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Where to Stay in Providence
Providence is geographically compact, so anywhere you stay in the city will be within a short distance of wherever you'd want to go. For being such a small city, though, Providence comprises several distinct neighborhoods. The College Hill Historic District on Providence's East Side has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, and is home to Brown University, Moses Brown School, Wheeler School, and the Rhode Island School of Design. The city's Federal Hill and the North End are traditionally Italian, whereas Fox Point is home to Providence's Portuguese and Cape Verdean populations. Providence has 1,200 acres of parks, including downtown's Waterplace Park, which features concerts and art instillations.
Providence Hotel Tips
Providence is small but its metropolitan area includes Providence, Warwick and Fall River, Mass. If you find a hotel outside of the city, you'll still be close to a lot of Providence's attractions. Nearby Warwick is 20 minutes south of downtown Providence and only five miles away from T.F. Green Airport.
Summer is ideal for visiting Providence, as July is usually the warmest month in the northeastern seaboard. Providence is pretty year-round, but especially during the summer months. Providence's central location in Rhode Island provides access to some of the best summer activities the state has to offer: the East Bay’s coastal bikeway, the historic Blackstone Valley and South County’s pristine beaches.
Providence Hotel Recommendations
Located downtown, The Westin Providence is connected by skyways to the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Place Mall. Of course, the hotel's multiple services and amenities mean visitors won't have to leave for much. Guests at The Westin Providence have access to two restaurants, two bars, a business center, babysitting, same-day laundry, dry cleaning, an indoor pool and a health club with a Jacuzzi and sauna. Additionally, the hotel boasts 22,877 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate groups of any size or type.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Providence Biltmore is within walking distance of the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Place Mall, Waterplace Park, Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. From the moment you walk into the lobby, the Deco bronze ceiling dating back to the 1920s you know you're someplace with a rich history. In contrast to the ceiling, the Providence Biltmore's external glass elevator scales all 18 floors of the hotel. Inside, the Biltmore is just as impressive, as some of the rooms have 600 square feet of floor space and some of the 20 suites have kitchenettes.
Hotel Providence offers a unique experience taking advantage of the hotel's prime surroundings. Located in the city's downtown Arts and Entertainment District, Hotel Providence is close to several galleries and boutiques. It's also close to Grace Church, treating guests to the pealing of bells in 15-minute intervals. The hotel's restaurant, Aspire, specializes in local cuisine made with the freshest New England ingredients. Even the artwork and books you'll see throughout the hotel are picked locally.
When you fly to Providence, you'll be within 10 miles or so from downtown Providence. Interstate 95 is an important north-south thoroughfare for Providence, connecting the city to eastern Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. If you'd prefer not to drive, you get around Providence pretty easily. The city is very walkable, and the historic buildings make any walk you take that much more enjoyable. Providence has great public transit options as well. Providence Station by the Rhode Island State House is served by both Amtrak and the MBTA Commuter Rail services. Trips to and from Boston leave several times a day, and take about an hour. At Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority drops off and picks up several thousands of commuters each day. Travelers looking for the Greyhound or Peter Pan bus lines can also find departure points in Kennedy Plaza.