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InterContinental Boston, You're Our Home

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  Site Where: 510 Atlantic Avenue [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02210
August 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

The InterContinental Boston is a newer addition to the Boston waterfront, nestled between the Financial District and booming Seaport District. Looking for a room with a view during a recent trip to Fenway Park, we checked into the new kid on the block.

Check-in: Steps from the street, the lobby and check-in desk were roomy and welcoming. Not so welcoming? Our introduction to the Intercontinental Ambassadors program when we asked for a late checkout to wait for our 8pm flight home. Nada happening but we were warmly offered a 2pm checkout for $50 or 4pm for half of the daily rate. Now we know at least.

Room Reaction: We managed to reserve a harbor view room which we ran to scope out immediately. Hello, Boston. Our next stop was a run to the bathroom. No no, to check out the view from the tub into the room over the bed. Call us too plugged in, but the option of watching TV from a bath gets our water bubbling everytime. Add the waterfront backdrop and we were tempted to pony up for that Ambassadors thing. The desk was setup with a business phone in case we had to do work but we have a feeling the boat watching would've gotten in the way.

What We Liked: We thought we'd already found our favorite Boston hotel bed but the Intercontinental demands a recount. Those sheets are perfect for both a luxury rest or crashing after soaking up Fenway franks, street sausages, and Sam Adams. The hotel's lobby is comfortable for idling the day away with games or just idling next to an antique Louis Vuitton trunk.

Two restaurants offer waterfont dining but the rum themed RumBa cocktail bar was our go to spot of choice. The hotel's location is ten minutes from Logan airport and perfect for visiting nearby Boston sites like the waterfront, Faneuil Hall, the expanding foodie Seaport District, and more. A cab to Fenway ended up costing $15-20 though.

What We Didn't Like The vertical safe wasn't conducive to storing a laptop without fear of it falling out. We'd mention the Ambassador's program again but passing time in the lobby waiting to hit the airport was cheaper and less whiny.

Rooms start at $249 at Intercontinental Boston. We'll be returning the next time we have business in Boston and may look for other Int'l hotels just for a reason to consider becoming an Ambassador.

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