As a person who does great deal of travel. A cookie cutter hotel is something I see almost weekly. This was not the case with The Dean Hotel. The Dean Hotel, offers a funky and fun vibe just across the street from where Fun and Play orientated at Hasbro Headquarters.
I was in town for HasCon as a media guest. I was sure that the other hotels were very basic. I needed something that went with he flow of HasCon. Play and Fun. The Dean Hotel hit all the marks.
I stayed at The Dean Hotel for one night from the valet to the bar to the coffee in the room you get the fun and time fashioned vibe.
The Dean is located in historic downtown Providence in an old brick building. It was initially built in the early 1900’s for other purposes. To the average travel you may even miss this location. You the only hit of a hotel is a 1960 style Vegas Style Hotel with bright flashing lights 30 feet up in the air. It still leaves you wondering..” What HOTEL is this?”
Once you take the Lift that almost looks like you are entering an old phone booth or food trolly in a mansion you are taken to your floor by the push of a traditional elevator button.
Once on your floor, its not a standard central hall way with rooms on adjacent sides but a hallway with other halls running off to the sides with one or two rooms. You might find another partial staircase going up or down to get to your room. Everything is fresh white with black accented trim -very clean and stylish. The rooms are small but continue the style of the hotel with industrial accents.
Many furnishings and fixtures are gray metal but not so industrial as a steam-punk style. Bulbs are the older ‘edison’ style. There was a small desk in the corner that was steel and wood, very modern fresh. It gives you a feel or a NYC style flat or studio apartment in the heart of a small Italian city.
The bed is very comfortable with very little noise. I spend so many nights in hotels with paper thin walls this was refreshing. The coffee bar off the main floor has baked goods and makes all the standard espresso drinks. The coffee are offers a relax style to wake up slowly on what is normally a busy day.
As I left the hotel to go to HasCon, staff was very fast with my car from Valet and also front desk staff with a friendly area tip to leave for the day.
I would suggests this hotel for couples or college students who are traveling the area to check out colleges. Thought the hotel is near Hasbro and I was there for the family friendly HasCon I didn’t however feel that families with small toddlers or younger children may enjoy the hotel as much as a cookie cutter hotel. Families with middle schoolers and high schoolers would enjoy the hotel as it gives them something out of the norm to stay in.