Boston :: Back Bay Hotel
Location, location, location. This is one of the key qualities I look for in a hotel when I’m visiting a new city. I find the more remote you are, the less inclined you are to go sight-seeing. If your plan is to just lounge by the pool sipping a cocktail then remote is ideal. With this being our first visit to Boston we wanted to see and do as much as we could. The Back Bay Hotel is centrally located in none other than the Back Bay area of the city. Walking distance to Boston Common, main sights, activities, great shopping and a plethora of restaurants and bars this quintessential Boston hotel is a great choice when visiting “The Town.” Any Ben Affleck fans out there?
Having been to New York multiple times I expected small hotel rooms. I was happily surprised to find our room was a decent size so you didn’t feel like you were in a shoebox. Being on a higher floor helped with the street noise since I am the world’s lightest sleeper who never leaves home without her earplugs. The hotel is in a quieter location and on a less busy street, which is a plus.
The room decor in the 225 guest rooms, luxury suites and presidential suite is contemporary meets classic. They are comfortable and a nice place to relax after a busy day touring around Boston or business meetings. If you’re staying at the hotel for business the property has five meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center in addition to complimentary wireless service. They were in the middle of transitioning to a new wireless provider during our stay, which made for intermittent wi-fi use however it was due to be completed the day of our departure, just our luck right?
The Stanhope Grill in the Back Bay Hotel is a nice spot for breakfast or dinner if you don’t feel like going out. Cuffs Irish Bar for a cheeky cocktail and the One Fifty Four lobby coffee bar are good for a beverage break. Both the Stanhope Grill and Cuffs offer terrace seating during warmer months. If you’ve eaten more than your fair share of Boston clam chowder and cream pies during your visit the property does have a gym on site open 24 hours.
Above all what really made our stay wonderful was the warm, friendly staff. During our time at the hotel, Heather and Nikki, at the concierge desk were beyond helpful. They never led us astray with restaurant or sight-seeing recommendations, They went out of their way to assist us with anything we needed and had a way of making you feel very welcome not only at the hotel, but to Boston itself. Since the staff knew we were on our extended honeymoon they sent up not one, but TWO bottles of bubbly during our stay with chocolate covered strawberries!
If you haven’t been to Boston I highly recommend a trip. There is so much history, so many sights to see, not to mention some outstanding restaurants and great shopping. Without the big city vibe of New York, Boston has a much more neighborly feel to it. The perfect location of the Back Bay Hotel and incredibly warm, helpful staff will make your visit even more memorable.
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Back Bay Hotel :: 350 Stuart Street, Boston :: 617.266.7200 :: www.doylecollection.com
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