This was our first trip to Boston and we stayed for 4 nights, we chose the hotel because of the good reviews, we arrived from the airport by water taxi which was inexpensive and a good start. On arriving at the hotel we were greeted by the doormen who were always cheerful and welcoming. Check in was swift, but we weren't given any information about where anything was or facilities available, we booked a harbour view room and were on the 8th floor, which sounds fine but was the first stop of the lift and we overlooked a roof, albeit with a water view. In hindsight I would not have paid the several hundred pounds extra for the harbour view as we didn't spend much time in the room, OR, I would ask for a much higher floor.
The room itself was lovely, the bed comfortable and bathroom and accessories etc were fine, however, apart from Sunday we were woken early by the incessant and constant pile driver noise from work being undertaken somewhere nearby, you couldn't get back to sleep it was constant and extremely irritating. The other REAL disappointment was that there were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room although you could order room service, I think something like $12 or $14 for coffee (plus tip), and while I appreciate that this is a high quality hotel, I like to be able to make a cup of tea/coffee when I want it, not to have to phone/wait/greet/tip etc, especially when you're in a bad mood because of the pile driver.
The Hotel is lovely inside but we didn't use any of the facilities, and if you want breakfast in the hotel I would book it in advance as part of a package as it seemed quite expensive, we actually enjoyed eating out every day.
We took a tour initially which was a good orientation and in terms of the hotel location, it's fine for the waterside and North end but if we come back to Boston which is an extremely friendly city with lovely areas and really helpful locals, we would probably stay nearer the common or Copley area, and the underground system is easy to negotiate.
Checkout again was fine but no-one asked us whether we enjoyed our stay or invited any comments.
Would I recommend the Hotel? --I think in spring or summer I would, I'm not so sure in the winter, and I would definitely find out if there was any major construction work nearby as one of the tour guides said that there were some major plans in the Seaport area for more hotels/conference/exhibition centres etc which is quite close to the Hotel.
- 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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