Boston Harbor Hotel
“Always my first choice stay in the area, this hotel is a Boston landmark and for two years was my Boston-based home every month I’d come for work from London (with my last company). You enter through the iconic archway and domed rotunda to the pretty water views throughout, and really ‘feel’ this part of the city, which is minutes from the financial district. The staff and service are among the best I’ve ever experienced in a city hotel, and the guestrooms are very comfortable and spacious. The restaurants on site are delicious, as is the room service, which is delivered with care and precision. Highly suggest visiting during a special occasion (and telling them in advance) – management really knows how to make your visit all the more delightful!”
(Experienced throughout 2008-10)
A homey, comfortable Boston stay complete with exceptional skyline and water views. Location is ideal for first time visitors, walking distance from many city attractions; equally so for business travelers.
Friends, family, your other half.
The service here really is excellent. I recall the hotel driver whisking me off to the airport with 15 minutes to spare until check-in closed - and handing me a carry-on lunch for the flight!
Best time to go
All year round; although I particularly enjoy the colors in the fall.
The hotel hosts the highly regarded Boston Wine Festival annually each winter. If you’re a wine lover, it’d be the perfect time to visit. If not, then you might want to avoid during the festival months as the hotel will be quite busy with dedicated oenophiles.
Talk about a room with a view! Most of the accommodations have water vistas and those that don’t have lovely views of the city skyline. From the Standard Room to the Presidential Suite, you really can’t go wrong here. All rooms are decorated with nautical accents and fully equipped – fresh flowers, marble bathrooms, custom-made desks, Frette linens, flat-panel TVs, complimentary shoe shines. If finances allow, the room to book is the Admirals Suite, which has a 40 square foot terrace – the largest private outdoor space available – lovely for enjoying your morning coffee or sunset drinks.
Service & vibe
Positively perfect service, welcoming and attentive, always ready to help, not a hair out of place. This is hospitality at its finest. Sophisticated vibe without the snobbery you can sometimes find at similar establishments.
The hotel offers two dining options within its walls: Rowes Wharf Sea Grill and Meritage. The Sea Grill serves every meal including afternoon tea. Breakfast is yummy and they get you in & out quickly. Meritage serves dinner and boasts an incredibly extensive wine list. It’s a unique dining experience where the menu is divided by type of wine (and food pairings) rather than course. Definitely a must try for wine enthusiasts.
Price per night
$400 - $1,500 depending on room choice
To Do & See
There are endless things to do in Boston, it’s an incredible city. At the top of my list: a visit to Harvard Square – I’m always a sucker for college campuses, so it’s impossible for me not to walk around the nation’s best when in the area. The ICA is my favorite museum – particularly for its impressive architecture. For foodies, I highly suggest a North End Market Tour which explores the neighborhood through food – you’ll get to sample ingredients, visit gourmet shops, and pick up some cooking tips along the way – such fun!
Sport & Activity
The hotel has a large, well-equipped health club including a lap pool, personal training services, yoga classes, water aerobics, even fitness assessment tests. When the weather’s nice, there’s nothing better here than a good morning run along the Boston Harbor Walk – one of the many perks of such a great location.
Spa & Grooming
In-hotel spa with treatments & beauty services you’d appreciate after a long day of business/sightseeing/etc. The lap pool is nice for a plunge. My one complaint is that the spa is underground so that it doesn’t take advantage of the harbor views like the rest of the hotel. Do note that the spa books up quickly though, so reserve your treatment in advance.
Again, so many options here! B&G Oysters is my go-to spot for great seafood, the lobster roll is an absolute must try. Chez Henri when in Harvard Square, I love to eat at the bar, great mojitos. Flour Bakery + Café is a Boston institution – tasty pastries – don’t leave without ordering a cinnamon cream brioche or ginger molasses cookie. Yum!
Foodies have to visit Formaggio Kitchen for its outstanding selection of jams, honeys, teas, and of course, cheeses. Globe Corner Bookstore is a traveler’s dream. Louis Boston for all your fashion fancies. Shake the Tree is the ultimate boutique for the girls. Neil Morris for custom fragrances, NB: by appointment only.
Ask the hotel concierge to arrange for a water taxi to pick you up at the wharf and take you to dinner at one of the city’s many waterfront restaurants, Trade is one of my favorites.
70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Visit the hotel site for detailed directions. Approximately 20 minutes to Logan International Airport, and a 5-minute walk from the Back Bay train station (Amtrak)