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Downcity Inn

124 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903-3312
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Boutique self check-in Apart Hotel located in the city center offering eight full size loft apartments. Short term and extended stays welcome. All apartments come with full kitchens & bathrooms, air conditioning and fantastic city views. All digital locks so no key required, free WiFi and Roku Smart TV's offering Sling TV . Onsite staff hours are from 9 am to 4 pm and 24 hour live assistance is available by phone, text and pressing the customer service button at the Inn. Non smoking/non party building. Please note that we are located in a late 19th century historic downtown building with no elevator and you will hear city noise.
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I was planning to attend a convention in Providence in August. I travel to that city every year for fun. It was my 4th trip. At the last minute a cousin asked to come. I've shared hotel rooms with family before and called the Down City Inn to make sure it would be okay. They were unclear in their response but didn't say no. Before I go on, let me say I and my cousin are bohemians in our 60s. We don't have big money to spend on travel. I had stayed at the Omni and Hilton hotels on previous visits and wanted a cheaper and less institutional experience. i didn't expect much, but I guess I have gotten used to certain basics. The Inn is 2 floors of a 19th century, walk up, brick building which has been converted to apartments. I was trained as an architect and can say that the conversion is quite a poor one. No moldings where the walls meet the ceiling or covering holes where ducts and conduits penetrate, unplanned exposed heating ducts, and painted-shut windows. The floors are very far apart, so the climb to the 3rd floor, where we were located was an operation with heavy bags. Our apartment consisted of 2 huge rooms with 13' ceilings and a really tiny bath room of awkward arrangement. The kitchen in the living room was nice, as was the furniture. My cousin decided to sleep on the couch in the living room and I took the bed room. The main problem was that the only ventilation was a big, noisy A.C. in a window in the bed room. I had to leave the bed room door open and move the bed away from the A.C. just so we could sleep. Said door was almost all glass anyway and the bath room was off the bed room, so privacy was nil. We ran out of toilet paper in the middle of our stay. I called the help line well before and was told staff would be around early the next day. No one showed for the entire 4 days. We had to buy our own. We asked about laundry facilities. None, of course, and the nearest laundromat was outside of downtown. Ditto supermarkets, so that nice kitchen wasn't any use to us. My cousin needs coffee to get started in the morning and the machine in the which she was counting on for this made some of the worst coffee she'd ever had. The main door on the ground floor was 3' wide, but it was a double door of which only one leaf opened. This made getting in and out difficult - especially with bags. God knows what would happen in a fire. We wanted to leave our bags somewhere after we checked out so we could attend the last day of the convention with dragging them with us. As you might expect, there was no provision for this. Luckily, the railroad station held our bags for $10/bag. Okay, perhaps I'm not the Inn's type of customer. If you come with your car, travel with only a knapsack or very narrow luggage, are a couple or are alone, and have no one visit your room, the Inn may work for you. Yet I strongly feel this was a bad real estate development which has been turned into sham luxury apartments for hotel stays. The Inn needn't comply with building codes for hotels as it is still classed as an apartment building. It's an effort to snag the Air Bnb crowd with its no services model while charging hotel rates. In conclusion, hotels provide services which travelers need. Not every traveler needs every service every trip, but having them when you need them - especially unexpectedly - is worth money. The Inn's prices aren't that much cheaper than area hotels that I would ever recommend it to any travelers. Book early and get a decent hotel or pay much less at Air Bnb or an equivalent and know you're going cheap, but skip this type of setup.
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Great place to stay when visiting the city of Providence, the location is centralized and the space is recommended for group of friends traveling together. Its quite secure and the maintenance was excellent.
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If you need a place like home and you want to be in the city it's perfect! Parking garage was conviently across the street I wish they gave a discount for College parents because it cost me over $700 for one night between room,food,tolls,gas,rental car. It's costly travelling with a family of 4.
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We came to RI to see the fire water on the river. We chose this location because it was close to downtown. We stayed on the third floor suite 303. When we arrived we were surprised to find we had to carry 4 bags of luggage up 3 flights of stairs. We are in our 60's and it was not an easy task. The bar across the street is extremely loud and went until well after 2. If we were younger none of this would have bothered us. Too old for any of this. Place is beautiful though, although I think overpriced.
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We arrived for our two night stay in the early evening, with food we had just purchased at a grocery store. There were not enough baking pans or cooking utensils to cook in the oven. We asked the person on the contact phone number for scissors, a knife, baking pans, more utensils and were told that other guests must have thrown them away or even broken them. Downcity may have provided them, but will not replace them. Further, we were told that Downcity won't provide any sharp knives or scissors. This made cooking very difficult! Surely, any aparthotel must replace broken items; they asked for a $100 deposit on check in. We then looked at the two bedrooms in our flat 304 and discovered that one bedroom had a glass door! Yes, a clear glass door on a bedroom. That makes changing clothes or any other private activity impossible. The person on the phone told me that everything in the flat was as pictured on their website and I had agreed to their terms of service. Therefore, I had agreed to have a glass door. The next day, maintenance brought in a curtain to hang behind the clear glass bedroom door. They also offered to provide more cooking items. We had plans to eat elsewhere the second night, so we declined. Please be warned that if you plan to cook on arrival, thinking that this is a well equipment aparthotel, you may be disappointed. Hopefully, Downcity will upgrade the clear glass bedroom door (?) to a normal bedroom door, but if you are making a reservation for the two bedroom flat, you might want to specifically ask about this. Additionally, you might want to note that there are two steep and tall flights of stairs to get to the apartments. If you don't want to drag your belongings up the stairs, then this place is not for you. We thought the location was going to be good, however there is no street parking in Providence and we had a rental car, so that was expensive ($25/night). The wifi was good. There were organic toiletries, which I liked.
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$106 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Downcity Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Downcity Inn?
Nearby attractions include The Great Escape Room (0.2 miles), Providence Performing Arts Center (0.2 miles), and Dunkin' Donuts Center (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Downcity Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Downcity Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Downcity Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Downcity Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gracie's, Ellie's, and Circe.
Is Downcity Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Providence.
Are there any historical sites close to Downcity Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Stephen Hopkins House (0.4 miles), Providence Athenæum (0.5 miles), and Slater Mill Museum (4.1 miles).