We stayed at Dolce Villa for the first time recently. It reminded me very much of a typical micro-hotel in Italy. Euro-style plaza in front, tiny front foyer and desk area, tiny hallways, tile everywhere, no wood. A nice two-star hotel. Not three star.
Check-in and out is a bit tricky because you have to park on the back street (parallel to Atwells Avenue) and carry your luggage in across the plaza and get the car valeted. Front desk staff were young and very friendly and pretty helpful. No elevator (can you really do a new hotel without complying with ADA in RI?) so you need to schlep bags up the stairs. Not too big a deal for us, but again, we're short of three-star land. Room was clean. All rooms here, even one-bedroom, are "suites" meaning they have kitchen. You could go down to the Italian market, get some eggs, pasta, prociutto, olives, bread and wine and cook yourselves up a nice dinner if you were so inclined. It's hard to believe that anyone would really take advantage of the full-size refrig, range and dishwasher when staying on Federal Hill with all these restaurants and cafes everywhere. The cookware is pretty basic, no Williams-Somoma gear or All-Clad pans so you'll need to make do with basic Wal-Mart goods here. Seems the several thousand dollars that the kitchen cost could have been better used elsewhere. Micro fridge and two-burner cooktop would be fine for most guests I think (and I say this as a big cooking enthusiast).
The rooms are ALL white tile and gyp board, white leather couch, white bedspreads and linens with a somewhat tacky swirled aluminum metal diamond motif on the walls everywhere. No other art, trim or accessories. It's pretty clear that an architect or interior designer was not involved here. The rooms would benefit enormously from some well-chosen paint/color and some carefully-selected Italian-themed art. Even having the couch be black or deep olive would have been nice. Even one colored accent-wall or colored bedpreads or curtain would make a big difference. But here's the designer talking...who cares. Closet at entry to room as well as in bedroom. The bathroom fixtures are nice, jetted tub, and the bathroom as a whole feels like good quality. Our room (2E) had only one small window in the kitchen so we felt a bit boxed-in. Bed was saggy in the middle and we had a couple tough nights of sleep. I'd swap the stainless fridge for a really nice firm bed! Added pillows provided for the pull-out couch were a bit "weird". (bean bag?) Still, nice to have the pull-out couch. TV remote seemed to be partially-broken. Kitchen TV did not have a remote. Could be time they upgraded to LCD widescreens pretty soon.
Overall, however, for the PRICE, this was a GREAT value, and certainly beats a more expensive Best Western out in Swansea or Seekonk! I mean, say what you will, but a nice suite with stainless kitchen and nice bath on this beautiful piazza on Federal Hill for under $100 per night?? At $250 per night you've got a right to be picky, but this place is a great deal in a great location.
Owner owns the cafe and pizzaria next door as well as Mediteraneo (very nice modern Italian place a couple of blocks away on Atwells...don't forget to use your 20% off coupons that you'll receive at the front desk!). Location here is absolutely great! Wander out and get coffee or dinner at any number of great establishments.
It's just that with a bit more effort, some more color, or art, slightly different choices, this could be a REALLY great place.
- Also Known As:
- Dolce Hotel Providence
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Dolce Villa is a unique boutique hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. The old world exterior combined with the bright trendy interior gives the hotel a mixed personality of country-side Italy and South Beach, Florida, inviting diverse crowds from all over the world.Dolce Villa offers 14 suites, 9 one-bedroom units and 5 two-bedroom units, all featuring memory-foam beds and pull-out memory foam sofa beds.All suites feature internet access, state-of-the-art electronics for business and entertainment purposes, a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, pots and pans, dishware and flatware, a Jacuzzi tub in each bathroom with hair dryers and personal amenities, and a closet with a safe for valuables.Our two-bedroom units also include gas-fired fireplaces with remote controls. ... more less
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