Providence, RI – Joint venture partners James Karam of First Bristol Corporation and Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. of Paolino Properties announced the opening of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence at a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 8. The eight-story, $30 million extended stay hotel is located at the once-vacant lot at the intersection of Exchange Street and Memorial Boulevard.
Designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms, the 120 all-suites hotel complements the area’s demand for new extended-stay hotels due to the state’s rapidly expanding economy and building boom.
Tocci Building Corporation of Woburn, Mass., is the project’s construction manager, and Eric Zuena of ZDS Architects of Providence is the architect. Many of the hotel’s design elements, including the building façade, were approved by the Capital Center Commission and designed to complement the historic buildings that characterize Providence’s downtown.
The hotel offers an interior parking garage with lifts, so that each space can accommodate two vehicles, maximizing space; a meeting room for up to 100 people; an extensive fitness center; a dining room with complimentary breakfast; and 120 suites, all with fully applianced kitchens.
The building is extremely energy efficient, featuring high-grade insulation systems, 95% energy-efficient boilers, and through-wall HVAC systems (PTACS) with state-of-the-art energy management controls throughout the building, which includes thermostats in each room that automatically sense when a room is occupied or vacant and adjusts the temperature accordingly.