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ProvidenceUnited States of America

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

Top Hotels in Providence

NYLO Providence Warwick Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
NYLO Providence Warwick Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
400 Knight St, Warwick, RI
The price is $95 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Miracle Mile of Shopping and Warwick Mall. Ocean State Theatre and Mulligan's Island ...

4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"Always excellent. Extra towels per request. Always friendly"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

NYLO Providence Warwick Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Hyatt Place Warwick / Providence Airport
Hyatt Place Warwick / Providence Airport
3 out of 5
800 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI
The price is $87 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Ocean State Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Miracle Mile of Shopping and Warwick Museum of Art. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (688 reviews)

"Location, easy access, clean, friendly staff, many restaurants nearby"…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

Hyatt Place Warwick / Providence Airport
Hilton Providence
Hilton Providence
3.5 out of 5
21 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $110 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dunkin' Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center. Johnson and Wales University and Providence ...

4/5Very Good! (981 reviews)

"Staffs were very welcoming and professional. Our room was super clean."…"

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Hilton 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.

Vacation Rentals in Providence

Sonesta ES Suites Providence - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites Providence - Airport
3 out of 5
500 Kilvert Street, Warwick, RI
The price is $99 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Miracle Mile of Shopping and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ocean State Theatre and Warwick Mall. Warwick ...

4.1/5Very Good! (457 reviews)

"We liked the studio like look of the room. It wasn’t very clean though. The pictures made it look much richer than it was and we didn’t get a fireplace. The bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in though. The staff was very helpful when I left some belongings behind, and they mailed ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Sonesta ES Suites Providence - Airport
Hotel Dolce Villa
Hotel Dolce Villa
3.5 out of 5
63 De Pasquale Plaza, Providence, RI
The price is $74 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6

Located in the heart of Providence, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of DePasquale Plaza, Dunkin' Donuts Center, and Rhode Island Convention Center. ...

3.5/5Good! (792 reviews)

"Love that fact its right in the middle of the city assessable to the night life ,shops,and restaurants that Rhode Island has to offer. Love the restaurant downstairs the food was great."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Hotel Dolce Villa
Waterfront 30´ Carver/yatch Rental Providence RI
Waterfront 30´ Carver/yatch Rental Providence RI
Providence, RI

Located in Fox Point, this houseboat is within a 15-minute walk of Providence Children's Museum and Rhode Island Hospital. Brown University and Providence Performing ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Lounging

"owner was nice, very accommodating. Quick to respond to communication. Had relaxing time"…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Waterfront 30´ Carver/yatch Rental Providence RI
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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Reviews of Providence

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

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Jun 2, 2020

Very nice small city friendly people everywhere

5/5 - Excellent

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May 28, 2020

A lot of it was closed because of Covid. But a beautiful city. Very walkable. What we were able to see was fantastic. The Dean was amazing!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 11, 2020

I love it meet my wife here thank u Providence

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Highly recommend Nicks on Broadway for breakfast!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Was there for an event at the convention center so didn’t explore

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

Very clean city, good Italian restaurants

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