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Tucked in Boston's Financial District is an if-you-know-you-know gem of hospitality: The Boston Harbor Hotel. Equal parts expansive, functional, and cozy, the property offers just about everything a business—or leisure—traveler could want while passing through town. The star of the accommodations on the property? That would be the Presidential Suite. We sat down with the General Manager of the Boston Harbor Hotel, Stephen Johnston, to get a feel for the larger-than-life, yet oh-so comfortable (and dare we say it home-y) presidential suite, and hear more about the best in class offerings just off of the Boston Harbor.
What do you consider to be the best room at the property and why?
Our best room is undoubtedly the John Adams Presidential Suite. Our hotel checked the boxes for luxury in so many ways. But our previous luxury suite was a little underwhelming, and we put extraordinary thought into developing a suite experience that would be unparalleled in the city of Boston. Everything was carefully considered, and the resulting suite is truly beautiful in every way. It has every modern luxury that one would expect, all presented in a series of rooms that is almost residential and feels very much like home.
How much does it cost per night?
$15,000 per night. This is for the 2-bedroom suite, and includes the living areas, heated balcony, fully equipped kitchen, media room, luxury bathrooms, dressing room and private elevator. The suite also has a private butler dedicated to the suite guests, and unlimited use of the hotel’s town car. The suite is equipped with a fully stocked bar. Breakfast is also included for up to 4 guests.
How would describes the guests that stay at the hotel and the general atmosphere and vibe?
The hotel has been a focal point for business and leisure travelers to Boston for 35 years. With a prime location in the financial district, the hotel is a natural destination for people attending meetings, and conducting business with the banks and law firms that are prevalent in the area. However, being directly on the Waterfront, and boasting a unique architectural design, the hotel is also a destination for leisure visitors and guests attending social events. A wedding at the Boston Harbor Hotel is a very special event, and the hotel is considered to be the best venue in the city for special occasions like this. Similarly, for leisure visitors the hotel is centrally located, with easy walking access to all of the city’s amenities as well as having it’s own marina for easy access to the harbor and islands.
What is one thing about the hotel that you think first time visitors to Boston will find surprising?
Despite the architectural brilliance of the hotel’s design, and its amazing location on the water, new visitors to the hotel comment more frequently about the professionalism of our team, and the quality of the welcome that they receive when they arrive. Many of the hotel’s associates have been working at the hotel for decades, and there is a sense of pride and passion in what they do that is both refreshing and noteworthy.
What do you think gives the Boston Harbor Hotel such a unique identity?
Location, amazing views, and exceptional service.
What is a local attraction that you always recommend to guests?
There are many local attractions that we recommend to our guests visiting Boston. As Boston is full of history, The Freedom Trail is very popular. It is a 2.5-mile trail that connects 16 nationally significant historic sites which highlight the revolutionary history and include such sites as Paul Revere's House, Old North Church, The USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument. That can be done as a self-guided tour, or the hotel can arrange for a narrated tour with a local historian.
Another great place to visit is The Boston Public Gardens, which is the first public botanical garden in America and right across the street from Boston Common which is America's oldest public park and was set aside in 1634 as a military "training" ground and common pastureland. Boston is also very well known for its arts scene, and is rich with culture. A very popular thing to do is to go to The Museum of Fine Arts, which houses the second largest art collection in the United States and includes works by Dali, Renoir, Picasso and Monet. Also of great interest is The Isabella Stewart Museum which includes European, Asian and American Art and includes paintings, sculptures and tapestries. The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum is worth a visit as it houses a permanent collection of the life and legacy of President Kennedy and his powerful family.
Boston is also known for its great shopping, which can be found on Newbury Street, also known as "The Rodeo Drive" of Boston or Charles Street in Beacon Hill which has a number of boutiques, antique stores and independent shops. The city also has many wonderful restaurants. A trip to Boston would not be complete without an evening in the North End at one of their many delicious restaurants featuring authentic Italian cuisine. And to top off the evening after eating at one of those, one must stop off at either Modern Pastry or Mike's Pastry to get a cannoli or some other delectable treat!
What sets the BHH apart from its peers in the area?
Exceptional service. Our associates provide a warm, engaging service and focus greatly on anticipating the needs of our guests.
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