For all of you New Yorkers that are looking to get out of town for a little bit, there is nothing like the New England area to give you a twist on your typical city vibe. One of the best cities in New England is Providence, Rhode Island, which I spent five years in as I was a student at Johnson & Wales University. If you are traveling and need a place to crash along the way into New England or staying in Providence in general, your best bet would be to stay at The Providence Biltmore, located in the heart of downtown Provi.
I was in Providence last week, attending an alumni event at JWU, and was lucky enough to stay at their wonderful hotel. As someone who walked past this location several times over the course of five years, yet never going in, I was really amazed overall by the location itself, the amenities, and so much more. Here is a some rich history about The Providence Biltmore for you to divulge.
Opened to the public in 1922, the hotel is known as “the grand dame” in the Renaissance city of Providence, Rhode Island. With grand architecture and an impressive list of guests including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Nelson Rockefeller, the hotel boasts the confidence of an established hostess and the vitality and charm of an ingénue. Fittingly, it has been placed on the National Preservation Register as one of the country’s cherished architectural treasures and has been named as a Historic Hotel of America. This historic building exemplifies the discreet charm of Rhode Island combined with a European flair for intrigue and romance.
The location itself is majestic in size, with a beautiful lobby upon entrance. Something that has always been a big coo for me about The Biltmore is that it is in proximity to so much of what makes Providence such a unique city to be in, from The Providence Place Mall, located a mere 5 minute walk away from the hotel, some great restaurants including Fleming’s and Jacky’s, and access to all the amazing nightlife that you can handle. It has a convenient garage for people driving there, located to the right of the hotel, and is only a couple of minutes away from The Amtrak Train Station, which is located next to the Providence Place Mall itself. Not too shabby.
The room I stayed in was quite wonderful, as it really brought the sense of luxury to what The Biltmore Hotels have upheld for such a long time. With a wonderful living room plush with a great couch, television, and a beautiful view of the city itself, not to mention the spacious king size bed, closet space, and so much more, it really added that extra pizazz to the stay overall. They have a variety of rooms tailor made to each customer’s needs, from Deluxe King, Junior Suite and Grande Suite, just to name a few.
If you are looking to relax with some wonderful spa treatments, they have you covered there as well. Per the site- The Spa at the Providence Biltmore is the city’s only on-site hotel spa, a luxurious retreat perfect for destination visits, bridal services, use as a day spa, or even simply as a quiet escape after a day of meetings. The Spa offers an eclectic array of cross-cultural therapies including massage, facials, nail treatments, and state-of-the-art hair and makeup. The Spa at the Providence Biltmore is also an essential part of the experience for the many brides and wedding guests who celebrate at the hotel each year.
Other amenities that The Providence Biltmore provides include McCormick & Schmidt’s, located right next door and is one of the premiere restaurants to dine at while in town. Featuring more than 30 different varieties of fresh seafood, as well as tempting pasta, poultry, and beef dishes. There’s also a lively bar which features an extensive wine list, and the convenience of room service for all of the hotel’s guests. Click here for more information. Complimentary Wi-Fi and a Full Service Business Center are also available on premises.
This is a great place to stay at, and I hope each of you consider the next time you are in Providence. For more information on The Providence Biltmore, please check out their official site.