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Marriott must be feeling old. In an effort to reach those "younger travelers connected to their digital worlds," the hotel chain has launched a new partnership with Wired magazine.
As part of the initiative, the two brands will be curating various events at Marriott hotels around the country—titled the Wired + Marriott "Culturazzi" Series—including comedy nights, meet-ups, and other "provocative and stimulating" experiences basically designed to get people tweeting and Facebooking about Marriott.
The kick-off event, "Marriott Meetup: Five Startups To Watch," will take place in the lobby of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf tomorrow evening, allowing guests to drink wine, indulge in all the tech-speak they want, and simultaneously admire the results of the hotel's recent $30 million renovation, which it unveiled at the beginning of the year.
Not only is the hotel in Boston, home to the Celtics and many, many, many other Irish folks, the hotel is holding a special Shamrocks for Stays promotion this weekend which will give seven lucky guests a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Er, we mean, a free stay!
The lucky guests checking in either tomorrow (March 16) or on Saturday (March 17) who find a special shamrock surprise will receive a complimentary overnight return stay and an actual pot of gold. Ok, actually it's just chocolate.
But even if you don't win a return stay, you'll still be in the heart of the action this weekend on State Street and the hotel's on-site Waterline restaurant will even give you the recipe for their gooey Grafton Cheddar Ale dip, which is a different kind of pot of gold.
Rates for this weekend are going for $349 a night.
To be perfectly honest with you, this weekend is not one we'd like to spend in Boston. (Go, Jets!) But if we were bunking in Beantown, we'd want to be staying somewhere with a solid bar to stave off the frostbite.
Why, hello there, Fairmont Battery Wharf. What's that? You have a special winter cocktail called the Hot Cinn-Fusion? We'll be right there!
Last week we revisited our old stomping grounds in Boston and decided to shack up at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. With all these new hotels in town (like the Ames and the W), our Boston hotel standards have been ratcheted up quite a bit. Yet the Fairmont didn't wow us.
It wasn't that we didn't have a pleasant stay, we did. It isn't that we had a terrible view--watch the video to see our killer view--but if you are looking for a wow factor in a Boston hotel, move along.
Come to think of it, residence hotels hardly ever excite us, so this hotel is not alone. However, if you are looking for a quiet, comfortable place to stay with good, free connectivity (just sign up for the Fairmont Presidents Club) and service that feels more personal (think high end residence doorman type stuff) than big hotel brand, you will be happy with the Fairmont Battery Wharf.
Too much and perhaps too late? Hotels around the globe are completing renovations just as travelers start to rethink their vacation plans. On the bright side, you will probably be staying in new rooms for less. This week we'll be looking at some of the new-old faces out there and telling you what these spiffed up joints will cost you. Any suggestions? Let us know.
The Millennium Bostonian has officially resurfaced from a $25 million renovation, adding on a brand new restaurant and bar and tweaking the lobby and guestroom spaces with major updates.
First up, the most heavily-promoted element of the newly-remodeled property is the new North 26 Restaurant and Bar, with a menu "that blends the old world with the new, promoting natural and sustainable cooking." The resto serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with seasonal outdoor seating and windows that open onto downtown Boston.
Now that the Fairmont Boston Battery Wharf is finally open, the waterfront hotel is offering a nice January slump goodie package: Stay one night, get the second one free in a standard room (sorry, no fancy Fairmont Gold rooms for this deal).
That’s a pretty good deal, folks, considering rates start at $299 per night Jan. 15th through April 15th. (To save you the embarrassment of having to pull out your handy cell phone calculator, we’ll go ahead and tell you that averages to just about $150 a night.)
What makes it even more appealing? The hotel’s highly anticipated Sensing restaurant opens today. The first in the U.S. by Michelin chef Guy Martin, the restaurant will feature fresh, local ingredients (seafood, organic vegetables) cooked in a similar way to the award-winning cuisine at Martin’s Paris original.
Book the special deal at the hotel’s website.
The Fairmont under construction over the summer.
