Behind the barn door that all but brands New England, neighboring the mills to which it once belonged, Dye House in Providence, Rhode Island, packages an impossible amount of panache within some pretty petite packaging, much as the storied land it lives on.
Three sun washed suites and one expansive loft surround a glorious event space, that comprises the entirety of the Dye House. Home to a history of makers, Olneyville, this historic little nook in Providence, manufactured masses of textiles and cutlery, steel and locomotives. In the mid-1900s, the humming streets fell on desperate times. Today, creativity and ingenuity collaborate to repurpose one mill at a time. Here, you can stay in one.
And in doing so, you can submerge yourself inside the eye of local artisans as dedicated to their craft as Dye House is to showcasing them. Creativity and community collaborate to beautify a space that already had such a good story to tell. Now, it’s all decked out and destined for hosting.
Completely curated without a hint of precious, each room reads like fabulous apartment decorated by your bold and stylish friend who isn’t afraid of a little color or some aggressive power clashing. We are in the home of artists.
The Loft is particularly awesome. Sprawling, soaring, it sleeps two, but there’s plenty of seating for six, both on the couch and at the dining table. There’s a stocked gourmet kitchen, towering ceilings (my favorite), a private bedroom beneath the arcade featuring a plush Tuft & Needle mattress dressed in crisp Brooklinen, a plate wall designed for shopping, and aesthetic pops at every turn. While it has an occupancy of two, four additional guests are allowed as long as visitors depart by 10pm. Everything about this space says dinner with friends. Including the little private patio beneath the string lights.
Dye House used to be a part of a large wool mill complex, hence that cute little sheep in their logo. Down the street, Gotham Greens, one of the largest greenhouses in the country, transformed an abandoned space. The foundry is now The Steel Yard, an industrial art space and live-work studio. And Colonial Knife has been given new life as What Cheer Flower Farm where flowers are grown and donated.
It’s not every day you get to bunk in a bevy of bespoke design. And it’s not every day you feel held by the hands of history and the future of artisanship all at once. Travel is inspiring by the very frequency that courses through us when so much stimulus is novel and new. But it’s a different vibration entirely, when a place feels so symbiotic and synchronized with its surroundings. It could easily become the thing you didn’t know you were looking for, when you set out to see the world. Either way, a sentiment to settle into, and to celebrate, at Dye House.
Dye House, 46 Dike Street, Providence, RI 02909, United States.
Located at the corner of Dike Street and Troy in Olneyville, a neighborhood of Providence, Dye House is 2.4 miles from Brown University and 2.1 miles from the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. Free parking is available for guests.
Type of Hotel: Boutique Hotel
Number of Rooms: 4 rooms plus an event space and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Price Band: Low to medium
Insider Tip: Great place to feel the essence of the Providence culture as art and charm are literally coming out of the walls. Enjoy the ease of the place, with only four rooms, you pull up, park, pop in the code, and you’re in.
Reviewer’s Rating: 8/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs courtesy of Dye House