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“Luxury and comfort close to the emerging Boston neighborhoods” 5 of 5 stars
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Boston Harbor Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110   |  
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Ranked #2 of 77 hotels in Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Luxury and comfort close to the emerging Boston neighborhoods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
In so many words you have fully described the experience that we hope for each of our guests! Thank you for taking the time to craft such a lovely description of your stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf and of the surrounding area. It was our pleasure to provide you with accommodations that added even more enjoyment to your stay and we look forward to greeting you the next time you are able to stay with us. Thank you for your lovely review.
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and loved it. The location was perfect for walking to historic sights and fabulous restaurants. The hotel staff was welcoming from the moment we stepped out of our taxi until we checked out. Everyone made a point to call us by name and we were greeted with smiles. The room was very clean and well attended to. Dining at the Sea Grille was wonderful -- my scallops were heavenly, my husband's rack of lamb was excellent -- and the service attentive and prompt. The concierge recommended a wonderful restaurant in the North End that was also wonderful -- Carmen. We hope to return to the Boston Harbor Hotel many times.

Room Tip: The corner suite was large very roomy -- perfect for the two of us and our 16 year old daughter.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
We truly appreciate you letting us know about your recent stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. It is certainly wonderful to learn that your accommodations and our convenient location made for an enjoyable experience and that the service levels you received from our staff fully impressed you. Thank you for sharing your experience and we look forward to greeting you many more times in the future.
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

We have one more day at this hotel but I felt it was necessary to write this early. We were definitely treated like royalty here! Everyone was extremely nice and very helpful. The rooms were nice size, we had 818, 820, I wanted our teens to be out of our room! The rooms were very clean and the view was fantastic. Overall I would highly recommend this hotel although we are done with Boston. If I come back, it will be business. Miller and Ronnie were extremely helpful and courteous at the concierge desk. They set us up with some very good restaurants and I do know good restaurants. They even supplied us with a driver to take us to a restaurant in the Back Bay Area tonight and bring us back! I do not give compliments easily but I give 5 points to this hotel and their wonderful staff because they deserve it! I probably will never go back to Boston but if you are visiting, definitely go!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf is fortunate to be positioned on a vibrant and scenic waterfront locale, and can provide easy access to not only Boston, but many Massachusetts locations via the convenient water taxi. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy Boston as much as our hotel, but whatever the reasons, we welcome you to stay with us anytime you are in the area. Thank you for your kind acknowledgement of our staff and for taking the time to share your experience with us.
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

It's often the small things that distinguish a fine hotel and the Boston Harbor stands out for getting all those little things right to make a great stay. It also offers unusually spacious, elegant rooms with terrific views of the city or Boston harbor. The hotel's location is conveniently close to Quincy market, Boston City Hall, the great restaurants of the North End, the Aquarium, and the site of the Boston Tea Party. Service was efficient, but gracious from checking in to checking out. As for the small but important, distinguishing courtesies, one of the bellman, Sergio, was particularly helpful in volunteering to show a member of our party who walks with a cane to the ramp leading up to the mezzanine, so she wouldn't have to navigate even a small number of steps. Later, when we were checking out, he offered to bring our bags to the underground garage, saving us from having to load the car outside on a brisk morning. Other staffers also extended themselves, treating us as welcome guests. Finally, as a native Boston who has sampled a lot of New England clam chowder, the Sea Grille's was one of the best.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
It was truly a treat for us at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf to have been able to create such a positive experience for you. Ensuring that our guest’s comfort and satisfaction is fully met is our highest priority and we are very happy to learn that our staff impressed you with their efforts. We look forward to welcoming your return and hope your next visit will be soon. Thank you for your review.
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This hotel has incredible staff. Everyone is super friendly and happy to help you. It seems like they love their jobs. They walk you where ever you need to go and make you feel special with extra details. I stayed their with my husband for our 1 year anniversary and they went the extra mile to welcome us with a free bottle in the room and congratulate us. It is an extremely clean hotel with a lovely pool and Jacuzzi. Other hotels should take a lesson from these guys on how to make a lasting impression on their guests.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
It is such a compliment when a guest takes the time to let us know how much our staff impacted their stay. We love hearing this and will be sure to pass along your kind praise to the staff. At the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf we believe it is the small details that make the biggest difference, so we strive to provide each of our guests with exceptional service, right down to the finest points. Thank you for sharing your experience and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
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Old Lyme, Connecticut USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to Wine Festival events in 2013, and our 19th year overall. We have always enjoyed our stays at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and hope to have many more. The service throughout is exceptional, and amazingly consistent from year to year. Many of the employees are of long tenure. Meritage is our favorite restaurant in the United States, and we particularly enjoy the offering of all dishes in both appetizer and entree sizes. We also stay at the hotel at different times of the year, and always find it to be the perfect "home away from home".

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
We are truly delighted to hear that you had so many opportunities to experience not only the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, but the Boston Wine Festival also. It makes us very happy to hear the gracious compliments of our guests that have made us their home while away and we will be sure to share your kind words with our staff. We look forward to your many visits with us throughout the year and thank you for taking the time share your lovely review with us.
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Frankfurt, Germany
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119 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I stayed at Boston Harbor Hotel for a weekend during my trip to the United States. The hotel is great, with big and nice rooms. The personnal was very welcoming and willing to help you. The location is also great, you can walk almost everywhere...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TheBostonHarborHotel, General Manager at Boston Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
At the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, we always look forward to welcoming guests from outside the United States and we are thrilled to hear that your experience was enjoyable. Our staff is committed to providing thoughtful care for all of our guests, and your kind words are greatly appreciated. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back very soon to our hotel and we thank you for your review.
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Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 77 hotels in Boston
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Hotel Class:5 star — Boston Harbor Hotel 5*
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