02903 Travel Guide
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.
We just got back from a quick trip to Rhode Island, and had a chance to peek at the Renaissance Providence Downtown on the recommendation of a local friend. Turns out, the building, which is across from the State House, has a fascinating history.
Original construction of the Neoclassical landmark started in 1926, when the building was meant to be a Masonic temple. But after a lack of funds halted construction in 1928, the building was abandoned and left largely untouched. A local historian told the New York Times in 2006:
When I first came to work in the 1970s, you could go in there, and you could see the hand tools that were still sitting where they had been put down in 1928.
Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. Now, we present you with Jaunted contributing editor KJB's review of the Hotel Providence in Rhode Island. Enjoy.
A weekend trip a couple years ago granted me the opportunity to visit the Hotel Providence in Providence, Rhode Island. To be honest, this was my first experience with a boutique hotel, but certainly will not be the last. Located in the heart of the downtown arts and entertainment district, the hotel features all the comforts of home (when the home is that of your rich aunt).
Guys lookng for a boozy golf weekend getaway can hit the links up in Providence, RI at the Hotel Providence.
The hotel is offering the Guy's Golf Round-up package which for $363 includes one night in a king guestroom with two beds, welcome goodies including a bucket of beers, a gift certificate to Triggs Memorial Golf Course for 2 people 18 holes and valet parking.
And the deal is good through October so if it rains every weekend through the summer, at least you can try again in the fall.
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· Hotel Providence reviews [TripAdvisor]
Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King spent a great deal of time in hotels this month, as he followed the NFL playoffs, and he had some harsh words for the Providence Westin.
Those gouging fools at the Providence Westin have really gone and done it now. They are doing everything in their power to steer me to the Biltmore across the street, which I'd have already done if not for the Starwood points. Remember last month when I told you about the $6 health club charge at the Westin? It's one of the very few places on my hotel list that charges for using the health club. In fact, I haven't had a single health club charge from another hotel all season.
The new year has rung in a new tune on the Providence Westin cash registers. It's now $10 to use the health club.
I hope 10 people read this and say: I'm not paying that absurd fee to run on a treadmill for a half hour. And I hope they book their stay elsewhere in downtown Providence. Which, by the way, is one of the underrated cities in America.
Acutally, stoners and pot-smokers everywhere are probably weeping.
Employees at the Holiday Inn in downtown Providence, RI, discovered a suitcase full of marijuana underneath a bed.
They then called the police who said the case "contained six plastic containers of marijuana that varied in size."
The room's registered occupant was listed as a man from Texas. No word yet on whether, or not he was arrested or how he could be so dumb.
· Police Find Marijuana in Luggage [NBC 10]
Ok, ok, admit it--you have never given Providence Rhode Island a thought. If you have it is probably because of Rick Pitino, Buddy Cianci, or Peter Griffin. However, if you find yourself in Providence, and you are looking for a place to stay in town, you might want to check out your newest option, Hotel Providence.
Hotel Providence opened this past February, and is still finding its footing in a constantly evolving section of downtown Providence. However, the staff seems to have settled in nicely. The entire staff was consistently friendly and helpful during our one night stay.
The 80 room hotel is independently owned, and is the the only Rhode Island hotel to gain membership to the Small Luxury Hotels association.. As soon as you step foot in the lobby you will notice the hotels prominent antique design theme. Seriously, from lobby to rooms, this place looks straight out of "Anique Roadshow". The antiques were hand selected from hotelier Stanley Weiss's own collection.
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For all you smug Brown Alumni, proud parents of univeristy students in the Providence area or the occasional Providence visitor (?) - there's now a hotel that promises to be worthy of both your money and distinguished palette.
The Hotel Providence hopes to open its doors on December 15th and welcome you to its 80 rooms decorated in English antique style. The hotel's restaurant, L"Epicureo, is a huge draw given its previous success at its Federal Hill location.
They are taking reservations now!