Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
What We Love
- Spacious rooms start at 380 square feet and overlook the waterfront
- Aragosta Bar and Bistro serves contemporary Italian fare
- Live jazz performances in the Battery Lounge
- Easy access to Logan International Airport via water taxi
- 24/7 room service
What To Know
- Pets are permitted for a fee
- Perfect location to explore the North End and Charlestown
- Fitness center is open round-the-clock
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Opened in December 2008, the Battery Wharf Hotel is a swank addition to Boston’s HarborWalk, a series of interconnected paths lined with benches, viewing points and small parks along the waterfront. The 150 guestrooms start at a generous 380 square feet and feature a cream palette and mod cons such as 42-inch flat-screen LCD TVs, Nespresso machines and iPod docking stations. Views from rooms vary between a U.S. Coast Guard station, the harbor and the hotel courtyard, but a pillow concierge, white European bedding and down duvets ensure a restful night’s sleep. The bathrooms offer Antica Farmacista toiletries and robes, and slippers are available on request. Carve out an afternoon at the award-winning Exhale spa before heading to Aragosta Bar and Bistro for New England classics with a Mediterranean twist (think hand-cut potato gnocchi with bianco garlic and cheese sausage, heirloom baby tomatoes, grilled artichokes and spinach).
In the Area
Stroll over to the North End, Boston’s Little Italy, to visit the landmark-turned-museum of Paul Revere’s House. Then stop into homey Assaggio for Boston-style classics, from veal parm to chicken marsala. Or try something new at Taranta, where a Peruvian chef uses South American ingredients in Italian standards (think cassava gnocchi). Continue on to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for shopping and multilevel bars, such as Ned Devine’s. On Fridays and Saturdays don’t miss browsing the Haymarket, an open-air produce market that’s been a city tradition since the 19th century.
How to Get There
We were at the Battery Wharf Hotel for a national meeting. The $50 lunch was a dry sandwich with one slice of turkey and one slice of cheese. The $135 dinner was previously frozen chicken and still frozen mashed potatoes with one bottle of red and one bottle of white wine on the table for 8. When I asked for a sparkling water at the bar, the cost was $8. When we picked up the car from parking, they tried to charge us $50 although the sign clearly said $30 for 12 hours. The attendant relented on that.
Don’t go here.
We booked our 5 night stay through expedia for Sept 24 to Sept 29 for a total of $2052.69. We prefer a higher level of accommodation when traveling so we selected the Battery Wharf Hotel. Reviews were favorable at the time and it being an LHW hotel certainly was a plus to us. Upon arrival to our surprise a strike was occurring and not a mild one in the least. We were shamed, mocked and ridiculed immediately by the striking workers upon our arrival and continuously through our entire stay. Going out the back door helped at times but they seemed to find us any way.
The loud chanting and screaming started at 7am sharp daily and did not subside until 7pm in the evening. When we are on vacation we like to stay up later and sleep in but the strikers made impossible to achieve that goal. I would have left the next day on that issue alone but we did not have a refundable reservation and I was not that anxious to throw about 80% of what we spent away so we decided to try to tough it out.
During our stay I was given a survey daily to sign up for the WIFI and made comments daily that for the most part unless we called directly for an issue went unaddressed. We started with the obvious strike disruption and inability to sleep in the first day. The second sign also addressed the horribly stained and worn out carpet in our room and the over all cleanliness of the room especially the bathroom with a dirty floor mat and some stained towels. Day three also added having only one bath towel left for the two of us, blood on our comforter and no amenities such as shampoo or soap replenished during our stay thus far. Day four brought a door falling off our mini bar cabinet, which was not much of a mini bar at all but more like an 1/8th filled fridge. Along with no TV signal that night and when I looked behind the dresser to find the problem I found nothing but a few very old receipts paper clips etc. along with more dust than I have seen in any hotel room. (More to add no more space)
Call ahead to make sure you don't encounter protesters, the are asking for fair pay and health benefits.
We booked online not knowing what was going on. If my partner and I were aware of this we wouldn't have stayed.