Boston Harbor Hotel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We had several people from our company stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel this year and everyone was happy with the stay. The rooms were well kept and quiet. The cleaning staff did a fantastic job taking care of the rooms. Best cleaning crew I have seen in a long time. The bar and restaurant were also very nice and we enjoyed the menu options. We will be staying there again on our next trip to Boston.
I happened to be in my room a lot on this trip. Two nights at $1800 for a standard superior king. I was placed on the 8th floor...right next to elevators. Heard the dings all throughout the night and day. The noises from the hallway and room next door...were so clear and loud...I truly thought someone was right in my room talking.
The view was a double edge sword. Pretty to look at until the horns of the boats and ships woke you like a trumpet in your ear.
The rooms are dated. There’s an iPad. But it doesn’t function lights nor drapes.
The tile in the bathrooms are very dated. Green marble!?
The only thing I can say that was decent about the hotel...was the staff. Very friendly, helpful, and on point with opening doors and assisting.
First time to Boston, not the last, but the last time at that hotel for sure.
Super easy to take the ferry from the airport and beautiful harbor views. Gorgeous rooms, comfortable beds, exquisitely run hotel - hands down best in class. Concierge is super helpful. The hop-on hop-off Old Town TrolleyTour picks up a block away and easy walking to sites and business.
My husband surprised me with a stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel on a Friday night to celebrate my birthday. Parking in the garage was easy and discounted with our stay. The parking garage is connected to the hotel so we were able to bring our bags to the lobby without going outside, which was very nice on a cold day in February. The hotel staff was very welcoming and professional and was able to check us in early so we could start our mini-vacation right away. The room was large and very well maintained. We walked less than five minutes to the Boston Aquarium and then to Faneuil Hall market for a late afternoon snack. There are great restaurant choices in and around the hotel and we opted for dinner at the Rowes Wharf Sea Grill, which was also top notch. I would definitely recommend staying here for a special occasion or splurge getaway.
We have just returned from the Boston Harbor Hotel having spent three nights visiting the area. The hotel is quite simply outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble. It is clean, friendly and welcoming. The staff could not do enough for their guests. Special mentions have to go: Angela on the Front Desk who happily organised a complimentary late check-out for us; Nathan at the Concierge desk who is the "Google" of Boston and directed us to exactly where we wanted to be, checking every detail for us; and Amanda, a server in the Rowes Wharf bar who gave us great tips for shopping at Lechmere!
The hotel is on the edge of the harbour so not in the midst of everything that is going on. However, it is an easy ten minute walk to get to a variety of bars and restaurants.
I would recommend it to anyone wanting a base to explore Boston.