And do suggest clients go over the Charles River into Cambridge to take a stroll through Harvard Square and of course, the Harvard University grounds and its surroundings. It’s an absolutely wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and the young hip crowd will love all the cool edgy shops. A must is dining at the lively Chez Henri, which promotes itself as a “modern French bistro with a Cuban twist.”
do stay at… Boston’s accommodation options are endless, but there are a few standouts, including the stylish Ames hotel (ameshotel.com), part of the Morgans Hotel Group. This 114-room property near Downtown dates back to the late-1800s and was the city’s first skyscraper. It now offers up a rich blend of historical reference and up-to-date modernism, with minimal-style guestrooms, and dramatic public spaces.
The four-diamond Taj Boston (tajhotels.com/boston)—a 1927 landmark hotel overlooking the Public Garden and Boston Common—is a luxurious property at Arlington and Newbury streets with 273 rooms, including 44 suites, outfitted with classic furnishings and plush beds, and expansive views.
Also in Back Bay, The Fairmont Copley Plaza (fairmont.com/copleyplaza), located on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, offers 383 accommodations with a decor inspired by the neighborhood’s classic townhouses, featuring rich fabrics, custom made furnishings and full marble bathrooms. The hotel will be in party mode all next year as it will be celebrating its centennial. The Fairmont has another more contemporary property, The Fairmont Battery Wharf, on the waterfront.
The four-diamond InterContinental Boston (intercontinentalboston.com), meanwhile, is located on Boston’s historic waterfront, on Fort Point Channel—on the site where the Boston Tea Party took place in 1773. It has 424 luxurious guestrooms and suites featuring stunning waterfront and city skyline views, and is ideally located near the Boston Children’s Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, North End, and Faneuil Hall.
- The new Renzo Piano-designed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Wing opens in January
- Fenway Park, America’s oldest ballpark, celebrates 100 years
- The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum re-opens in June
- African Meeting House opens after $5 million restoration (December 2011)
getting around “First-time visitors will want to see all the iconic historical sites,” says Vincent. “The best way to see these is on a guided city tour that both Globus and Cosmos feature in their tours. Monograms Independent Travel includes a hop-on, hop-off Old Town Trolley tour, which is a great way to hear about the must-see sites and get off and on around town at your leisure.
“Second- and third-time travelers to Boston have a different agenda as they have figured out there is a lot more to Boston than its historical past. These visitors want to walk the narrow streets of the North End in search of a fresh, seafood pasta dish like you would find in Venice, root on the Sox at Fenway Park, listen to the Boston Pops play at the Hatch Shell, visit the eclectic shops in Harvard Square, or maybe take in a Broadway show in the Theater District. Monograms is perfect for those visiting for the first time or those who come annually.” Monograms’ 4-day Boston itinerary starts at $379 pp land-only.
For more information on Boston, visit bostonusa.com.