Staycation. It sounds like such a cop out. A poor substitute for a vacation. When you pretend to get away but you really just stay close to home doing things you could do anytime. Or is it? Sometimes a staycation can be just what you need. No travel hassles. No research. No extra transit time. More time to relax. This summer we had a chance to take a Providence staycation at the Providence Biltmore.

Even better, it was a parent getaway at the Providence Biltmore, where we could bask in the Biltmore’s elegant luxury, pamper ourselves at the spa, and indulge in whatever food or drink we wanted since there was no rush to walk back to the hotel or pay a babysitter. And the Providence Biltmore is a perfect spot for a couple’s getaway.

Providence skyline

Providence Staycation: Providence Biltmore Review

Stepping into the art deco elegance of the Providence Biltmore evokes images of Old Hollywood and the grand staircase is like something off of the Titanic. While we have attended special events at the Biltmore and had dinner at the on-site McCormick & Schmick’s, it has been years since we stayed overnight. Back then, the hotel could use a little updating, but now it seems that at least the suite (Suite 616) where we stayed was nicely renovated.

Providence Biltmore lobby

Since we were invited to stay by the Curio Collection by Hilton, we were greeted and treated in style with wine, chocolates, and some special welcome gifts to make our stay even better. Our suite was quite spacious, with a comfortable sitting area and a separate bedroom with two grand king beds (so clearly this suite would be great for families too.)

Providence Biltmore suite 616

It was tempting to plop down on those comfy beds and take a nap, but instead we decided to head out into town.

Biltmore bedroom suite

The Spa at the Providence Biltmore

On Sunday morning, Glenn and I headed to The Spa at the Providence Biltmore for some pampering and relaxation. The Spa is a full service day spa, with hair, nails, facials and body treatments. We slipped into our robes in our separate locker rooms before meeting up in the serene relaxation room, where we were treated to a glass of bubbly. I had selected an 80-minute facial, and I was so impressed not just with the quality of the treatment, but the knowledge my aesthetician demonstrated and suggestions she had for trouble areas. Glenn tried a hot stone massage, and it worked wonders on his tight back and shoulders.

The Spa at the Providence Biltmore

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