The Beatrice, Providence, Rhode Island’s newest boutique hotel, has become a destination favorite


This lovely boutique retreat opened in the midst of the pandemic and has not received all the attention it deserves. The Beatrice, a charming 47-room hotel, is located right in the center of Providence. You can walk to numerous attractions, including the nation’s oldest mall, the Providence Performing Arts Center and the RISD Art Museum. Bookstores, local craft stores and family owned diners are just steps away. Once inside, guests are greeted by a warm, enthusiastic staff. But if you want to go straight to your room, you can use the electronic key that will be sent to you when your room is ready.

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The rooms themselves are modern and welcoming with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and extremely comfortable sitting areas. Various luxuries and nice details make guests feel extra valued. You can go to bed wrapped in Italian Mascioni sheets. The bathroom includes a Dyson, hair dryer and one of those chic heated spray toilets and speakers so you can enjoy your favorite tunes in the shower. A very well equipped gym is a great place to work out and there are several running options nearby. Enjoy a book or conversation in the wood paneled mezzanine.

While hotel food can be less exciting, The Beatrice’s eatery is one of the best in town. Bellini offers great Italian food in a festive environment with some of the happiest servers I’ve encountered. It is New England’s first Bellini location, created by fourth-generation restaurateur, Ignazio Cipriani. The cocktail and wine list is quite extensive, but why not start your meal with a Bellini cocktail? It’s a challenge to choose from the tempting menu where every item is first class; favorites are the homemade pastas, including “fusilli “alla Norma” and excellent spinach tortellini. You can also indulge in creative interpretations of the classics, such as Milanese grass-fed beef and yellowfin tuna carpaccio. And don’t forget to save some space for the tiramisu.

For a more casual meal, head to Hope & Main, where you can choose from a great selection of treats from up-and-coming local food entrepreneurs, as well as breakfast sandwiches and vegan bowls. You can also enjoy a drink and plate of small bites at the rooftop lounge, a private club open to hotel guests where specialty cocktails and scheduled events add to the hotel’s intimate atmosphere.

Whether you are looking for a staycation, or are in town for a business meeting or a study trip, The Beatrice will not disappoint. The atmosphere is modern, warm and luxurious.


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