I LOVED THIS HOTEL!!!!
First off, this review may be slanted as I'm typically a Best Western value type chick who doesn't enjoy spending $5 for a Vitamin water in the mini bar, though I love having access to one knowing it's there if I need it. Anyway, the reason I selected this upscale boutique hotel is ... my husband was off to Boston with one purpose - Extreme Beer Fest. He was to be involved with his buddies and festival the ENTIRE weekend leaving me to explore alone, etc. I selected this hotel as it was closest to the Cyclarama (sp?) and right outside a t-stop and seemed very safe, upscale without being a stuffy Marriott, youthful and COMFY .
Safe/Secure & Helpful!
The staff will bend over backwards for you. I locked myself out of the room and waited an entire 60 seconds for someone to help me get back in - they even checked my ID to make sure I wasn't breaking into a room - though I was in my socks and PJs.
The concierge is busy, but makes time for you and acknowledges you even when they’re on a call or with another customer making you feel important. With a few moments notice, they gave my husband a ride to his walk-able destination (it was bitter cold that weekend!) in their new Smart cars – super cute cars by the way! I believe they will drive one person within 1 mile of the hotel. Smart cars only have room for one person along with the driver, so couples, this won’t help you, in my case it worked out fine.
Every night when my husband returned late in the evening, they checked his ID and room key to make sure he was really staying at the hotel. This was very comforting to me as a woman spending most of my time alone at the hotel. Also, ladies, the doors have THREE locks on them.
Though slightly overpriced with a $4 service charge and automatic 18% gratuity added, the food was great (I ordered a chicken salad on roll with fries – mmm!)
The food arrived quickly and prepared perfectly and correctly.
Perks & Package Deals
Please make sure you sign up for the iPrefer card which allows you use of the Internet for free and late/early check ins/outs. The person who took my reservation was shockingly helpful having the consumer’s best interest in mind – he suggested it, knowing times are tough I’m sure. They have great packages, the one we took advantage of was based on the temperature outside. We paid $30 for Friday night’s stay and $295 for Saturday. Our package also included free hot cocoa and parking and a 2-hour tour of Boston via a TROLLEY ride! I loved it! My biggest regret was not doing the haunted/ghost tour the evening before! I loved the room, decorated so much in my style, my husband kept teasing me. Very hip, modern – though make sure everything works – three of our four reading lights were burnt out but I didn’t bother to report it. The upscale bathroom toiletries are amazing and if you’re there more than one night, they will restock them!
Perfectly situated by the Prudential Center, Barnes & Noble, PF Chang’s, Daily Grill, Cheesecake Factory, an oversized Shaw’s supermarket (get your bottled water, snacks there, $1 DVDs for the kids and save $ on the overpriced mini bar and in-room movies). Also a few blocks from Newbury Street – great shopping and galleries!
The French restaurant was great for breakfast, they give you a 15% off coupon – you may want to try walking a few feet to Thornton’s, we were feeling lazy and anxious to head home so we hit the brasserie for breakfast on Sunday morning on our way out.
Car is safe, only people for the hotel park there. We even saw an attendant keeping an eye on things – very reassuring! Parking was paid for by the hotel, thanks to our package!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Colonnade Hotel has provided thoughtful hospitality to Boston visitors and residents for more than 40 years. A dynamic Back Bay landmark whose opening launched the neighborhood's renaissance in the early seventies, The Colonnade is home to the city's only outdoor Roof Top Pool and the award-winning Parisian-style restaurant, Brasserie JO. The property boasts 285 sophisticated guest rooms, including nine luxury suites. Ideally located, The Colonnade is in close proximity to Newbury Street, The Shops at Prudential Center, Hynes Convention Center, Northeastern and many of Boston's finest museums, galleries, and iconic sites including Symphony Hall and Fenway Park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Colonnade Hotel Boston