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About Providence

Rhode island’s capital, Providence is a picturesque city rich in museums and galleries, and art and antique shops in wonderful old neighbourhoods. It’s also great for foodies and anyone who enjoys treating themselves to the finer things. But that does’t mean that some of the best places to stay in Providence aren’t great value, Providence’s large student population means this is a great value for money city.

Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Providence tend to be grouped in the downtown area, by the river, or else in College Hill.

This pretty city is just ripe for strollers. There are some lovely views along the river, some beautiful old neighbourhoods - College Hill especially, several extremely lovely university campuses to wander around and a very nice downtown.

As well as influencing Providence’s art and cultural life, and it’s ‘value for money market’, the student population also improve the look of the town and its culinary offerings, via the notable courses at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and the Johnson & Wales University culinary arts program.

As far as highlights go the lovely white dome of the Rhode Island State House definitely beckons visitors from miles around, Brown University is especially historic and scenic, as is the Trinity Repertory Theatre and there are a whole range of excellent museums, many of them dedicated to Rhode Island’s history as one of America’s earlier states.

Whether you're looking for great value or contemporary chic, our pick of the best places to stay in Providence will not disappoint.

For great value

  • The Dean Hotel is a cool boutique offering in downtown Providence with modern rooms with nice features like works by local artists and rain showers. There’s also a hip cafe, a hip bar and a German restaurant.
  • Also in Providence, NYLO is an industrial conversion overlooking the river with a great bar known for its live music. And its 160-odd rooms start from less than £100 per night.

For a city break

  • The Hotel Providence is right in the heart of town surrounded by city views and some great art and antiques.
  • Christopher Dodge House also enjoys a plum location, within walking distance of all Providence's best bits.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Providence for you?


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Best Hotels in Providence

  • The Dean Hotel Providence (Rhode Island) 52 rooms from £87

    Sights nearby  -  18th Century John Brown House is a museum in a mansion.
    Great walks  -  Along to Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Cool downtown boutique in prime location for local exploring, restaurants and shopping. Rooms are modern, local art works hangs on the walls and tiled bathrooms with rain showers. The Boom Box for karaoke, Bolt Coffee for your morning fix, cocktails at Magdalenae Room and Faust is German cuisine. See More

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  • Christopher Dodge House Providence 14 rooms from £101

    Sights nearby  -  Visit Tiverton Four Corners, an important center for antiques, fine art, and decorative crafts.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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    Explore Providence like a local! This charming 1858 brick mansion is situated right in the center of the action, walking distance from shops, sights, trendy restaurants and bars and of course Brown University. Decor is understated and elegant. See More

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  • NYLO Providence (Rhode Island) 163 rooms from £121

    Sights nearby  -  Historic Providence gardens are worth a visit and check what is on during your stay - they have events all year around.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Industrial conversion on the river offers business facilities, airport shuttle, library and games room. Rooms are large with modern facilities & complimentary toiletries. Regional cuisine is served at The Loft overlooking the Pawtuxet River and live music at the bar. 17 miles from town exploring. See More

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  • Graduate Providence Providence 294 rooms from £133

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of downtown and walking distance from Brown University and several colleges
    City Style  -  Set in a grand building dating back to 1922 which has been creatively redesigned
    Full of character
    Landmark  -  Comes with a reputation.
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    A grand hotel set in a landmark downtown building dating back to 1922. Carefully redesigned, interiors maintain the building's old-school feel yet now with a whimsical touch. With an extensive library, some seriously smart suites, an atmospheric bar, and casual dining — this property has it all! See More

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  • Hotel Providence Providence (Rhode Island) 80 rooms from £164

    Sights nearby  -  Roger Williams Zoo.
    Full of character
    RestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Downtown Providence hotel filled with antiques and art. The large, comfortable rooms offer city views and modern marble bathrooms. Aspire Restaurant offers local cuisine, a popular spot for pre-theatre dinning. Fitness and business facilities, prime location for restaurants, bars and attractions. See More

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