On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of experiencing a one night stay-cation. As you may know, there are a bunch of hotel options located in the heart of Providence. However, I never even realized that there are also many great places to stay that aren’t located right downtown. Yes, I agree that staying at a hotel right near the Providence Place Mall is extremely convenient, but have you experienced the crazy traffic? Not only was it a Saturday night, but it was also the night of the eventful Waterfire that brings people into the city from all areas of New England.
I was lucky enough to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Providence and stay at a newly renovated hotel right on the water. Located about a mile away from downtown on the East Side of Providence is the Hilton Garden Inn. This hotel was formerly the Wyndam until it was given a complete facelift this October.
Photo By: Alison Rugg Photography
Although the hotel is a short distance front the center of the city, it still has a great location being right across from India Point Park. Across the street is a bike path, walking trail, and sailing on the river. If you happen to stay here in July, you can even experience the fireworks that burst above the park on the Fourth from the hotel balcony. Did you know that the Hilton Garden Inn is also the only waterfront hotel in all of Providence?
Can you believe those harbor views? The doors to the balcony are completely removable and are opened during the warm weather months. The best part is that you don’t even have to be outside to enjoy watching the tide.
Photo By: Alison Rugg Photography
Before you head outside, you can grab a drink at the bar from the extensive wine and beer list. Hungry too? You can even order off the unique food menu from Drift.
I ordered a glass of Rosé upon arrival before heading up to my room. The menu above includes starters from the sea including tuna tartare, roasted and raw oysters, prawn toast, and even fries with mussels! For larger appetites, there’s also the ever-popular new england chowder, day boat scallops, fish & chips, and a squid-ink fish sandwich.
Not into seafood? No worries! There are other unique menu items available such as duck fat fries, a kale caesar salad, an autumn salad, a pork belly blt, and a grass fed burger!
At night, the bar is busy with guests. What is better than a hotel where you can eat, drink, and be merry? When the bar fun ends at midnight, you can head straight to your room without worrying about having to find a place to go or someone to get you there.
Still wishing to explore Providence? No problem! The hotel not only offers on-site complimentary parking, but they also have a shuttle to take you Downtown for more nightlife options.
Do you have night food cravings or are waiting up for someone who has a late shift? Still not a problem. There is a 24 hour Pavilion Pantry that has candy, snacks, drinks, and microwaveable meals.
Still not fulfilling your hunger needs? The concierge offers take out menus from all of Providence so you can find just about anything you are looking for. I even ordered a pizza from Wise Guys Deli at 2am and they came straight to my room!
Beyond the seating in the dining areas, there are also lounge areas where you can wait for the rest of your friends or family to arrive.
When you wake up in the morning, you can get a fulfilling breakfast right downstairs at the Great American Grill restaurant. This will also save you from trying to schedule a brunch first thing Sunday morning and allow you to avoid those crazy crowds!
If you do enjoy getting out for brunch, The Duck and Bunny is my personal favorite and is also located right around the corner on Wickenden street, so you don’t have to worry about driving or parking downtown!
To me, one of the most important things when staying in a hotel is cleanliness. I was completely taken by how spotless the bathroom was in my room. Not only is was it beautiful, but I couldn’t wait to feel rejuvenated in this squeaky clean shower.
The design of the bathroom is simple and classic. I also love the idea of having the wood flooring as an uncommon yet refined touch.
Again, sweet simplicity! The sleek design also unclutters your brain and lets you escape to better thoughts after your stressful day.
Another great touch- I’m not sure if it is just me or my luck, but I find it extremely rare to find a hotel room with a microwave. Again, this is vital to late night cravings and reheating your leftovers! Not only that, but there is also a Keurig with ready-to-brew pods instead of an old-school coffee pot. If you pull the handle to the door pictured, you can also locate the not-so-mini refrigerator!
Out of the 137 rooms, I scored a king-size bed fit for a queen! I love having plenty of space to sprawl out. Also, there is a sitting area next to the bed and a huge flat screen high-definition television. You can watch all of your favorite shows on cable as well as the HBO channels with great movies. For all you tech-lovers and social media gurus out there, yes they have complimentary wifi!
Other amenities include on and off-site laundry services, a fitness center, on-site catering, room service, meeting rooms, and a business center.
I hope that you enjoyed my review of the Hilton Garden Inn and also wish that you consider this new hotel as an option when planning your next stay in Providence!