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 thoroughly enjoyed our brunch to celebrate my mothers birthday. My mother’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day. While the restaurant was lovely, food very good, server only mediocre....Annie (the hostess) was an absolute doll; a sparkling star of the afternoon! This is the type of girl that anyone wants/needs at the front of their restaurant. Annie made sure everyone left with smiles! She went above and beyond throughout our meal and after to accommodate us and to make sure everyone was happy with their visit. Annie is a true asset to the Outlook restaurant! Enjoy
I stayed two nights for business last month and very much enjoyed the cool decor and vibe, comfortable rooms, and the most comfortable bathrobe (jersey with a hood) ever. The location of this hotel in the Seaport area is perfect for business as well as tourist visits. The area has been built up significant over the last several years and there are many retail stores and restaurants within walking distance. It was actually very convenient as I visited during a week when the city was getting significant snow and the temperatures were pretty low.
The bedroom has an open concept with the bed facing the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city (I had a King Partial Water View room on the second floor) and the bathroom consisting of a very spacious walk-in, glass-enclosed shower. The aforementioned jersey bathrobe with a hood was a revelation and so comfortable, especially during the cold nights! There is a small open closet at the front of the room with sufficient room to store luggage and hang clothing. There was an iron and ironing board available and built into the side of the closet. The TV is mounted on a modified bicycle, which is one of the cooler, quirky design details. The bed was firm, but extremely comfortable with nice linens and pillow options.
The gym is very nicely set up with both weight and cardio machines. And the lobby is very spacious with high ceilings and is perfect for meeting up with others and having a drink. I would highly recommend staying at this hotel if you should find yourself in Boston and I will definitely be staying here on any future trips.
There are things a traveler NEEDS and a thing travelers WANT. This hotel has a lot of things to want but is missing some things I needed.
The Envoy is located on the South End, across the street from the federal courthouse. The neighborhood is all-brand-new, all-glass, all-shiny, with little to no soul. The lobby is super-chic, with blob-shaped custom furniture, a wall of groovy purple light bulbs, concrete floors, lots of glass, and ample quantities of rope hangings, presumably keying into the location's proximity to the seaport. One of the two elevators was out of service, a problem that would compound the elevator's slow service. The elevator was often packed solid with patrons for a hot, super-chic rooftop bar. Staff was uniformly nice, pleasant, helpful, and casual.
We stayed for a weekend on a third floor room with a resplendent view of the Equinox gym across the street. Very inspirational. The room had the requisite quirky stylish touches one has come to expect in "boutique" hotels: more rope and driftwood, a TV with a bicycle wheel attached, a desk with leather belts. The bathroom was similarly quirky: a separate toilet chamber, a big glass sliding door enclosing the shower/sink area, a sink vanity that was annoyingly small and awkward. We spent a good few minutes figuring out how to get the shower to work.
While the room was full of these distinctive design details, it lacked some qualities that we expected: no fridge, no cabinet on which to place a suitcase, minimal closet, no handbook with hotel or neighborhood information. The safe was hidden in the bathroom. Worse, the stay was marred by noise: the corridor was noisy all weekend long with revelers from the rooftop bar audible in the hall - not sure if they were hotel guests or not; the ceiling and walls communicated noise from adjacent rooms; the heat/AC unit clanked on and off all night.
Everything was clean, checkout was efficient and painless, and the price was high but not crazy. So it was not BAD. But it was not as good as it should have been.
Hotel is really nice. Perfect for a few days in Boston. Room was clean, large and the bed was comfortable. Great view of Boston and location was perfect. Check in was fast and efficient. Staff very courteous. My only negative comment about the room was the size of the closet. Since it was my son and I traveling it was fine but my wife would have had an issue. I will definitely be back.
Let’s start by saying one elevator is roped off during the day - like it is broken but apparently it is the access to the rooftop bar. The crowd for the bar starts at 5 pm where a long line of people are waiting to get upstairs. You should hope you don’t need you car or want to contact anyone at the property as the phone rings and rings and the valet is so busy they can’t really assist hotel guests.
The rooms are nice but if you are not going to the rooftop bar over the weekend I would stay someplace else.