I live about half an hour outside of Boston and have trying to decide on a hotel in Boston for a "staycation" over Thanksgiving weekend since the prices are MUCH cheaper than normal and I could afford to stay at one of the nicer ones I usually wouldn't be able to (or for longer.) I'm mainly looking for it to be mostly relaxing with probably just leaving the hotel a few times to do some shopping and/or dinner. Therefore ideally the hotel itself would have a lot of amenities, like a pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, and the room itself be very nice. I have a chronic autoimmune disorder that makes me get tired very easily, often without it having much warning, so having most things close to the hotel would make it a lot easier.
I really like the Back Bay a lot for having a lot of options that are all close together and if the weather is bad being able to do a lot of the shopping/walking indoors throughout the connections between Copley Place and the Prudential Center. The only issue is that most of the more upscale Back Bay hotels don't have a pool or Jacuzzi. The Sheraton, Marriott and Hilton do but they lack sometimes in the Customer Service department and the rooms could be a little nicer. The hotels I can think of that have all that in the hotel are more towards downtown, like the Hyatt Regency, Intercontinental, Langham, and Boston Harbor Hotel but I don't know the downtown/waterfront area nearly as well.
Basically I'm looking for advice on the following:
1) Are there Back Bay Hotels I'm not thinking of that have these amenities and services?
2) If I stay downtown/waterfront, how much is there for options with shopping and restaurants nearby, especially on a holiday weekend?
3) Any comments about the Hyatt Regency? I like that they have a Salt Water pool and Jacuzzi, but I'm having a hard time finding much info in the way of good pictures of the rooms or the quality of customer service. I'm also thinking it could be a good compromise in that it has most of the amenities I want, is slightly cheaper than the Intercontinental, Langham, and Boston Harbor Hotel, and it's right by the orange line and 2 stops from the Back Bay station.
4) I'm open to other suggestions too. Mainly I think the only hotels that weekend that would be out of my price range are the Mandarin, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, and maybe the XV Beacon (which I'm not sure if it has a pool anyway.) I've also looked at the Revere Hotel but I've seen a lot mixed reviews, I think a lot regarding its renovations last year.
Anyway, sorry for the long post but any advice/insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Oh, PS, I would be traveling alone and I'm an early 30s male if that helps tailor the options.