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Providence, Rhode Island is truly a great city to visit and kick back in its hotels, which range from traditional to trendy. Providence attractions — indoors, outdoors, and on the water — seem custom-made for couples in love. If you're planning a trip to Providence, choose one of her most romantic hotels to get the most out of a Rhode Island getaway.
OMNI PROVIDENCE HOTEL
With 564 rooms, this is one of the larger hotels in Providence for romantics thanks to the uplifting views of the skyline. We also like it because there's an indoor swimming pool, indoor fitness kit plus access to the Capital Club Fitness Center, free wi-fi and pets are allowed.
RENAISSANCE PROVIDENCE DOWNTOWN HOTEL
This hotel was conceived as a grand Masonic temple. Neo-Classical in style and poised between the equally dignified state capitol and the heart of downtown Providence, its future was aborted when the Depression descended and construction funds dried up. The shell sat empty for 78 years, yet was listed on the National Register of Historic Places despite the urban decay that plagued it. Thanks to a $100 million dollar investment, the building was transformed into an elegant, state-of-the-art property. Today the upscale hotel, with its 272 rooms, trendy Temple Downtown restaurant, funky-goth-intimate lounge, and an entire floor dedicated to weddings, has assumed a prominent spot on the Providence skyline and in the life of the city.
A professionally managed downtown hotel with an ideal location and a classy lobby, the restored Hotel Providence is located in a part of the city on the National Register of Historic Places. It combines a turn-of-the-century New England flavor with 21st-century Green Certification. Each room features original artwork, sumptuous textiles, and tiger maple wood accents. The hotel perennially earns a Four-Diamond rating from AAA and is proudly gay-friendly.
Grand dame of the Providence skyline, this member of Historic Hotels of America has kept up with the times thanks to a recent renovation and the addition of an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Like many older hotels, the size of its guest rooms is larger than those in newer properties planned by revenue-management types. But like a fussy dowager afraid the upholstery may get soiled, the hotel does not permit pets on the property.
THE DEAN HOTEL
This 52-room boutique hotel does a good job of conveying Providence's artistic spirit. Many of the items in the hotel were created by city artisans and others in the Northeast. Rooms vary, from dorm-like ones with bunk beds (not romantic!) to The Guardian Suite, with its king-size bed, 200 cable channels, black bathroom, and custom-made sundries. Free wi-fi.
Located in Warwick, 15 miles outside Providence, NYLO is one of a new breed of hip boutique hotels, reasonably priced and eco-sensitive. Although the accommodations -- generally under $100 a night -- may remind some of an upscale college dorm room, the gathering place in the lobby is extraordinary. Named The Loft, it's a restaurant-cum-lounge with an ultra-long, undulating bar and decor that creates its own reality, a cross between Pee Wee's Playhouse and the undersea world. Intrigued? Then detour to Warwick to experience the next wave in travel.