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Boston Harbor Hotel
Ranked #3 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Rumson, New Jersey
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36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Best of the best.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012 via mobile

Been to the Boston harbor a few times. This place just does it right. Great location especially if u are driving into the city. Close to airport too. Nice lounge. Friendly staff. No need to stay elsewhere

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 12 October 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful comments about the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf and the service levels and convenience you experienced during your recent stay. We are pleased to read that you have stayed with us in the past and will be returning in the future. We are truly looking forward to greeting you again and thank you for your review.
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Seattle, Washington
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369 reviews
124 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

We spent a week at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and it was one of the nicest properties we’ve stayed at anywhere in our world travels. It has a genteel atmosphere that is perfectly suited to Boston and leaves you feeling very well taken care of. It’s not cheap, but not outrageously expensive and you get what you’re paying for here. We booked a deluxe harbor view room and it was worth the upgrade.

The room was gorgeous, and huge, with a sitting area, two flat-screen TV’s, a dressing area with closet and bench, and a good sized marble bathroom. My tastes generally run to a more modern style, but this was elegant and traditional without feeling at all stuffy or tired. The bed was super comfortable. Lighting was good. Closet and drawer space was plentiful. Amenities included an iron and board, and a good hairdryer. What really distinguished the hotel was all the little extra thoughtful touches, such as a lighted makeup mirror, and not only a phone next to the toilet, but a shelf with notepad and pencil. All the usual toiletries were provided, and some unusual ones – packets of Woolite and Shout if you need to wash out a few things or take care of stains, and some antiseptic hand wipes to use on the go during the day– very much appreciated! A complimentary morning newspaper was delivered in a cloth bag hung on the doorknob. Evening turndown service was the full deal, including fresh towels in the bathroom, bottles of water by the bed and a full ice bucket, and slippers placed on mats next to each side of the bed.

There is a spa and health club downstairs, with a lap pool and large Jacuzzi hot tub, very nice for relaxing after a day of walking. A great variety of top-notch exercise equipment, including some I’ve never seen before.

Two nice restaurants onsite – we ate dinner at Meritage and thoroughly enjoyed it (a wine bar where you can put together a sampling of small plates, or order a larger portion), and had breakfast outside one morning, expensive but lovely.

Service was impeccable, in keeping with everything else about the hotel. The folks at the concierge desk were extremely gracious and helpful, and there are doormen opening doors and greeting you every time you go in or out.

The location is perfect for a tourist, centrally located and an easy walk to many of the attractions including, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, the aquarium, harbor cruises, downtown shopping, etc. It was also close enough to the North End that we had several good Italian dinners there. We arrived on Amtrak at South Station and it was a short walk up the road to the hotel. Departing, we took advantage of the unique opportunity to catch a water taxi just outside the hotel to get across the harbor to Logan, and a free shuttle bus from there to the terminal.

I’m so glad we picked this hotel, thanks to the advice of fellow TripAdvisors!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2012
Please accept our sincerest thanks for your gracious acknowledgement of our staff, hotel and cuisine! It is always our priority to show each guest how important they are to us and to ensure a seamless experience. The staff at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf is truly dedicated to providing personalized service and understands the importance of not overlooking even the smallest details. We love that you found both the expected and unexpected amenities we offer to be just what you were looking for. It is always nice to read when guests select our hotel based on previous TripAdvisor reviews and we are so glad we were able to provide you with an enjoyable stay. To be regarded so highly by a world traveler such as yourself is a tremendous compliment and we are flattered by your exceptional review. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

We stayed two nights with our three children at the end of August and we all had an absolute fantastic time. The kids loved it - the staff were so attentive and personable, our kids felt like they were staying at a truly special hotel [loved the indoor pool!]. They still talk about it - and with easy access to so many attractions [Faneuil Hall, Aquarium, Whale Watching, Children's Museum], there was no complaining that the kids were "too tired to walk"!! At night, my husband and I hired a babysitter and experienced the hotel "as adults" and dined on fantastic food with excellent service. One night we sat outside and dined at the Sea Grille [so yummy!] while watching a movie that played on a large screen on the waterfront. The hotel is in a beautifully romantic area on the water and it was perfect for walking over to the North End for pastries. We finished up both evenings at the Hotel Bar [The hotel's Rose Wharf Bar] which has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The bartender was very friendly and we enjoyed chatting with other couples who were staying at the hotel. The rooms were clean, nicely decorated and spacious - we definitely had enough room, even with three little ones. We highly recommend this hotel and are looking forward to going back this Winter. It was just so great that we were able to come with our children, but still felt like we had a weekend to relax ourselves in an ideal location.

