The Beatrice – as elegant and unique as “Bea” herself

by Nancy Thomas, publisher

A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening was held for The Beatrice on Tuesday, October 12th at 90 Westminster Street in downtown Providence.

With events directed by Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., Managing Director of Paolino Properties, and owner of The Beatrice, participants included Andrea Martucci, Vice President, Mr. C Hotels, Governor Daniel McKee, Stefan Pryor, Secretary of Commerce, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, and Jennifer Curtin, General Manager of The Beatrice.

After opening ceremonies and speeches, a reception was held in the upper lobby and some attendees were taken on property tours.

The Beatrice is a 47-room boutique hotel set in the heart of downtown Providence in the historic 1887 Exchange Building. Developed by Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., of Paolino Properties, The Beatrice is inspired by his mother and lifelong Rhode Island resident, community leader and philanthropist, Beatrice Temkin. The hotel welcomes travelers in unmatched style and comfort with streamlined guest services and luxe amenities to accommodate the needs of today’s traveler. Accommodations range in size from 300 sq. ft. to 805 sq. ft. and feature Mascioni linens and towels crafted in Milan, Dyson Supersonic hair dryers, organic BeeKind personal care amenities, heated towel racks, Nespresso coffee makers and more. The hotel is home to Ignazio Cipriani’s Bellini Restaurant and private membership club and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 

The hotel further features the latest innovations for guests’ comfort including enhanced health and safety measures, contactless check-in, keyless entry and an on-demand text request concierge service. For more information about The Beatrice, please visit or contact 401.443.2960. 


The contemporary Italian restaurant, inspired by Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani’s extensive travels throughout Italy, features a range of recipes from different regions of the European country. This is the third Bellini Restaurant & Bar to open its doors, after New York Seaport district and Miami Coconut Grove. The atmosphere is approachable, fun and inviting, without compromising the level of service. A cozy bar area adorned with cherry blossom branches introduces a warm, intimate space.

A nod to the classic cocktail invented in Venice by Ignazio’s great grandfather in 1948, soft light hues are strewn throughout, found on the onyx bar accents and the seating upholstery. High-gloss teak paneling surrounds the dining room and the beige travertine floor. Solimene ceramic plates decorated with hand-painted peaches and grapes serve dishes such as tagliolini with zucchini and scampi, straccetti with rosemary, and raw seafood platters. 

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests and locals alike, and is open every day from 7 AM to 11 PM.


Paolino Properties is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated real estate investment, development, and management company. Led by Managing Partner Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., it is one of the largest family-owned commercial real estate companies in New England, managing over 40 properties at a total of nearly 3 million square feet. With a diverse portfolio of retail, commercial, residential, and hospitality properties, the company has experience in partnering with a wide-ranging client base in Providence and beyond. In addition to The Beatrice hotel, Paolino Properties manages prestigious Class A office space, Class B commercial properties, retail shopping centers, high-end residential developments, a world-class marina in Newport, and more than 1,000 parking spaces within the city of Providence. Paolino Properties owns and manages the prestigious property of 100 Westminster Street in the heart of downtown Providence, where the company is currently headquartered.