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
Excellent service, attentive staff, good food options, ambiance to spare, and comfortable beds. This is where to stay in Boston. Convenient to fine and casual dining within walking distance, as is the Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, and entertainment venues.
We realized a life time wish to experience Boston and with our good friends booked luxurious rooms at this hotel. We arrived via a launch from Logan Airport and like Venice, upon landing a bell man took our bags to our check in which was first class! Our room was exceptional with amazing harbour and city views.The front desk,help desk and outside greeters were very good.Our rooms were gorgeous, we had ocean, harbour views and our friends had city views. The staff were fantastic , the only disappointment was our lunch with cold soup and indifferent service.Please work on that as we would like to come back.
I really can’t say enough good things about our stay here. If I could give 6 stars, I would. Great location. Walkable to almost everything. Staff was excellent. We leaned heavy on the concierge staff and they did not disappoint. Great local recommendations. Room was spacious with a million dollar view of the harbor. Rooms were immaculately clean and the bed firm and comfortable. The bar lived up to its national reputation. Our stay was everything we could have expected and more. We will definitely be back.