Some of the most spacious rooms in Boston, starting at 500 square feet
Free Cadillac drop-off service within two miles of the hotel (based on availability)
A 12,000-bottle wine collection at Meritage restaurant
During the Winter months, there's an ice skating rink (plus a warming room and rental skates)
What To Know
The excellent fitness center offers membership to locals, so it might be busy before and after working hours
There are designated hours for children to use the indoor lap pool and hot tub
The fitness center, pool and spa will be closed for renovations from Jan. 12, 2015 to March 2015, but the concierge can make arrangements for cardio equipment, weight training and in-room massages
Meritage restaurant will be closed for renovations from Jan. 1, 2015 to April 2015; in the meantime, the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille and Rowes Wharf Bar are open, or guests can order room service
Parking on site
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Boston waterfront icon that’s all about the views, with two restaurants, a spa and grand colonial rooms
With an 80-foot domed archway, the Boston Harbor Hotel takes modern colonial architecture to new heights. Its elegant interiors follow suit, with polished New England furnishings, refined by a $12 million renovation in 2007. Doormen usher guests into a lobby of marble floors and chandeliers, and business travelers lounge in seating areas decorated with nautical paintings and 18th-century maps. Even the elevators have vaulted ceilings and Persian-style rugs.
Bed and Bath
Located on floors eight through 16 only, the 230 guestrooms have views of the harbor or the city of Boston, framed by oversized windows and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Dressed in muted golds, blues and reds, the rooms are classically handsome without feeling dated. Brocade bedspreads top silky Frette sheets and down pillows, and compartments in the mahogany writing desks contain power outlets for your laptop. Starting at 500 square feet, the rooms are among the most spacious in the city, and most of the marble bathrooms have separate vanity areas.
In Meritage, chef Daniel Bruce pairs small plates with selections from his extensive wine cellar; one winning combo is the duck breast in blackberry sauce and a glass of Sangiovese. His Rowes Wharf Sea Grille offers more standard but well-executed seafood dishes. In the winter the wood-paneled Rowes Wharf Bar is a cozy place to unwind with the city’s largest collection of fine scotches. The fitness center has enough machines to open membership to area office workers, and you can borrow clean workout clothes if you forget yours. There’s an adjoining saltwater lap pool, a large hot tub, his-and-hers saunas and a spa with five treatment rooms. Concierge assistance and room service are both available around the clock.
In the Area
The concierge can arrange free car drop-off service to any destination within two miles of the hotel, but the Financial District, Chinatown, the North End, and Fort Point (Boston’s version of Soho) are all within walking distance. Grab a fresh lobster roll at the family-owned James Hook & Co., and stroll over the Congress Street Bridge to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum or the Children’s Museum in Fort Point. Once industrial, this renovated neighborhood now houses artist studios and the latest enterprises of the city’s celeb chefs, from Barbara Lynch’s cocktail bar, Drink, to Ming Tsai’s Asian-fusion restaurant, Blue Dragon. Or head north from the hotel to visit the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the winding brick lanes of the Italian North End.