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
The hotel is under construction in the front of the building so it was a bit confusing on where to enter the hotel. Outside of that it didn’t cause any other problems, you never heard the noise from our room. We had a lovely view of the harbor. The beds, pillows and noise level were absolutely perfect. I slept so well the entire visit. The staff was friendly, Janice in the restaurant was really good. They have a wonderful outdoor restaurant that you have to try (during the summer). It wasn’t Ritz Carlton service but it was still pretty good. You can’t be the location, it’s so close to the North End which has the best restaurants.
We stayed in here for three nights in July whilst travelling to and from the area on business.
Hotels always lose points when under renovation for me, but it wasn’t too bad.
The rooms we stayed in were very nice and hard to fault. Clean, tidy and well decorated.
Our first problem came in the hotels restaurant. Travelling with a 22 month child does have challenges and dinner is one of them. Trying to get the hotel to make anything that our son could eat proved extremely frustrating. They didn’t have Mashed Potato on the menu which we thought was weird but they managed to find some from another of their restaurants and their idea of “soft” vegetables left quite a lot to the imagination. We had to send the food back quite often to be cooked longer so our son could chew it and this made lunch / dinner time troubling. Our food that we had was nice enough, with the exception of the fries. These were too thin & crispy for our taste and wet in oil. Maybe it was a local thing but it wasn’t to our taste. But on the whole the restaurant was good.
The other problem we had was with the WiFi. Mine and my wife’s phone wouldn’t hold on to the connection and my wife has to stop working on her laptop in the end as it kept dropping out. In the end I resorted to 4G and that worked great. But we were left wondering why a hotel in this part of the city ( the business district ) had such bad WiFi?
Anyway - even with these issues we’d still stay here again. The staff were great and extremely friendly to us as a family, and the harbour setting was very picturesque, especially at night.
Four star this time but if they smoothed out some rough edges it would definitely get a five.
Recently stayed one night. The room was lovely and had an exceptional view of the harbor, sail boats, whale watching cruises and planes landing at Logan on the other side of the harbor. The room was immaculate, with first rate linens, amenities and amazing dining at Meritage Restaurant. Renovations at the entrance were a bit disrupting but did not interfere with our stay. Top notch. Will be our Go To hotel in Boston.
I stayed at the hotel for two nights. We had a wonderful large room on the 11th floor with a magnificent wiew over the harbour.
The restaurants and bar was a hit. You could sit outside and listen to livemusic in the afternoon/ evening. The Spa was nice with a big jaccuzi. The only complaint is that breakfirst outside was not open early in the morning.
Enjoyed a wonderful view of the harbor while having dinner with the family outdoors. Great and consistent food and friendly service both at the table and the bar. Must visit! You are promised a royal service