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Providence
Travel Guide

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

Hilton Providence
Hilton Providence
3.5 out of 5
21 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI
The price is £89 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

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! (989 reviews)

"Good hotel, and great customer service experience, but about rooms conditions they can improve."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2021

Hilton Providence
Hotel Providence
Hotel Providence
4 out of 5
139 Mathewson Street, Providence, RI
The price is £84 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Downtown, this hotel is steps away from Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel and Providence Performing Arts Center. Rhode Island Convention Center and Johnson ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"Vintage look for the room, the bathroom was nice."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2021

Hotel Providence
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel
4 out of 5
5 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI
The price is £103 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The VETS) and Providence Place Mall. Rhode Island Convention Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Really beautiful stylish hotel. Great location. Excellent service."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2021

Renaissance Providence Downtown 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.

Top Holiday 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 £80 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

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

4.1/5Very Good! (482 reviews)

"I enjoyed my stay and would recomend to other people"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2021

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 £60 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

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! (799 reviews)

"It was spacious and for the most part the rooms were equal in size. Each room had a TV, and 2 drawers, but the remote for 2 of the 3 rooms were dead. Make sure to read rules and regulations because there were a lot of things you could easily miss."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2021

Hotel Dolce Villa
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Providence
Global Luxury Suites Downtown Providence
4 out of 5
100 Mathewson St, Providence, RI

Located in Downtown, this apartment building is steps away from Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center. Providence ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"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 22 Feb 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.

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