Overall, my wife and I enjoyed our stay. We book our king room for $180 (inclusive of all taxes and fees) on Priceline Express Deals (super value). Check-in experience was superb, as the staff showed a very positive attitude. I asked for a higher floor and got one of the highest floors. I asked for a water view (but without upgrading) and got a room with a partial water view. Throughout the hotel's construction and furnishing, it exudes a 5-star experience. Thick carpeting, tasteful decor, nice finishing details, well-appointed room. Even the closet doors were made of heavy solid wood. We especially liked the bathroom layout that opens into the bedroom. Very romantic.
Now for the minor flaws. The hotel is located in the Financial District, which means the area shuts down after work hours and on weekends. Quincy Market and North End are about 20 minutes away on foot (through quiet and sometimes dark Financial District streets). At night, it's probably safer to take a taxi or use the subway (South Station).
The 10th floor view was nice, but it took awhile for hot water to reach us in the morning--literally a couple of minutes, so turn on the hot water and go make yourself a cup of coffee.
Our room was generally quite and sound-insulated. As part of a suite arrangement, however, we were able to hear noises through the locked common door connecting our room to the neighboring one. It started with a loud clang in the evening, followed by iPhone alarm at 8:30am and loud arguments.
Watch out for the mini-bar refrigerator. We used the fridge to cool down fruits we brought with us. In jest, I also showed my wife the ridiculous $8.00 can of M&M's. At check-out, the hotel got the last laugh as an $8.00 charge showed on my account. It turns out that the mini-bar fridge is equipped with electronic sensors that detect movement of its contents. Fortunately, the friendly staff removed the charges, but I was annoyed that I needed to take extra time to check out.
In spite of these small annoyances, we thoroughly enjoyed our mini-cation stay at $180.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This breathtaking, modern Boston waterfront hotel stands on the site where a late-night tea party ignited the American Revolution. Located between the financial district and the booming Fort Point Channel, find yourself at the heart of the city and take in waterfront views from Miel, Boston's first Provence-themed brasserie. An urban retreat, relax and revive with an indoor lap pool and full-service spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Boston Hotel Boston
- Boston Intercontinental