Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, also in Back Bay, is the second Four Seasons in town and is aimed at travelers looking for a modern ambience combined with luxury. The elegant ambience includes a subdued gray palette, metallic echoes and an impressive collection of works of art by international artists. The hotel also has a wellness floor with a spa, gym, and indoor pool, as well as an outpost of the lively Zuma Japanese restaurant.
The lobby at The Whitney is in a classic brown brick.
Another newbie is The Whitney, a 65-room hotel on Beacon Hill, north of Boston Common. It is located in a brick townhouse and offers discreet luxury and an almost homely atmosphere. The Peregrine restaurant serves Sicilian-inspired dishes and the planted courtyard garden is the right place to enjoy a drink before or after dinner all year round – a fire pit keeps guests warm on cold winter nights. The Whitney Wags program welcomes dogs with their own beds and treats.
We’re also adding three renovated hotels to our list of the most popular places to stay in Boston.
The Langham, in downtown Boston, which reopened in late June after a two-year multi-million dollar renovation. Located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, this nearly a century-old hotel features a new jewel-colored lobby and guest rooms with New England-inspired decor. The two-story loft suites with embossed brass windows are the rooms to get, but big donors will likely choose the Chairman’s Suite, which has a baby wing and dining room that seats eight.
The charming lobby at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
A benefit for all guests are the free daily tours of the heritage site, during which they can learn more about the history of the building.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, in Back Bay, also got a reboot, debuting last September. As with The Newbury, Champalimaud Design was responsible for the interiors, which incorporate elements of both chinoiserie and early New England design. The renovated guest rooms have modern plaid carpets, leather, and Chinese-inspired accent wallpaper, and the 16,000-square-foot spa, with its menu of Eastern and Western-inspired treatments, is a standout feature.
Our final choice is this Boston Harbor Hotel where all 232 guest rooms offer harbor or city views. The showpiece is the John Adams Presidential Suite with an area of 4,800 square meters and a large terrace overlooking the waterfront. The property has a seafood restaurant, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, which serves excellent lobster rolls, and a new boutique, Home at Rowes Wharf, which sells fashionable decor, gifts and textiles.
A lavish and picturesque suite in the Mandarin Oriental.
From big brands to boutique names, Boston’s reinvigorated hotel offerings have an option for every traveler.