Most unique Marriott that I have been to. Originally the building was the Custom House in Boston. In 1915, the U.S. government expanded the facility by adding a tower on top. For years, it was the tallest building in Boston. At one point the counting room took in 20% of the U.S. Governments total revenue.
Now the "counting room" is used for the evening lounge by the bar in the evenings. They use it for other events during the day.
Since the facility is also a time share, they have activities scheduled throughout the day.
We attended a tea sampling presentation on the weekend. Matthew presented three different teas for us along with an amazingly detailed history of tea and many methods of making better tea. May sound boring but it really wasn't. It was a little funny how much he seemed to love tea and presenting to us.
Due to the historical nature of the building there are only five rooms on most floors. The top floors hold the workout room (25), game room, ice machine and laundry (24, hated that I had to go up 9 floors to get ice in the evenings), activity room for kids and small theater (20) and observation deck (26). The observation deck allows views from all four sides. The east side faces the ocean and harbor. In the game room you have a large air hockey table and pool table. There is also a Wii console, chess table and the workings of the massive clock that has faces on all four sides of the tower, in the game room.
On the bottom floor, you have the lobby and a direct view up to the central rotunda, which is very high (my guess is four floors) and beautiful.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but does have an extreme number within a short walk outside. Black Rose Irish pub is closest, but with Quincy Market just behind that building your choices are varied and too many to get to enjoy. One evening we walked to the North End (Italian district) for dinner. If you have time, spend some time there. And there are a multitude of restaurants there as well.
Most rooms are one bedroom suites, with high ceilings. Views from higher floors are wonderful. Living rooms are good sized and include dining room table for four and small kitchen area, which only has a microwave and small refrigerator. Bar sink. Dishes and glasses are included, along with full-sized coffee pot, blender and toaster.
Bathroom has shower/bath combo. Room is spacious.
Staff was extremely helpful and seemed excited to help with anything.
There is a small convenience store next door.
Parking is expensive. There is no room service.
Hotel is best for those wanting to explore Boston without a car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marriott's Custom House is located in the heart of historic downtown Boston. Our Vacation Club Resort offers 84 beautiful villas, all with king sized beds with sofa beds. The resort offers modern day amenities, such as Free Wi-Fi internet access, cocktail lounge with live entertainment on select nights, Boston's only Kid's Zone, and much more in one of Boston's most historic and recognizable buildings. Book your stay today! **Please Note: Marriott's Custom House is a Timeshare Facility** ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Marriotts Custom Hotel
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