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Old Court Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 5 Providence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A special place to stay...”
Reviewed 25 October 2010

My partner is a huge Lovecraft fan, so there was no possible way we could have stayed anywhere else. We wouldn't have wanted to! We stayed in the nightingale room, whch had a fantastic view! The place was historic and gorgeous, and the literary significance made it more special. A fantastic location - we did the Lovecraft walking tour, which was great. Also handy to Brown. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was impressive!
The only issue was a very noisy air conditioner (which we reported and has hopefully since been fixed...?), that did disrupt our sleep a bit.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Carmel, CA
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148 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2010

Location of the Old Court could not be better - close to the historic areas of Providence and within walking distance of many good restaurants. Our room was very comfortable, and the breakfast was great. The staff was extremely helpful. Over all a good choice and excellent value for money!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Pinehurst, NC
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2010

The staff was friendly and helpful. My 17 year old stayed there by herself for two weeks to attend a course at RISD. I came up to visit at the end of her stay. It is in a very nice, safe neighborhood. The B&B is ideally located for RISD or Brown University. The breakfast (included) was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2010

I thought this was a decent B&B. It is old-fashioned and has a vintage feel but it basically has everything you need. The breakfast was fine. The location is great - right near Brown and RISD if you are visiting for graduation - walking distance to both.
Won't blow your socks off but well priced option for Providence.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2009

I stayed at the Old Court for one night while visiting Providence for a job interview. Luckily, my room was paid for by the potential employer, since this would have been out of my price range otherwise. However, for your money, you get a lot, and to some people, it might be worth the price.

My room was on the third floor (walk-up), but I didn't mind. I had a beautiful view of the State Capitol building and downtown skyline. My bathroom was a bit small, but nice enough. The was large with a rather old-fashioned brass bed, not plush by any means, but comfy enough for my needs. I used the wireless internet, which worked well. The building seemed to have rather thin walls (like old buildings do), and sometimes I heard other guests talking on the phone. The stairs were creaky-- definitely felt like an old house. It was winter, and the heat worked fine-- I wasn't cold at all.

I had breakfast downstairs, and it was delicious, and omelet, I think. There was also a large range of cereal, fruit, milk, juice, other things. The cereal, milk, and juice were available 24/7 in a fridge in the dining room for guests to help themselves, which provided me with a nice little late-night snack the first evening.

Location is what makes this place, whether you're doing something downtown, at Brown, or at RISD, you're pretty close to the center of things, without the need to necessarily cross through the chaos of Kennedy Square to get over to College Hill (as you would need to do from the Biltmore or the Westin). Benefit Street is too beautiful for words. Given the snow during my visit, I was grateful to be in close walking distance to everything I needed.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. I needed to leave my luggage during the day, and they happily made space for it in a hidden corner of the office. Also, I needed to print some documents, and when I asked the person at the desk about finding a Kinko's, she immediately stopped her work and told me just to print on their computer-- no charge. I was very pleased.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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2 Thank vonschwind
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2009

As others have said - it is an older but clean place to visit.
Breakfasts were excellent and filling with no complaints here being a big breakfast eater.

We had to go for some quiet strolls even though the weather was frigid - if we find our way back to this area again - we will consider staying here.

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  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Utravelwithme
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Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2007

My husband and I spent two nights at the Old Court. Since there were no other guests the first night (midweek in early December), Chris offered us a free upgrade to a larger room. It is an old place but very comfortable. Breakfast was good - omelets, eggs Benedict were offered. The parking lot was small but no problem for us.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Old Court Bed and Breakfast

Property: Old Court Bed and Breakfast
Address: 144 Benefit St., Providence, RI 02903
Region: United States > Rhode Island > Providence > College Hill
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Providence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Old Court Hotel Providence
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