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Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
Ranked #37 of 83 Hotels in Boston
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“Good Location for Freedom Trail and Restaurants”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We stayed at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Aug 14 - 17. I drove from Providence to Boston on Thursday where I was working. I returned my car, and had to catch the C / E bus back over to that airport, getting off at the E terminal. Then went downstairs and out side to catch bus #66 that took me to the water taxi. The bus took about 10 minutes as I just missed one, and about 5 minutes to get to the water taxi. There is was $10 one way to take the water taxi to the Fairmont. This was a great experience as I had time before my wife's flight came in later that evening, but all said and done, by the time I dropped the care took 2 buses and the water taxi it was about an hour to get to the hotel. If you have the time I recommend doing it. The water taxi dropped me off right at the Fairmont. The Fairmont had an easy check in process, had a very nice clean room, and had a restaurant right on the water, very nice. The best thing was the location, it was only 3 blocks away from Hanover street which had all the Italian restaurants and pastry and coffee shops. It is in the North end which the Freedom trail runs through. About a 5 minute walk from Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church. Also about a 10 minute walk from Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market. We took 2 of the walking tours that are free of charge led by the park rangers. All you need to do is show up at Faneuil hall at 9:30 am (for the 10 am tour), or what ever time you like, they do tours on the hour, but they do get busy and full around Noon. We went 2 separate days, and once we went on the south tour and once on the north tour. Just ask them for times of when they do the different tours, Paul Revere's house is on the North Tour. Also at the Fairmont they have an ipod free of charge that you can use to walk the Freedom trail at your own pace, just bring ear plugs.

We ate a few places, Quattro on Hanover street, that had a great fire brick oven pizza's, we were looking for easy food our first night. We also made reservations at Mama Maria's before our trip, this is right near Paul Revere's house, just off Hanover street. Great food, and had a view of Paul's house at dinner.

We visited the Quincy market, all kinds of food and things going on there you can spend some time if you like. We also went up to the original 'Cheers' bar which is a bit of a walk near the Boston Commons. It has the original bar in the basement and a replica of the set bar on the first floor.

Friday night we went a game at Fenway park a must see for baseball fans. We took a black car from the Fairmont it was $25, took a cab back it was $15. Just a note when my wife took a cab from the airport it was $30 ($7 toll fee), when we went to the airport on Sunday we took a black car and it was $25. Go figure. Lots to do around Fenway, there is sausage vendors outside of the park, amazing sweet sausage sandwiches! Went to the Boston Brew Works right outside the park around 5 pm, and it was already busy. Plan to get around the park by 5 pm if you want to enjoy a beet or two.

We also went to Legal to sit on the water on Saturday for lunch. This was close, walking distance to Harpoon brewery. We went to Harpoon around 2 pm on Saturday, and the tours were sold out, also there was a line about 10 minutes to get into the brewery. It is a very big brewery with Beer Hall type tables and a large bar. Plan to get there early if you want a tour.

Overall had a great trip in Boston and at the Fairmont, I look forward to going back.
Also just a note the cab from / to the airport was about 10 minutes on Sunday and Thursday night.

Room Tip: We were at the far end but still had a view of the water, so I think all rooms have some view of the...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jennifer Z, Manager at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hello,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us here on TripAdvisor. It sounds like you fully enjoyed our great location on the North End waterfront. We appreciate your comments and hope to welcome you back to Boston soon.

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Jennifer Zajac
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

We booked a harbour view room and were initially a little disappointed with the view as it looked primarily into the building across from it. It turned out however, that the view from the bed was much better and it was nice to look out at the activity in the harbour from bed.

Our room was located in the building across from the one that reception was in, so we weren't really in contact with any of the staff after check in and the service seemed a bit underwhelming. We were grateful to be able to check in early but very little information was provided at check in and answers to our direct questions were vague.

The hotel's location in the North End meant that the restaurants on Hanover St, as well as Quincy Market and Longwharf, were only a short walk away and it was fun (and cheaper and faster than a taxi) taking the water taxi to the airport. I would probably stay at this hotel again, based on location but would feel it was a better value if the service was improved.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jennifer Z, Manager at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hello,
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us here on TripAdvisor. While I'm pleased that you enjoyed your guest room and our waterfront location, I am disappointed to hear that felt service was lacking. I have shared your post with our General Manager as I think your comments could represent a valuable training opportunity for our colleagues. Thank you, and we hope to welcoem you back again soon.

