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

Omni Providence Hotel
Omni Providence Hotel
4 out of 5
1 W Exchange St, Providence, RI, 02903
The price is $127 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
$127
per night
Feb 3 - Feb 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Providence. Enjoy 2 restaurants, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,320 reviews)
almost perfect
"it was all good with the minor detail of not being able to get the room to a comfortable temp for us using the in room thermostat. was blowing cool air. a call to the desk helped."

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Omni Providence Hotel
Graduate Providence
Graduate Providence
4 out of 5
11 Dorrance St, Providence, RI, 02903
The price is $145 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
$145
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Providence. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,151 reviews)
"Excellent property"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Graduate Providence
Aloft Providence Downtown, a Marriott Hotel
Aloft Providence Downtown, a Marriott Hotel
3 out of 5
191 DORRANCE STREET, Providence, RI, 02903
The price is $154 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
$154
per night
Jan 31 - Feb 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Providence. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Popular attractions Providence Performing Arts Center ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (84 reviews)
"I liked the room design. It felt more like a small apartment than a hotel room. I also lucked out with an expansive view of the city. The bed was also very comfortable and the room quiet. I had a great 8-hour sleep. The only disappointment was the absence of any breakfast option, particularly given ..."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Aloft Providence Downtown, a Marriott Hotel
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.
One Bedroom Townhouse
One Bedroom Townhouse
Providence, RI
Stay at this vacation home in Providence. Enjoy WiFi, cable/satellite TV, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions DePasquale Plaza and Dunkin' Donuts Center are ...
One Bedroom Townhouse
Brand New Two Bedroom Apartment With KING BED
Brand New Two Bedroom Apartment With KING BED
Providence, RI
Stay at this apartment in Providence. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions WaterFire Arts Center and DePasquale Plaza are ...
Brand New Two Bedroom Apartment With KING BED
Victorian Home College Hill
Victorian Home College Hill
2 out of 5
205 Doyle Ave, Providence, RI, 02906
Stay at this apartment in Providence. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Brown Stadium and Thayer Street are located nearby. Discover ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Bring blankets! There was only one."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Victorian Home College Hill
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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