02116 Travel Guide
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
In its past life, the Loews Boston Hotel was the Boston Police Department Headquarters. Today, it’s guilty on one count: possession of uninspired guestrooms. (Don't worry, it’s only a misdemeanor.)
But freedom for travelers is up ahead, now that the hotel is jump-starting a $10 million renovation. Slated to wrap up by the end of March, the makeover will unveil 225 redone guestrooms that are “inspired by a fine-tailored” suit, according to a statement: think grey flannel, hounds tooth, and herringbone fabrics in a sleek design with free Wi-Fi and other amenities of the “latest technology.” Behold: this before and after of the old and upcoming looks.
Keep reading to see the AFTER pic!
Ooh, what’s that sound? Is it your screams because today is the start of National Ice Cream Month? Oh, not to be confused with National Ice Cream Day, btw. Or are you just ready for the long holiday weekend? We bet it’s the former—and we’ll give you something else to holler about, too!
The Four Seasons Boston has built a pop-up ice cream shop in their lobby, called Four Seasons Scoops. It opened today and will serve locally loved Gifford’s Ice Cream of Maine until September 8th.
Open every Wednesday through Sunday from 1pm-4pm, the showcase will have yummy flavors like Campfire S’mores, Maine Wild Blueberry, and Muddy, along with special homemade creations by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Tim Fonseca.
Special guest "celebrity scoopers" will dish out the treats to Boston’s hot tempered citizens during upcoming baseball season (we kid, we kid!).
They’ll give away free scoops every Friday to lucky followers of @FSBoston on Twitter, and while you're on the site, book a room by emailing email@example.com and receive a complimentary in-room movie.
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If you have difficulty trying to get work done on hotel rooftops, then we have two pieces of advice for you: one, stop trying to get work done on hotel rooftops, and two, definitely don't visit the new rooftop pool at the Revere Hotel, where attractive female employees will be prancing around all summer long in matching swimwear outfits designed by Pret-a-Surf.
The checkered hot pants, striped bikini tops, and nautical-themed jerseys that you see above are the new staff uniforms up at Rooftop @ Revere, which debuted last week.
As hotel uniforms go, we like the breezy, New England look—certainly racier indeed than the silk embroidered robes we saw in Bangkok, yet tamer than the W New York Downtown's double-breasted tuxedo shorts.
And if you fancy yourself (or your loved one) dressed up like one of the Revere cocktail servers, then all you have to do is head down to the lobby retail shop, and pick out some matching Pret-a-Surf attire of your very own.
Well, looky here! A new boutique hotel has opened on the sly in Boston.
The Chandler Studios, a block away from its sister hotel, The Chandler Inn Hotel in the South End neighborhood, is comprised of just 11 studios and a one-bedroom suite, all decorated in a mod fashion (white beds, red accent furniture) with a industrial undertones (the hotel is located in a 100-year-old brownstone.)
But what the hotel lacks in size, it makes up for with some serious technology and necessary amenities like a virtual check-in via keyless entry system, complimentary wired and wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, complimentary phone calls within the U.S., fully-equipped kitchenettes, coffee-maker, walk-in shower and a hair dryer.
Check in for the Chandler Studios actually happens at the Chandler Inn Hotel where guests are given entry codes to the Chandler Studios building and their guest room. There are no staffers on-site but the Chandler Inn Hotel staffers are available 24 hours a day. Also, the rooms include daily maid service. Essentially, it's like staying in an apartment building but it's operated by a hotel nearby.
Best of all, this ultra private stay won't cost you more. We found a studio room with a queen bed for just $259 a night. Want a king bed? The rate bumps up to $319.
[Photo: Chandler Studios]
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Boston's newest hotel, The Revere, is enticing guests with a new "dinner and a movie" program called "Reel Chefs" in which award-winning local chefs pair their favorite movies with a multi-course themed menu to match the film. Count us in!
To kick it off, Jamie Bissonnette, the head chef and owner of two top Beantown eateries, Coppa and Toro (not to be confused with Richard Sandoval's successful Toro Toro brand), will be showing up on March 19 to whip up four dishes he's calling "Pinxtos of Power," "Truffle Shuffle," "Chester Copperpot Pie," and "Rocky Road." And in case you didn't already guess, Bissonnette's movie of choice will be 80s cult classic The Goonies.