Warm Regards,
Jennifer Zajac
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Maryland
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

Ricky the front desk agent & Suela the operation mgr for Fairmont Gold club gave me great customer service especially printing document and she has a great smile and very attentive to many guests and just because of that I will be returning back to this hotel don't forget Ricky he answered all question before I arrived into Boston. In addition getting to hotel by Water taxi for the airport was a great experience and cheap just $ 10. Lets talk about my room which was clean and comfortable. Everything was a yes, they never said no to any request that I asked of them. You all have to stay here.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Jennifer Z, Manager at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hello Tonya,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, from the warm and attentive service to our waterfront location. We appreciate your comments and hope to welcome you back to Boston soon.

Warm Regards,
Jennifer Zajac
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Miami
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Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

Perfect location and a very nice and clean hotel.
Friendly stuff, excellent waterfront restaurant not to miss.
I stayed there twice and both times was service was very good.
Location is perfect if you like walk.

  • Stayed August 2014
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

Location location location. Clean, well appointed rooms with very efficient use of space for baths. Gold service tops! The view of Bunker Hill and the Constitution from our balcony was moving. We ate right at the restaurant Aragosta which was wonderful. Thank you John!!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Devon
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

The hotel has an unbelievable location with many buildings , it's almost like a resort in the City, we had a view of the harbour . Clean modern room with Nice bathroom. Staff were freindly , however one small issue is that the clock in our room didn't work , and wasn't fixed after asking once. Otherwise great stay!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Jennifer Z, Manager at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Hello,
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our "resort in the city," from the friendly staff to your comfortable guest room. I have shared your feedback with our Director of Rooms as well, in order to check on that clock issue! Thank you, again, for your post. We hope to welcome you back to Boston soon.

Warm Regards,
Jennifer Zajac
Area Manager, Internet Marketing
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We usually stay at XV Beacon, which is very nice, however we were pleasantly surprised with this hotel and look forward to staying there again! The hotel staff was amazing, from the front desk and concierge to the support staff. Our rooms were beautifully appointed and very clean! It was our anniversary and we received a special treat of biscotti in the room, our bed turned down and soft music playing, all of which was a very nice touch. The location is great for walking around the north end especially walking to dinner at the great italian restaurants or just going over for pastries and coffee. We even walked back from Newbury street one day, it was long but manageable if you like walking through cities. If you are debating getting a room with the executive lounge, don't debate, just get it! The executive lounge was fantastic. The first morning for breakfast there was a lobster and scrambled egg bake, a spinach and feta croissant, along with a variety of fruits, meats, cheeses, smoked salmon, etc... It was definitely one of the best concierge/executive lounges I have been in. Overall it was a memorable stay!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jennifer Z, Manager at Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront, responded to this review, 14 August 2014
Hello,
Thank you for sharing your experience with us here on TripAdvisor. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed such a "memorable" and "amazing" stay! I look forward to sharing your comments with my colleagues. Thank you, again, for your feedback and we hope to welcome you back to Boston soon.

Warm Regards,
Jennifer Zajac
Area Manager, Internet Marketing
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Property: Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
Address: 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-1098 (Formerly Fairmont Battery Wharf)
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > North End
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in Boston
#12 Business Hotel in Boston
#20 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#26 Family Hotel in Boston
#28 Luxury Hotel in Boston
#30 Green Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront 4.5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The centerpiece of Boston's Battery Wharf renaissance, The Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront merges the North End's trademark charm with a contemporary appreciation for history and sense of place. Featuring 150 stylishly designed guest rooms and suites with extraordinary waterfront views, this luxurious boutique hotel on the pedestrian-friendly HarborWalk boasts two bars and restaurants, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, an award-winning Spa and Fitness Center and easy access to Boston's bustling Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and TD Garden, New England's premier sports and entertainment arena. ... more   less 
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