Words by Carlie Tucker
Travellers with their sights set on Beantown for business are in for a treat. Not only is Boston a thriving epicentre for professional pursuits but it happens to be rich with American history and culture. Your time in the city, however short, is sure to be a wicked rippah and here are four hotels to help you make the most of business and pleasure.
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Comfort Inn Boston
If high value is what you're looking for when booking your Boston stay, you can't go wrong with the Comfort Inn Boston. This SmartSTAY hotel comes with complimentary WiFi, continental breakfast and a fast track to Choice Privileges Diamond Status with 4,000 bonus points when you book through your FCBT Travel Manager. It also happens to be ideally positioned with a number of services available to open up the whole city for travellers. This includes 24-hour transfers to and from the Boston Logan International Airport and a complimentary shuttle to Boston public transit.
When it comes to the rooms, all the hallmarks of a quality business hotel are accounted for, with modern decor, comfortable beds, a work desk and private ensuite bathrooms. There are also AC and USB outlets available, a free weekday newspaper and laundry services. Other convenient onsite facilities include copy and fax services and a fitness centre.
In addition to being within close proximity to key business districts and the Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre, the hotel is also near many sightseeing opportunities such as John F Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Fenway Park, TD Garden and Harvard University.
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Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Holding up a spot in the city's famous Seaport District, this sleek and modern business-friendly hotel draws on its location to offer a uniquely Boston experience for business and leisure travellers. Not only do many of the rooms offer beautiful views of Boston Harbour, but they have integrated a nautical theme in the form of calming tones and contemporary finishes. There are five different layouts to choose from, each offering a comfortable bed, marble bathroom, desk with ergonomic chair, WiFi access and extra outlets to charge mobile gadgets.
A number of onsite facilities offer further convenience for busy travellers, including three drinking and dining options with more eateries within walking distance. There is a fitness club and swimming pool available. The hotel can also accommodate business meetings and events of all sizes, with the capacity to host up to 1,000 delegates. For more intimate meetings, there are 13 breakout rooms as well as a hotel business centre with printing, faxing and copying facilities.
If you're able to tack a day of personal sightseeing on to your business trip, the Renaissance Boston Waterfront is ideally positioned to allow you to discover the best Boston has to offer. From Harbour cruises and whale watching to the Freedom Trail, it's all easily accessible. There is also a shuttle service for transport around the Seaport District and Fort Point Channel.
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The Langham Boston
It would be remiss not to soak up a little history while in Boston, which is why the Langham may just be the ideal choice for those too busy to get out and about. Located at the heart of the city in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the hotel itself is a testament to the Boston's heritage. In true Langham fashion, guests can also expect 5-star facilities and phenomenal service.
There are 318 rooms with nine different configurations to choose from. Opt for the Classic Room to be treated to dynamic views of the Boston skyline, a signature Blissful Bed, comfortable business desk, iPod docking station. marble bathroom and complimentary newspaper and Wifi. There are seven dining and lounge options available onsite as well as the Chuan Body + Soul spa, state-of-the-art fitness studio and swimming pool. Even better, this SmartSTAY hotel also comes with complimentary WiFi, three pieces of pressed laundry (minimum three night stay) and a room upgrade (if available) when you book through your Travel Manager.
If you're interested in getting out of the hotel for some sightseeing, the hotel Concierge is all too happy to assist. Plus, with plenty to see and do nearby, there is plenty to occupy any free time you may have. The Seaport District and North End are nearby as is the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Copley Place and the theatre district.
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XV Beacon Hotel
If boutique hotels are more your style, the XV Beacon could be just what you're looking for. Located on historic Beacon Hill, this 63-room luxury hotel flawlessly blends old and new all the way down to its original caged-glass elevator.
Each unique room boasts a custom design with curated art specifically commissioned for the hotel. As such, guests can expect delightful details such as cashmere throws, canopy beds, an in-room gas fireplace and rainforest shower head in the marble bathroom. On the business-friendly front, each room also comes with three telephones, complimentary newspapers and overnight shoe shines.
Guests will have no trouble sticking to their health regime with access to an in-house exercise room open 24-hours a day. There is also in-room dining available provided by nearby Mooo.... steakhouse restaurant. For those looking to get out of the hotel for some eating, drinking or sightseeing, there is an onsite concierge available to provide recommendations. And with plenty of Boston's best close at hand, it's easy to add a little travel to your business travel. This includes Paul Revere House, Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium.