Boston Hotels Near Fan Pier

by Denise Schoonhoven

Fan Pier in Boston's Seaport District is a prime location to watch the city's waterfront activities, especially when the tall ships sail into Boston Harbor. The Moakley U.S. Courthouse, an architectural landmark and often-used scene-setting shot for Boston-based movies and TV shows, anchors the Fan Pier neighborhood. Flanked by the Institute of Contemporary Art and Boston Children's Museum, the area is home to a public green opened in 2009 -- a pleasant stop along the Boston HarborWalk -- with panoramic views across the Harbor Islands and east Boston. Fan Pier is easily accessible from several nearby hotels by foot, water taxi or public transport on the city's Silver Line.

Seaport Boston Hotel

Adjacent to the Boston World Trade Center, the Seaport Hotel is a short stroll away from Fan Pier attractions and within walking distance of the Boston Convention Center. If your stay is for business at the U.S. Courthouse or one of Fan Pier's office buildings, the hotel's handcrafted work desks and complimentary Wi-Fi ensure you stay connected with the home office, in style. For allergen-sensitive visitors, the Seaport offers its signature Pure Room accommodations, professionally treated to remove contaminants, odors and irritants. A family of four fits the deluxe-double rooms perfectly, and if you're bringing along a pet, the Seaport has designated rooms where Fido is welcome. Sample Boston's renowned seafood and contemporary American cuisine at the hotel's family-friendly Aura Restaurant, which also offers room service when you just want to relax.

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

A sponsor of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Arts and about a 15-minute brisk walk from Fan Pier, the Renaissance is a AAA Four-Diamond hotel that combines contemporary architecture with ageless oceanic themes. Known for its spectacular city and harbor views, the 21-story hotel offers a rotation of discount deals, from holiday packages to an artist's retreat special with complimentary tickets to the ICA. Hike the HarborWalk, accessible just steps away from the hotel's front entrance, to keep up your fitness routine. When the storms blow in from the Atlantic, take advantage of this waterfront hotel's 24-hour fitness center. For pure indulgence, step into the on-site restaurant, 606 Congress, acclaimed for its aquatic-themed décor and celebrity-chef-designed menus.

Intercontinental Hotel

Treat the family to a luxurious getaway at the ultra-modern Intercontinental Hotel overlooking Fan Pier. Situated on the historic site of the Boston Tea Party, the Intercontinental is the closest hotel to the Boston Children's Museum, a stroll of just two-tenths of a mile. The same distance, with a turn to the east instead of west, brings you to Courthouse Plaza and Fan Pier where kids explore the tall ships and small ocean-going vessels that pull in to dock. Ideal for an adults-only weekend or girlfriends' getaway, Spa Intercontinental, on the hotel's second floor, offers couples massages, hot-stone treatments and personalized facials. Top off your visit at Miel Restaurant where the flavors of Provence are enhanced by honey harvested from bees in the hotel's own rooftop apiary.

Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf

Directly across from Fan Pier, where Fort Point Channel meets the waters of Boston Harbor, Rowe Wharf is a historic commercial center dating back to the city's colonial days. The luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel is built on the site where traders and warehouses once welcomed schooners and steamships. From the marble bathrooms to the personal umbrella in each room in case of inclement weather, the hotel's amenities reflect its position as a Boston landmark and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star accommodation. The hotel boasts a view from every room, games and toys for children, rooms where pets are welcome and an array of dining options designed by renown Chef Daniel Bruce. Whether you arrive at Rowe's Harbor by water taxi, shuttle service, car or your own boat, you will see why Conde Nast Traveler listed the Boston Harbor Hotel as one of the world's best places to stay.

About the Author

Denise Schoonhoven has worked in the fields of acoustics, biomedical products, electric cable heating and marketing communications. She studied at Newbold College and Middlesex Polytechnic in the UK, and Walla Walla University. A writer since 2008, Schoonhoven is a seasoned business traveler, solo tourist, gardener and home renovator.