The Fairmont Battery Wharf has great location, on the water in the North End of Boston with their own dock for water taxi access to/from Logan airport. The abiity to eschew Boston traffic and the closed in nature of the tunnel and exchange it for a 7 minute boat ride across the harbor with great views makes the convenience of this hotel a big plus. My room face north, and even though it was on the second floor gave agreat view of the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution. The other location aspect is that it is only a five minute walk from great eating if Italian food is to your liking. The downside of location is that there isn't an immediate T stop so access to public transit in the cold and rain would not be pleasant.
The room was slightly larger than a typical hotel room, a little wider and nicely furnished. Workspace was somewhat limited but seemed adequate. The bed frames were padded leather, a nice touch preventing bonking into something hard when wandering in the dark. There was a convenient LED reading light and adequate lighting for the room. Bed linens were fine but the beds were made in a short-sheeted mode, the sheet was the right length but the duvet was at least a foot too short. Nice terry robes but no slippers.
Bathroom access was via a sliding door, a great way to save space but leaving only one "hook" to hang for drying items so workout clothes had to go in the closet. The tile/frosted glass shower was good size with a choice of water streams. The toilet was in its own enclosure but the frosted glass door when open blocked access to the sink, a minor design flaw for me. There was a full size tub. The main mirror did not fog, a nice touch and very convenient, in addition there was a lighted magnifying mirror. Towels were large enough but the plushness was more in keeping with a Marriott than a Fairmont.
The closet would have been of adequate size except the safe was mounted on a pedestal and basically rendered half the closet useless.
The biggest flaw was the fitness room was in a separate building that required one to go out into the weather to reach; the 50 yard walk was bracing at 20 degrees on the way there but with no sweatshirt/pants the walk back after exercising was unpleasant. Another flaw is inadequate noise insulation, noise in the corridor moe than leaked into the room; good thing the nights I was there there wasn't a big party crowd,
Would I return? Yes, for the convenience but this is not a hotel I would rave about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The centerpiece of Boston's Battery Wharf renaissance, The Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront merges the North End's trademark charm with a contemporary appreciation for history and sense of place. Featuring 150 stylishly designed guest rooms and suites with extraordinary waterfront views, this luxurious boutique hotel on the pedestrian-friendly HarborWalk boasts two bars and restaurants, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, an award-winning Spa and Fitness Center and easy access to Boston's bustling Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and TD Garden, New England's premier sports and entertainment arena. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel Boston
- Fairmont Hotel Battery Wharf
- Fairmont Hotel Boston