First, the bad (starting off with this as there is really only one flaw with the hotel) - the suite is nothing to write home about considering its name and price tag. This is the Harbor corner suite which in reality is a largish room (with no separate living room), plain decor, and basic toiletries. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being so-unbelievably-plush-you-don't-want-to-emerge decor/bathroom/toiletries, this will probably be a 5.5. (eg, Raffles Hotel in Singapore will land somewhere between 8 and 9 on said scale).
But that aside, the view (the sunrise was a giant ball of orange fire) was breathtaking. Apart from the sunrise, our room on the 10th floor overlooks the dome-shaped restaurant abutting the waterfront, and the view was one of still sparking water, and tranquil little white boats moored in the middle of the bay(?). We could see planes landing and taking off from Logan Airport, but the Airport was too far for any of the noise to reach us. Water taxis are available to transport hotel guests to the Airport - very romantic, or just very different!
It's a fantastic location from which to explore all the must-dos in Boston City: Faneuil Hall (7/8 minutes), the Aquarium (5 minutes if you walk slowly), the North End (15 minutes again if you walk slowly). We had breakfast in the Sea Grill restaurant. It was pricey but pretty good. All American fare but without the arteries-bursting calories.
For me, that extra X factor was not its location or the food. It was the service. I think it is a pretty good sign a hotel chooses to place framed pictures of its employees in all the strategic places (hallway, corridor, outside the hotel). It (hopefully) says that it treats them well and puts a premium on service. It certainly feels that way during our stay. Other than having everyone greet you by name, everyone we have approached for help (room service, concierge, restaurant staff, front desk, housekeeping) was impeccable. Service was very prompt, and flawlessly and warmly polite. Most went above and beyond.
We were there for my husband's birthday, and they made it a very special one. Thank you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 230 room luxury five star hotel located on the waterfront at Rowes Wharf. Adjacent to the Financial District and walking distance to many different shopping areas including Fanueil Hall, Quincy Market, Downtown Crossing and the Historic North End. Close to many attractions including the New England Aquarium, Children's Museum, Trolley Tours, Whale Watches, Paul Revere House and Freedom Trail. The Spa at Rowes Wharf features a 60 foot indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi. The workout room includes free-weights, elliptical machines, stairmasters, treadmills, bicycles and crosstrainers. All workout attire is provided including shirts, shorts, socks, towels, bathrobes, and slippers. Beneath the unmistakable arches of the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, overlooking the majestic waterfront, three first-class restaurants combine to provide the perfect blend of delicate fare, scenery, and ambiance. The Rowes Wharf Sea Grille opened in May 2009 and features the freshest possible seafood artfully presented. ... more less
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