Overall, I am a great fan of the W Boston.
Centrally located (pretty much, at least) - it is in the theater district, but just a block away from Boston Common and the T. And, it's not like Boston is huge, so anywhere you'd like to go is completely walkable.
Hip (so ,much so, in fact, that when we checked in after arriving at ten at night to the lounge music blaring and pulsing that we felt old, as we couldn't hear the front desk person over the driving beat), contemporary, and sleek, the building looks like a striking wall of glass when you are viewing it from outside.
The service is wonderful - front desk staff were attentive, as were the valets (I only had to open the door a few times myself, these guys are quick and actively looking out for their patrons!), and the housekeeping staff was just lovely as well.
Our room: on the 15th floor, in a corner with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sweeping views. Granted, there's a huge block of buildings between the W and the Common, but you can see just a bit of green from the 15th floor. A huge bronze metallic chaise in the corner looked inviting, and really was indeed after a long day of sightseeing. Curling up on the chaise with the sun streaming in the windows, how could you not make like a cat and nap in the sunbeam? The bed was beyond comfy and we slept well each night we were here.
I liked the room arrangement overall, and having the work area with desk and office chair behind the chain mail screen over the pony wall to the bed was nice. The bathroom area was spacious, but there were two issues:
1. There was no wall between the bedroom/living area and the bathroom. There was a screen, but it was transparent, especially when the lights were on in the bathroom and off in the bedroom or vice versa. You'd better know your partner in the biblical sense if you're staying in the same room together; otherwise, it's going to get pretty darn uncomfortable quickly.
2. The bathroom lighting. With no wall between the bedroom and the bathroom, it makes it impossible to answer the call of nature in the middle of the night without either waking your partner by turning on the lights (there isn't a separate light/switch just for the commode room) OR trying to navigate from the bedroom to the bathroom without stubbing at least one toe AND THEN finding the commode room and trying to relieve yourself in total darkness.
Plus, one thing to think about - there are several floors above the hotel dedicated to residences. Whoever lived above our room loved to party/do aerobics/exercise her elephant late at night - the stomping going on above our heads was loud enough as to interrupt sleep.
But again, overall, really enjoyed the W Boston and we'd definitely stay here again the next time we're in Boston.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sophisticated and modern all glass hotel located within the heart of Boston's Theater District, W Boston offers guests close proximity to the city's most famous theaters, the Boston Common, Boston's Public Garden and numerous award-winning restaurants. With the city's only bliss spa, a see-and-be-seen fireplace lounge, 24-hour gym, and destination nightclub, W Boston exudes a 24/7 lifestyle. Guests have access to W's signature Whatever/Whenever(R) service promise providing them with whatever they want - from Green Monster seats at Fenway Park to a personal shopper for navigation around Boston's luxe Newbury Street - whenever they want it, as long as it's legal! ... more less
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