The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Providence, Rhode Island

Enjoy a luxury stay with an historic Art Deco pedigree and a nod to academic life at Graduate Providence
Enjoy a luxury stay with an historic Art Deco pedigree and a nod to academic life at Graduate Providence | Courtesy of Graduate Providence / Expedia
Sarah Warwick

As the capital of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US, Providence markets itself under the slogan “small city, huge impact” – and you’ll soon see why. Over the past 50 years, it’s transformed from an industrial coastal city, known for textiles and silverware, to a tourist hub with an exciting dining scene, noted galleries, boozy boat tours and more family fun than you can shake a local speciality clam cake at. Once you’re done exploring, you’ll love coming home to a glittering array of four- and five-star luxury hotels in Providence, all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Dean Hotel, for the nightlife


The brick exterior of the Dean Hotel in downtown Providence
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Mingle with locals at this gorgeous boutique Providence hotel, which has become a nightlife destination thanks to its beer hall, karaoke bar and cocktail den. Cool, yet calm and cozy, it has a variety of rooms from bunks to suites, and treats its clientele very well, no matter the price point. Start the day with top-notch coffee at Bolt, reserve a table at North to sample its locally sourced menus for dinner, and capitalize on the hotel’s downtown Providence location to make the most of the city in between.

2. Graduate Providence, for Art Deco luxury with a scholarly twist


A library area with long table, fireplace and lots of books at Graduate Providence
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A relatively new US hotel chain, Graduate celebrates the best of the country’s university towns and cities – and this Providence branch is no exception. The brand took over the historic building formerly the Providence Biltmore, a grand hotel dating back to 1922, and now combines the grandeur of its Art Deco structure with fun nods to academic life, like the Poindexter lobby cafe, and Reiners, a varsity “sport-inspired dining experience.” Not just for parents of students and returning alumni, this is a luxury Providence hotel with a difference.

3. Courtyard by Marriott Providence Downtown, for central convenience


The exterior of the commanding building for the Courtyard by Marriott Providence Downtown by the river at night
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If you like the slick look and feel of a reliable chain hotel, then the Marriott is a good bet. Sitting right in the center of town, near Waterplace Park, this is also a popular choice for business travelers hoping to be close to the Rhode Island Convention Center, or visiting lecturers for Brown or Johnson & Wales University. The in-house Bistro has quick bites if you don’t have time to explore the local restaurant scene, and there’s even a gym if you want to work off the legendary seafood.

4. Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel, for landmark luxury


The luxurious lobby space with columns and inlaid floors at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
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Whether you get a thrill from seeing the State Capitol building out of your window, or prefer your thrills served shaken on the rocks from an excellent mixologist, this central Marriott has something for you. Located in a former Masonic Temple dating back to the 1920s, this hotel is suitably imposing from the minute you arrive – a Providence landmark in itself. Inside, rooms and suites have flatscreen TVs, mini-fridges and coffeemakers; the classy restaurant and bar serves top-quality American food and delicious cocktails; and its sumptuous event spaces and ballroom show why this is an ever-popular meeting and wedding venue.

5. Providence Marriott Downtown, for pool time in the city


The pool area with four-poster daybeds and tangerine dining tables at Providence Marriott Downtown
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This downtown Marriott combines all the convenience of a city hotel with the perks of resort life. Take the pool that lets you float from sunny outdoor daybed to shady indoor lounger without ever having to leave the water. Plus, there’s a full service spa, a 24-hour gym with built-in workouts to motivate you and three restaurants for those nights when you want to eat in. Dog-friendly rooms mean no member of the family needs to be left behind, and a shuttle will whizz you around the sights – although you’re so central you may never need it.

6. Omni Providence Hotel, for New England hospitality


The deluxe rotunda lounge space with large modern chandelier at the Omni Providence Hotel
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Of all the luxury hotels in Providence, this is the biggest. There are 564 large guest rooms, many with king-size beds and fantastic views over the city from its stellar location. If you’re familiar with five-star stays and New England hospitality, then you’ll know what to expect: friendly, warm and personal (despite its size). Kids will love their free backpack full of goodies on arrival. Business travelers, meanwhile, will love the 11 meeting rooms and adjoining conference center. But everyone will enjoy the indoor pool, gym and hot tub.

7. Hotel Providence, for the culture of the Downcity Arts District


Street view of the beautifully preserved late-1800s building housing the Hotel Providence
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This thoughtfully decorated hotel is housed in two late-1800s buildings, both beautifully preserved, in the Downcity Arts District. The only AAA Four Diamond-rated boutique hotel in town, it’s perfect for those who value peace and quiet, good service and being surrounded by antiques. You can soak up the noted local culture scene, as the Providence Performing Arts Center, Trinity Repertory Company and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum are all under a 10-minute stroll away. Meanwhile, its Backstage Kitchen + Bar serves gorgeous guilty pleasures, from bacon and pancake breakfasts, to stuffed meatballs or tuna nachos in the evening.

8. Hilton Providence, for business travel facilities


Street view of large 14-story Hilton Providence building lit up at night
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Adjacent to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center, this luxury hotel in Providence is an excellent choice for business travelers. There are 10 meeting rooms, more than 12,000sqfeet (1,115sqm) of meeting space and a 24-hour gym, so you can fit in workouts around work. When you’re done, the concierge can clue you in about the best restaurants and night spots. Otherwise, there’s in-house sports bar, the Vig, for those too busy to step out to eat, and room service if you’re simply beat.

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