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
I enjoyed the location and the funky rooms very much. I stayed on the 12th floor, and it was very quiet. Had dinner and drinks in restaurant, and enjoyed the food and service. Taylor Roberson was a stand-out in customer service at the front desk. So helpful and polite!
Stayed here for three nights in July using Marriott points. Overall, the hotel is a good value (especially on points): I loved the location (just across the water from some of the other downtown hotels), the rooms are funky but functional, and breakfast was off-the-charts delicious. Heard many guests rave about the lunch and dinnertime menu, too.
That said, The Envoy seems to have a bit of an identity crisis, parked somewhere between local nightlife hotspot and boutique inn.
The rooftop bar, for example, offers a quintessential photo opportunity overlooking downtown Boston — but don't plan to stay up there for long. There is almost always a line-up that, in the evening, stretches well around the corner of the street. Yes, hotel guests have the luxury of bypassing the line, although both times we went, it was so packed we could barely find room to stand and had to wait what-seemed-like-forever standing at the bar to get a (ridiculously overpriced) drink. On top of that, they generally reserve one of the hotel's two elevators to transport bar guests, which leaves only one lowly elevator for folks staying at the hotel. There were times we waited upwards of five minutes for the elevator doors to open.
We also tried out the downstairs lounge one evening; however, our luck wasn't much better. First off, they reserve outdoor tables for a minimum $10 per person food spend. Normally, I wouldn't consider that a big deal, but it's the only other place to enjoy a drink in the hotel, and we had already eaten. Plus, all the other standing areas were packed and the patio was virtually empty, so why not use the space? If that wasn't enough, the bar staff couldn't have been more impolite — we felt more like an inconvenience than guests at an upscale hotel.
All in, it wasn't enough, though, to make us not want to come back.
(Tip: Get a high-floor room with a water view, especially in the summertime. Anything on the bottom three floors could get fairly noisy with the music and crowds at The Barking Crab open air pub directly below).
Loved The Envoy! Great room, with good amenities, free WiFi, good room service (although the salad I ordered was quite small). Within walking of several places (downtown, touristy places, etc). Great movie theatre and restaurants near hotel.
Very friendly staff, nice business center. Unfortunately had didn’t have time to go to rooftop, maybe next time.
The hotel was beautiful from the minute we entered with a full size pool table, video style in the lobby and through departure when we were given a personal fond farewell. Taylor at the front desk was wonderful and even offered to steam press my husbands clothes personally to get them done in time for us to attend a wedding. We had lunch in the Outlook Kitchen & Bar and had the best Salmon perfectly seasoned and grilled. The kids had pasta and fries and loved the campfire marshmallow desert! Our favorite part of the stay was getting special treatment being a hotel guest and getting a "fast pass" bypassing the long line waiting to visit the Lookout Rooftop Lounge where we enjoyed some craft beer and local cocktails overlooking the harbor and city lights. Thank you to Michael at the lounge for making this a truly memorable experience.
I was initially concerned that the 'theme' may be a little overpowering but was enthralled by this wonderful hotel. We received a personal tour after a delicious breakfast. Our culinary feast included some of the most delicious food and concoctive cocktails I have tasted in a while. The ingredients were freshly prepared, and the bartender went overboard when explaining the exact mix. Yes, it was breakfast, and no, I probably should not have been drinking, but I had just returned from the UK, and I shall make my biological clock my excuse!
Considering the Envoy falls under the Marriott umbrella of offerings, I was delighted with the small boutique style, personal service, and attention to detail. The rooms are well thought out, with the bed facing out towards the view. I have now stayed in a couple of hotels with this design concept, and I personally love it. The shower pressure was perfect, and the lighting in the bathroom flattered.
The rooftop bar offers wonderful views and a great atmosphere without making those of us of more mature years feel uncomfortable! The modern artwork is a great touch and leaves the traveler wanting more. I would highly recommend this hotel if you find yourself in Boston!