The Providence Biltmore
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So, I've been putting off doing another blog for a few reasons. One is that I only really can use my phone for the internet at the moment, and because of the format of the page it's a little awkard to write and read back what you're saying. The other main reason is because, unlike with the rest of the trip, there is no real cut off point to each …
... we realised we worked on wards next door to each other at Nottingham City Hospital! Laura is investigating 'Shared Governance', a bottom-up management structure for wards to invole all staff in decision making. You can follow her blog too by searching Laura.Hailes in the TravelPod search bar. Haven kindly drove Laura to the airport and me to the Amtrak (train) station in Providence. We said our goodbyes, I dropped my bags at the station and headed out to look ...
... they said it was a really rewarding experience. At University I did a small assignment on the therapeutic use of animals and on a placement we had a therapeutic cat. There is a lot if evidence to support the psychological support and health promoting benefits of spending time with animals. That afternoon we visited the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Herman ...
... are things you don't really get to do when travelling around. Most of our time is spent in cities as this tends to be where the hospitals and sights are. This has been the fist time we haven't had to get up at a certain time, or have to keep rushing around from appointments to departure gates. It's been lovely out in the countryside :) After lunch we went to the whaling museum in new Bedford. It Was really interesting and had lots of impressive displays and artefacts. I've ...
... girls were getting on the Taunton/New Bedford bus! Most of America has re-used British place names, but more so here than anywhere else I've been so far...then again, we are in New England! Now for a bit of a history recap--Our scholarship is called the Nottingham Roosevelt Traveling Memorial Scholarship and was first set up after WWII. The mayor of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Providence Biltmore
A lobby does not a hotel make
The lobby is grand and historic, but that's as good as it gets. As others have noted, the edges here are very rough. My room had wallpaper and paint peeling, mildew on the shower curtain, and no soundproofing. On the 16th floor (and perhaps others), they've turned guest rooms into employee locker rooms, which means that you get lots of noise from the early morning shift changes. At $119/night (a group rate), this is uncalled for. In all honesty, I've slept better at Super 8s...
Great location but very noisy room
We stay there for one night a few days ago and I have to agree with what other people commented on this hotel.
The location of the hotel is excellent, very close to everywhere. But even if I asked for a quiet room, the room I got was still very noisy -- not from inside, but from outside streets. My hubby was staying in Marriot (which is across the street from Biltmore) before he moved to Biltmore, and he said he could hear nother from the street even if he had a 2nd floor room in Marriot, but we can hear all the horns and sirens even if our room was on the 9th floor! That was quite annoying.
I got a standard room for $98 (before tax) which is not a bad deal, but the bathroom is really small. I can't even find room to put my cosmetic bag.
But it's really nice that a starbucks is right joins to the hotel so we can grab breakfast or snack over there really easy. They even give 15min internet access for people buy $3 food with them, which is nice too :-)
I am currently typing this review on one of the computers in the ajoined Starbucks. Very convenient. This hotel is very nice and has extreme potential, however it is slightly run down...scratches on furniture, old and sad looking hallways, etc.. BUT it is in a great spot in Providence. A tiny walk to Providence Place Mall, and other areas of interest. Next time I come, I'm going to give The Westin a shot, but I will definitely come check out the Biltmore again, maybe after they get renovated.....
Seen better days
OK. The room was gigantic, two huge rooms but boy was the place run down. Very old. Excellent location though.
Not Very Impressed
Pretty unimpressive hotel overall, but not a bad choice due to its location. Just set your expectations accordingly.
Recently stayed at the Biltmore after knowing about it for years attending college in the area. From what I understand the rooms are a mixed bag, many of them quite small and many of them (like the "junior suite" I was in) very spacious. There is a bit of wear and tear here and there in the rooms as they likely have not been renovated recently.
But they are still elegant and unique (versus the typical stock hotel room furnishings), and the beds are some of the most comfortable to be found anywhere. From what I understand they are in the process of a renovation -- the renovated rooms I saw on the executive floor are truly outstanding. If they extend this renovation throughout the hotel this will surely be a top notch property.
Old place not worth it
Spent an anniversary night in Prov and stayed at the Biltmore. Nice lobby and hall ways but old rooms. Noise from outside, thin walls, plumbing sounds, humm from heater all made for a lousy night sleep. The bathroom was very small. Hit my knees and bumped my elbows moving around. Not worth $130 a night. Try Marriott one block away (they have a pool).
Grand elegant and a bargain
The tlc we received at this grand old hotel reminds me of the type of treatment characters receive in 30's Hollywood movies. Prompt doorman.
Mellow and quick receptionists (they upgraded our room and the room of the guy checking in beside us at no cost). Room was spacious and full of grace and swank touches like elegant moldings, antiques. Even the hallways are really wide. The hotel has been updated with marble bathrooms and such, but there is slight wear and tear in other places in the room. The restaurant is under construction. Our hot water was on the fritz, but they were fast to fix it (props to hunky Silvio!). They view was really striking--out to the skating rink in Kennedy Plaza and up college hill. The hotel didn't seem to be too filled, which actually made us feel like we had run of the place. Even if you don't stay here, you have to chack out the lobby to see the three story gilded Lobby. We stayed for $108 in what would easily draw triple that amount elsewhere.
Loved the biltmore
the biltmore was great, alittle bit of the old mixed with the new. Staff very accomadating and pleasant. View of Providence incredible.
My sister-in-law was getting married at this hotel in February. My husband and I, along with my parents were stranded for 3 extra days because of the big winter storm that hit New England. The staff at this hotel went out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
The night the blizzard came through all the restaurants and stores in Providence shut down for about 24 hours or so. The hotel staff worked double shifts and were as courteous as could be. The rooms were older, but, clean. This is an historic property and was in the middle of a major renovation when we stayed. The Junior suites were very big.
Starbucks coffeehouse is located in the hotel, which was great. When we were there in February, the hotel had informed us the Emiril Lagasee was opening a restaurant in the hotel. The hotel was in a great location as well, 2 minutes from the Providence Mall, about a 3-5 minute car ride to Federal Hill and right in front of the Providence Ice Rink if your visiting in the winter.