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Romance Packages / Romantic Hotels / Hotel Packages / Four Seasons Hotels / Boston Hotels / → All Tags
If you thought that Valentine's Day was the only romantic day of the year, think again. It turns out that September 26 is National Love Note Day, giving all of you would-be
Justin Bieber stalkers hopeless romantic poets a legitimate reason to pen sappy love notes to the object(s) of your affections.
Not quite the romance writer you hoped you'd be? Allow Four Seasons Boston to help. The hotel's Room for Romance package will place a love note featuring different quotes on the bed at turndown. These notes feature either quotes from a famous author, song lyrics and even movie quotes. (But please, use something more original than "You complete me.")
Of course, if you do think your flowery musings are good enough, the hotel will deliver a personal love note as well.
We've seen some crazy-insane hotel packages before, but this one takes the very expensive cake. The Taj Boston is offering a $6 million suite.
What the heck do you get for $6 mil, you ask? For one, you'll see your name on a new theater at the renowned Boston Conservatory. As the building's namesake, you'll also attend grand-opening events, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tours of the new complex and several performances. As part of the deal, you'll also receive two lifetime tickets to all Boston Conservatory shows.
Mondays suck. But not next Monday. How can it when it will be International Chocolate Day?
That's right, September 13 has been designated as a day to bow down to the chocolate gods—and who are we to argue? The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons Boston is toeing the line and going choc-mad—will you?
Interviews / Stash Hotel Rewards / Hotel Loyalty Programs / Boston Hotels / Boutique Hotels / → All Tags
Hotel loyalty programs is a buzzy-buzz topic nowadays, and one that's setting itself apart from the Marriott and Hyatt pack is Stash Hotel Rewards. What makes Stash stand out is that it isn't doling out points for mega chains. Instead, the loyalty program targets independent boutique hotels.
The nationwide roster of Stash members stretches from the Affinia Manhattan to the Riviera in Palm Springs. We wanted to find out about the hotel loyalty program from someone who knows. So we turned to brand ambassador Scott Grigelevich of the Lenox Boston, which has been involved with Stash since its May launch. He gave us the lowdown on what being a Stash member means for the hotel and its guests.
Hurricane Earl is striking fear into the hearts of Labor Day vacationers in the Northeast but one hotel is trying to make it fun by offering room rates the price of Earl's wind speed.
The Back Bay Hotel on Stuart Street in Boston is giving out the room rates to the first people who book from 3pm today to noon tomorrow. So if Earl is cruising at 50mph this afternoon, that will be your room rate price for the night. Same thing goes if the wind is blowing up 75mph and 100mph. You can then extend your room stay for the following night at $175 a night. (Rates are typically around $275 a night.)
The room rate does includes free WiFi but if Earl is as serious as the media is talking about then we wouldn't rely on an internet connection. Earl was lashing the North Carolina coast yesterday at speeds of 105mph but it's slowed down since to about 55mph as it makes its way towards Long Island. We say keep your eye on the meteorologist reports just before you book.
[Photo via Daily Mail]
Room 1206 at The W Boston.
The hotel's developer, Sawyer Enterprises, has just filed for bankruptcy today and once again, the condo component of the hotel is to blame. Only 12 of the 122 condos have been sold. 12 of 122!* And not helping was the fact that the hotel opened in the worst of times for the hotel industry.
The hotel really never had much good mojo behind it as the opening date was delayed because of money issues. Yet despite the bleak financials of the property, the W brand will remain in place. Starwood released this statement to the Boston Globe:
Whether it’s a reaction to the frigid cold, or to the New York Times calling it “perfectly nice,” Boston’s Copley Square Hotel is sexing itself up by adding an item called the Overnighter to the menu at its bar, minibar. (As in, the public bar in the hotel, not the teensy fridge in your room.)
So after you’ve had a few too many Lychee Martinis or Bonaparte Bellinis (har har), you and your new friend can summon the bartender and order up a good time. (Altoids are also on the menu for two bucks if you need some help getting to this point.)
The first “Check In, Check Out” review for 2010 sees the New York Times jumping up and down about the “radical experiment in reimagining the hotel” going on at Boston’s The Inn at St. Botolph The radical part? Offering “stylish, well-located rooms”! What a game-changer! Quick, someone call Fox News!
OK, not yet. Keep reading the Times review and you’ll find that not everything is rosy at the Inn at St. Botolph (we can’t help but think of Botox every time we hear that, by the way).
Cute Hotel Doggies / Hotel Pets / Pet Concierges / Boston Hotels / Fairmont Hotels / Hotel Parties / → All Tags
You may remember Catie as one of our recent Cute Hotel Doggies of the Day. The Canine Ambassador is a fixture at the front desk at the Fairmont Copley Plaza—except for the days when she’s off doing a book signing with human concierge partner Jim. That's what she was doing on a recent Saturday when we dragged a friend inside the hotel to see if Catie was in house. But of course she was at a book signing! She’s a dog. Where else would she be?
Yet if you live in Boston, or will be in town this weekend Catie Copley is guaranteed to be at her...er...desk. On Saturday in the hotel’s St. James Room at 11 a.m., you can drop in on a V.I.P. party for Catie Copley’s birthday. Even better, no need to work the bouncer or name-drop as Catie's party is open to everyone.
After some incredulity over how many Boston hotels have Copley in their names, the New York Times this weekend reviewed the revamped, historic Copley Square Hotel. “Until this year, C-Square was a historic but faded enterprise: not the kind of place to earn cool points with your teenager on a college visiting tour,” the Times writes.
But after $18 million in renovations, the hotel is once again ready for prime time — just as, ahem, some of us have been telling you all year.
Highlights: The bathroom’s wall featured “unusual reading material: the poem ‘Paul Revere’s Ride,’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in cursive.” “Super-speedy” room service that arrived in less than 10 minutes (though unfortunately, fairly “tasteless”). “If your kid is graduating from Boston University, if you want to shop the Back Bay or if you’re just exploring for a few days, it would be hard to find a more central and convenient spot,” writes the NYT.
The Martha Stewarts in our readership might find it sacrilege to think of eating out on Thanksgiving. But for the 98 percent of the rest of you (ourselves included), it can be quite tempting to hear about Turkey Day festivities at hotels (no slaving over the oven all day, no manic cleaning session minutes before guests arrive).
Last week we rounded up a few Thanksgiving dinners at major hotels around the country, but, of course, there are additions to make. Like the Taj Boston, which is offering a $75 three-course prix fixe chef’s menu at The Café. Bonus: The hotel is thanking its guests for their holiday patronage with a $75 per person guestroom rate (with purchase of dinner for two).
Clean crisp W rooms
Cool new interior room concepts (phone charger dongle station)
Friendly, Helpful Staff (yes at a boutique hotel)
Central Boston Location (if you don't drive)
Priced too high
Some in-room fixtures seem a bit low quality
Restaurant forget our mushroom side, gave us fries instead