The Dean is the type of hotel that every place needs: witty, quirky, creative, utterly original.
Caveat - let your preconceived notions of what you expect in a hotel go. They are unimportant.
The Dean is perfectly located - short walk to Down City, Providence Place, Amtrak, Convention Center, State House, etc.
Personally, I think the quirks of this hotel are what makes it. The in room amenities don't take themselves too seriously - what other hotel has condoms and lubricant along with granola waiting for you upon arrival? - and you shouldn't take it too seriously either.
The beds are cloud soft, the bathrooms are well appointed. If you can afford it get a suite.
The dining options both within and without the hotel are numerous: Birch, Faust and Local 121 are incredible. The Mac and Cheese at Bravo is stellar.
The old fashioned elevator is a bit daunting at first, but after a couple of runs it whisks you to your floor on a cloud of nostalgia.
The staff is incredible as is the entire experience.
- 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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