck when the units cycles to cool.

During breakfast, there was never a full pot of coffee. Instead of making enough coffee for all the guests and having it stored in thermos carafes, the staff doles it out cup by cup. They are constantly "brewing another pot" while you wait.

Everything about this place is second rate. Staying at a Motel 6 is on par and much cheaper.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We selected this inn based on its location in East Providence near Brown and RISD, and we were delighted with the neighborhood. It's a beautiful neighborhood to walk around, and also perfectly convenient for walking to downtown. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. We had a large room, very comfortable. The breakfast was not fancy, but offered variety in a low-key, comfortable setting. They will make eggs to order or pancakes. Also on hand is yogurt and home made granola, muffins, cereal... So you have a decent choice. And the New York Times to read - yay! The inn is not a modern boutique-y place, but rather furnished in an old fashioned (but not cluttered) style. We only stayed one night, but found it a very pleasant and convenient place to stay in Providence. P.S. Re previous review - we also stayed in the Eastlake Room, on a Friday night, and did not notice noise at all (though we do live in a large city and perhaps are used to noise, but all the same it seemed quite quiet). And the sink was not clogged. We had a very good sleep.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Beach/NYC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Stayed in Eastlake room last weekend. Nice big room as promised w. working wet bar and fridge BUT shade didn't work, sink was clogged and the a/c rattled the window panes so bad we had to sleep without on a very warm and humid night, with lots of street noise outside. And we did not sleep well, with a 4-hr drive coming up the next day. We looked in the morning to see that there was CLEAR PACKING tape on the window pane so they full well knew about this problem but were too cheap to replace the pane/window and tried to "scotch tape" the problem. After all, this is a 200 yr. old house and at almost $250 per night they need to do their upkeep to keep their customers. Replace the damn window, guys! Breakfast was fine but guys, you should have milk on each table, not that people should have to get up and go to a fridge for their milk for coffee. And when an adjoining table says they ordered pancakes not eggs, ther proper response from the inkeeper/server is "I'm sorry, I might have misheard you..I'll get some right out" NOT "Well you said eggs not pancakes" with an aggressive tone. Time for the Old Court to enter the New 21st century. Nice inkeepers, though.

Room Tip: Bring earplugs and a sleep mask.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montpelier, Vermont
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Terrific B+B on beautiful street 3 blocks from RISD and a couple more to Brown. Old residential neighborhood (although a lot of vehicle traffic) just a short walk to the campus of both. The B+B is well appointed with an elegant dining room, really nice rooms (ours had old fashioned flowered wallpaper, private bath, 2 double beds, thermostat that you can control), and keys that get you into the building as well as your room. The only drawback, and why I didn't give it 5 stars, was that there is no living room. You are welcome in the dining room any time, however, and they leave hot/cold water dispenser, cereal, teas, milk and orange juice available 24 hrs. That's nice when you want a drink/snack but don't necessarily want to go out (the weather was cold and sleeting while we were there). The place is pretty quiet on the whole although you can hear noises from doors slamming and the like. Nothing troublesome for us. The decor is old fashioned and well maintained. It feels like an old house and that's one reason we really liked it.
The breakfast was generous - they always offered orange juice, fresh fruit slices, cereal, granola with yogurt, tea, coffee, and a hot meal of eggs and French toast one day (with real maple syrup! - we are from Vermont so we have a bias there).
The price on our room with 2 beds was very competitive with the downtown hotels, and since we were on a college visiting trip, I wanted to be as close to campus as possible. The owner was fine with having us leave our car in the parking lot for a couple of extra hours after check out so that we could finish our visit before heading off to the next college. Nice bonus as parking is not too easy in the campus neighborhoods.

Room Tip: We had a room on the street side - there may be rooms on the courtyard side that have even less stre...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redmond, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Ideal location for RISD or Brown. We were greeted warmly and were given helpful suggestions for restaurants nearby. The housekeeping ladies were also courteous. We liked the breakfast, which included fresh coffee, juice, cereal, yogurt, granola, fruit, breads, plus a hot item. I also used the breakfast room later in the day for tea and to relax and read the paper. We liked the ambience with the antique furniture and prints. The only drawback was that our room didn't seem to have an individual thermostat control and it was a teeny bit warm for our taste, but we easily opened the window.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

I chose the Old Court specifically because I read a Yelp review that said the location was great, and I wasn't disappointed. It's in a super cute part of town and within easy walking distance from Brown. My room was huge and quite affordable. Breakfast was nothing fancy, but it was fine. (Coffee was a little weak though.) I loved the music they played in the dining area!

I wish there had been a downstairs living room area to sit and read in the evenings, but that wasn't a big deal. Great WiFi connection, another plus as some B&B's still don't offer that. Very friendly staff.

Overall, definitely a nice place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brasschaat, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Great location for visiting Brown University. The B&B seems rather small from the outside, but the hallway and room was actually quite spacious. A lovely man helped us to carry our bags up a flight of stairs and helped us to modify a "foreign to the US"-plug, which was very much appreciated.

Breakfast was OK. We were unsure how breakfast was served in this B&B and it did take the innkeeper about 5 minutes to appear and explain how everything worked in the mrining. For future guests; just choose a table and take a cup of coffee/ tea yourself. Someone will come and ask you if you wouild like a hot breakfast.

In short, lovely room, excellent location, good breakfast.

Room Tip: The Cameron room is very spacious and light. Good (private) bathroom with shower and tub.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Old Court Bed and Breakfast

Address: 144 Benefit St., Providence, RI 02903
Location: United States > Rhode Island > Providence > College Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Providence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Old Court b&b
Old Court Hotel Providence

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