MA Travel Guide
When it comes to an authentic New England experience there’s many items to add to your travel to-do list. There are the rocky beaches, the seafood, and of course the preppy clothing.
Cape Cod can help you get your fill of seaside New England, and now one resort is helping you out in the clothing department as well. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club has introduced quite the in-room amenity: Sperry topsiders in select guest rooms.
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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.
Here's a niche offer: If you’re from Nantucket, and are staying home over the holidays, the island’s newest hotel – The Nantucket Hotel & Resort – has a rather nice Christmas present for you. They’re offering fellow Nantuckians a complimentary one-night stay on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
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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?
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How do you like to reach your hotel? By car? Public transport? Chartered helicopter? Or by chariot?
Yup, when we stayed at the Cape Colony Inn in Provincetown MA, we found chariots mentioned in their detailed transportation guide.
Of course, they’re not real chariots – they’re pedicabs. But any hotel with a sense of humor is a hotel for us.
In fact, although the Cape Colony Inn is more of a motel than a posh hotel, we couldn’t fault it. Large, spotless rooms, tasteful – nay, even boutiquey – decor, Keurig coffee machines, and comfortable Simmons beds. They have a pool… and shuffleboard... and, more importantly, great customer service (they actually upgraded us to a two-bedroom suite because we had a terrible cold and feared passing it on to our travel companion).
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.
Other hotels call themselves pet-friendly or talk about VIPooches. On Nantucket, it seems, they speak a little more baldly. Enter the Woof Cottages at The Cottages and Lofts at the Boat Basin: 12 dog (and cat)-friendly cottages on the waterfront, presided over by two resident innkeepers: Killington and Ellie.
Killington, pictured above, loves leaping on a golf cart to greet guests even more than he loves napping. Ellie (the Westie here), meanwhile, concerns herself with the doggie welcome amenities: tennis balls, raw hide bones and on-the-go water bottles being her top picks.