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“Great Central Location in Providence” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Providence
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas
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104 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Great Central Location in Providence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2009

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.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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southern california
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245 reviews
171 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

I got $144/night at AAA rate compared to higher rates at Hilton and Westin. From trip advisor I thought I'd give this boutique hotel a try. I called ahead and asked for quiet room. Was put on 7th floor (only a few rooms up here) across from the church. Steeple has bells that bong every 15 minutes in early evening. They stop around 9. Area has some bars and stuff and there were people on the street making alot of noise at 1:30am - they woke me up all the way up on the 7th floor. I heard a police siren and then things were quiet again. Area looks like it gets some shady stuff later at night but the staff is very good and I felt safe with the front desk right by the entrance. Valet parking is only parking option and $25 is pricy, but the valet has been quiet efficient. My bed is _wonderful_. It's a queen bed, which is fine for one person, and has that firm mattress with pillow top that you just sink into. WIFI in room is great, once you figure out which of all the networks to connect to . Heat and air in the room are excellent - quiet and they do the job well. There goes the church bong again - starting at 8am so forget sleeping between 8am and 9pm. The last time I was in Prov. I stayed at the Hilton. To compare - Hilton is definitely quieter - it is on the edge of downtown not in thick of things. I like my room here better - the biggest difference was the annoying perfume smell throughout the Hilton compared to the wonderfully odorless Hotel Providence. Furniture and finishings are a step above the Hilton. I have not ordered food yet at Hotel P so I can not compare room services. Staff here seems quite attentive.

I'd probably stay here again due to the smell issue at the Hilton and the good price i got at Hotel P, but I might make more use of the earplugs next time. If you are a business traveller, I'd also suggest to avoid Hotel P on a weekend night or even a thursday due to noise from bar/club patrons and so forth nearby.

Fitness center is in basement has good collection of equipment. It is a lower end commercial product not the precor/lifefitness stuff, but it still gets the job done. My biggest complaint is the elliptical stops at < 30rmp without much accuracy so you can not use it on high resistance at a slower pace, which somewhat limits the tunes you can workout to, but
this is a small issue.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank businesstraveller2
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WritingMaven
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2009

During the Waterfire, this was the best value I found. For about $50 less than the Westin and Biltmore, you just had to walk an extra 2 blocks to get to the Waterfire festivities. The staff is polite, professional and helpful. While the decor is a diluted version of what you'll find in a trendy Manhattan swanky hotel, it's a clean, pleasant place. Overall, a pleasant experience. (And to another reviewer's point: there is no minibar, few bottles of soap to steal, the lukewarm water and only one bathrobe.) However, its a fantastic location for Waterfire and I'd highly recommend it as you won't need to drive around once you've parked at the hotel.

While the hotel is nice inside and appears to be on a quaint street, I would not walk alone at night by yourself. The area can be a bit sketchy.

Parking does cost about $25 extra, but you'll find that at the other hotels in the area also. There is also a decent restaurant, Aspire, downstairs. A bit on the pricey side for small portions, but the food was serviceable.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank WritingMaven
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ny
Level Contributor
36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2009

Great find in Providence. Beautifully renovated and elegant with all the bells and whistles (marble bath, Bose radio,pillowtop mattress, etc.) - halfway between a Ritz and a Renaissance; lots of great touches and amenities. Fabulous restaurant (had outdoor Monday Night Football with bar and tables set up). In the middle of everything, but a much nicer experience than other hotels in Providence. Highly recommend from a seasoned business traveler.

Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2009

Hotel itself was reasonably nice, but the winding hallways between the old and new buildings were not straightforward to navigate.
The issue with suspicious charges has soured us on this venue, however. Our group rented a banquet room at a 'recession price' which was nice and was paid using the leader's credit. However, four months later they charged a different member's card (who had paid for a room rental) for the banquet room AGAIN without any notification. He happened to discover the charge upon reviewing his bill. When challenged by the credit card company, the hotel claimed that they never issued an invoice for the banquet room. Of course, our group has records not only of the invoice but of the leader's credit card statement indicating that the banquet room had already been paid for.
So, either the Hotel Providence back office is disorganized and cannot manage payments and payment records well, or something more suspicious is going on.
Caveat Emptor.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank wayfarer2000
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Connecticut
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2009

I only spent 9 or so hours at the hotel, but it could not have felt more like home. I had to check in around 1 or 2am, and the person at the desk was still looking sharp in a suit and tie and was very friendly. The neighborhood looks a bit rough so the valet parking was appreciated(esp. for $25 to park). The room was spacious and very comfortable. Everything from the large bed to the plush, obviously carefully selected furniture, to the well-appointed bathroom made two very weary travelers feel very comfortable.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank RMAATOD
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glasgow
Level Contributor
181 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2009

it was fine. but thats pretty insipid in my view. the room was OK. everything seemed bare minimum though. one robe. one tiny bottle of shampoo when there was 4 staying in the room. no room service, no mini bar. clean and comfy beds and the people were lovely but wouldnt choose it again. $5 bottle of lukewarm water in the room. decor in the foyer kinda fake antique so a bit bizarre. area interesting as in arts area but washington street at the corner seemed full of jakeys/drunks and we didnt feel comfortable though other streets around fine. i like hotels to be different and not corporate monoliths but it wouldnt take much to add a bit and make this worth it. bit of refreshment in the rooms, few little extras ?? waterfire in the city was excellent though.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank havanagirlGlasgow
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Property: Hotel Providence
Address: 139 Mathewson Street, Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
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Location: United States > Rhode Island > Providence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Providence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Providence 4*
Number of rooms: 80
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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