This hotel is fairly new and quite modern compared to most of the other hotels in Boston and divided in to several buildings. It is located in the North End just a short distance from quaint cobblestone streets and fantastic Italian restaurants. Quincy Market is also a short walk away and do-able even in the bitter cold! The check-in and other services were fine although we are pretty low maintenance and pretty much just check-in and check-out.
My husband and I stayed in a standard room and since I had to work, made use of the nice desk and high-speed internet. While I have read that people would rather have a coffee machine rather than an espresso machine, you can just use the "espresso" pack and select the larger cup size for a "coffee" instead of an espresso. The room layout (especially the bathroom) is quite clever. The toilet is ensconced in opaque glass next to the shower. The doors to both have towel racks maximizing space. The closets in the hallway also open up in the bathroom which is pretty clever. Also, antiquated phone in toilet (weird!) and TV speaker in bathroom which would be nice for business travelers. The lighting in the bathroom is FANTASTIC!
A few gripes. The relative lack of privacy of the bathroom. This is a personal preference but I have noticed that many modern hotels use sliding doors for the bathroom (W in Time Square NYC and AVIA in Napa Valley) which I am not a fan of. Also, no tub in the standard room. While parking fees are standard in any major urban hotel it still irritates me. You have to build in an extra $42 per day cost to the hotel. If we were just staying in Boston we would not rent a car but we were traveling all over New England and had to valet.
The gym, located in the hotel's spa, is pretty decent by hotel standards and have treadmills (with TV), bikes, free weights, Swiss ball, Kettle Balls, and a few weight machines. The treadmills were on pads to minimize noise and vibration but resulted in wobbliness. I couldn't even run on one for fear of twisting an ankle. But it was nice looking out the window down on to the street.
- 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