I stayed here with a conference and I absolutely would not stay here again if I came back on a vacation. It wasn't a bad hotel, it just wasn't very convenient and was not worth the cost.
First, the positives: the staff were very friendly, the room was reasonably comfortable. They have a really neat pool area, although the inside pool is much smaller than it looks online. They allowed me a late checkout.
The negatives: THE LOCATION! It is not downtown or really anywhere near downtown. It was an ok neighborhood, but there are no restaurants, coffee shops, or stores nearby. I felt like I was pretty much trapped in the hotel. They run a free shuttle to the mall, etc.., but it was booked when I wanted to use it. It would probably be ok if you have a car.
Aiport Shuttle: There is no free airport shuttle. The shuttle that you can pay for is through an outside service, only comes once an hour, and it is first come first serve. It was pretty difficult to get out at the end of a conference.
Internet: Internet is only free and wireless in the lobby. There was some type of wired internet available in the room for about $10 a day, but I wasn't sure it was high speed and not dial up.
Bed in the room: I had a king sized bed which was reasonably comfortable, but it was the kind with a metal frame that doesn't go all the way to the floor, so I had to check to make sure no one was hiding under the bed. (I might watch too many tv crime shows, but better safe than sorry, I think.)
Air conditioning: Others have mentioned that the air conditioning is loud--they are right.
Cleanliness of the room: It was pretty clean, although there was a hair in the shower when I arrived that was there after the room was cleaned the next day too.
Restaurant: I ate at the restaurant several times, (as there were no nearby restaurants,) and the clam chowder was wonderful. But I came to lunch on a Monday at 11:00 and they said they were still only serving breakfast, (seems a little late on a weekday,) but I went ahead with breakfast. I asked for a glass of water, and there was a crumb of food floating on top. I asked for another, and there still looked like there was a little speck of something swirling around in it, so I decided to just drink the coffee, as at least the water was boiled.
Overall, I would say that this hotel is not comfortable, not a good value, and not convenient. It is more of a midlevel hotel quality at a high level hotel price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resort-style atmosphere hotel located in downtown Providence. Situated near the state capital, I-95 and historic East Side. Free parking, connecting indoor/outdoor pools. Outdoor lounge, AQUA(seasonal),voted Best Hotel for Pool Lovers by Yankee Magazine. Award-winning Bluefin Grille open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Inclusive overnight packages available - Chef's Tasting Escape, Bike Providence Package, VIP Kids Escape, Romance packages, Providence Spa package, Golf Challenge, etc Full-service G Salon & Spa and golf privileges at private golf course. We offer bicycle rentals or upgrade to our Bike Providence package. Marriott Greatroom - and flexible meeting space and ballrooms. Complimentary wireless and shuttle service (by reservation). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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