If this weren't the Ritz in Boston, it would get a higher rating. The fact is, however, that this Ritz, no matter how nice, is a shadow of the former Ritz-Carlton mothership facing the Public Gardens (now the Taj). For my $220, I got a room that was very nice, but on a long, somewhat personality-less hallway. The room was quiet, and everything functioned--plumbing, bed, internet, electronics, etc.--just fine. Downstairs, the lobby is weird--you enter directly to the reception desks, with little space to congregate and/or meet people. Just beyond the reception desks is the bar, so there is no waiting space or meeting space, other than in a bar--very odd. The restaurant is distinctly second-rate insofar as selection is concerned--for brunch, for example, on the weekend, one could see more alternatives at a diner. There are no vegetarian or vegan options, as another observation. Another negative is the location--this place is on a nondescript side street--very un-Ritz. When I compare to other first rank Ritz's worldwide, such as in London, Paris, or the old Boston Ritz, this place technically is quite ok, but has absolutely no soul. Put it differently, I doubt you will remember your experience here as a singular or a romantic standout. It is nice, but pedestrian.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ritz-Carlton, Boston is located in the heart of Boston's vibrant midtown, just steps from the theatre and financial districts. This modern 193-room hotel features 43 suites and The Ritz-Carlton Club rooms. Located just steps from the Freedom Trail, the hotel is also convenient to the historic Opera House. The most up-to-date technology includes in-room high-speed wireless Internet access for up to six devices as well as HD plasma screen televisions, meeting space with plasma display screens, and complimentary wireless Internet connectivity in The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge and the hotel lobby. The Ritz-Carlton, Boston has been awarded the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award and has been named to Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotels List several times and is one of Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 U.S. Hotels. The hotel offers direct access from guest elevators to Equinox Sports Club, a world-class 114,000-square-foot fitness and sports complex featuring basketball courts, squash, junior Olympic pool and complete spa and salon facilities. The hotel's cocktail venue, Avery Bar, reflects a refined, elegant sensibility tempered with midcentury-inspired forms, furniture and lighting. The space is a modern, sophisticated design for hotel guests and local residents longing for a more stylish and relaxed feel. The hotel's restaurant, Artisan Bistro, offers fresh local and seasonal dishes, using native ingredients with subtle bistro influences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ritz-Carlton Boston Common Hotel Boston
- Ritz Boston
- Boston Ritz-Carlton