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Finding a Hotel in Providence, RI – Part One

Historic_Jacob_Hill_InnOver nearly 25 years as Innkeepers in the Providence Metro Area I have lost count of how many times I received that frantic call from a guest that could not find an available room in the city of Providence, capital of Rhode Island. Whether they were trying to book that night, months in advance or some times years in advance; when it comes to Brown Commencement, they tell me there was nothing available. Between graduations, weddings, festivals like Water Fire which takes place a few times a month, conventions or just vacationers fill the many hotel rooms. Sometimes people just do not know where to look, don’t know exactly what they are getting or what other options there are so hopefully this information will shed some light on the topic.

If you are looking for a BIG hotel look no further than Marriott. Not the biggest single Hotel in Providence but Marriott International Inc is one of the largest brand names in the hotel and lodging industry. In every major city you will find some sort of Marriott Hotel. It just so happens that Providence, RI hosts three of the Marriott Hotels.

The Courtyard Hotel by Marriott in downtown Providence holds 219 guest rooms in 7 stories. The wireless internet is free but breakfast is extra. Parking however is somewhat of a challenge in downtown Providence. The hotel offers a parking garage, but the guests will have to pay $26 for 24 hours or choose to walk four blocks to the closest garage. The rooms are all non-smoking and have a microwave, coffee maker, and in some rooms a mini-fridge. The hotel has a business center and a fitness center. The Courtyard Marriott downtown is usually a destination for tourists because of its general proximity to the mall, convention center, and many other Providence key destinations. Being in the center of Providence is a plus, right next to the highway exit, Kennedy Plaza, and the mall.

The Courtyard Hotel by Marriott 32 Exchange Terrace Blvd, Providence RI
Front Desk 401-272-1191

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The Courtyard Hotel by Marriott is rated a Three Diamond by AAA

The Downtown Marriott is located right off of interstate 95, and directly behind the government buildings and the Capitol building. It holds 351 guest rooms in 6 stories. The hotel has free parking on-site, free-wifi and all the rooms are smoke free, breakfast is an extra fee. The Downtown Marriott has a indoor/outdoor pool with a hot tub and a fitness center. The rooms have a coffee and tea maker. The breakfast on site is an extra charge. What draws many people to this location is the pool which is available in all seasons and is perfect for families with young children that like to splash around.

Providence Marriott Downtown 1 Orms St Providence, RI
Front Desk 401-272-2400

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The Providence Marriott Downtown is rated a Three Diamond by AAA

The newest Marriott hotel in Providence is the Renaissance Providence Hotel it opened in 2007 and has 272 guest rooms in 9 stories. The hotel is located right next to the Providence Place Mall and the Capitol Building. It is located right off of interstate 95. The hotel has paid valet service for $28/24 hr. or a paid self parking system for $23/24 hr. The hotel has free wifi and there is coffee and tea in the rooms, but the hotel does not offer a free breakfast. If you choose to eat at this location the hotel offers a few dining options. This hotel is the most grand out of the three Marriott hotels because of its view of the Capitol Building and the view of Providence.

As a native of Rhode Island I appreciate the history of this large restoration project, the hotel is housed in a Masonic Temple that remained unfinished since 1928. The building stood as an abandoned eye sore until its complete transformation made possible with Federal tax credits and help from the state of Rhode Island now is one of the most impressive buildings in City of Providence, just beautiful.

The Renaissance Providence Hotel By Marriott located at 5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
Front Desk 401-919-5000

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The Renaissance Providence Hotel By Marriott was awarded a Four Diamond rating by AAA. We know how hard it is to achieve this prestigious honor as of 2017 The Historic Jacob Hill Inn has maintained a Four Diamond Rating for sixteen years.

Marriott tries to be everything to everyone they understand that sometimes people just want to try something other than a BIG hotel. Many folks don’t know that Marriott has a bed and breakfast which is located in Hume, VA. We have always set our sights on trying to be the best at what we do which during our years we took every opportunity to learn from the leaders in the industry. About 10 years ago my husband and I where passing through Virginia and stayed at the Marriott Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Beautiful property reminded us of our Jacob Hill. We are so glad to see all the upgrades that have recently been done because at the time we left thinking we could give them a lesson or two.

So when the BIG hotels fill up in Providence or you are just looking to spend a little quiet time just out side of the city remember The Historic Jacob Hill Inn Seekonk, MA is just a hair over 5 miles from downtown and easily accessible from Brown University, on the East Side of Providence, just a 10 minute drive with out going on the highway. We would love to have you stay with us while exploring Providence, Rhode Island.

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