Rhode Island Hotel and Venue Openings and Renovations

Continuing to expand its U.S. portfolio of boutique hotels in university-anchored towns, Chicago-based Graduate Hotels is transforming the Providence Biltmore Hotel into the Graduate Providence. Featuring 294 rooms and 19,000 square feet of space, the 1922 landmark is slated for relaunch in spring 2019.  

Offering nearly 11,000 square feet of meeting space, Providence Marriott Downtown is planning for the largest transformation in its 42-year history.

With a projected late 2018 start as of press time, the estimated $15 million makeover was slated to begin with upgrading mechanical equipment and reimagining all 351 guest rooms, followed by the main lobby and restaurant.

A completion date has yet to be announced.

Targeting a mid-January 2019 opening, a new $30 million, 120-room Homewood Suites by Hilton is downtown Providence’s first extended-stay property.

The new 176-room, all suite Residence Inn Providence is scheduled to open late 2019 across from the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Business travelers now have the convenience of a new 125-room Hyatt Place hotel at Green International Airport, located next to the airport’s intermodal train station.


Cole’s Court Newport is a new all-suite resort-style lodging option for small groups, with six units featuring one- or two- bedroom accommodations and full kitchens.

Also suited for buyouts is The Firehouse Inn. Steps from Newport’s harbor, shops and restaurants, this update of an 1892 firehouse offers five contemporary rooms and a studio suite. The property also offers spa services.

New group tour options include the seasonal Newport Foodie Stroll and Newport Cocktail Tours, celebrating Newport’s world rum capital days.