Wyndham Garden Providence
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Twenty days ago my last blog entry spoke about the break is well needed before the 10 day guest trip. Well it turned out to be a 17 day trip, and how things have changed. The trip started off smoothly, I had everything under control and my routine was finally in place. Auto-pilot you could say. The 4 guests that Harvey and Dee brought onboard were once again very friendly. Nobody could predict what would happen a few days down the ...
After all that baseball action it wasn't easy to get up and head for Woods Hole MA to make the ferry to Martha's Vineyard but we managed. How lucky we were to have a gorgeous day for this trip. We were also lucky enough to be on tour with what must be the ...
... one that the average person could see themselves living in. Rosecliff, was completed in 1902 at a reported cost of $2.5 million. The home immediately s hosted fabulous entertainments including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini. You may recognize it from some of the movies that have filmed scenes here, most notably - ...
... Hundreds of "tall ships" lined the docks and shoreline at any given time.
The 8 hour drive from our home in Reston, VA results in a later than ideal arrival time, but we make the best of it. We checked in to the Harborside Inn where its wharf location is ideal. You can walk to just about any place you would want to see downtown. The free ...
... planet for having some of the best rappers-Sorry German
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wyndham Garden Providence
Despite booking a non-smoking room via Expedia we were allocated a smoking one. The front desk eventually got us moved to another room, despite being full. We needed a roll down bed to fit us all in but overall they handled the problem reasonably well. As to the hotel itself, it is slap bang beside the interstate. Great for access (although the underpass you drive through resembles Beiruit!) but terrible if your room faces onto it. We got lucky and had a view over the harbor. We only ate once in the hotel, the buffet breakfast was excellent but the service - even that early in the morning - was better. Kind of reminded us about the whole concept of friendly, efficient service. Just a pity we didn't experience that standard everywhere we went. Travelling into and out of Providence town centre was easy by car or not too expensive by taxi. Walking took a little longer but it was worth seeing some of the back roads and Brown University.
We used this hotel as an alternative to the outrageously priced Newport/Middletown area hotels since it's only a 40 minute drive away. While the hotel met all basic requirements in terms of cleanliness, hot water, etc. There is not a word in the English language to describe how awful the location is. A major highway, I-95, is literally a stones throw away. If you throw a rock out of your room window, you could easily hit a passing car. There's road construction all around the immediate vicinity and the Harbor it supposedly overlooks is not a pleasant sailboat laden body of water. It's actually a polluted industrial wasteland with barges, container ships, cranes, and oil tanks on all sides. The place wasn't worth $89, let alone the $189 before taxes we paid for a Saturday night in late July. I'm still shocked that it was fully booked. And to top it off, they have a 2 night minimum stay requirement for summer weekends. If you're going to Newport for a summer weekend, I'd recommend just paying up and staying in Newport or Middletown. If that's still too much, use an airport hotel outside Providence's TF Green airport. It's about 15 or 20 minutes closer to Newport than downtown Providence.
Ever wonder why some folks go into the business they do? A carreer chance should be in order for the folks at Radison. Purchased on Priceline for $60 and rated 3 stars this hotel is comporable to Day's Inn or Micro Inn (only dirtier). The hotel had neither heat, hot water and the water available was the color of blood (the front desk said it was construction sediment) on the morning of April 6. The line of dissatisfied customers took up the whole lobby. The poor front desk person was on the phone attempting to quell the uproar, but, it was beyond him. Stay away.
Aside from the horrendous location - sandwiched between two highways, so there is no "quiet" side - this property distinguished itself (and not in a good way) when there was a minor flood in our bathroom at 9:45 at night from the room above. We were moved to another room, after having to dress and pack, and the keys to the new room didn't work. In the morning, there was no hot water for showers, and this experience was not unique to us. The person we shared an elevator down to the lobby with asked whether we had any hot wate. The Raddison's solution - offer us a comped breakfast in their lobby restaurant. We had lost all confidence, and couldn't leave fast enough. For bad measure, the directions they gave us to Brown's admissions office - which they have to be asked for 10 times a day - were wrong. The had the address of the office wrong. How hard is that?
It used to be a Days Inn
We booked with the Radisson on their web site. The price was OK for downtown hotels. ($79.00 night)The receptionist was very friendly and upgraded us to a jacuzzi room. Room was clean and newly furnished but wallpaper was pealing around the window and the jacuzzi was "well-worn" with a few cigarette burns. The room was non-smoking but you could smell the stale tobacco. The hot water pipes were so loud from other occupants showering that it kept me up till late in the night, bring ear plugs. This property was a Days Inn and you can tell by the small modest lobby. It's adequit but shop around for something better for the same money.
I've stayed here a few times for its price and proximity to Brown University. The hotel itself has been renovated at some point recently - decent lobby and public spaces, and the bar/restaurant area looks nice enough, actually. Rooms were fine - standard hotel, not big or small, and very clean. The location is sketchy - due to extensive construction happening in the area, the only pathway to the hotel is through a pretty inaccessible construction site. I'm certain that once they finish the connections to the nearby highway, it will be much more easily accessible and will look like it's in a nicer location. But until then, you drive up to the place and think "wha?" There's zero in the immediate vicinity. However, the price is right ($75 prepaid on Radisson.com). Regardless, I highly recommend the downtown hotels for their locations and, in the case of the Courtyard by Marriott, Biltmore and Holiday Inn, good prices.
Awful location, mediocre hotel
I used priceline to find a place to stay overnight for a job function in Providence, RI. Last time I was lucky to get the Westin but this time I got the Radisson ($60 bid, $75 with fees and taxes) and was that a letdown. The location of the hotel is in a very questionable area, between two freeways (great views if you like cars driving fast real close) , dark and uninviting. On the flipside, parking was free and the room was clean and pleasant, but not too roomy or large. For a one night stay, this would be fine, but for longer stays, try looking for other places. The Courtyard is nicer and located much better, for one.
Not a Bad Place...But....
This hotel is in a very funny location in Providence. It's located between an on ramp and it's freeway. Location aside the hotel met all of our basic requirements. The only exception was that the staff had little idea how to get around or where a certain famous restaraunt was located.
This hotel is located on the East side of Providence just 2 miles frow Brown University. Good shopping and several trendy places to dine near Brown.
All in all ... " Not an amazing place " but is very comfortable to stay here.
If I had paid $179 for a room at this hotel, I'd be writing a pretty dismal review as well. But fortunately, I paid $85/75/75 (including all taxes and fees, through priceline.com) for the three nights I've stayed there. I've heard that a bid of $55 (~$65 with taxes and Priceline fee) will get you a room here on most nights.
Rude and worse
The rooms are small - narrow and without actual closets. This for $179 per night? Worse, however, was the belligerent attitude of the manager of the tiny "restaurant." We couldn't find our waitress who had delivered one of our breakfast orders, but not the other, so we asked the manager if she could help. The response, "If you don't stop harassing me, I'll call security." We immediately checked out of the Radisson and into The Biltmore in town. Same price, but without the threats. Never again will we stay in a Radisson. Anywhere.