Hotels ready to pamper – for a price

By John Larrabee
Contributing Writer
If you want to pamper someone special this Valentine’s Day season, you might consider a weekend in Newport, where one hotel has turned the evening bath into something straight out of a romance novel. More

To continue reading this article, please do one of the following.


Hotels ready to pamper – for a price

ROMANCE TO ORDER: Tricia Carter, marketing manager at Hotel Providence, describes the location as “intimate and luxurious,” as well as “naturally very romantic.” The hotel’s Valentine’s Day promotion hopes to capitalize on that aesthetic.
By John Larrabee
Contributing Writer
Posted 2/4/13

If you want to pamper someone special this Valentine’s Day season, you might consider a weekend in Newport, where one hotel has turned the evening bath into something straight out of a romance novel.

At The Chanler at Cliff Walk, the staff will fill your Jacuzzi, put a bottle of wine and glasses near the tub, light candles and sprinkle rose petals throughout the room. “We call it bath butler service,” said Christine Sullivan, general manager of the boutique hotel. “It’s part of our two-night romance getaway package that’s available all month. The price is $345 to $895, depending on the room, and that also includes a special dinner in our restaurant, breakfast both mornings and a visit to one of Newport’s spectacular mansions.”

The Chanler is just one of the many Rhode Island hotels that expect to see an upward business spike this month by offering special deals designed to deliver romance. A typical package will include dinner at a top restaurant (either in the hotel or nearby), champagne and gourmet chocolate treats in the room, luxury bath products and a late check-out time. The strategy is working, as many hotels began to see reservations jump a month ago, especially for the weekend that follows Feb. 14.

“We’re offering the package both weekends, before Valentine’s and after, and we’re very close to selling out both,” said Elaine Murphy, director of sales at The Hampton Inn and Suites Providence Downtown. “It’s easy to see why. Providence is a great city. You can take in a show or just explore the streets. There are many night spots and restaurants around the hotel. Everything is very close.”

The big attraction around Valentine’s Day is indulgence, pampering, and a chance to focus your attention on your companion – and that’s what every hotel getaway aims to provide.

Hotel Providence, for example, offers a package it’s calling “The Hopeless Romantic.” It includes champagne and oysters (or fruit and cheese if you choose) served in the room, breakfast for two, dinner for two, valet parking, and something the hotel calls “a rose-petal turndown,” which means the staff prepares the room with soft music, soft lighting and petals spread from the door to the bed. In the hotel restaurant, guests will have some special choices – pomegranate salad, pork osso bucco, salmon roulade and espresso crème brulee, to list a few.

Next Page
PBN Hosted

Join PBN and two panels of successful female executives, business owners and entrepreneurs as we delve into what women should do to advance their careers, and become leaders in the corporate world and their own enterprises.
  • Book of Lists Party
    Save the date - January 15, 2015 for PBN's Book of Lists Party at the Providence ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News