Okay, I admit, I’m a bit of a hotel snob. I love going to hotels and resorts, and really nice ones at that. I save money all year long in just about all my shopping. So, when we go on that getaway or day trip, I go feeling good that I’m treating myself and family to a place that I really want to be at. That being said, I still have ways to get around not paying that top dollar price and I also find deals all around where we’re staying to keep in my travel budget.
When Boston Harbor Hotel invited me to stay there for a Mother’s Day for a review, I was honored. I love going to Boston, it’s so fun and the Boston Harbor Hotel is in a terrific location for walking to many fun places. Getting to the hotel from NH, was very easy. We went on a Saturday, so we didn’t have the weekday work traffic, and it was only a few turns off the highway. We parked our car in the front of the hotel, the Bellman took care of our luggage and our car while we registered.
We got to the hotel before noon so the hotel stored our luggage for us while we went to the New England Aquarium. The Aquarium was only a couple blocks away, we didn’t have to bother with a taxi. We hadn’t been to the Aquarium in years, so I was surprised to see the stingray pool they had. Didn’t think I”d be touching stingrays that day, that’s for sure. So neat. You can spend plenty of time at the Aquarium. My mom, daughter and I watched the seals for at least an hour. They gave us a show of their own- jumping over each other in the water, “playing tag”, antagonizing each other. I can’t believe how playful they are; so entertaining.
From the Aquarium, we headed to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for some lunch and live free entertainment. While we were there, we were able to see 2 shows. Again, this is free entertainment and you can throw a few dollars in a hat when they’re done for a donation. Hungry and don’t know what you want to eat? Well, the choices you’ll have as you walk through the Marketplace will either make you happy or more confused, LOL. Faneuil Hall is a fun place to go for walking, shopping, eating and entertainment.
An experience I think that is a must, is to go to Haymarket Square. Again, this is all walking distance, but we made this our last stop because we were planning on buying a lot of fruit and veggies to bring back with us. So from here, we were going back to our hotel. Haymarket Square is an open-air fruit and veggie market. Go at the end of the day and you can talk their low prices down even lower. There berries and packaged fruit will need to be used or frozen within a day or two but the melons and such are like getting fresh. We spent $11 and got 2 dozen corn, 3 packages of black berries, 6 packages of red raspberries, 6 pounds of grapes and 2 personal size watermelons! Amazing isn’t it?!
What a fun day,but we were most ready to go and relax at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It’s absolutely beautiful. The room decor was my favorite pallet of colors. We had a city view or you can choose a water view-both are stunning. There are hotel restaurants where you can eat inside or along the wharf.
Out the backdoor of the hotel is the Odyssey Boat where you can choose to have dinner while taking a scenic tour. I’m definitely doing this with my hubby this summer.
The Concierge is most helpful in planning your stay. The day before we arrived, I had called for a few recommendations and they offered to send an email of all sorts of places that would be of interest for us. It’s helpful to have such a service when you’re not so familiar with the area and not sure what to do in a city as big as Boston. Later that evening after enjoying time in our room, us girls headed to the pool ! We actually were there so long, we closed the place. They have the lap pool, the whirlpool and a steam room in the locker rooms. They also have a sitting room by the pool where there’s a TV and more of a “living room” setting. There were guests in there with fruit and cheese platters, watching a game on TV and playing games too.
Our stay went by way too fast! If Monday wasn’t a work and school day, we would have certainly stayed another evening. We enjoyed Sunday Brunch and then strolled down a few blocks to the Greenway Carousel and to Columbus park for more photos. We had a wonderful stay and I’m looking forward to returning and exploring more of Boston!