The Envoy Hotel, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Bedrooms are handsomely dressed in gray, gold and claret shades, with quirky design features like the map-detail glass etchings on the walls, TV stands made from bike frames and wood-effect tiles in the modern bathrooms
- Drinks and small plates on the rooftop Lookout Bar, with views across Boston Harbor
- Classic Rooms start at a spacious 289 square feet, and many have water views
- State-of-the-art gym and printed running maps for joggers
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Located in Boston’s Fort Point enclave, an industrial waterfront area turned foodie hot spot
- The hotel ups the sexy factor by having bathrooms only partially concealed from the bedroom area
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When it opened along Boston’s Seaport skyline in 2015, the Envoy became the first upscale hotel in the city’s hip Fort Point area. With $70 million in new construction, the hotel has a look that’s upscale and modern, from the ground-floor lobby (with the Outlook Kitchen+Bar) up to the 130 spacious guest rooms and the popular rooftop bar and lounge. Bedrooms are handsomely dressed in gray, gold and claret shades, with quirky design features like the map-detail glass etchings on the walls, TV stands made from bike frames and wood-effect tiles in the modern bathrooms. All have King or Queen beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, desks and ottomans. While the ground-floor restaurant is still under construction, guests can graze on small plates at the rooftop Lookout Bar, or take advantage of the Seaport’s raft of great restaurants — ask the concierge to score a table at a hot spot like Menton or Row 34. Be sure to end the night with a cocktail or local craft beer back at Lookout, where the huge wraparound terrace has dead-on views of the waterfront and Boston skyline.
In the Area
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 artists’ 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 the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace or the winding brick lanes of the Italian North End.
How to Get There
We visited the Envoy for Valentine's Day and had such an amazing time! The rooftop bar was amazing and allowed you to enjoy the city view while staying warm in a heated igloo. The food is incredible and we had the pleasure of speaking with Leo who was extremely professional and passionate of this wonderful establishment. Envoy is lucky to have employees like him.
Hotel is located in the nice part of Boston with access to good restaurants and retail stores. Easy access. Room is spacious with new furniture. Functionality, however, is not strong in the rooms. Bathroom is small compared to the size of the room. Amenity is fair. Illy coffee maker in the room is a plus.
Dates of Stay: 02/01/2019 - 02/04/2019
Let me preface this review by saying that I would stay here again in a heartbeat! The service was exceptional, and the location is impossible to beat. It’s an easy walk to all that the Seaport/Fort Point area has to offer and offers close proximity to both South Station and the Financial District.
Having said that, there are a few things that I feel the need to warn other travelers about before they check-in.
The Envoy is a very “fashionable” hotel. Often times confusingly so. Imagine if David Bowie and Donald Trump got together and decided to make a hotel for millennials... Picture that in your head and you won’t be too far off.
Warning #1 - The Arrival
If you arrive at the valet side of building on Sleeper Street you can’t walk just in through the sliding glass doors and go to the front desk. Instead you have to walk around to the waterfront side of the building and enter through a large rotating doorway. Once inside, the flow of the lobby herds you away from the front desk through a ramp that serpantines around a pool table that isn’t actually a pool table, but rather an industrial sized iPad masquerading as a pool table. See what I mean- “fashionable”. The front desk is somewhat hidden off to the right side at the end of the rampway.
During my stay it was not uncommon to see confused guests having just arrived pausing on the ramp looking around the lobby only to have one of the front desk attendants draw their attention by calling out to them from their semi-hidden space below the stairs to “The Kitchen” the Envoy’s own lobby restaurant.
After checking in, you walk towards the elevators and will be greeted by a velvet rope and a large bouncer standing guard near the two guest elevators. Apparently this is due to their “Outlook Rooftop” bar being very popular on the weekends but it kind of gave it a cheesy nightclub feel to me.
Warning #2 - The Room
Beautiful. Artistically designed. Comfortable bed. Amazing rain shower. That scraped up old “Magic Chef” mini fridge that you left outside of your dorm room so many years ago. (See pictures).
