This will be an exciting
year for RIIFF. If you are planning to attend, please
book your rooms early. For filmmakers on a budget, we
also have limited access to community hosts.
We have put together travel
packages with the following area Hotels and Bed &
Breakfasts. Special Discount Rates and packages are
available for RIIFF attendees; though all will be sold
on a first-come, first-served basis. Please remember
to book early if you are planning to attend this year's
If you are a filmmaker or are planning on attending the Festival this year, please go to our FAQ page; click here
The Dean has passed the test. The fifty-two-room boutique hotel in downtown Providence clinched press from The New York Times and Wallpaper magazine for turning a former brothel into the epitome of chic. The historic 1912 building began as a rescue mission for the Episcopal Diocese, but in the 1960s turned into a transient hotel and strip club called the Civic View Inn and then later evolved into the Sportsmanís Inn gentlemenís club. The design was overhauled by Brooklyn-based ASH NYC, whose cofounder and CEO Ari S. Heckman grew up in Providence. Inside and outside, Rhode Island connections abound. Local artisans designed end tables and bed frames (including funky bunk beds!) and contributed art and photography, railings were crafted by the Steel Yard and Recycle-a-Bike refurbished five vintage bicycles, available for guest use. Architects include Christine West and Phil Derby of Kite Architects in Providence, and restaurateur Mike Sears helms the new Magdalenae Room cocktail lounge and the German beer garden Faustís Hofbrauhaus. Rhode Island-based Bolt is brewing beans at its coffee shop, and thereís even a karaoke bar called Boombox where groups can (ironically) rent rooms by the hour. Add board games created by Hasbro and a library from Symposium Books to the mix and the Dean may be cool enough for New York to notice, but itís Rhode Island all the way.
**** PARTNER HOTEL
139 Mathewson Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Hotel Providence is the only AAA Four-Diamond luxury boutique hotel in Providence. This is a hotel with personality, European flair and New England charm, filled with historic character, sophistication and located in the heart of Providence's thriving arts and theater district.
IMPORTANT: THIS YEAR THE HOTEL PROVIDENCE WILL BE THE HOME OF THE RI FILM OFFICE FILMMAKERS LOUNGE. THE LOCATION WILL BE THE COURTYARD AT THE ASPIRE RESTAURANT.
PLEASE NOTE: You can either use the link (above) or go to our website Ė www.providencebiltmore.com, select dates and type in your group code: 30690011973
In order to receive the preferred rate, individual callers should indicate that they are with RI Film Festival 2014. Reservation requests received after the cutoff date will be accepted on a space available and a rate available basis. Guests may call our Reservations Department directly at 401-421-0700.
This landmark city center hotel
is close to everything
In the heart of downtown Providence and is just steps away from the City's most exclusive shopping and dining. Convenient to Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence Place Mall, RISD, Brown University, and financial district.
Expect more than coffee: Off the lobby is a spacious Starbucks with fireplace, window seats and a rewarding coffeehouse experience. McCormick & Schmickís Seafood
Restaurant serving 30 varieties of fresh fish and seafood.
Relax at the spa: The Biltmore is home to a two-level luxurious spa retreat. Perfect for bridal services or simply as an escape after a day of meetings. Services: massage, body treatments, facials, hair, nail and makeup.
Additional Note: Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Guest rooms are not available before this time. If you require earlier check-in to accommodate events and schedules, please reserve guest rooms on the prior night. We are unable to take requests for early group check-in.
Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
A SHUTTLE SERVICE is available at the hotel to get to the Festival. It has 6 seats and based on first come first served. It is ONLY for Providence -3 mile radius (no airport service). The coast is $5.00 per person per day.
**** PARTNER HOTEL
HAMPTON INN & SUITES PROVIDENCE-DOWNTOWN
58 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI 02903
Special Discount Rates Available at $159 per night / Full hot breakfast buffet served from 6am Ė 10am, 25 hour fitness center & 24 hour business center included in rate.
Mowry-Nicholson Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located in Providence, walking distance from Brown University, all downtown attractions, Providence Place Mall, The Rhode Island School of Design and a few minutes drive from Providence College and Johnson and Wales University.
Mowry-Nichoslon Bed and Breakfast offers spacious and comfortable suites decorated with Victorian furnishings highlighted by historic prints and photos of Providence.
Each guest suite offers a four poster bed, private tiled bath (most with whirlpool tub), cable television, telephone, sleeper sofa, dining table and chairs and other amenities.
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY - Bay Point Inn & Conference Center
144 Anthony Rd
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 683-3600
Rates Available at $81 per night
Though primarily a housing facility for Roger Williams University students, Baypoint Inn also hosts private events and conferences and has room rentals available. The lobby desk is staffed at all hours for the summer season and the facility offers a pool, a weight room a dining hall and provides shuttles to and from the campus.
Amtrak also offers ACELA Express Northeast service –
service from Boston-Providence-New Haven-New York-Philadelphia-Baltimore
and Washington D.C. ACELA travels up to 150 mph with
travel time from New York to Providence in 2-1/2 hours
and Providence to Boston in less than 30 minutes.
It may be the smallest state, but it has a lot to offer. And the train is the perfect way to explore the length and breadth of Rhode Island. Travel on the Northeast Regional and save 30% with our "Visit Rhode Island" offer, available through December 19, 2013. (see booking details).
Visit Providence, a hotbed of commerce, culture, history and fine eateries. Hop back on the train and visit beautiful Westerly, Kingston, Wickford Village or downtown Providence, Be sure to bring a camera for your leisurely stroll at these great destinations as you capture their fine architecture and charm.
Once in Providence, or before you arrive, contact our friends at Enterprise for a great Film Festival rate!
Please note that the additional driver fee of $10.00 is waived, and the $25.00 fee for drivers 21-25. We do not have a Sunday drop downtown, but we do have spots at Amtrak if they leave on the train. The branch can review the drop off procedures with the renter if they need that option. The discount is good at all locations in RI and SE MA, and we offer free pickup for anybody staying at a hotel in Providence , Warwick , or beyond.
Travelers can receive special discounts for rental cars through Enterprise by calling "1-800-RENT-ACAR" and using discount code 49B4153, PIN Code INT
This is the second year for our relationship with Zip Car.
Zip Car has become a popular option for this looking for time-limited car usage.
For those of you who are members with Zip Car or are interested in using their services, the local branch office is located at
65 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02891.
Their telephone number is 401/405.1533.
Let them know you are with the Fest!
UBER AVAILABLE AT RIIFF!
Are you busy planning your trip to the Rhode Island International Film Festival? Do you need a set of wheels to get you around? Look no further than Uber!
Uber, a service available across the United States and in over forty countries around the world, has formed a special partnership with RIIFF to give all $30 off to all first-time users who sign up during the Festival. Use the special RIIFF sign-up page or enter the promo code FLICKERS to take advantage of this amazing offer!
How does Uber work? Set up an account and download the Uber App. With only the push of a button, you can request a private ride that will pick you up wherever you are and take you wherever you need to go!
Then you should check out details about the amenities at our State Airport.
The Theodore Francis Green Airport is located in Warwick, RI and is not in Providence. Indeed, it is approximately 10 miles away from the core city, or if you are driving, about 18 minutes. It is not a quick walk away.
Check out the ways you can come into the city, either by renting a car (see Enterprise above) use your Zip Car option, take Amtrak, or look for a hotel shuttle.
Make a point of planning out your trip in advance and it will make your visit to the Ocean State that much more enjoyable and hassle free.
Click on the link below to learn more about our Airport: