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 stayed there for a weekend getaway. Got there in a boat taxi from the airport which was pretty great. As soon as we were entering, people from the strike approached us and gave us a pamphlet with some disturbing information. At reception they were very open telling us about the strike and said that if we were uncomfortable with the noise we could check out with no penalties (7am to 7pm protests).
The hotel is definitely under staffed because of the strike and it shows. They’re doing an effort for sure, for example, at breakfast there was only one person servicing all tables but food was amazing.
I agree with another review that says the hotel might be in need of some renovations.
Location is great, near many places of interest, restaurants and around 10 minute walk to the nearest metro station.
They were accommodating with some of the benefits we had from our visa premium card: room upgrade, free breakfast (what we had was valued at around 55 US per day) and hotel credit.
I hope things turn out for the best for this hotel after things get settled with the union.
We stayed here knowing there was a strike - which is probably why the rooms were more affordable. The strikers were directly below our room and started yelling at 7:00 AM. Every time we left the hotel they yelled "shame on you" as we passed by.
If that were the only issue, I'd have given the property a better rating. The carpet in the room is stained and frayed and needs replacing. Lamp shades were worn out and dirty. There was mildew and "gunk" in the shower. There were holes in the sheets. The lobby area is also rundown and the bar smelled like a frat house. In general, this place needs an overhaul. It's in an amazing location which is about all that it's got going for it right now.
beautiful spot with views of the water
room nice though not great - no tub (shower only) and no room service and noise from the strikers
overpriced given the situation
for me it was a good location but the noise at 7 am is not cool