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Boston's Revere Hotel Will Open on April 18

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  Site Where: 200 Stuart Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
March 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Revere is Coming, The Revere is Coming! (To Boston)

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  Site Where: 200 Stuart Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
February 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's been a while but it looks like Boston will finally get another new stylish hotel. The Boston Globe reports that the Radisson on Stuart Street is undergoing a $27 million makeover that will transform it into The Revere, a 356-room hotel.

When finished the Revere promises "steel sculptures in the lobby, CD release parties in the lounge, and uniforms designed by students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design." Up in the guestrooms, there will be "high-style combined with comfort" in what the hotel calls "livable glamour."

A hardwood entryway will anchor the space and present three distinct areas of the room for "sleep," "work" and "lounge" that will include an oversized desk, a suede headboard, plush bedding, and a masculine houndstooth chaise. Each Revere guest room will also feature an oversized balcony offering commanding views of the city skyline and the historic South End.

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Four Seasons Boston Wants to Help The Love Note Challenged

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  Site Where: 200 Boylston Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
September 16, 2011 at 2:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Stay in the Taj Boston's $6 Million Suite and Get Your Name on a Building

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  Site Where: 15 Arlington St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
September 17, 2010 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Four Seasons Boston Is Celebrating International Chocolate Day On Monday. Are You?

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  Site Where: 200 Boylston St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
September 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

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?

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What's It Like Being a Stash Hotel Rewards Partner?

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  Site Where: 61 Exeter St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
September 8, 2010 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Another Reason Why You Want Hurricane Earl to Slow Down: Cheap Room Rates

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  Site Where: 350 Stuart Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
September 3, 2010 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

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]

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Not So Cool: W Boston Files for Bankruptcy

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  Site Where: 100 Stuart St [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
April 29, 2010 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (2)

Room 1206 at The W Boston.

The Ritz-Carlton Tahoe may have narrowly avoided foreclosure but we're not so sure the same thing can be said for W Boston which opened last October as the new "colonial cool" spot in Beantown.

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:

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The Copley Square Hotel Adds a 'Sheet Tangling' Session to The Bar Menu

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  Site Where: 47 Huntington Avenue [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
January 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.)

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An Inn in Boston Tries a 'Radical Experiment'

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  Site Where: 99 St. Botolph Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
January 4, 2010 at 10:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

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).

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Fairmont's Catie Copley is Having a Birthday Party (Just Don't Ask How Old She is in Dog Years)

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  Site Where: 138 St. James Avenue [map], Boston , MA, United States, 02116
December 4, 2009 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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NYT Deems the Copley Square Hotel 'Perfectly Nice'

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  Site Where: 47 Huntington Ave [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
November 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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