If you’re looking for a relaxing and quiet base in the middle of downtown Providence, Hotel Providence should tick all the right boxes.
This boutique hotel is surrounded by historic redbrick buildings dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. ‘Boutique’ is an over-used term for any small to mid-size hotel, but here it means an eye for quality, rather than contemporary or quirky design.
The interior is best described as sumptuous and classy. My room (identical to the one above), had thick carpeting and curtains; mirrors with thick, gold-gilt style frames; and a large, king-size bed that was very comfortable. It also seemed rather high off the floor – and I say that as someone who stands 6ft!
A large vase dominated my bedside table, while a framed, hand-drawn illustration of the hotel hung on one wall. The beautiful bathroom was decked out in marble floor tiles and white, ceramics. It’s a style that would be unlikely to offend anyone.
Amenities include a fitness studio on the third floor for those that want to burn some calories. Breakfast, at an extra cost, is served at the Backstage Kitchen & Bar, and includes the likes of Eggs Benedict – Providence style ($14) and Newport Style ($16) – the latter being topped with fresh lobster instead of ham.
Providence is a small, second-tier US city, but Hotel Providence is perfectly located near downtown’s boutiques, coffee shops and handcrafted gifts shops. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Providence Performing Arts Center and the majority of the city’s gay bars, such as The Stable, Ego, Dark Lady and Eagle Providence (a couple of blocks sometimes referred to as the Fruit Loop).
The hotel is a short walk to the Providence River and East Side, famed for Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and historical buildings. In the other direction you’re a 20-minute walk from Federal Hill, with its many Italian restaurants. You’re also just a 15-minute cab ride from Providence Airport.
In short, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location in a surprisingly tranquil part of the downtown area.
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Hotel Providence, 139 Mathewson St, Providence, RI 02903, USA.