by Hilarey Wojtowicz
This 52-room boutique hotel is definitely for the family who wants an eclectic stay, with artsy vibes sparking their interests. Rooms come in a variety of configurations, from the Kin, which sleeps two in one bunk bed to the Gang, which sleeps up to four in two queen beds. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The dÃ©cor is a mix of modern and vintage, and may not seem cozy to some, but the Dean Hotel is a good option for families who want to try something outside the chain hotels in Providence.
Families who stay at the Dean will be close to Providence Place mall, and just a short 10-minute walk to the rivers for WaterFire. The RISD Museum is also just 15 minutes away by foot.
Onsite dining is available at the Dean at Faust and Bolt. Start out with a cup of coffee and pastries at Bolt before heading out sightseeing; it is open daily at 7 a.m. For dinner, head to Faust, which offers Bavarian pretzels, German sausages and other hearty foods, along with beer and wine. Faust is open daily at 4 p.m.
If parents can slip away for a little while, enjoy the Boombox, the onsite karaoke lounge, or the Magdalenae Room, the onsite cocktail bar.
Our Editor Loves
- Location in the historic district
- Rooms with bunk beds
- Artsy vibe
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Stephanie H
I had asked if I could check in early for my wedding day prep two weeks before the big day. I was told that I could and it was a service they provided but that I would have to call back a day or two before. When I called back they told me they couldn’t make any promises and told me to email some person, promising to email me her contact information, which never happened. If I had known there was that much uncertainty then I would have booked an extra night but instead I was extra stressed about where and when I could get ready with hair, makeup and my photographer. Additionally my maid of honors room was not large enough to get ready early either, which we were told was an option. The room wasn’t even big enough for a cot (which they apparently only have one of in the whole hotel)
The last thing a hotel should do is make you feel like you're at a hotel. The Dean, Olivia, and every other employee we encountered left us feeling like we've been here our whole lives.
It felt familiar. It felt honest. It felt like home. And we felt reassured and comforted for it.
Don't ever lose focus, you're doing a great job, and we will coming back in droves.