The Best Hotels to Book in Providence, Rhode Island

You'll be perfectly located to see the top sights in Providence with a stay at one of these hotels
You'll be perfectly located to see the top sights in Providence with a stay at one of these hotels | Courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn Providence /
Photo of Helen Ranger
22 November 2021

The capital of Rhode Island, Providence is home to some of the best schools in America such as Brown University, Johnson and Wales University and the Rhode Island School of Design, resulting in a buzzy, youthful vibe. Graceful architecture can be spotted around the city, from the neoclassical State Capitol building to the 18th- and 19th-century homes in College Hill. Arts and culture abound in theaters, concert venues and museums and galleries – as well as the remarkable WaterFire art installation, there are superb sports facilities and parks, and the city is crammed with excellent shopping and restaurants. Here’s where to stay, bookable on Culture Trip.

Graduate Providence, for signature cocktails

A bedroom at Graduate Providence with dark brown walls, a brown carpet, a double bed with a red headboard and a blue-and-white armchair
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This magnificent hotel in Providence, built in the beaux arts style, is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. While there’s no longer a speakeasy in the basement, you can make like former guests F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald with a Knob Creek whiskey on the rocks or a signature A ‘Mez’ Ing Mule cocktail at Reiners sports bar – or grab more substantial pulled pork mac ‘n’ cheese. Rooms ranging from Deluxe King to the Premier Suite exude old-school charm and pop with color, from crimson sofas to bold statement wallpaper; the suite comes with a kitchenette. Indulge in a signature aromatherapy massage at the Norwich Spa.

The Dean Hotel, for sustainable foodies

A white bedroom at The Dean Hotel with a pencil portrait on the back well, as well as a white bed and white chair
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Steeped in history and perfectly located in the Downtown district, the Dean is a pared-down, hip hotel in a historic building. The eight types of rooms are simply furnished, some with bunk beds, and all with custom furniture as well as local prints and crafts. Go for artisanal coffee at the Bolt Coffee Company, an intimate cocktail at the Dean Bar – or grab a cocktail kit to go – or share some contemporary dishes at North, made from ingredients sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Downtown can be explored on a complimentary bicycle, and if you’re looking for nightlife, sing your heart out in the Boombox karaoke bar – or take a private room if you’re shy.

Omni Providence Hotel, for Downtown dining

A bedroom at Omni Providence Hotel with a brown carpet, light brown curtains, a desk with a TV, and city views from the two windows
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The elegant Omni Providence is well-located next to the Convention Center and close to the city’s main college campuses, in case you’re visiting kids at college. You’re right on the edge of Downtown, and numerous dining options – ranging from ramen and Korean to fine dining – are all within three blocks of the hotel, while the award-winning WaterFire sculpture is a five-minute walk across the river. Rooms on higher floors boast scenic views of the city, and all are decked out in classic creams and browns, with bright pops of color in the form of raspberry armchairs. Pair a prime dry-aged ribeye or tomahawk with an award-winning Oberon cabernet at Fleming’s Steakhouse, or grab a lighter bite at Morsel’s or Omni on the Go.

Renaissance Providence Downtown, for hand-crafted cocktails

A bedroom with a black carpet, white walls, a yellow sofa and a white double bed at Renaissance Providence Downtown
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Set in a striking historic building that was once a masonic temple, and across the street from the Providence Shopping Mall, this sleek hotel is ideally located within a short walk from the restaurants and sights of Downtown, including the Empire Theater. Luxurious rooms are generously proportioned, and many have views of the adjacent State Capitol. Unwind with a hand-crafted Thyme’s Up cocktail and a plate of lentil-crusted cod at the 1930s-style Public Kitchen and Bar, before a concert at the VETS Auditorium right behind the hotel. Some of Providence’s best bars – Trinity Brewhouse, Murphy’s, the Rosendale – are just a short stagger away.

Hilton Providence, for event access

The indoor swimming pool at Hilton Providence, with multi-coloured tiles on the walls and, at the far end, sun loungers and a dining table
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Got a music gig at the Dunk (Dunkin’ Donuts Center) or tickets to a Bruins game? It’s all about location here: this hotel is right next door. It’s also within easy strolling distance across the river to the RISD Museum and the John Brown House Museum. Rooms are classically decorated in neutral shades, and guests with reduced mobility as well-catered for. Be sure to have a craft beer or classic cosmopolitan at the Vig – the atmospheric retro bar and restaurant in the hotel lobby featuring vintage sports equipment. Want to check out the city’s dining scene? Take a left down Sabin Street for the bright lights of Downtown, or head right along Atwells Avenue for some of the city’s best dining: Cassarino’s, Angelo’s, NAMI and Opa.

Courtyard Providence Downtown, for downtown convenience

A twin room at Courtyard Providence Downtown with cream walls, a greay carpet, two white beds and a TV on a dark desk
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The Courtyard is certainly in the heart of things: it’s kitty-corner from the Providence Place shopping mall, two blocks from Downtown and across the street from Woonasquatucket River. Swirls of contemporary art liven up the classic, carpeted rooms, decorated in grays and creams – some have views of the State Capitol. Welcome amenities include a pool and a gym. Breakfast options at the on-site Bistro include Starbucks coffee drinks and light bites; for something more substantial, splurge on dinner at the Capital Grille across the street – be sure to dress nicely.

Hilton Garden Inn, for river views

A hotel room at Hilton Garden Inn with a grey striped carpet, light blue curtains, a white bed and two floral pictures on the back wall
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Of all the Providence hotels, the Hilton Garden Inn is the only one on the water, at India Point. Perks include the nearby India Point Park that stretches along the waterfront, with its East Bay Bike Path and walking trails. Creams and blues are the dominant color scheme in the comfortable, spacious rooms, some with views over the historic harbor; grab a premium room with coffee maker if you’re a caffeine fiend. Enjoy a continental breakfast on the outdoor patio in good weather – for more substantial dining, check out Jahunger (Chinese noodles), RC Ramen or Aguardente (tapas) along Wickenden Street across the highway, or take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Downtown. Free parking on site is a plus.

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