The crown jewel of the Hotel Providence is its restaurant, Aspire Seasonal Kitchen. In its rebrand, they’ve added ‘Seasonal’ and the chef’s focus is on that, keeping the menu vibrant without removing all of the city’s prior favorites. The atmosphere is conducive to a quick stop for a bite before a show, as well as dining a la carte to have a fuller meal. I can’t guarantee that you’ll have the same options that I did, but the scallop gnocchi and butternut bisque are wonderful choices, the sliders (mini sandwiches are delicious and hearty, more than you would guess from their size, with a beet option for vegetarians) and the loaded fries is a surprising departure from usual bar fare, the type of appetizer you might have on a casual Sunday at your friend’s place (provided your friend is a Johnson & Wales grad, like Executive Chef Gregory Krol of the Hotel Providence).
Staying in the Roger Williams Suite (as I did) allows for a full kitchen and living room. Its spacious, practical without pretension ambience matches the state itself. You can relax in the jacuzzi bath and, depending on the season, potentially overlook a live music performance below.
The hotel is yours for the taking. It can be entirely rented out for weddings and has a variety of meeting rooms (named after the local educational institutions of Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Johnson & Wales) for your event needs. With their personable local staff, it’s definitely worth considering the Hotel Providence if you ever find yourself in Rhode Island’s capital.
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