Boston Harbor stretches from Hingham to the south to Logan International Airport to the north. The city of Boston, on the northwestern shore of the harbor, is both a business hub and tourist destination. Hotels on the harbor are high-end properties with award-winning accommodations and luxury appointments. They’re pricey, and rooms with a view of the harbor command premium rates.
Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf
Awarded five stars by Forbes Travel Guide, the luxury Boston Harbor Hotel provides guests with every imaginable amenity from personalized mini-bars to breakfast pre-order menus. Rooms have city or harbor views from large windows, marble baths and Penhaligon toiletries. Chef Daniel Bruce oversees Meritage, the hotel’s upscale restaurant where locally sourced food, paired with fine wines, comes in large or small portions. A water taxi operates between Logan Airport and the Boston Harbor Hotel private marina.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
A contemporary nautical theme sets the tone at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel. Standard rooms and suites have city or harbor views and marble bathrooms. Club level guests have access to a private lounge serving continental breakfast, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The hotel is located across the street from a concert stage, and guests at the outdoor restaurant enjoy the entertainment while they dine. Chef Michael Schlow, featured on Bravo television’s Top Chef Masters, serves new American cuisine.
The Hyatt, winner of Boston’s 2007 Green Business Award, offers both harborside and airport view rooms. A patio with gas fireplaces and a fully stocked bar has views of downtown Boston. Because of the hotel’s location, nearby attractions are extremely limited but a shuttle runs between the hotel, the airport and the subway station. The hotel offers an aquarium package that includes accommodations, tickets to the aquarium and water taxi tickets for four. Request the family rate if you’re traveling with kids.
The AAA Four-Diamond InterContinental, the first in the New England states, is located within walking distance of the financial district and many of Boston’s North End attractions. Harbor view rooms have floor to ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings and four fixture bathrooms with soaking tubs. The hotel’s spa offers traditional massage therapy, hydrotherapy, body wraps and salon services. Miel, the hotel’s brasserie, serves Cuisine de Soleil inspired by the flavors of the coast of France and enhanced by honey from the rooftop apiary.
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