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5 Steps Around The Lobby At Boston Omni Parker House

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August 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Our high school Latin came in handy the other day when we popped inside the Boston Omni Parker House. And though we didn't realize it at the time, the three-word inscription on the coat of arms above the main entrance actually sums up the whole hotel pretty well.

Fideli merces certa translates as 'For the faithful, there will be certain reward.' And you can't get much more faithful than the Omni Parker House, which a nearby concierge informed us is the longest continually-operating hotel in the whole country. Their reward? Still staying in business!

Click through for our photos from the historic lobby!

Lots of other fun facts abound about the hotel, like the fact that the third floor, where Charles Dickens once stayed, is supposedly haunted. Apparently, the elevator constantly gets called to the floor without anyone being there (though that may say more about the ancient pulley system than any potential ghost activity).

The lobby itself is a pretty ornate affair: chandeliers, wooden pillars, vintage copper elevator doors, and incredibly detailed wood molding on the ceilings. We probably got in the way of a few people as we simply stood in the middle of the bustling lobby just staring up at the the ceiling.

Adjacent to the lobby is the elegant Parker's Restaurant, which has quite a few historic claims to fame under its belt: in 1855, it hired America's "first celebrity French chef, Chef Sanzian"; Emeril Lagasse, Lydia Shire and Jasper White all started out here; Malcolm X was a busboy here in the 1940s; and the infamous Boston Cream Pie supposedly originated here.

After walking through Parker's Restaurant, we came upon Parker's Bar, which is closed during the day (Mon-Fri 5pm–12am; Sat and Sun 12pm–12am), but was kind of fun to walk through with no one else around. Its dark, empty dining area and deserted tables and chairs all added to the spooky, haunted feel of the 157-year-old hotel.

Needless to say, after we'd finished taking pictures, we were glad to get out of there and back into the world of the living!

[Photos: HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:

Beautiful Property

I use to work there before I transferred to Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida.  Omni Parker House is definitely worth a trip.  All the history, the beauty of the property and it's prime location are ideal.  Hopefully I'll get back to see some old friends!