The best part of this new series? The venue. As we noted last year when the hotel was announced, The Revere is attached to Theatre 1, a state-of-the-art movie theater with ambient lighting, nifty projection and audio technology, and 225 super-comfy seats, each equipped with personal fold-out tray tables. Now, that's what we call dinner and a movie!
We love hotel that make children feel at home when they’re visiting. Many places exude a “don’t touch” aura-- a major turn-off for the toddler-toting set in what’s become an increasingly hostile travel environment for families.
Listen, we get not every hotel will be kid-friendly. We celebrate them, too. But when see that a place like the Four Seasons Boston has not one, but three special programs for little tykes, we can’t help but give them major props.
From in-room cupcakes, and free cookie-making classes, to “raid-the-fridge” days, who said luxury hotels were snooty and stuffy? We can’t, not with frosting gluing our lips together.
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On a recent visit to Boston, Taylor Swift was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Celebrities Who Have Been Ignominiously Kicked Out Of Hotels (CWHBIKOOH), though as far as we know she hasn't written a song about it yet. According to the Daily Mail, the singer's time at the Fairmont Copley Plaza was cut short when someone at the hotel asked her to leave.
Taylor and her boyfriend, Conor Kennedy, were attending Conor's cousin's wedding, but when they showed up, the bride's mother, Victoria Gifford Kennedy, said she didn't want Taylor hogging all the attention away from her daughter's big day. In fact, she had already told Taylor, via text, she wasn't welcome, but Taylor showed up anyway. Real classy.
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After teasing you with a mystery snapshot from the meeting room, followed by a tour around the circular lobby, it's finally time to take a look inside a room at Boston's The Revere. Because, yes, there's more to this hotel than just models abseiling down the side of the building in the face of death.
Take a look at our photo gallery below!
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Well, we were sad to see no one made an attempt to identify the mystery wooden horse photo that we posted on Friday. But we admit, it was a tough round of Guess The Hotel to start with. However, New England hotel geeks, we expected more from you!
The hotel in question was none other than Boston's 356-room, Radisson-converted Revere Hotel, which opened in April with a string of death-defying models walking down the side of the building along a vertical catwalk. Remember now?
Well, in addition to a great sense of adventure, the hotel also has some pretty nifty art in the public spaces. Here's a look inside the circular lobby...
Boston newcomer The Revere doesn't do two things half-assed. First, it trumps all the other Boston hotels by having its own state-of-the-art theater, then it sets up a vertical catwalk, complete with rappelling models, on opening day. Now, it's finally debuting Emerald, the 6,000 square foot, Wizard of Oz-themed lobby lounge.
And, trust us, that theme has been taken quite literally.
The Revere is almost here!
Boston's newest hotel will open tomorrow and in honor of Paul Revere's famous ride on April 18, 1775, the hotel is offering a special opening rate of $177.50.
The rate is good through May 31, 2012 but you must call the hotel directly to book and use the promo code REV775. Regular rates are around $430 a night.
But that's not all that the hotel has planned for opening day. Rock climbers from Boston Rock Gym will scale down the 24 stories of the hotel's exterior sporting the Revere's hotel uniforms. These unis were designed in partnership with students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and will be worn by the hotel's doormen, valets and cocktail servers.
This certainly ain't the old Radisson on State Street anymore.
First we learned about Revel's opening date, now we see that Boston's newest boutique hotel, Revere is also opening soon...April 18 to be exact. Not so coincidentally, this is the same date that Paul Revere made his famous ride in 1775 to spread the news of the British invasion.
Reservations aren't open yet for the 356-room hotel (formerly a Radisson) but the hotel does promise "livable glamour" in the guestrooms with three distinct areas for sleep, work and lounge. Here's a bit of the sexified room descriptions from the hotel:
A neutral color palate will allow patterns and bold splashes of color to steal the show. A sleek hardwood entryway will anchor the space and present three distinct areas of the room for “sleep,” “work” and “lounge.” A sensuously heeled oversized desk will allow guests to burn the midnight oil while a coy suede headboard and plush bedding flirt with a masculine houndstooth chaise, inviting guests to lounge and relax at their leisure.