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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination. Hey Boston! We probably don’t need to tell you this, but you have a major construction boom going on. Offices, (expensive) condominiums – the number of high-rises either in progress or being planned are set to change the city’s skyline dramatically. Among all those developments are a number of hotels; here are five of them that are headed your way.
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Here’s a warm and fuzzy story to keep that holiday buzz going, and well—it’s actually something warm and fuzzy. One doorman in Boston went above and beyond, and in doing so the Fairmont Copley Plaza might just have become the go-to property in that city.
From the folks over at CBS Boston, Michael Eades has worked at the hotel as doorman for well over 20 years. Recently he has found a special place in his heart for a 12-year old boy living at the hotel with his mom, as the little guy seeks treatment for a rare disease at a nearby hospital.
This is the most literal interpretation of Sweet Suite that we've encountered.
Everyone wants chocolate to melt in their mouth, not in their beds, which is especially true if you are staying in the Chocolate Suite at Langham Boston.
Promising " a scene out of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'", the suite consists of a chocolate-themed, two-level loft suite fully stocked with chocolate and candy "as far as the eye can see." A special in-room dining dinner menu is served with chocolate-infused items such as piri-piri chili shrimp with cocoa nibs, cocoa-dusted filet mignon, and cocoa butter seared New Bedford sea scallops, followed by dessert of course.
In the morning, guests can have chocolate-infused breakfast in bed such as dark chocolate croissants and Nutella and banana and hazelnut brioche French toast. When taking a break from eating chocolate, guests can watch chocolate on the TV with movies like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Chocolat,” and “Forest Gump."
But the real highlight of the package takes place out of the suite at the hotel's Chocolate Bar Buffett.
When it comes to rock 'n roll hotels, The Verb Hotel is "not the same old song and dance" as evidenced by this vintage pre-Elvis tour bus complete with bar, kitchen, sleeping area and bathroom. Groupies not included.
Rock ‘n roll nostalgia in hotels is nothing new. Even if you weren’t around for the original experience--or if you were and you don’t remember--rock lives on in memorabilia throughout many hotels. Anyone heard of Hard Rock Hotels?
But hanging up a pair of pants a rocker wore for five minutes of a tour 40 years ago doesn’t cut it in this highly competitive world of hotel design. Here’s a rock hotel that we think hits it out of the ballpark--The Verb Hotel, about a home run (or foul ball's distance) from Boston's Fenway Park.
Rendering of the soon-to-open Godfrey Hotel Boston
The Oxford Capital Group announced last week that the Godfrey Hotel Boston will open its doors this fall in the historic Amory and Blake buildings of the city's Downtown Crossing neighborhood.
The property's exterior will maintain its pre-war brick and stone facade but the interior design will contrast the historic with oak paneling, porcelain flooring, and contemporary furniture. The hotel will have 242 rooms as well as an in-house restaurant, coffee shop, lobby bar, fitness center, and most importantly, free WiFi. No word yet on whether the employees' uniforms will be designed locally, as is the case with the Chicago property.
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Trees, gingerbread houses, insane glass bottle installations – Christmas hotel decor is all well and good, but sometimes you want to bring a taste of it home.
With eight dining establishments already in New York City alone, including the two-Michelin starred DANIEL, this is great news for Bostonians, visitors, and all self-proclaimed foodies. This also marks the third Bar Boulud after New York and London and the second partnership for Boulud with Mandarin Oriental Hotels (there is also a Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.)
The design of the new Bar Boulud was handled by Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design. From the looks of the restaurant now that it’s completed, we think it’s quite simply, spectacular.
The Rathskeller Suite at Hotel Commonwealth is chock full of memorabilia from the cellar of the grungy music club The Rat - minus the grunge
Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s historic Back Bay may seem like just one of many luxury accommodations to choose from (and it is) but it does have a rather uncommon legacy. The hotel was once the site of a legendary nightclub that rocked Boston from the mid-1970s to late 1990s before it was demolished in 2000. This was The Rathskeller, aka The Rat, and what better way to commemorate this famous musical haunt than by dedicating a hotel suite in its honor?
Growing herbs on a rooftop? Been there, done that. It was our first post-college apartment, man. It was pretty tight. But then we realized our Doritos budget was climbing higher than the cable bill, and our roommate started dating a cop, so…
Oh, never mind. Apparently the Copley Square Hotel is growing very different kinds of herb on a new rooftop garden that it rolled out this summer. Basil, thyme, tarragon, mint and rosemary are all sprouting up atop the Back Bay property, and they’re plucked fresh for starring roles in a new herb-focused cocktail menu at its restaurant, Xhale.
There, tarragon is combined with grapefruit for a summery take on a gin & tonic. Rooftop basil is muddled with blueberries in lemonade, and then spiked with rum for a refreshing “Crush.” And chef Alex Deamicis is using the garden’s thyme to create a simple syrup that is combined with honey and whiskey. All sound intoxicating.
Watch your back, 90210.
According to a just-released report from CityLab, Boston zip code 02199 — which reflects the city’s tony Back Bay neighborhood — is among the 10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in America. With median home values of $3.3 million, the Back Bay is #5 — not far behind Lisa, Kyle, and Brandi’s champagne-soaked stomping grounds ($3.5 million). And if that surprises you, it’s only because wealthy Bostonians are perfectly content to bankroll hospitals and universities instead of launching flavored vodka lines or publicizing-slash-embarrassing themselves on TV. [Sips tea.]
Point is, perhaps it’s no surprise that a new Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts in the Back Bay will make Boston one of only a few international cities with multiple properties from the brand.
“Hey, let’s head down to that sexy Sheraton Boston Hotel for a luxurious massage and decadent dinner,” said Nobody Ever, Not Once.
With all due respect to the Back Bay property, it hasn’t generally boasted a lot of appeal outside the convention set. But today the Sheraton caps a multi-million dollar renovation by rolling out a brand spanking-new spa: Green Tangerine Spa & Salon, the only Sheraton outpost of the locally-based brand, which has just three other locations in Massachusetts and two in Connecticut. The 5,500-square foot facility offers haircuts, manicures, massages and skincare treatments at prices that are quite competitive when compared to the spas on nearby Newbury Street. So it may actually lure locals, besides the inevitable conventioneers getting their talons polished before marathon handshake sessions.
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Last week it was announced that Boston is on the short list of American cities being considered for the US bid to host the 2024 Olympics. The news has some people pumped, a lot of other people preemptively horrified at the prospect.
But here’s an Olympics-related invitation we can all agree on: “Row Like a Pro” at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Fitness-related hotel packages are very on-trend lately; check out this recently announced Running Camp in Jackson Hole. And as befitting a storied, tony brand, the Four Seasons is pulling in the crème de la crème of athletes for this one.
Available only on September 7, 13, 21 and 28, 2014, the “Row” package lets guests take a private two-hour row with one of several Olympic champs, including 2012 gold medalist Esther Lofgren. You’ll hit the Charles River, passing picturesque Boston landmarks before ending at the finish line of Head of the Charles, America’s largest regatta, held every October.