The city's beloved landmark since 1922, the Providence Biltmore has been treated to a multimillion-dollar renovation that has brought the rooms up to the 21st century. Designed by New York architects Warren and Wetmore (of Grand Central Station fame), the Biltmore has hosted orchestras led by Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey, and once froze its Garden Room floor for Sonja Henie's ice-skating show. It's still a big election-night gathering place for local politicians. Located
off the lobby are McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, a Starbucks, and a spa. The hotel revels in nostalgia for its flapper heyday, but remains a draw for tourists because of its attention to service and detail.