Oozing luxury, class and Bostonian elegance, the Mandarin Oriental is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Boston.
After a night stay enjoying the luxuries of Hotel Marlowe in Boston, we headed to the Mandarin Oriental for our second night in the city. The hotel is very well located and is a 15-minute taxi drive from the airport, or a 10-minute taxi from the main bus station.
The position of the Mandarin Oriental c
ould not be more central. Located on one of the most central streets of Boston, the hotel is right next door to bars, cafes, high-end boutique stores and Boston’s historic sites and landmarks. If you love a good view (like I do), then the prudential centre is a couple of doors down – head up to the skywalk observatory on the 50th floor for sensational views of the city, and for best photo opportunities go up at sunset.
CHECK – IN AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL
As soon as we arrived, our bags were taken off us and taken up to our room by the men on concierge. The reception staff were very friendly and offered us a complimentary welcome drink of raspberry iced tea brought up to our room. First impressions of the hotel were great; a grand lobby with an impressive open feature entrance, floor to ceiling windows and a chic oriental feel. I liked the hard materials and hues in the lobby and felt it very business like.
We stayed in a Mandarin Back Bay room with view of Boylston street from the window. Our arrival was made extra special by the unexpected gift of fresh fruit awaiting us – yum! The room was designed in a Modern art style manner with chic Art Deco touches.
It was large with a beautiful king sized bed and sofa area, huge TV, walk in wardrobes and a desk in the corner complete with a wide array of stationary which was perfect because I forgot my lip-liner sharpener! I loved the colour scheme of the room as all the pastel colours gelled perfectly together, making for a really relaxing stay.
The room also featured an iPhone dock with speakers, a well-stocked mini bar, a shoe horn, a torch, an iron, an ironing board, an umbrella, a shoe-shine kit, a safe, an espresso machine, an alarm clock with a USB port, numerous magazines and books and weighing scales in the bathroom (definitely steered clear of those…).
The bathroom was super spacious and featured a huge bathtub in one corner of the room and a large glass panelled rain shower in the opposite corner.
It was also fully stocked with luxury MO toiletries, fluffy white towels and cosy robes. I really liked the vanity case on the sink, which featured a miniature sewing kit, shower cap, nail kit, vanity pack and sanitary bag – little added extras that not every hotel offers.
THE DINING EXPERIENCE
We dined in Mandarin Oriental’s restaurant Bar Boulud, created by award-winning chef Daniel Boulud. Bar Boulud serves a range of cuisines and features an extensive wine list as well as delicious cocktails.
The restaurant was classy with a stunning feature bar and beautiful wooden ceiling, and had a great atmosphere. My boyfriend had the hanger steak and I chose the fish and chips, which was delish – not a bone in sight. The service was faultless and our waiter was very friendly, asking us about our plans for the city and what we did in New York beforehand.
ITS A SUSHI THING
Shortly before our stay, the Mandarin opened a pop-up sushi shop, Maki@MO, in the entrance area of the hotel, serving made to order sushi from 11:30am – 7pm Tues – Sat. We were invited down for a glass of champagne and to experience the sushi-making first hand, and found ourselves sat in one of the cosy booths in front of the fireplace.
As Maki@Mo is open to both guests and the general public, I highly recommend popping over to the Mandarin if you are in Boston as this experience is one not to be missed. Not only is the sushi to die for, but standing with the chef and observing the sushi being made makes for a really personable experience. The prices are very reasonable, with 8 pieces of delicious sushi costing $10.
FRANKIE SAYS RELAX
Although we didn’t use the spa, I had a peak through the glass doors and it looked stunning. Treatments include full body massages, facials, exfoliations, aroma stone massages and body wraps. There is also a vitality pool, ice fountain and a few relaxation lounges – the perfect way to spend an evening after a day exploring the city.
Mandarin Oriental is a great choice for both business and pleasure, and its central location makes it a perfect base for those in search of a little luxury whilst staying in the central hub of the city. A night at the Mandarin starts at USD 495 per night.
Perfect for those who like a little luxury, those in search of total relaxation, foodies, sushi lovers.
Would you like to stay at the Mandarin Oriental? To book your stay visit: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston/.
776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 USA
+1 (617) 535 8888
Thank you to Sara and the rest of the team for hosting us at the Mandarin and for providing some of these photos.