The hotel was originally set to open over the summer as a Regent Hotel, until the company backed out at the last minute of their management contract. Fortunately, Fairmont stepped in to save the hotel which also includes residences. And as a luxe twist, the hotel features Fairmont Gold experience which is ultra-luxury rooms and services on dedicated floors (for luxury prices) as well as a special Gold-only lounge.
The signature restaurant from chef Guy Martin is not yet open but according to the hotel website, the main dining room will be serving food and non-alcoholic beverages complimentary to hotel guests during the preview period. We found rates tonight starting for $299 for a non-smoking king room which is a bit steep but then again, food's included.
Good news: we just got the final word from Fairmont that they've officially taken over the property and have scheduled it to be open and ready to go as soon as this coming December.
Word from the official press release:
The contemporary hotel will feature 150 elegantly appointed guestrooms, including Fairmont Gold, the brand's exclusive lifestyle offering featuring warm and personalized service with amenities such as private reception and a comfortable guest lounge. Guestrooms will be spacious with a large work area, marble baths and all of the technology features consistent with five-diamond standards. The décor will be residential in style and inspired by the property's harbor side location.
And yes, Fairmont is keeping with Regent's plans to feature a restaurant "designed with guidance by" acclaimed chef Guy Martin. Thanks for saving the day here, Fairmont.
Remember way back to the beginning of Summer when Regent Hotels totally dropped out of their Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston before the place even opened, leaving residential owners and future hotel guests totally screwed out of the Regent experience?
We are hoping that Fairmont will keep whatever was originally planned for the hotel like the 18,000-square-foot Guerlain spa and the 80-seat Sensing restaurant from acclaimed chef Guy Martin. But all that is definitely still be worked on and we have no idea when it will actually open, other than the ambigous date of "2008."
We love any hotel that puts us in close proximity to great restaurants--especially of the Italian variety--which is largely the reason we're eagerly awaiting the debut of The Regent at Battery Wharf.
Located in Boston's North End, a.k.a. the city's Little Italy, the 150-room hotel is set to open in July with 26 suites and an 18,000-square-foot Guerlain spa. Three-star Michelin chef Guy Martin helms the 80-seat Sensing Restaurant; plus the area is home to a host of ethnically diverse eateries.
But is that the hotel's only draw? Boston news outlets are more focused on the mixed-use project's 104 condo units, which cost upwards of $1 million for 900- to 2,500-square-feet of space. Even the little information available about the hotel on Regent's web site notes that the property is located in a "residential neighborhood," within walking distance to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Financial District and TD Banknorth Garden, to which we say, eh, give us something closer to Downtown Crossing.
If you've got the scoop on other area enticements, let us know, because we would hate to be outted for the gluttons that we are.
Why are hotels sprouting up in Boston's North Station area? Maybe it is because the Big Dig is changing the way the area flows, or, maybe it is so folks can get a front row seat at the nearby naming derby center--what do you think? Should we submit a bid to name the ……… Center the HotelChatter Center, or maybe just the Ho Center?
In any event, things are happening in the North Station area, and the new Bulfinch Hotel, which opened in December of 04, is hoping to reap the rewards of rejuvenation.
The coolest thing about the Bulfinch Hotel is the building itself. The owners of the Bulfinch, Cresset Merrimac LLC, turned a six-story 1904 triangular industrial building into a nine-story boutique hotel.
Cresset turned to Campion A. Platt, who designed New York's MercBar and the Park Avalon), when tasked with gutting, redesigning, and adding three stories to this old building.
The built in easter egg when you turn a triangular building into an 80 room boutique hotel? Nose rooms! Nose rooms are the six or seven uniquely configured spaces in the nose of the building.
What do you get inside the nose?
More inside the nose, and photos, after the jump...
If you are planning a family vacation to Boston this summer do yourself a huge favor and check out the Long Wharf Marriott. In a city that is all about location, the Long Wharf Marriott provides visitors with a premiere waterfront location in close proximity to all pertinent tourist attractions.