A recent weekend stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel proved to be even more enjoyable than we anticipated. Upon arriving we got the pleasant surprise of being upgraded to a larger suite on the 16th floor with incredible Harbor views. The two room suite was large, spacious and clean (though the televisions were a bit dated). The bedding was comfortable, the bathroom large and clean. The views were nothing short of spectacular, allowing us to see far across the harbor in every direction.
The staff was helpful without being overbearing, pointing us in the right direction as we ventured out on foot (full disclosure: we live in Mass and know Boston well, but it's helpful to confirm the best way to get somewhere I find).
If you have been to Boston before but always found yourself in the usual spots (Back Bay, Kenmore, Newburyport Street, Beacon Hill), the Harbor is well situated to explore some new areas. It is a short walk to the emerging Seaport area, which, with its open walkways along the water and great new restaurants feels more like San Francisco than Boston. It is also a short walk in the other direction to the North End and the Quincy Market area, both of which are much more accessible and pleasant than in the past since I93 has been moved underground. If you haven't explored this part of Boston in a while, you'll be surprised at the change.
The hotel includes, at the moment, a great exhibit of old maps of New England, well worth a few minutes if you are even a bit interested in the regions history. The Meritage Restaurant features an adventurous menu paired with carefully slelected wines, the chef is one of the founders of the Boston Wine Festival. The dark paneled bar inside the lobby is not to be missed, either, it's a great little hideaway for a romantic drink.
The hotel's huge spa and gym area also features a four lane lap pool, a large jet tub (that was cranked up a little too hot), and a large gym much better equipped than what you typically find. They also offer spa services, but we didn't take advantage of any of that (not our thing).
The Harbor is certainly not the cheapest hotel in town but it's also not quite as expensive as you might guess. If you are looking for a romantic weekend for two, it should definitely be on your list.
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