Certainly among the more characterful luxury hotels in Boston, the Mandarin Oriental is a place of bespoke artworks, futuristic marble bathrooms and super cool restaurant spaces.
There’s a real range of design styles on show here, from the modern lobby and lounge areas to slightly more classical-looking guestrooms, and a trendy urban restaurant in Bar Boulud, where fine French fare can be savoured while looking out onto the streets of Boston.
In fact, when it comes to the surrounding neighbourhood, the Back Bay area that this Mandarin Oriental property calls home is among Boston’s more alluring districts. Plenty of famous boutique outlets, restaurants and nightspots are all nearby, as well as Copley Square and various art museums a little further afield.
And if travelling to Boston with kids, the hotel will happily fill your room with extras such as a games console, child-friendly DVDs and mini bathrobes too, plus babysitting and a special programme of family-fun activities to be enjoyed around the city.
The spa is also something special here, with hydrotherapy being big on the agenda. Think vitality pools, ice fountains, a neon-lit crystal steam room and long list of relaxation therapies too, which are all nothing short of joyous after a day on your feet exploring the best of the city.
Essentially, the Mandarin Oriental Boston hits all the high notes. It looks the part, is situated within touching distance of Back Bay’s many main attractions, offers both fine dining and atmospheric bar areas alike, sophisticated guestrooms and a top spa to round it all off.
Guestrooms and suites at the Mandarin Oriental Boston enjoy either city or courtyard views, gorgeous marble bathrooms, a tub and walk-in rain shower for everyone and, for the top suites, a Jacuzzi too. All also include either a corner sofa, daybed by the window or separate living room altogether, and while the décor scheme is part-contemporary and part-classical in looks, lots of in-room mod-cons, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and more come as standard. If travelling to Boston as a family, the hotel can also include games consoles, cribs, child-friendly DVDs and mini bathrobes too.
Bar Boulud serves up delicate French cuisine on the streets of Boston, in a super cool setting too. Start your morning with a zesty juice or push the boat out and opt for the Lobster scramble, while evening fare is a fine dining mix of fresh seafood dishes, prime steak and all the classics, plus an impressive pairing wine menu.
Activities and Entertainment
Thanks to its prime position in Boston’s Back Bay area, you’ll have easy access to everything this trendy part of the city has to offer while staying at the Mandarin Oriental. The immediate neighbourhood has all kinds of galleries, smart pavement cafés, designer shops, graceful townhouses and first-class restaurants, while the wider highlights of Boston, its art galleries, museums and gardens are all within easy reach. Alternatively, take to the water and spend the day kayaking, sailing or even windsurfing on the Charles River.
Mandarin Oriental Boston is one of the more family-friendly luxury hotels around, with its thoughtful kids programme ‘Mini Mate’, plus plenty of children’s in-room extras and babysitting if you need it. There’s then a wonderfully well-equipped spa complete with vitality pools, a crystal steam room, ice fountains and experience showers plus plenty of bespoke treatments, a gym, fitness classes and a welcoming concierge team for anything else.
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