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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I’ve now stayed at this hotel about six times. I love it because of the location and the close proximity to some of the finer restaurants in the city and always find the staff to be extremely helpful and pleasant. They also have a very cool and unique rooftop bar that is the main attraction, again offering fantastic views. What I don’t understand is the room design. You can see in these photos how small the room is and what could be an incredible view out of your room, is instead blocked by a very strange TV stand which is a bicycle. Why on earth if you had this nice of a view would you put a TV stand this large clunky and odd in front of that view? Also the rooms are very narrow and small and there’s only a small area in which to put your luggage and there’s no floor space anywhere in the room. If it’s just one person in the room, it’s fine but for a couple it’s very challenging. finally, the room and bathroom are open concept offering no privacy in the bathroom whatsoever. The door is glass and gives one small panel but is otherwise open and there’s no way to close the door completely so even if you don’t see you can hear everything. It’s a bit awkward
I made a reservation for my brother at the Envoy hotel for his birthday celebration and Janelle Clachar assisted me with everything! She went above and beyond to make his stay special and I can’t thank her enough! Definitely will be recommending this hotel to my friends and family! ❤️
In mid-October, The Envoy took care of our group in several rooms on the 6th (top) floor for a wedding ceremony across the street at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage. It was fun to see the bride walking across the street with her entourage, and then photos were taken right across the hotel, with a skyline view by the bay, before the reception at the aquarium.
The assistance of Darlene was particularly invaluable as was the service from housekeeping and room service staff.
The rooms had a hip, minimalist vibe. There were lots of power/USB outlets (always important) and the linens were fine. The even numbers faced the waterfront while the odd numbers faced the brick courthouse building. Room tip: if you will need two beds, you will get an odd-numbered room without a waterfront view. Take the king beds, or better still, take the corner suite.
Service was generally good all around, though the food at Outlook Kitchen was somewhat disappointing for one weeknight dinner and one breakfast.
The one thing we had to ask for was a bathroom scale, which two of the front-desk staff said wasn't available, and then one did say it should be there, but it wasn't, and he sent it up.
There's not much in the area for a tourist (Sephora, Shake Shack, breweries, some travel shops, soon a Trader Joe's, two good bakeries Tatte and Flour, then you'd have to walk or cab downtown) but there are several offices in this gentrified area, and it will soon be very popular. But we were very happy to have our foreign guests / out of town group gathered near the church for a precious family highlight.