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Thursday, September 9, 2010

We left our hearts in Providence.

view from our room
Providence, the capital city of RI, was our hub for our New England trip. This bustling city is filled with culture and great cuisine. With its many museums and outdoor activities, everyone is sure to be entertained. Providence is a great combination of small town hospitality and big city culture! Because of its size, it is a city where one very easily gets around. Its prime location made it easy for us to take daily trips to neighboring cities and states!

Providence is also very famous for its "Little Italy" known as Federal Hill. It is said that Federal Hill has more Italian restaurants than Manhattan's Little Italy. We enjoyed a delicious "home cooked style" meal at Costantino's Ristorante. It's great prices and very generous portions, make it a favorite. Although there were many diners, we did not have to wait long to be seated. It seems to be a favorite for the locals, even their Mayor was enjoying their cuisine.

One night after ordering room service, my husband went in search of wine! He found a wonderful little wine shop, ENO just blocks from our hotel. The two owners were full of knowledge and suggestions. Their very reasonably priced wines made it difficult to choose. We wish them much luck and continued success!

view from walkway from Westin to Providence Place Mall

The Westin Providence was our home away from home for five fantastic nights. Leave it to us to find the hotel with the mall attached! The Providence Place Mall houses many equisite stores along with all the favorites. From Pandora to Macy's & Nordstrom, Build-a Bear to Crate and Barrel, this multi-leveled mall has just about anything anyone could be looking for. The girls even enjoyed manicures before returning to our rooms for the night!

The Westin was amazing! Through Hotwire, we were able to stay for the rate of $120/night. My husband has become an expert at finding four to five star hotels at two star prices! We could not say enough about how wonderful our stay was! The rooms were very spacious and clean; the Westin beds really are "heavenly"- a perfect ending to an adventure filled day!You can also satisfy all of your hunger needs without travelling far. The Westin not only has room service, but they are home to Fleming's Steakhouse. If that is not your style, then you can enjoy the Food Court at the Providence Place Mall. 
The staff was incredible. Their warm hostpitality made you feel like you were truly welcome. At check in we made the request of connecting rooms. They were certainly accomodating! It was their mission to make certain that our stay was a memorable one! Wow! In our case, the connecting rooms also provided hours of entertainment for our little girl. She took turns sleeping in our room and the grandparents room. We left the interior doors open and enjoyed the luxury of both rooms.

Every employee we encountered was friendly and most helpful. They really treated us like family! If we are ever fortunate enough to return to Providence, the Westin would definetly be our home for our stay!

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