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A Rhode Island Strip Club Will Reopen as a Boutique Hotel This Year

Where: 122 Fountain Street [map], Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02903
October 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

Strip club hotels: we're calling this a thing. Hot on the heels of Scores opening up in Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and the revitalization of the boutique hotel associated with the infamous Clermont Lounge, comes news of a former strip club being turned into a boutique hotel.

The five-story brick building at 122 Fountain Street, Providence Rhode Island started out in 1912 as a refuge called Church House, built by the Episcopal Church, then was home to the Sportsman’s Inn strip club, which closed in 2012. The building then had a brief incarnation as a music venue, but soon it will become The Dean, a 52-room boutique hotel.

The hotel is being developed by Lucie Searle ASH NYC (with consultancy work by Lucie Searle) and project architects are Christine West and Phil Derby of Kite Architects Inc. Rhode Island artist Nate Nadeau is making the bed frames, and Recycle-a-Bike of Providence will provide refurbished vintage bikes for guests. The Dean hopes to attract young professionals by offering rates in the affordable $85 to $135 a night range.

Speaking to the Providence Journal, Searle said: "“The whole idea is to be hip and cool ... When was the last time you were in a hotel and saw bunk beds?” Someone should direct her here.

Judging by this Yahoo review, the Sportman's Inn had rental rooms even during its strip club days. Albeit not ones we'd want to stay in:

The staff was friendly and sympathetic to the fact that I was actually there to sleep and not for the gentleman's club on the first floor ... The bathroom had the hair of previous visitors everywhere and what appeared to be a blood splatter on one of the cabinet doors. That said, the service was excellent, the location was decent, and the price was okay."

The Dean is expected to open in November and facilities will include a lobby bar, coffee bar by Bolt Coffee Company, and, most excitingly, a karaoke bar called The Boombox.

[Photo: Facebook/The Dean Hotel]

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That building has some history!

Wow, that building has some history behind it.  A church, then a strip club?   That's definatly one extreme to the other.  Hopefully now, the new boutique hotel will be a success.  If I can make it up to Rhode Island in the near future, I would like to give it a try.  Rhode Island in itself is a great place to visit.  I've found some really good deals on www.reservationswizard.com for Rhode Island hotels.  I'll have to put this one on my to-do list for sure!

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