up until this past weekend, i had never set foot in the state of rhode island - only driven through on the way up to nantucket and boston. i've been curious about providence ever since reading the gilded lobster's getaway guide. in particular, the dean hotel!
they were generous enough to offer my friend sarah and me a weekend stay and i couldn't have been more delighted at the opportunity to explore a new city. the aesthetic of the hotel is perfectly minimal in the best possible way with clever branding and a suite of collectible collateral (matchbooks, postcards, and city guides included). we stayed in the guardian suite which was well appointed with soft matouk linens, a cozy sitting area, handsome vintage leather chairs, black lacquered details, and the chicest bathroom i've ever used.
the dean has a wonderful, eclectic lobby area complete with a coffee shop (bolt coffee company) which was very convenient for morning pick-me-ups. we also enjoyed faust, the hotel's restaurant, our first night. perfectly situated downtown and a short walk to college hill and RISD's art museum, we couldn't have been more pleased with our time at the dean.