I took my husband to Boston for a surprise birthday getaway, and we truly enjoyed our stay, with a few exceptions.
Pros: The "standard" room was beautiful, new, and unique, with modern decor and and a very comfy bed. We got a kick out of the shutters above the bed that opened into the bathroom. The bathroom was exquisite with a deep soaking tub and separate shower. I bought the "breakfast" package, which was a good value. Breakfast was delicious, and the service was great. The main restaurant was never crowded, and there was an outside terrace on which we could dine. We found the concierge very friendly and helpful as well, since we had never been to Beantown before, and needed some guidance.
Cons: The front desk personnel was snooty, fake, and didn't seem to care one bit that this was a special weekend for us. We stayed at the Williard Intercontinental in DC for my birthday a few months prior, and upon check-in we found a birthday note from the management with a delicious little birthday cake. I expected the same level of service at the Boston IC, and even after making it very clear to the staff that I wanted something special like that prepared, my request was ignored.
At check-in, I inquired about a water view room, and was told that it would be an extra $40 per night for the upgrade. I accepted the upgrade, but was thoroughly disappointed with the "water view". You see, the hotel is constructed in 3 sections. The 2 outer sections are condos. They rise higher, are built out further than the middle section, which is the hotel section. Therefore, when we looked out our window, most of the view was of the side walls of the two outer towers, with a little glimpse of the channel, which was just plain ugly. Not worth $80. We stayed in the room, but if we could go back in time, we would have just downgraded back to a regular room.
The location is good, but not ideal for this hotel, as there are plenty of nice hotels closer to the "action" of the harbor, South Side, and markets. But, Boston is a walking city, and I wouldn't say that it was "inconveniently located".
All in all, if you like really nice, luxurious hotel rooms, like we do, then this is the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This breathtaking, modern Boston waterfront hotel stands on the site where a late-night tea party ignited the American Revolution. Located between the financial district and the booming Fort Point Channel, find yourself at the heart of the city and take in waterfront views from Miel, Boston's first Provence-themed brasserie. An urban retreat, relax and revive with an indoor lap pool and full-service spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Boston Hotel Boston
- Boston Intercontinental