When Marriott signed the lease on the Customs House building in Boston a condition of the lease mandated a twice daily opportunity for members of the public to go to the very top of the Customs Tower, built in 1915. Marriott introduced a $4 charge (bargain) which is donated to a local children's hospital.
I was one of seven people today to be given a personal tour up the tower. Kathleen Cotter, one of the Guest Services team was delightful and we were accompanied to the the top of one of the few open air viewing platforms left in the US. The views are amazing. You are outside, unaccompanied and have, without a shadow of doubt the best view of Boston, for $4. You can stay up as long as you like and then I recommend you find your own way down to the 1st floor where there is a simple exhibition of Boston's maritime history.
Best of all, there is a pair of Peregrin Falcon's nesting at the top of the tower. They are shy old things so there is a live camera of their nest. But entertainingly the viewing platform is littered with leftovers from the frequent meals. All adding to an incredible, unforgettable experience.
Thank Marriott for a brilliant experience.
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