Victoria Lampley & Michael Berens

The Dean

  • Where:Providence
  • Why:We were in Providence to celebrate Victoria’s younger sister and talented up-and-coming artist, Alex Metcalf, completing her junior year at RISD.
  • When:May 2014
  • Who:Vic + Mic
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A look into the loo.

The assortment of guest goodies. Boxed Water, who knew? I’m sold.

Our closet. Note—the hanging space requires pro-packing skills.

A detail of the interiors.

Proof of the “pups welcome” rule with our dog Zelda surveying the lobby scene.

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Fluorescent hallways with my little sister, Alexandra.

The seating area sandwiched between the lobby and the excellent Bolt Coffee Joint.

Every lobby should have one: The Dean’s flower mini-mart.

The entrance at night with yours truly posing.

Our lovely room. Beware of the shades when drawn, one can easily sleep in and miss the morning.

Highs & Lows

  • The Dean has everything you need (in one spot) to have an epic evening with friends.

  • Bolt Coffee serves some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted and the owner operator, Bryan Gibb, knows all the great spots in town.

  • From the exceptionally curated, eclectic mix of vintage European furniture in the lobby (check out the Belgian pommel horses turned benches) to the beds and lighting, custom designed by ASH NYC, it’s hard to imagine that a hotel so stylish could be so inexpensive.

  • For those planning a long stay who need to feel settled in their home away from home, there is no dresser or closets…expect to live out of your bag.

  • Request a room on the upper floors because Boombox Karaoke Lounge can go until the wee hours of the morning.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique hotel

  • Vibe

    A throwback with rotary phones in the halls, Edison lights, concrete elephant-end tables in the rooms and sleek mid-century modern design all around.

  • Location

    In the heart of historic downtown Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    There’s no need for ambient music when you can make your own at the The Boombox, Providence’s only karaoke lounge(!).

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    A former church mission turned brothel, this early 20th century brick building was thoughtfully restored by KITE Architects and ASH NYC.

  • Pool/Gym


  • Restaurant

    Yes. Faust Hofbräuhaus is a German-style beer hall with an Austrian secessionist inspired interior.

  • Bar

    Yes. The candlelit Magalenae Room serves beautifully crafted cocktails in an intimate setting.

  • Minibar

    The minibar is after our heart with Cape Cod potato chips and Boxed Water, but beware there is no refrigerator.

  • Children

    Leave them at home. This is a place for adult fun.

  • Price

    Affordable to anyone who appreciates handsome design.

Check out its expansive yet intimate collection.

Visit the Jose Rafael Moneo designed RISD Museum

RISD Museum, 20 N Main St, Providence, RI 02903

Check out its expansive yet intimate collection.

The Dean is in walking distance from all of the great restaurants and bars in beautiful downtown Providence

For delicious food try Flan y Ajo, North, Birch or Local 121. If you fancy a tipple, check out The Eddy or Bodega Malasaña.

The Eddy, 95 Eddy St, Providence, RI 02903

The Dean is in walking distance from all of the great restaurants and bars in beautiful downtown Providence

The Dean

The Boombox, 122 Fountain St, Providence

The Dean

The Dean, 122 Fountain St, Providence

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