The Providence Biltmore Hotel

Address: 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Downtown Providence area of Providence, is near WaterFire, Water Place Park and Riverwalk, and Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Providence Biltmore Hotel

    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 :-)

    Good Location


    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.

    Old Elegance


    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.

    Great value.

    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.

    Great Place


    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Providence Biltmore Hotel

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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