The Hotel Providence is in a great central location in Providence, RI. I selected this hotel because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. As usual, the posters did not steer me wrong.
The staff and bellhop were friendly and informative. The hotel was very nice. Don’t expect hip and swank like the W, it’s more like a classy, elegant stately mansion that is still comfortable and unpretentious. The room seems to have been recently renovated. It has a gorgeous bathroom with marble shower and gorgeous touches. I walked into my suite and just smiled. The bed was comfortable and just the right amount of firmness.
There were only two negatives. There is almost no parking available within the vicinity of the hotel, so valet parking is basically a requirement. It is a nice convenience and calling for your car when needed is definitely an advantage, but it is pricey - $25/day. The other negative has nothing to do with the hotel. Promptly at 8:00 a.m., the church bells start ringing. I was expecting to sleep in a little longer than 8 am, but unfortunately it’s not a sound you can avoid. They also ring on the half hour for a while and then hourly until night. The sounds of the bells are beautiful. The hotel book even includes the history of the church and it’s bells. It’s funny to me that I don’t remember reading any comments about the ringing church bells in any of the reviews I read about this hotel. My room was right next to the church, overlooking the hotel restaurant’s outdoor patio. Thinking a room a little farther away would help with the bells, they switched me to a room on the opposite side of the hotel. Unfortunately, the room was much smaller (I should have kept my mouth shut! LOL), but still nice. The move didn’t help, I could still hear the bells. ☺
When I was initially driving to the hotel I was wondering – “Where the heck is this hotel?” because some of the area I passed seemed run down. The hotel itself is a beautiful historic building and during the day it is quite nice to walk around in the area and see the locale.
Internet access was through an Ethernet cord because their wireless access did not work while I there. Because I had never been to the Northeast, Providence was centrally located to all the places I wanted to visit, i.e. Boston, Salem, Newport, CT, NH. I would stay here again in a heartbeat and just bring my ear plugs the next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Providence is nestled in the heart of downtown Providence's Arts and Theatre district. Located mere blocks from boutique shopping, galleries and perfect little cafes/restaurants, Hotel Providence is itself a place where the arts are celebrated and where finding new passions (or reviving sleeping ones) are celebrated! We all have a passion...discover yours at Hotel Providence! ... more less
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