The Envoy found it and brought it back just for you.
In all seriousness though the hotel room was immaculate and very “Instagrammable”. However there where a few logistical issues that I encountered during my stay that I would like to point out to future travelers:
1) Lots of accent lighting and hidden switches. Time for bed? Great just hit the switch marked “Master Switch” and turn out all the lights, right? Wrong. I spent the better part of half an hour trying to figure out how to shut all the lights off in my room so that I could fall asleep. Accent lights around the bathroom sink basin, accent lights recessed in the ceiling, switches embedded in a freestanding bookshelf, sliding dimmer switches, switches to alert housekeeping if you want privacy, or require service. Switches, switches, switches. If your used to sleeping with nightlights this probably won’t affect you, but it was something that I expected to be easier to resolve and turned into a late night Easter egg hunt.
2) Popcorn. Delicious yummy popcorn. A nice basket of popcorn and snacks sitting out for you to enjoy. Once you get to your second bag you start to see what appears to be a menu hidden underneath your seemingly complimentary snacks. They are not complimentary. You just ate $12 worth of Pirates booty. They put the snack price menu underneath all of the other snacks. You won’t see it until it’s too late. I know I didn’t.
3) The amazing rain shower... Made me feel like an absolute idiot. When you go to use it, there are simply two knobs on the wall opposite the shower head. The top knob (The one that looks like you are opening the door to a bank vault) does nothing except alternate the flow between the rain showerhead and the handheld shower wand. The bottem knob turns the water on, but expect having to put some time into finding the correct position to get the water a bearable temperature. I almost gave up and took a cold shower the first time I used it because I had such a hard time finding the right dial position. (Turning the knob almost all the way to the right but just before the water cuts off seemed to work the best for me)
4). Please wash your hands... In the hotel room that I had, the toilet had it’s own separate room wher you can be free to do your business in privacy without bothering your travel companion. Except when you realize that the only sink you have acccess to is actually in the other room by the shower in its semi-private location. That means that you cannot wash your hands after going to the bathroom until after you touch the doorknob releasing you from the seperate toilet room. This might not be a huge issue for some, but I couldn’t help feeling like I was shaking hands with everyone who had previously stayed in the room right after they finished wiping. Knowing that there is no escape from that room unless you touch the door handle with an unwashed hand turned me off a bit.
Warning #3 - Don’t igloo. Just don’t.
During the winter season the Outlook Rooftop Bar located on the top floor of the hotel installs plastic igloos lined with multicolored led light strips inside. If you want to reserve one, it’ll cost you a minimum spend of $500 on alcohol. There were always igloos that went unreserved during my stay. They would tell me as a I walked in which igloos were reserved and which ones were free to just go hang out in. I felt really bad for the groups who shelled out guaranteed minimums to have the same experience I was getting for the price of a can of Peroni. The igloos themselves are thin plastic sheets with a white plastic tent like support structure inside. You have to zipper them closed to try to keep in the heat from the small retro looking space heater you will find placed inside of each one.
The bar area was beautiful and the views were absolutely amazing. Unfortunately during my stay a large beautiful looking section of the bar was closed off to the guests. I can’t wait to try this place out over the summer when there is better weather. The views are definitely worth checking out, but try and avoid the igloos if you can.
In Summary -
All in all it was a fantastic experience. The staff really went out of their way to accommodate any request that I had both quickly and professionally. Personally, I would have preferred a more functional and less fashionable hotel, but the location and emphasis on awesome service made up for any deficiencies.
Absolutley Beautiful, rooms are very clean and the staff is amazing . Especially the overnight girl she was so kind with a sweet personality .
Brought my wife here for a Birthday/Anniversary two day weekend and it was well worth it . The bartender at the in house bar was as cool as they come. Very nice people all around . We will be coming back for these all of reasons. Thank you staff for making us feel welcome.
Great location in the Financial District. Rooms and rest of property are very clean. Spacious bathroom. State of the art fitness facility. Convenient location just outside of the Financial District. Many eateries within walking distance.