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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Having stayed in some of the best hotels in the World.This hotel is in the top ten.Excellent friendly professional staff.Excellent position.Room was large and very well equipped.Great restaurant.Had breakfast and dinner. You get what you pay for.
Thank you for the memories.Hope to be back soon.
The male half of Illy Coffee Drinkers volunteered for a next-day flight on an October Saturday night and was fortunate to have American Airlines reserve a room at the Boston Harbor Hotel. As soon as I stepped out of an airport cab, the exceptional full-on Boston Harbor Hotel customer treatment started. I was immediately greeted by a very polite doorman who directed me to the front desk. Unfortunately, the airline had not properly completed the reservation process. Fortunately, one of the evening managers was able to personally contact the airline and resolve the issue while I was offered a chilled bottle of water and numerous apologies from the remaining front desk staff. During this time, the bellmen made arrangements for a 4:15 AM cab back the airport which was ready and waiting at the appointed time. Once the reservation was resolved (at a cost of $690 paid by the airline), I was able to go up to a very, very nice two room king bed suite. While I was exploring the room, a member of the staff delivered a gift bag containing a wonderful array of useful and appreciated toiletries since all of mine were in the bowels of nearby Logan Airport (photo attached). A few minutes later, the manager, who had just assisted me with my reservation, personally called to again apologize for the inconvenience and ask if there was anything further he could do to make my stay more comfortable. By now you get the picture of the level of service this hotel’s guests receive. As for the décor and furnishings of the rooms, the decor is contemporary with an emphasis on dark wood and warm tones (photos attached). There was a large double door in between the sitting/television room and the bedroom which has a second television. There is a useful well-appointed desk in the sitting room with outlets, fine stationary and adjustable lighting. The furniture is all well-constructed and solid. Most, if not all, of the rooms’ lighting are dimmable. The bed is comfortable, well-lit, has access to numerous outlets and is appointed with slippers on special mats and bottles of water on each side. The bedding and towels are all very plush. The bathroom is well designed and made primarily of stone, glass, chrome and marble. The bathroom’s complimentary toiletries are all fine quality. The lighted closet contains many wooden hangers, an umbrella, two robes, a safe and a large extra blanket. The complimentary coffee bar includes more bottled water, tea, and appreciated most highly by this particular reviewer, an Illy espresso/coffer maker, Illy ceramic coffee mugs, Illy espresso cups and many packets of Illy Coffee (photo attached). Bottom line, assuming you made it this far in this review, if you appreciate posh hotels and excellent service, we highly recommend this hotel.
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My wife and I spent a wonderful four days. First class treatment from the arrival to checkout. The staff is excellent, the food—wonderful. We will be coming back. If you are wanting a special place to stay that pampers you with a level of service you thought that had been forgotten—Boston Harbor Hotel should be your first choice.