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 Boom in Providence Continues through
Hotel Ground Breakings and Expansions
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PROVIDENCE, RI, August 8, 2006 – With the tourism industry on an upswing and a thriving arts and culinary scene in place, the city of Providence, RI, is continuing a second development boom to draw and accommodate visitors seeking a culturally sophisticated New England experience. 
  
The Renaissance Providence Hotel, a new property currently under development by Sage Hospitality Resources, is scheduled to open in January/February 2007.  This hotel, formerly a Masonic Temple partially built by the Scottish Rite Free Masons in the 1920s, is the largest restoration project in Rhode Island’s history and a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.  Upon completion of the $87 million transformation, The Renaissance will feature 272 guest rooms, including five junior suites and one presidential suite, eight meeting rooms totaling 10,000 square feet of space, and Temple, an upscale restaurant.  Located adjacent to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and across from the State Capitol, The Renaissance will be within walking distance of the Rhode Island Convention Center and the city’s bustling downtown.  Through packaging and special programming with local arts organizations, guests will have the option to experience the city’s rich culture. 
            
The Procaccianti Group has recently acquired ownership and development rights to several key properties in downtown Providence, including expansion at The Westin Providence and The Residences at The Westin Providence, and the conversion of The Hilton Providence, a part of the new “Powerblock,” which includes building conversions to retail, real estate, additional parking and corporate office space.  
            
The Westin Providence, a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers, as it is adjacent to both the RI Convention Center and Providence Place Mall, is undergoing the addition of a 32 story tower to accommodate additional hotel guests and private residents.  The Westin will be adding 200 new hotel rooms and 103 condominium residences that provide 24-hour access to all hotel services.  A white-tablecloth restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, will be added to the hotel as well as several upscale retail shops to the ground level.  The expansion will also include a separate entrance to the condominium building, a world-class spa, and additional parking.  This project will be completed by early 2007.  For reservation information, visit www.westinprovidence.com.  
            
Under the Procaccianti Group, The Hilton Providence is about to complete a $20 million renovation, which includes renovated façade and remodeling floor-by-floor from fixtures to the entrance.  A three-level retail tower will be added to the building to include a Starbucks and an upscale, nationally known restaurant.  Meeting space will also be remodeled, and the hotel is completing renovations one floor at a time so that the property remains open.  The project was recently awarded “Best Conversion” by the Hilton Corporation.
            
The Providence Biltmore Hotel, or the “Grand Dame of Providence” as the city’s oldest hotel, has recently completed a $14 million remodeling in June 2006.  In various stages over four years, The Providence Biltmore completed renovations to public spaces, all 291 overnight rooms and meeting spaces, and added a Starbucks, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant and Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden.  For further details, please visit www.providencebiltmore.com or call 800-294-7709.

Two properties just outside of Providence in Warwick, R.I., and near the T.F. Green Airport have also been undergoing renovations.  The Radisson Airport Hotel Providence, a hotel and education facility owned and operated by Johnson & Wales University, is currently remodeling all 111 guest rooms and suites on property by adding new fixtures and furniture.  Remodeled guest room bathrooms will include new granite wall surrounds and vanities; guest rooms will include new wall coverings, carpeting, linens, window treatments, artwork, and Sleep Number Beds.  This guest room phase of the renovations is to be completed by late-fall 2006.  Further details can be found at www.radisson.com/warwickri or by calling 800-333-3333.  The Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence Warwick Airport is in final stages of renovating all 266 guest rooms with new fixtures, carpeting, furniture, and bathrooms.  This project will be completed in March 2007.  This October 2006, the Crowne Plaza will begin a 15-month expansion project to create an additional 120 rooms.  Further details are available at www.crowneplaza.com or by calling 877-2-CROWNE
  
The area’s hotel development is complemented by strong retail growth in Providence’s downtown area.  These new boutiques, home furnishing shops and other high-end retail outlets have been a welcome addition to the city’s eclectic mix of art galleries and restaurants. 

~ The Jewel of the Northeast ~
Seamlessly blending the urban sophistication of a big city with the graceful charm of a small town, Providence is a vibrant and energetic destination that reflects its maverick founding by Roger Williams in 1636 and, from its inception, became the “lively experiment” in religious liberty and church-state separation.  Today, gondolas glide along the Providence River, past some of the country’s finest educational institutions.  Cobblestone streets lead to restaurants regarded as among the best in America, while a thriving arts and cultural scene helps make this city one of the most desirable places to live and a refreshing place to visit.  

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Contact:

CKristen Adamo
Providence Warwick CVB
Tel: (401) 456-0231 
kadamo@pwcvb.com
http://www.pwcvb.com

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Also See: State of Rhode Island Picks Sage Hospitality to Turn Masonic Temple into 250-room Marriott Renaissance Hotel / October 2002
Sage Hospitality Resources Has Knack for Finding Beautiful Old Buildings and Turning Them into Vibrant New Hotels / October 2002
Portland Oregon Will Provide Sage Hospitality $13.9 million in Low Interest Loans to Transform Downtown Office Buildiong Into a Swank 334-room hote Hotel / May 2005

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