The Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, also in Back Bay, is the city’s second Four Seasons and aims to meet the needs of travelers seeking a contemporary vibe combined with luxury. The elegant setting includes a muted gray palette, metallic notes, and an impressive collection of artwork by international artists. The hotel also has a wellness floor with a spa, gym, indoor swimming pool and an outpost of the lively Japanese restaurant Zuma.
Another newcomer is The Whitney, a 65-room property in Beacon Hill, north of Boston Common. Located in a brick townhouse, it offers understated luxury and an almost residential feel. The Peregrine Restaurant serves Sicilian-inspired dishes and the planted courtyard garden is the perfect place to have a before or after dinner drink any time of the year. There is a fire pit to keep guests warm on cold winter nights. The Whitney Wags program welcomes dogs with their own beds and treats.
We are also adding three renovated hotels to our list of top places to stay in Boston.
The Langham in downtown Boston reopened in late June after a multi-million dollar two-year renovation. Dating back nearly a century, the hotel is located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and features a new, jewel-toned lobby and New England-inspired guest rooms. Two-story Loft Suites with embossed brass windows are the rooms to get, but big spenders will likely opt for the President’s Suite, which has a grand piano and a dining area that seats eight. .
A benefit for all clients is the free daily heritage tours where they can learn about the history of the building.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston, in Back Bay, also had a reboot and debuted it last September. As with The Newbury, Champalimaud Design was in charge of interiors that incorporated elements of both chinoiserie and early New England design. Redesigned rooms feature contemporary plaid rugs, Chinese-inspired leathers, and wallpapers, and the 16,000-square-foot spa – with its range of Eastern and Western-inspired treatments – is remarkable.
Our final pick is the Boston Harbor Hotel where all 232 rooms have harbor or city views. The centerpiece is the 4,800-square-foot John Adams Presidential Suite with a large deck overlooking the waterfront. The property has a seafood restaurant, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, which serves excellent lobster rolls, and a new boutique, Home at Rowes Wharf, which sells trendy decorations, gifts, and textiles.
From big brands to boutiques, Boston’s invigorating line of hotels has an option for every type of traveler.