by Hilarey Wojtowicz
The Courtyard Providence Downtown is all about location. It’s walking distance to attractions and restaurants, such as the RISD Museum and Union Station Brewery, and offers views of the city’s rivers from its guestrooms and suites, which make WaterFire with young kids that much more enjoyable.
It is also about convenience. All accommodations have free Wi-Fi; there is an onsite laundry facility; and the onsite Bistro serves up breakfast and dinner daily. With a prime location in the heart of downtown Providence, families can’t go wrong with a stay at the Courtyard.
For more information, read about Courtyard by Marriott.
Our Editor Loves
- Views of rivers and WaterFire
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite and nearby dining options
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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The Courtyard has 216 guestrooms and suites that were recently renovated. All include king or queen beds, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and coffeemakers. Complimentary cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request. Microwaves are also available upon request for a fee.
Enjoy one king bed and one sofa bed, or two queen beds in guestrooms, which range from 325 to 371 square feet in size. With the addition of a crib or rollaway bed, guestrooms can sleep between four and five guests.
The Larger Guestroom units are not much larger than regular guestrooms at 333 square feet. They offer one king bed, plus room for a rollaway bed or a crib, permitting up to three guests. These units offer prime city views.
1 Bedroom, 2 Room Suites
The largest option at the Courtyard, 1 Bedroom 2 Room Suites are 472 square feet in size. They offer a separate living and bedroom complete with a sofa bed and one king bed, respectively. These rooms can sleep up to three people.
I spent the last month working in Providence and staying at Courtyard by Marriott. The hotel staff is very friendly. The rooms are nice, take a room facing the entrance or a higher floor so it will be quiet.
We came to Providence from Mississippi because our mom and aunt were born here and had not been back in 60 plus years. The staff here, mainly Robert and Ashley, were so kind and amazing! They took the time to give us suggestions of things to do and see while we were here!! It was like having our own tour guides!! It was a very clean and comfortable hotel with a nice little place to get coffee, drinks and food as needed. Really great location as well. Close to everything!!
The hotel doesn't provide any onsite activities, but is located near several attractions, such as the RISD Museum, the historic homes on Benefit Street and the State House. All are within a 10-minute walk of the hotel. The Courtyard also offers views of the rivers that run through the city and play host to WaterFire during the summer months. The rivers are just steps from your hotel room.
The Courtyard's Bistro is the standard onsite dining option for the hotel chain. Families can enjoy breakfast and dinner, including specialty coffee drinks made with Starbucks coffee, as well as cocktails in the evenings. Menu items include omelets, oatmeal, French toast and more for breakfast, and flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers and more for dinner.
Families can walk just a few steps from the hotel entrance to find themselves with a multitude of dining options from which to choose, including the Union Station Brewery, Capital Grille and Fleming's Steakhouse at the Omni Providence Hotel.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi access is complimentary in all guestrooms and suites, as well as throughout the hotel's public spaces.
There are onsite coin-operated laundry facilities available for guests to use.
The Courtyard's fitness center was renovated in 2015 and it now encompasses state-of-the-art equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and more.
Onsite parking is $26 per night, with unlimited in and out privileges.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
Providence is a year-round destination, with many festivals and events held throughout the seasons, including WaterFire in the summer and the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in the fall. The hotel is also close to the Dunkin Donuts Center, which plays host to sports games, concerts, large events and more, so the hotel may fill up quickly during those times, too.
The city is also home to multiple colleges and universities, so the school year will see an influx in people throughout the city, which may also bring more parents and visitors to the hotel.
The spring and fall seasons are temperate, while summer is warm with cool nights. The winter may see large snowstorms. Visit in September, October, April or May for good rates and comfortable weather.
Providence is located right off of I-95. If driving, take exit 22A and stay to the left to find the Courtyard just minutes from the highway. If flying, Warwick's T.F. Green Airport is the closest to the city and the hotel, just 10 minutes away. It services most major airlines and rental cars are available.
Providence is a walkable town, and with the location of the Courtyard in the heart of the downtown area, there is no need to have a car. Take public transportation from the airport to the hotel and then enjoy seeing the sights on foot. If needed, taxis and public buses are available.
For Mom and Dad
If you can grab a little alone time away from the kids, head to Union Station Brewery, located just steps from the hotel, for local bites and brews. For a slightly more upscale evening, try CafÃ© Nuovo, as it is located right on the river. If you can't sneak away from the little ones, visit on a night when WaterFire takes place, and bring them along to enjoy an evening sitting along the river and watching the various bonfires. You can also opt to take a gondola or boat ride along the river while the fires burn.