Photo: Shane Roberts

Lifehack: add trips to your work trips. On the way back from PAX East in Boston, I decided to tack on a night in Providence, which turned out to be a great decision.

TLDR

The Dean is the coolest hotel in Providence, the most dog-friendly, and perfectly located. Come for the minimalism, stay for the coffee, the speakeasy, and the karaoke.

How I Ended Up Here

I had to book a last minute room in Providence, and it had to be dog-friendly. There were no Starwood properties (my go-to hotel chain), and of the Marriots available, only one allowed dogs, and came with a stack of restrictions and a $75 “non-refundable deposit”, which doesn’t mean what they apparently think it means. The Hotel Providence demanded the same.

While the Dean’s rates were around the same ~$200 range, it was actually the cheapest option because at The Dean, dogs stay free. I quickly booked their last available room.

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Photo: Shane Roberts

Rooms

The Dean’s rooms are wonderfully minimalist. The 1911 brothel turned dormitory-inspired hotel is devoid of extraneous decor, save for the progression of neon on each floor, which is never extraneous. Linen quality is above and beyond, and who doesn’t love a bathroom with a window? This is a damn sexy hotel.

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Photo: Shane Roberts

Dining and Amenities

A lot of hotels have bars, but having a speakeasy, the only karaoke lounge in town, and the best coffee in the city available in your hotel is next level.

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Maximizing Points

The Dean is an independent hotel, so you’ll want to use your Chase Sapphire Reserve for the best return here.

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