Mandarin Oriental Boston
What it is
A Back Bay institution, with 148 opulent rooms, a holistic spa and a Bar Boloud.
What it isn't
Fitted with a pool. But in Boston, where the average daily temperature is 58 degrees, you won’t miss it.
What we think
Rooms at Mandarin Oriental Boston are everything one expects from the brand: streamlined and luxurious, with subtle nods to Asia in the form of bamboo flooring, silk curtains and Deco-meets-chinoiserie detailing. Upgrade to a Deluxe Room for a corner sofa straight out of Silver Screen Hollywood and a space carefully dotted with charming Asian artifacts. We love that the room service menu here is every bit as divinely planned as what you’ll find in the restaurants downstairs; don’t miss ordering the whipped lemon ricotta buttermilk pancakes at breakfast and steamed pork dumplings with ponzu sauce after your bar crawl.
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This being a Mandarin Oriental, service is extra pampering (note the 16,000-square foot spa).
Chef Daniel Boloud is appropriately choosy when it comes to where he places his name, but it’s no surprise this hotel was up to snuff for a Bar Boulud. This one, with wine barrel vaulted ceilings and a wall hewn of reclaimed wine crates, is an oenophiles dream. You belly up to the zinc-topped bar and order a glass of bubbly and a delectable horde of bistro classics (roasted bone marrow with veal jus; escargot—direct from Burgundy—in garlic almond herb butter). It’s a trip to France, by way of the Back Bay.
On Boston’s tony Boylston Street in the Back Bay, just two blocks from Skywalk Observatory (from which you can see 100 miles around, on a sunny day) and two blocks in the opposite direction from Old South Church, founded back in 1669.
Restaraunts & Bars
Asana - American cuisine
M Bar & Lounge
W Hotel Bar