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Christopher Dodge House
Ranked #1 of 5 Providence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good location - great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you take a cab from the train station as we did, and the driver drops you off at the end of the property, by the stairs going up to the front door, don't take them, as we did. Instead go to the office door on ground level under the front door. We missed this because it was night. All the staff were very nice, trying to accommodate us. One thing I missed was talking with the owner about personal recommendations for things to do and places to eat. There is a good leaflet book with use info in it, I just prefer get personal recommendations...probably difference between an inn and a B&B. This inn was nicely decorated, clean and our room was a good size. Because this is an old house the stairs are fairly steep and many. There is a ground floor, where the office is, the first floor where there is a dining room where a very good breakfast is served, a powder room and a living room, where beverages and home baked goodies are all day into the night. The actual rooms are on the second and third floors. Our room was on the third floor, and, although we live in a Victorian home with lots of stairs (my personal stair master), I was wishing we were on the second floor. Another warning is to not give up on the front door key; it does work, just with a lot of difficulty. From this inn we felt we were able to walk to most places in Providence. It is only about 4 blocks from the state Capitol. We walked to Brown University, college hill, the entire freedom walk (green line)' and RISD museum and its store, which offers great things designed by RISD students. Unfortunately, November is not a great time to visit Providence. The water activities and many tours were not available. We did get a good price on our room, though.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

We were warmly welcomed not to mention that the parcel I had delivered from amazon to the b n b was nicely waiting in our room. What a lovely spot. The room was quaint and double glazing meant that the interstate noise was almost unnoticeable. Breakfast was a lovely home cooked daily speciality served in the cute breakfast room. Then the sitting Room had tea and coffee and cakes in the afternoon at your leisure. The bed was super comfortable and huge and lovely 400 thread count sheets. All in all a great little spot despite being in a slightly funny area of town. We were driving anyway so did not matter. Would definitely stay again.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed here 1 night while visiting Providence. We were in room G3 on the ground floor. We ran the window air conditioning unit while we were in our room and never noticed any outside noise or noise from within the building. We were pleased there was free parking. Our room was charming, cozy, comfortable and clean. I enjoyed the cookies and cakes throughout the Inn during the day. There is a computer with free access to the internet. We were able to print our boarding passes for our flight home free of charge. We had a short wait for a table at breakfast. There were breads, cereals and juice available right away, but they do come around and take individual orders for the hot breakfast. Being from the south I was amazed to find they were serving cheese grits. I never expected to find grits up north. I have never seen them formed into a triangle and shaped like a piece of pie before, but they tasted creamy and delicious! The Inn is close to the mall and Capitol building. We decided not to walk as we would be out after dark and you must cross under the highway and several bridges. We felt this was a great value and a wonderful place to stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful in answering all of our questions.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We stayed here for a weekend get away to explore Providence and Rhode Island. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the coffee, tea, and baked goods were very good. The rooms were nice and large, and the bed comfortable (if a bit high off the floor). If you like to walk the B&B is in a fantastic location close to the state capital building and an easy downhill walk to shops, restaurants, and the cool architecture that makes up downtown Providence.

Our only issue was that our room was on the side of the house facing the highway (I-95), and there was really no sound insulation. At night it sounded like we heard every car and truck that went by. If you stay here, ask for a room NOT on the side of the building by the highway.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

This was our second stay at the Christopher Dodge House. The first was in May 2012 for my son’s college graduation – and our family of 4 stayed in Room D9 – on the top floor. As others have noted – the Inn is next door to I-95 – so some road noise in inevitable. I use a “white noise” generator with my travel alarm clock – so the road noise didn’t bother us. The second stay (August 2012) was on the second floor in Room D5 (D9 was already booked). Both were fine rooms – clean and comfortable – but I like to stay on the top floor in case of noise from other guests in rooms above us. Fortunately – we didn’t hear anyone else on either trip.

One important comment – the air conditioning system is very unusual – and difficult to operate. Be sure to get the staff to show you how to operate it. Don’t wait until midnight – and then find that you can’t get the room temperature correct. During our second stay – we never got the unit to work properly – and it never cooled properly – but that is our fault for not checking this out before it was too late to ask for help.

The staff is very helpful – and the breakfast is very tasty. They have a small breakfast room – so get their early in order to get the best seating. Since the food is coming up from the basement – don’t be in a rush to get in and out of breakfast. Enjoy the coffee, teas and juices. The only real negative I have is that I wish that they had more private sitting areas - your room will be your best bet - aside from the small community/snack room on the first floor. Don't go here expecting a nice private sitting room.

The other reviewer’s comments on the location notwithstanding - I like the central location afforded by the Inn. Yes the neighborhood may perhaps be a bit dicey at night – but we never had any problems. In May, on a Friday evening – we walked 5 minutes around the corner to Temple restaurant in the historic Masonic Temple on Capitol Hill across the street from the State Capitol – very nice food and a wonderful setting. Providence Place mall is just another 5 minute walk down the same street – so the Inn is in a great location.

Even allowing for the many hotel options in the area – I will continue to stay at the Christopher Dodge House in the future. It is reasonably prices – nice staff – great breakfast – just bring your travel “white noise” generator for a relaxing night’s sleep.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed for four nights when visiting the area for a wedding. The staff are very friendly and helpful I wish they were like this everywhere we stay! The rooms are clean, spacious and nicely decorated. We stayed in room G3 which was a little dark and noisy at it was on the ground floor. Nice bathroom. Very soft fluffy towels. Comfortable and large bed. Pretty fireplace in our bedroom. Noisy air conditioning unit. Good location, but a little too near the busy freeway (we could really hear the traffic 24 hours a day). Breakfast was good, but get up early, don't leave it to the last 1/2 hour.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed at the Christopher Dodge House and found it to provide excellent accomodations.Breakfast was home cooked and very good. The staff is friendly and accomodating. They even provide local transportation. It is convienient to downtown, Amtrak, State Offices, shopping and highways. We stayed 5 days and look forward to returning. Lorie C

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Christopher Dodge House
Address: 11 W Park St, Providence, RI 02908-5724
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Providence > Smith Hill
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Providence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Christopher Dodge House 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in downtown Providence, the Christopher Dodge House Rhode Island Bed and Breakfast was renovated to its original stately grandeur, a stunning 3-story brick Italianate mansion. Enjoy the convenience the Inn offers to attractions such as, Providence Place Mall, Convention Center, RI School of Design, Brown University and world famous "Water Fire". Rooms are spacious and offer comfortable accommodations with many amenities such as fireplaces, hand-crafted furniture, WIFI, and a delightful, home cooked breakfast. Special packages include historic tours of Providence, fabulous restaurants, and romantic getaways. ... more   less 
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