BOSTON (Day three of four) — That’s where I spent the night, a block from the famous Boston Common and Public Garden. It’s small—just 356 rooms with balconies perfect to check out the skyline.
I see a lot of families here—attracted by the location and the pool and the hip vibe teens will like. “I like that it is so modern and fancy,” said 19 year-old Kristi Irace visiting from New Jersey with her family.
“I like all the art work,” added 11 year old Ava Ciaccia from Rochester, NY.
Indeed, the museum has a partnership with Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art—giving guests passes to visit and showcasing the work of local artists. This fall, they will be exhibiting work of local teens who have created their works with ICA’s artists.
The museum also has a social conscience. In the winter, they serve guests complimentary hot chocolate made with chocolate from the local TAZA factory and guests are asked to make a donation for local under privileged kids.
They partner with local chefs who create a menu once a month for families to enjoy while watching a movie in the on-property theater called Reel Chefs. Because the hotel is independent, they partner with independent companies—like SKOAH that supplies the soaps and shampoos. Families love the rooftop pool—just the place after a long day of sightseeing or visiting colleges.
We also spent a night at the Fairmont Battery Wharf that was on the waterfront and easy walking distance everywhere from Boston’s famous North End neighborhood famous for Paul Revere’s House and Italian food. Local kids told me that Regina’s Pizza and Mike’s Pastry were must stops. Kids also love the New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace as well as other top tourist sites. “Fantastic hotel, everyone was so nice!” said Ashish Choksi, visiting with his family from Germany.
By the way, if you are up at Copley Square, stop in and see Catie Copley—the historic hotel’s resident Lab who holds court in the Lobby. She’s always up for visitors, especially young ones! If you are a guest, you can take Catie for a walk. The hotel recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a big renovation highlighting its history and it’s fun for kids to see what a grand hotel was like then. OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is also fun with its historic ambiance but modern farm-to-table restaurant where you can order everything from a crab cake and New England Clam Chowder to warm pretzels, tuna roll and mac and cheese.
We rode out a rainstorm at Miele Brasiere Provencale, one of the restaurants in the Intercontinental Boston, where just outside we could see The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and The Children’s Museum along Fort Point Channel and also close to Boston’s new Rose Kennedy Greenway. Not only is it convenient, but if parents need a break, besides the restaurants, the hotel has a large (6,600 square feet!) spa. I liked that the kids menu includes ham and cheese crepe and Nutella crepes for desert!
Look for packages at these hotels and others that are meant for families touring top sites like The Children’s Museum and The New England Aquarium.