I had to go to Boston for business to meet one of my company's vendors. It was one of those quick trips to put out a fire kind of stays, plus I was not thrilled about having to go to Boston in early February. However, the Boston Marriott Long Wharf was charming enough in itself that I look forward to staying there on my next trip back.
The hotel is across the street from a metrorail station that I took to and from the airport, which was nice since it was freezing out. Next time, when it is a little warmer I plan on taking the Airport Water Taxi that pulls right up to the hotel. I must not be built of the same stuff the locals are because I saw brave ones take the water taxi as part of their daily commute.
I was not there really long enough to comment on the staff. My only interaction with them was the 2 minute check-in process, at the bar, and at the breakfast buffet. The only parts worth mentioning were the friendly bartenders and just Bostonian mannerisms. First, all the patrons were obviously from out of town and the bartenders answered everyone’s questions like it was the first time they heard it, and not like they got the same ones every other day. And second, Bostonians, not just hotel staff members, did not seem to take well to the word “thanks” or “thank you” or any other such verbiage that indicates gratitude.
Here are two examples out of many: Example one - A Bostonian kindly helped me at the airport in regards to finding the right shuttle to take me to the metro. I told him “thanks for the help” and I received a blank look; Example two - At the hotel buffet I was asked kindly what I would like to drink. When the OJ and coffee arrived my “thanks” was met with a side way glance like my dog does to the TV screen when she hears barking during the Dog Whisperer.
My room was spacious, comfortable and with a 40 inch flat screen. The bathroom was a little different in lay out compared to your typical hotel, but it did not bother me one way or another. I suppose it allowed for more space in the main room which was fancy. I also had a great view. The hotel juts out on the water like a…. well like it was built on a wharf. If I looked straight or right I could see the Inner Harbor. If I looked left I could see Columbus Park and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
I look forward to my next visit to Boston where I will hopefully be staying at this hotel. I will make sure I have more time to check out the aquarium, that is only steps away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, located on Boston Harbor at the historic Long Wharf in downtown Boston. Our Boston, Massachusetts hotel features 400 hotel rooms, 11 hotel suites, a concierge lounge with harbor views, and Oceana Restaurant that serves fresh seafood cuisine. ... more less
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