Jack and I recently took a quick getaway from the city to, 1. get the hell out of town! and 2. Do a little research. I'm currently working on a cool project that requires a little boutique hotel design research. So we took the 'easier than you'd expect' trip to Providence, RI to stay for one night at The Dean Hotel. We spent a total of 24 hours in Providence, driving up on a Saturday morning and back on the Sunday. I chose The Dean hotel after reading numerous press articles advising that it was a must to visit. The entire hotel is especially well thought through, from the interior design and branding, to the customer service. And it's surprisingly very affordable.
The rooms are humble in scale but simple and chic, utilizing considered historical elements, that are paired with industrial details. Slightly on the masculine side, I would personify this hotel as being a scholarly bachelor, waiting for the right girl. The name references the nearby Brown University, and the original works of art hung throughout the hotel are either vintage finds or RISD alumni work.
Our first stop was the used bookstore Cellar Stories, located just around the corner from the Hotel to hunt for some good used titles (my husband is a collector of older novels and sci-fi reads). Afterwards, we strolled around Downtown, which in the last 13 years since I spent a summer there has changed enormously, laying host to several coffee shops, restaurants and vintage stores. For food, we ate at the local vegetarian friendly restaurants, The Grange and Julian's. We also made sure to enjoy a coffee from Bolt, and share a pretzel and beers from Faust. Lastly, on Sundays admission to the RISD Museum is free from 10 - 5, so planned to pass through both the modern and original house museum galleries. Other places that I would recommend visiting that we didn't have a chance to get to, are: The Duck & Bunny for a delicious and sumptuous crepe, The Cable Car Cinema & Cafe for coffee and movie, and the Anthenaeum Library for some swoon worthy bookshelves.
In addition to Providence's charm, Newport and the Rhode Island beaches are within close driving distance, making this a great getaway destination from Boston or NYC ( and anywhere in between). For those of you who are carless, don't be concerned, the Dean is short walk from the Amtrak train station and Uber or Zipcars are readily available.