02199 Travel Guide
Hotel Woes / Naked Hotel Guests / Hotel Drugs / Boston Hotels / Mandarin Oriental Hotels / → All Tags
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."
Hotel Video Tours / Photo Gallery / Boston Hotel Reviews / Luxury Hotels / Mandarin Oriental / Boston Hotels / → All Tags
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.