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With eight dining establishments already in New York City alone, including the two-Michelin starred DANIEL, this is great news for Bostonians, visitors, and all self-proclaimed foodies. This also marks the third Bar Boulud after New York and London and the second partnership for Boulud with Mandarin Oriental Hotels (there is also a Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.)
The design of the new Bar Boulud was handled by Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design. From the looks of the restaurant now that it’s completed, we think it’s quite simply, spectacular.
“Hey, let’s head down to that sexy Sheraton Boston Hotel for a luxurious massage and decadent dinner,” said Nobody Ever, Not Once.
With all due respect to the Back Bay property, it hasn’t generally boasted a lot of appeal outside the convention set. But today the Sheraton caps a multi-million dollar renovation by rolling out a brand spanking-new spa: Green Tangerine Spa & Salon, the only Sheraton outpost of the locally-based brand, which has just three other locations in Massachusetts and two in Connecticut. The 5,500-square foot facility offers haircuts, manicures, massages and skincare treatments at prices that are quite competitive when compared to the spas on nearby Newbury Street. So it may actually lure locals, besides the inevitable conventioneers getting their talons polished before marathon handshake sessions.
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Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Boston is about to assume its final resting position. (That’s a yoga joke, guys.) The New American restaurant will soon be replaced by the third location of Bar Boulud, renowned French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s casual bistro and wine bar. Renovations to its ground floor space in the 14-story hotel will begin in June, and the new eatery is expected to open in Fall 2014.
His partnership with the five-diamond Mandarin marks Boulud’s first venture into Boston. Time will tell what culinary surprises are in store for the spot, though an announcement promises the type of French bistro fare and seasonal charcuterie similar you’d find at Bar Boulud’s existing locations in New York City and London.
It "will be filled with energy, a great range of wine selections and soulful bistro cooking to create a vibrant eating and drinking destination,” states Boulud. The Boston restaurant will be overseen by Aaron Chambers, most recently chef de cuisine at the Mediterranean-focused Boulud Sud.
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Exposing yourself in your own room is sooo lame. Lobbies are where it's at now.
We're beginning to wonder: are hotel guests getting so bored cooped up in their rooms that they feel the need to take their private, behind-closed-doors activities into more public spaces like hallways and lobbies? Because it seems like that's the way things are going.
Just last week, we lost one pro skater to the netherworld of drug-induced hotel streaking. And we certainly can't forget November's Spice King incident at the Four Seasons New York. Now, Boston gets a taste of the nudie action. Specifically, at the Mandarin Oriental Boston, where one half-clothed guest reportedly assaulted an employee, head-butted a police officer and told him outright he was high on "cocaine, and plenty of it."
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Big rooms that make you feel is if you have been beamed to the Far East
Top notch service
Located right across from the Apple Store
Attached to the Prudential Center
Priced too high
Does not feel "Boston"
Take that title both literally and figuratively. When HotelChatter readers saw our snapshot of the new Sheraton Boston Hotel room's, which just so happen to be the showcase rooms for the company's $6 billion renovation of their 86 North American properties, our readers had some burning questions. Why are the walls bare? Is that a green draylon couch? Just how do I watch the tv from my bed? Well hopefully those questions and more will be answered with this silent video.
As for the walls, you will see as we enter into the room there is a print of the Back Bay featured prominently and this theme of nearby location photography continues in the room. Oh, and just in case you aren't sure what you think of the rebranding, below is a photo of the view from the room we checked into. Yup, you can see Fenway Park. Killer views of Fenway kind of trump any and all room renovations anyway don't they? Maybe that is just our passion for October baseball in Boston talking. In any event, enjoy the rebranding show.
Sheraton Hotels are ready to party. They have just completed a massive $6 billion renovation of their 86 North American properties which means Sheraton now has 50,000 new or newly renovated guestrooms complete with brand new Sheraton Sweet Sleeper all-white, high-thread count beds. And as we told you yesterday, Sheraton is offering you a chance to spend a night in one of these freshened up hotels for free.
The contest kicks off on October 6th, but we were fortunate enough to get an up close and personal look at the Sheraton Boston Hotel which recently finished a $50 million renovation. This is a shot of one of the executive suites at the hotel.
So let's play a little game here--can you spot the newness?
Wow, people must think we hotel guests are really gullible. Why else then, do they (presumably people who work for the hotel) post positively glowing reviews of the property they’re pimping on travel web sites under lame fake names like Suzy Jacuzzi? They obviously think you’re not smart enough to see through all the peppy PR speak.
We’re looking at you Mandarin Oriental Boston and your one and only review of the property on TripAdvisor. “Suzy Jacuzzi” describes the hotel’s “unique artwork [and] subtle color hues,” the “friendly and efficient” staff, it’s “great location” and—the true mark of PR speak—“tastefully decorated” rooms and “state of the art equipment” at the gym.
All those words set off our BS radar, which is a shame, because any good PR person should believe enough in the product they’re promoting to let it speak for itself—something we’re sure a Mandarin Oriental property would be able to do.
If you can give us a PR-speak-free review of the hotel, please, do share it with us in the comments below.
Nine years in, now that the fire is out, their front door is feng-shui correct, and they convinced the city to move two stop lights in order to shave one minute off the valet delivery time, the ultra-luxe Mandarin Oriental Boston is open for business. Just in time for the economic sky to fall.
They don't seem too worried about filling their rooms though, despite industry doom and gloom predictions.
Evidently, there are still people out there who can -- and will -- fork over between $625 and $8,000 a night when in Boston for little touches like a rainforest shower, silk window treatments, mother-of-pearl ceiling tiles and humongous flat screen televisions. At least (from what we can tell from this Boston Globe article), the folks at Mandarin Oriental are banking on that, anyway.
Oops, wait, isn't banking a bit of a bad word these days?
So far so good, but now we've seen a demonstration of it in live action at the Sheraton Boston.