On July 21 I had the pleasure of touring four Starwood Hotels in Boston, hosted by Edwin Philips, Starwood’s Boston Metro account manager. Our small band of travel professionals saw a range of hotels and room categories in these beautiful and charming hotels:
Sheraton Boston, the gateway hotel to Boston’s historic Back Bay, is the largest hotel in New England with the largest pool in the city. Walking distance to Fenway Park, Newbury Street, Boston Common, the financial district, Washington Street, and the Charles River, it also has indoor connections to the shops at the Prudential Center, the Copley Place Mall, and a plethora of dining options. The Sheraton recently emerged from a $75million transformation of its 1,220 guestrooms, which include their celebrated Sweet Sleeper beds, flat-screen TVs, ergonomic work spaces, Shine bath amenities, and views of the Back Bay or the Charles River. A full-service spa, along with a variety of places to mingle in the huge lobby area, let you relax and socialize in comfort. The in-house convention space, as well, has undergone a $20 million transformation of its 50 meeting rooms and 7 ballrooms. The indoor passageway to Boston’s city-center Hynes Convention Center complex makes it the most convenient place to stay when attending conventions. The Sheraton is where you want to be if you want to be in the middle of it all.
Westin Copley Place, nearby in the Back Bay, offers a more relaxed, sensory experience with mood-lifting botanicals, atmospheric lighting, and soothing music. All Westin hotels worldwide focus on health and well being, wanting you to relax, revive, and experience renewal with six pillars of well being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well and Play Well. The 803 guestrooms at Copley Place include 127 spacious junior suites and 10 specialty suites, all with Heavenly Beds™ and Heavenly Bath™ products. The fitness center, with state-of-the-art equipment and a heated pool, is open 24 hours. A running concierge takes runners of all levels in a loop around the Charles River. You can also go it alone with self-guided jogging/walking pocket maps. If you don’t want to bring your athletic gear along, the hotel has partnered with New Balance to offer a gear-lending program. For $5 for the length of your stay you can rent a package with fresh and clean athletic shoes and apparel (and new socks that you can keep). Spa treatments are available in both the full-service spa and the comfort of your room. Several lounges and restaurants provide a variety of cuisines and healthy foods, including SuperFoodsRX choices in the main restaurant. The 7th floor conference center offers natural light and 360 views of Boston. The Logan Express bus stops outside for convenient and inexpensive airport transportation. The Westin is filled with Boston Marathon runners every April. The finish line is right outside.
W Boston, just 5 years new and located in the heart of the theater district, is aimed squarely at the younger, hip crowd. W is all about contemporary and sophisticated style, fashion, and music. The 235 guestrooms include 4 WOW suites, 18 Cool Corner rooms, and 123 residences, with names such as the Wonderful Room, the Fabulous Room, the Spectacular Room, the Mega Room, and a Marvelous Fit room for the traveling fitness buff. Along with the chic W Lounge and Tunnel nightclub, W offers the only Bliss spa in Boston and famed James Joseph Salon, both yearly award winners. The meeting and conference spaces have a unique Sensory Set Up with music and scents to get ideas flowing. W’s Whatever/Whenever philosophy invites guests to have whatever they want, whenever they want it — from a special momento to a private back-stage meet-and-greet, or anything they can dream up.
Westin Boston Waterfront, is a gorgeous, light-filled hotel in the artfully revitalized waterfront district. Conveniently located next door to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, it’s a short walk, cab, water taxi, or MBTA ride to many locations. Its immense lobby windows, birch trees, and bright patio impart a cheery ambiance and sense of well being. The 793 guest rooms, all with Heavenly Beds™ and Baths, include 31 suites overlooking Boston Harbor or the city skyline. The indoor pool is bathed in natural light. Take advantage of the jacuzzi, fitness studio, running concierge, and in-room spa treatments and workout videos. You’ll have a choice of beautiful dining, drinking, and entertainment venues, including MJ O’Connor’s Irish pub and the Laugh This Way comedy club. In addition to the excellent dining choices for adults, Westin has teamed up with SuperChefs™ to offer the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids. SuperChefs, comprised of doctors, dentists, chefs, dieticians and other experts, is dedicated to educating kids on the importance—and the fun—of eating smart.
In addition to the above four lovely properties, we saw plan drawings and model rooms for two hotels that are under construction in the waterfront district, Aloft and Element, across from Boston’s new Lawn on D outdoor space. Element, which opens in December 2015, is Starwood’s version of an extended stay hotel. All rooms have stylish kitchens, comfortable sitting areas with large couches and large screen TVs, desks and work areas, and Heavenly Beds®. Aloft, opening in February 2016, is a “vision” of the W. Compact rooms have an urban chic style, ultra comfortable beds, walk-in showers, plug & play connectivity stations, and 42” LCD TVs. The hotel will offer free hotel-wide wired and wireless High Speed Internet Access and two bars and lounges.