For an off-the-beaten path of Boston, but close enough to enjoy the city and surrounding sites, the Peabody Boston Marriott is in a perfect location. Not far from the House of Seven Gables, or the witches of Salem, or the beautiful seaside of northeastern Massachusetts, the hotel offers a nice spot to rest between touring.
I was given a room on the first floor to accommodate problems I've been having with walking. The room itself was quite large (as was the bath), with a ground level view of the indoor pool. Had the weather been nicer, I'd have had a lovely outdoor spot to sit, but it was raining.
The best thing — by far — was the bed. I don't know the brand, but (for me) it was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept on, rivaling the beds used by Holland America in its cabins and suite: like sleeping on a cloud.
The layout is a little odd though. The bed and flat panel TV are parallel to one another. Fortunately, you can angle the TV (which is bolted to the dresser) so it's facing you while you lay in bed. It's hard to figure why the bed wasn't placed against the wall facing the dresser... that would have added some feng shui, but I admit I'm an interior decor snob.
The room had a good size desk and an upholstered swivel/rock desk chair, but you need a cable to hook up to their free internet connection. If you want wi-fi, it's extra.
There's also an upholstered "living room" chair, a small refrigerator, a one-cup coffee maker, a hair dryer (bolted to the wall) and, if you land in room 134, an air-conditioner/heater that might drive you crazy: it's attached to the exterior wall, and has nothing to do with the thermometer that's on the inner wall near the bed. There's only one speed (high), and getting the setting so it's not too hot and not too cold takes a lot of getting up and down to adjust the dials.
The on-site restaurant is convenient, and comfortably appointed. I ordered the grilled salmon and it was fishier (older) than I'd have liked.
Room service was on the slow side, but I noted there was a wedding at the hotel, so it might be the staff were simply overwhelmed.
Staff were friendly, the public spaces are kept quite nice and clear, there's a snack bar next to the check in desk with bags of chips and such, a gym, business center, and pretty much everything else you'd want from a 3-4 star hotel.
Were I to need to be in the area again, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here, but I'd probably wander out to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on Boston's North Shore, the Boston Marriott Peabody is a short drive from Salem, Massachusetts, Gloucester and Rockport. Positioned within the Centennial Park business corridor, this Peabody, MA hotel is only 20 minutes from Logan International Airport and downtown Boston, MA. Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, our hotel's staff is dedicated to making your stay unforgettable. At our hotel near Salem, MA, guests will enjoy our spacious accommodations and deluxe room amenities, including FREE high-speed internet, 32" HDTV's and plush bedding. Enjoy a delicious meal at Sophia's, our on-site Peabody restaurant, or relax and stay fit at the indoor swimming pool and fitness center. With 10,735 sq ft of versatile event space, the Boston Marriott Peabody creates a distinguished setting for lucrative business engagements, cherished social gatherings, and elegant wedding receptions in Peabody, MA. We have everything you need for a productive and enjoyable stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boston Marriott Peabody Hotel Peabody
- Marriott Peabody
- Peabody Marriott