Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor

, Providence, United States
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Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor

220 India St - Providence - Rhode Island - 2903 - United States Hotel Website | 401-272-5577
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Nice hotel pity about the location

from iciejan
Stayed here for 3 nights with my daughter and husband.

Check in was no problems and we were upgraded to the excecutive floor with a large room over loooking the harbour ( had to use a key in the lift to get to the floor).

Staff were very professional and helpful.

Room had 2 double beds and was clean and tidy.

Although the hotel is surrounded on 2 sides by road ramps we didn't hear any road traffic the whole time we there.

The area surrounding the hotel is very run down although in a car it doesn't really matter too much. Don't think I would have liked to walk
any where from there though.

Providence centre was about 10/15 minutes drive away.

Just up the road from the hotel was a Dunkin Donuts which was great for a quick breakfast on the go.

I'd booked the hotel via Priceline so got a good deal. Think I would have been disappointed if I'd paid the full amount.

Nice hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I got this hotel on Priceline for $50, and it was definitely worth the money. Because of construction, the hotel was a little tricky to find, but it doesn't seem like it will stay that way for long. My room was very clean and nice, but I could only get two double beds although I had requested a king. My bed turned out to be quite comfortable though.
The shuttle is great for going into downtown and dropped me off exactly where I had requested and very prompt in picking me up. Overall, I thought this was a great hotel.

better than expected

from A TripAdvisor Member
I was expecting the area to be blah based on the other reviews, but the area was not that bad at all! Very easy to find off of 195, close to Gano St, Wickeden, and other semi-cute areas. I walked to some nice cafes and shops from there. The people were horribly unfriendly on the phone (wouldn't give me the rate quoted by the job site where I was interviewing, had to call the sales dept and then the front desk many times to get it straightened out...they just weren't communicating with each other), but they were very nice upon my arrival. The room was clean & had a nice decor, the shuttle service was on time and relatively reliable, and I enjoyed my stay.

Much better than expected

from space_student
I just got back from a stay at the Providence Radisson Harbor. I got the room on Priceline for $47/night, and after reading the reviews here, braced myself for the worst. Fortunately, it turned out a lot better than most reviewers indicated. I called the hotel shuttle from the train station and it arrived promptly, taking me to the hotel. At check-in, I requested a room facing away from the highway and scored a free upgrade to the executive floor with a view of the harbor. There was absolutely no noise on that side of the hotel -- while it is technically located between a highway and an onramp, the onramp is at least 100 feet away from the harbor-facing side of the hotel and has hardly any traffic. In-room amenities were excellent.

The area around the hotel does have a post-industrial wasteland feel, but is well on the road to recovery. Between the hotel and the harbor is India Point Park, which is full of bikers, joggers, people walking their dogs, etc., with old industrial infrastructure decaying nearby. It reminded me of Gasworks Park in Seattle.

While the location of the hotel certainly isn't ideal in terms of convenience, I've seen far worse. On the positive side, the shuttle was always available, and the driver was always willing to take us anywhere in the area - Brown University, downtown, train station, etc. On the return trip, we would call the shuttle and it would always show up promptly, like a personal taxi service. But keep in mind, this was low season, so your mileage may vary.

Some previous reviewers indicated that it is "impossible to walk anywhere." Fortunately, that turned out to be an exaggeration -- we were able to walk to walk to the shops and restaurants on Wickenden St (~10 min) and other East Side destinations without much trouble. The unpleasant part was walking on Gano St. under the elevated highway -- there is a sidewalk, but the slow-going construction in that area makes it rather ugly. Once we also walked to the LINK Trolley stop on Wickenden St (~5 min). The LINK trolley goes to the major areas of Providence and was a good way to get around for just $1.

Overall, this was an excellent value for the money and I'm very pleased with this stay.

Top Notch

from cuzseth
THis hotel's location is not desireable and driving in made me feel extremely hesitant. However, once I entered the lobby I was happy with my choice. The decor is attractive the place is very clean and the service was superb. Friendliness is rampant in this hotel. The desk clerk smiled and made pleasant conversation, the room attendants (even though they obviously didn't speak english) were gracious and hospitable, the van service to downtown was accomodating and again friendly. The breakfast waitress was bubbly and extremely personable. There is obviously a consorted effort to hire friendly staff at this hotel and this overcomes any location problems.


from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is located in an former industrial area that looks like a bombed out war zone. It is far off the beaten track, right on a major highway and convenient to nothing. Both times we stayed there, once as paying customers and another time as guests of the hotel because the service was so poor the first time, the staff was rude, the rooms poorly cleaned, and the view that of a noisy interstate highway. Also, the hotel gave us a rate that was considerably higher than that quoted by the chain's 800 number. In all, an ugly experience. The only redeeming feature was that by complaining enough to the national chain, we got a free night's stay for a later date. Even that -- staying for free -- didn't make the second stay worth it.

Worst hotel...

from A TripAdvisor Member
Do not stay at this hotel. The pictures published on the internet show this as a nice property on the water. Altough it may be near the water, it is in one of the dirtiest neighborhoods. Also, the rooms are of very poor quality.

Not bad

from barbhal
We stayed at the Radisson this past weekend. The location wasn't great, in that I would not have wanted to walk anywhere from there. But it was very easy to get to RISD and Brown. Their shuttle service is fully available and people I was with said the wait wasn't too bad for the shuttle to come in most cases. Do ask for a Harbor view, because on the other side all you will hear ( and see) is the highway.. litterally right out your window. But the Harbor side was quite nice. We had to pay extra because we switched rooms at the last minute and were lucky enough to be able to get a nonsmoking king room overlooking the Harbor. But the room was also on a locked floor. No other amenities except that we needed to use a key to access the room on the elevator. The rooms were clean and large. I prefer being downtown but if I can't get a room at one of those downtown, walk to everything hotels, I would stay at the Radisson again.

enjoyed my stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
I read a previous review in which the guests were unhappy with the immediate area. Although ithe area is a little bit daunting, the harbor view has charm. It is a working harbor with a lot to view, not pretty but interesting. I watched sailboat races from my window as well as a larger old time vessel with lights at night. The service is great as is the food. The hotel is a five minute drive from RISD and Brown University and most of downtown without the traffic across the river. There is a free parking lot, which is not the case in the downtown hotels. The main street leading towards the Radisson, I think it was Waterman, has ethnic restaurants and art shops. The buildings are old, but interesting if you look carefully. Nearby is Benefit Street which has beautiful homes. Providence is a mixture of old and new, but the old has a charm of its own.

A real disappointment

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here for a couple of nights in July 04. We requested a "downtown hotel" on Priceline, expecting to stay at a hotel within walking distance of the downtown area. This hotel is anything but that. The location is dismal-- by the side of highway on the edge of the harbor, surrounded by an onramp on all sides. It's impossible to get anywhere without driving. And half of the rooms look out on the expressway.

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  • Address: 220 India St - Providence - Rhode Island - 2903 - United States
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