The Dean is so fun, from the moment you turn to its small, but glitzy entrance, to the bubbly staff at the tiny front desk, to the coffee bar and lounge just beyond, and the "alligator" gate in the old-school elevator (I fought that thing for the first three days of my stay before I saw a housekeeper shove it so hard it stayed open. After that I was fine.)
There is interesting art everywhere. Then you arrive in your room, which for me was a double queen one night, then I switched to join some friends for the rest of the week in a double bunk bed room. That was a scene. I felt like an old Kuala bear climbing up and down the ladder to my bunk. Somehow, four women did work around each other in this space that was much smaller than the double queen.
But what was truly funky was the no door, no curtain shower that was so small I found it best to stand outside the shower and just "dip" half of me into the spray when I needed water. The shower head is huge, and because there is a large ventilation tube that is tiled over but runs right through the tiny shower, that head is pushed perilously close to the edge of the shower right near the opening. So of course the bathroom flooded whenever anyone took a shower. It was especially terrible if someone had to wash their hair.
But the lounge next to the coffee bar was charming, and was a great place to take a book and read. The barrister there recommended a nearby bakery that was outstanding for breakfast, Ellie's.
The hotel staff is extraordinary. For instance, I had two heavy boxes of literature I needed to get to our booth at the Convention Center, a block away, so two staffers grabbed them (including the front desk person) and carried them to an escalator inside the Center for me. I didn't propose that solution -- they did. The hotel's manager, Mary, is wonderful, and such an interesting person to talk to I recommend you take some time to do this.
The Dean is a great hotel. The beds are the best I've ever slept in, and the down comforters are perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dean is a 52-room boutique hotel housed in an c. 1912 Building that has been sensitively restored in 2014. The Dean is located in the heart of the Downcity neighborhood, directly adjacent to the Rhode Island Convention Center, Dunkin Donuts Center, and within close walking distance to Brown, RISD, Johnson & Wales, the State Capitol and many corporations and historic sites. The Dean features a wide variety of room types, from cozy bunk beds to lush king suites, all outfitted with custom furniture and vintage finds from Europe and beyond. The Dean is host to Bolt Coffee in the lobby library, the Magdalenae Room, a European-style cocktail bar, Faust, a German beer hall and the Boombox, a karaoke den with a bar and private singing rooms. ... more less
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