Providence, RI

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Providence featuring a city

The capital city of Rhode Island draws visitors for its world-class museums, thriving arts community and picturesque streets lined with historic buildings.

One of America’s oldest cities, Providence offers historic attractions and architecture along with a vibrant food scene and unique shopping.

Providence has a long and rich history so a great place to start your visit is on the East Side at Benefit Street’s “Mile of History.” Take a stroll through the colonial thoroughfare, past restored homes, churches and museums, or pay for a guided tour to learn more about the city’s historic waterfront.

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum is one of the country’s largest art museums. Here, you can browse more than 80,000 works of art that span many cultures, time periods and media. Artifacts include a collection of Paul Revere’s silver. Combine your visit to the RISD with a trip to the nearby Museum of Natural History & Planetarium.

From here, take a short walk to Thayer Street, where you will find eclectic shops filled with quirky souvenir items, gifts, imported clothing, handmade crafts, art and books.

You’ll find plenty of nightlife and restaurant options in Providence. Italian cuisine lovers won’t want to miss dining in the Federal Hill neighborhood. This historic section of the city is also known as Little Italy. Sip a strong espresso at an open-air café or enjoy an upscale meal at number of gourmet Italian eateries. In this same neighborhood you can step into a Middle Eastern-style lounge for an after-dinner drink and dessert.

Head downtown for upscale martini bars and hip-hop clubs, or check out the eclectic bars near the university colleges. For Broadway musicals, concerts and comedy acts, look to the schedule of performances at the art deco Providence Performing Arts Center. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel is a legendary venue for live music.

Avoid driving in Providence if you can as parking is limited. The best alternative to walking is the inexpensive and reliable public transport.

Where to stay in Providence

Hilton Providence
Hilton Providence
3.5 out of 5
21 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI
The price is $101 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunkin' Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. Johnson and Wales University ...
3.7/5 Good! (978 reviews)
"everything is perfect except it is a little bit noisy in the night."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Hilton Providence
Omni Providence Hotel
Omni Providence Hotel
4 out of 5
1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI
The price is $135 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Place Mall, and Dunkin' Donuts Center. Trinity ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,770 reviews)
"A very nice property."

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

Omni Providence Hotel
Graduate Providence
Graduate Providence
4 out of 5
11 Dorrance St, Providence, RI
The price is $149 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 26
Located in Downtown Providence, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Providence City Hall and Rhode Island Convention Center. Providence Performing Arts Center ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,031 reviews)
"The room looked cool"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Graduate Providence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown
3 out of 5
5 Exchange Street, Providence, RI
The price is $144 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Downtown Providence, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bank of America Tower, Brown University, and Providence Place Mall. Rhode Island ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (259 reviews)
"We stayed here after seeing a show at PPAC. Walking distance to the theater and restaurants, mid way to Federal Hill. Clean quiet. Great sleep and huge suites with full kitchen. Staff here is very friendly and accommodating. Really professional. Great value for the price. Will definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown
Heart of Providence - 42 ft. Heated House Boat
Heart of Providence - 42 ft. Heated House Boat
Providence, RI
The price is $200 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in Fox Point, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Benefit Street and Brown University. Providence Performing Arts Center and Johnson and Wales ...
Heart of Providence - 42 ft. Heated House Boat
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Providence
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Providence
4 out of 5
100 Mathewson St, Providence, RI
Located in Downtown Providence, this aparthotel is steps from Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Rhode Island Convention Center, and Dunkin' Donuts Center. Providence ...
3/5 (4 reviews)
"The room was very clean and everything was provided for us . Even pots and pans ! It was my first time staying in a suite and I was wondering about them . Aside from constantly signing leases for extensions, payments, and confirmations online it went very smoothly . 10/10 ."

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Global Luxury Suites Downtown Providence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Providence

If you’re staying around downtown Providence, explore on foot to get the best feel for the city’s architecture and atmosphere. Buses cover most of the city and are a convenient way to get around, while the Providence LINK Trolley is a streetcar service downtown. Renting a car can be inconvenient if you’re staying within the city, as parking is often hard to come by, but is an option for longer journeys. Visit the Rhode Island Public Transport Authority website.Browse Providence rental cars.

Best time to visit

The contents of your suitcase will look very different depending on when you visit Providence, owing to its changeable climate. Summer’s the most popular time to visit and you’ll need to pack for warm weather, with average highs in the mid 80s F (high 20s C) in July. Come in fall to experience the beautiful changing colors of the trees in mild weather. Winter is cold, but hotel rooms are at their cheapest.

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