Room Tip: The city views are excellent!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2012
Learning that your entire family was able to enjoy your stay in Boston and that we were able to provide you with much needed comfort and relaxation makes us very happy. We also love to hear that your kids are still talking about it! The hotel’s convenient location to the North End and many outstanding locations throughout the area makes for an enjoyable stay for families and business travelers alike and we are glad you were able to take advantage of the Rowes Wharf Bar and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at the hotel with your husband. We do appreciate your kind acknowledgement of our dedicated staff and we will be sure to pass along your compliments. We look forward to welcoming your family back this winter and thank you for taking the time to post such a great review regarding your stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf.
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san diego, ca
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012

My daughter and I stayed at the BHH Sept.1-6 for her college move-in. We had an amazing stay and my daughter stayed at the hotel 2 nights longer than she thought she would as she loved her bed and the gym & pool so much. Comfortable beds, nightly turn down, and a friendly staff made this our favorite hotel in Boston to date...

Even though I had booked a "discounted" room, I emailed a request for 2 beds as I has hurt my back before the trip, and my request was quickly and graciously honored.

Great location and we loved our city view... We will be back!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank osparki
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2012
We love hearing from our guests and very much appreciate your gracious remarks regarding our staff, fitness center and comfortable accommodations at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. Please extend our sincerest wishes of success to your daughter during her time at college and we do hope that your back is on the mend. To be considered your favorite Boston hotel is certainly an amazing compliment and we look forward to welcoming you back for another great stay in the future. Thank you for your review.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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249 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

Hotel and restaurant were great. Public areas and the rooms are beautiful, gorgeous flower arrangements, spotless, and well decorated. Service was impeccable. Location was right on the harbor. Our window took up one entire wall of our room and overlooked the harbor, which was breathtaking. At the airport, We took the No. 66 bus to the wharf (free) and then took a water taxi to the hotel ($10 per person). It took a little longer than a taxi, but was a lot of fun and a great way to see the harbor. The spa was disappointing to say the least. There is a gym there that they public can pay to use, so the spa is not your typical luxury resort spa. For example, there is no place private to change and the shower area is a little run down.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NWS2012
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. It is wonderful to read that you had the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely trip on the water taxi and that the outstanding harbor views added to your memorable experience. We do regret that the time you spent in the Spa did not reflect the relaxing and soothing indulgence that we strive to provide each and every guest and hope to be able to welcome you back in the very near future!
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

The Boston Harbor Hotel is without doubt a 'top notch' hotel. Not cheap but worth every penny (or should I say cent). The suites as enormous, beautifully furnished and decorated. The staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Food in the restaurants and bar were superb. The location must be the best of any hotel in Boston - great views over the Harbor and away from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to all the great restaurants and sites. We spent 3 nights here and would have loved to have stayed longer. We would not consider staying at any other hotel in Boston should we return to Boston. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tono_11
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us and share your kind remarks about your recent stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. We are glad that you appreciated our spacious rooms, location and dining options and found our staff to be friendly and welcoming. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back when your travels bring you back to Boston.
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

We stayed four nights at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The harbor view was breathtaking. The service was outstanding and most impressive was the attitude of the staff. They truly loved their hotel and this was evident from the moment we stepped in! The location was excellent for sightseeing on foot. We had breakfast in the dining room and via room service - both very positive as was supper at Meritage and drinks in the bar. I highly recommend the Boston Harbor Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GeGe2223
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, 28 September 2012
The staff at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf strives to provide each and every guest with an experience that surpasses their expectations, and we are very happy to read that your stay was no exception. We are glad you were able to experience the great Boston sightseeing from the convenient location of the hotel and We do appreciate your kind comments on your dining experiences throughout the hotel. We hope to have the opportunity to be your first choice when you visit Boston again.
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Property: Boston Harbor Hotel
Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110-3354
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Boston Harbor Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 230
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 230 room luxury five star hotel located on the waterfront at Rowes Wharf. Adjacent to the Financial District and walking distance to many different shopping areas including Fanueil Hall, Quincy Market, Downtown Crossing and the Historic North End. Close to many attractions including the New England Aquarium, Children's Museum, Trolley Tours, Whale Watches, Paul Revere House and Freedom Trail. The Spa at Rowes Wharf features a 60 foot indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The workout room includes free-weights, elliptical machines, stairmasters, treadmills, bicycles and crosstrainers. All workout attire is provided including shirts, shorts, socks, towels, bathrobes, and slippers. Beneath the unmistakable arches of the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, overlooking the majestic waterfront, three first-class restaurants combine to provide the perfect blend of delicate fare, scenery, and ambiance. The Rowes Wharf Sea Grille opened in May 2009 and features the freshest possible seafood artfully presented. ... more   less 
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