OVERALL - The Four Seasons Boston is an elegant hotel that matches excellent service with a premium location. The proximity to the theater district, shopping, and tourist destinations is fantastic.
ARRIVAL - We grabbed a cab from the airport. We were greeted by a bellman, who took our luggage - we then walked into the lobby and to the registration desk. As there was someone already in front of the desk clerk, we had to wait for about 10 seconds before another clerk came out. They apologized profusely (and unnecessarily) for the wait and got us checked in quickly. Another attendant was kind enough to walk us to the elevators. A minute or two after we reached the room, the bellman arrived with our luggage and set it up in the room. All in all, it was an extremely smooth process, as you might expect from a hotel that probably has a large volume of business travelers.
ROOMS - Our Garden View Executive Suite indeed fronted the Boston Public Gardens, providing one of the nicest views in Boston. The living room had the window, which kept it bright and cheery, and was appointed with a couch and an easy chair facing the television, along with a desk. The bedroom had no windows, which was nice for sleeping, and had its own television. The bathroom was connected to the living room (and not the bathroom), which worked pretty well when one of us was sleeping and the other was not. It was fairly good sized, with a big shower (but no tub). Furniture was neither particularly modern nor old-fashioned. Bottled water is complimentary, and replenished frequently.
SERVICE - Housekeeping was extremely efficient - there is daily service, along with an evening turndown. We tried to utilize the concierge to help in obtaining tickets to a show. While they were extremely responsive, we ultimately found a better deal for tickets on our own. Room service was honest about the fact that there would be a long wait (about 45 minutes) when we called them for food, and delivered on time.
POOL - The Four Seasons has an indoor lap pool on the 8th floor with windows providing a beautiful view of the Boston Public Gardens (and Boston Commons). There are a few chairs by the pool, but it's much more of an atmosphere for getting some exercise, rather than lounging.
FOOD - We had breakfast at the Bristol Lounge on three different mornings. Service was extremely well-trained - my wife has a number of dietary constraints, including a gluten allergy, and the calm and friendly tone and demeanor they utilized in responding to her questions and requests made it feel as if it were truly no trouble to them at all. The food itself wasn't particularly noteworthy, but breakfast isn't usually all that sexy anyway.
SPA - Sadly, we didn't have time to try out their spa! A sauna and steam room are available at no charge.
FITNESS ROOM - Use of the fitness room is complimentary. The fitness room had a solid selection of cardio equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, and both recumbent and upright stationary bikes. They also have the nifty Xdreams stationary bikes, which simulate outdoor riding through a video game-like experience - you lean to turn, there are handbrakes, and 27 gears you can switch through. It's not going to fool you into believing that you're out on a trail, but it's more interesting than just staring straight ahead at a small TV. The weight equipment was pretty limited - a few weight machines, a single pulley machine, and some dumbbells.
WI-FI - Low bandwidth Wi-Fi is free at the Four Seasons (you can upgrade to higher speed for a fee). There is no limit to the number of devices you can use (we had 2 iPhones and 2 iPads going).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Boston's Back Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Boston houses 273 guest rooms including 77 luxury suites, many with postcard views of Boston's Public Garden, Beacon Hill and the gilded dome of the State House. Enjoy convenient access to Newbury Street - the Rodeo Drive of the East - as well as Charles Street's charm and the vibrant Theater District. Ideal for business and leisure travelers alike, the Hotel features exceptional complimentary amenities including: pool and 24-hour Fitness Center, Business Center, Wi-Fi, House Car and coffee & muffins in the lobby each morning. Children enjoy the Kids Passport Program, Cookie Making Classes, the chance to "Raid the Fridge" for a midnight snack, and so much more. Couples delight in Bristol Restaurant and Bar, Boston's favorite destination for dining and drinks, featuring New England seafood, steaks, the famous Bristol Burger, hand-rolled pastas, signature martinis, and special, seasonal events. Four Seasons Hotel Boston is known for its longstanding tradition of warm, welcoming, wonderful service that makes it a true home away from home for travelers. There's so much to enjoy within Four Seasons Hotel Boston's walls - and just outside our front door. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Boston
- Four Seasons Boston
- Boston Four Seasons