Hotel overlooking Providence river opens for business


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Owners and operators of a new extended-stay hotel in downtown Providence, a Homewood Suites by Hilton, cut the ribbon Monday afternoon for its official opening.

Providence has seen record-setting hotel occupancy in the past 18 months or so, according to the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau back in January.

The Homewood Suites has six stories, 120 rooms and took over the triangular empty lot between Memorial Boulevard and the Woonasquatucket River, the One Union Station building and parking lot and the city’s downtown post office. Rooms include fully applianced kitchens.

Construction started in October 2017, with a topping-off ceremony last May.

As of January, there were eight hotels being developed in the city, including the new Exchange Street venue. When all of the proposed hotels are open, Providence will grow to a capacity of about 3,500 rooms in 19 hotels.

Another extended-stay hotel, a Residence Inn by Marriott, is expected to open later this year on the former site of the Fogarty Building on Fountain Street.

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