Greater City Providence

The Westin becomes the Omni Providence Hotel


Workers replacing the sign at the former Providence Westin hotel this afternoon.

Following its sale late last year, the Westin hotel today became the Omni Providence Hotel:

Omni Hotels & Resorts announces acquisition of the Westin Hotel In Providence

IRVING, Texas (January 15, 2013) — Omni Hotels & Resorts announces the acquisition of The Westin Hotel in Providence, R.I. The hotel has been rebranded today as the Omni Providence Hotel and is managed by Omni Hotels Management Corporation. Omni Hotels & Resorts acquired the hotel from The Procaccianti Group (TPG) in late 2012.

Located in historic downtown Providence, the 564-room hotel will be part of Omni’s expanding Convention Collection of hotels. The nearly 700,000-square-foot mixed-use development is connected to the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Providence Place Mall. The development includes three food and beverage outlets, including a Fleming’s Steak House.

“We are pleased to add this premier property to our Convention Collection hotel portfolio and enhance our offerings along the Eastern seaboard,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to working with the city and CVB, and serving as a leader in the marketplace for years to come.”

This acquisition aligns with Omni’s growth strategy for its Convention Collection. This distinct portfolio includes the Omni Nashville Hotel, set to open in 2013, the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, the Omni San Diego Hotel, the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta and the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The property will undergo renovations later this year to reflect the local flavor of Providence, with a special focus on the arrival experience, meetings space and guest rooms. Josh Heidenreich, the former general manager of the Omni New Haven Hotel in Connecticut, is relocating to Providence, as the new general manager of the hotel.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences, taking guests on “A Total Departure” to 50 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni property showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, providing a heightened level of rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications, most recently being named the top upper-upscale hotel for the fifth time by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2012 North American Guest Satisfaction Index Study. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit or call 1-800-The-Omni.

What improvements do you think they should make to “reflect the local flavor of Providence?”

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.


  • I think they have to improve the pedestrian experience with West Exchange St.

    But otherwise, 564 rooms – wow! And I know that center block is setup so a tower can built on that too.

  • They need to do something about the front driveway, that place is crazy with cars at peak times and is not pleasant. I’d also love to see a “Providence Place” sign on the entrance to the skybridge escalator.

  • As long as we’re on the topic of signage and confusing, chaotic streets – there’s less than 1/4 of a mile separating Kennedy Plaza and Providence Station.

    It’s just too bad, then, that the 1000 feet or so one would need to walk to get from one to the other is perhaps the most confusing, disorientating, unpleasant and unfriendly 1000 feet you can actually walk.

    I’ve been to Providence more than a few times now and I still need GPS to figure out how to get to KP from the train station.

    Is it too much to ask for a couple of arrow pointing “KENNEDY PLAZA AHEAD THIS WAY!” signs? Or, hell, a striped line. How much paint would you need to draw one long stripe from one to the other?

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