Call it the anti-boutique hotel: The 424-room InterContinental, facing both the waterfront and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, consists of two opulent, 22-story towers wrapped in blue glass. In a nod to the city's history, the skyscrapers are the height of old ships' masts (and are curved like sails), and the pewter bar at in-house RumBa would surely delight metalsmith Paul Revere. The lobby gleams with Italian marble, and hallways are lined with Texan limestone, lending the large space a sleek, upscale aesthetic. Upstairs, guest rooms are wired with the latest technology and have flat-screen TVs and spacious bathrooms done in mosaic tile and granite, with separate tubs and showers. Other draws are the 6,600-square-foot spa and health club and a pool that overlooks Atlantic Avenue and the Greenway. Sushi-Teq, the hotel's strange-but-good sushi-tequila restaurant, regularly draws lively crowds, while movers and shakers from Financial District banking, real estate, and law firms make merry after work at the aforementioned RumBa. The hotel's brasserie, Miel, serves organic Provençal cuisine.
Sep 24, 2012
I love the convenient location of the Intercontinental Boston. It overlooks water on one side & a beautiful common on the other side. It is with in walking distance to a train station and many restaurants. This property is in a great area for walking & exploring. The Boutique style hotel has lovely rooms which are updated & clean. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. I would not stay anywhere else in Boston.
Jan 15, 2011
Nice Choice in Boston I stayed here for 2 nights in mid-August 2010 using a Priority Club award, which I feel was a great usage of my accumulated points. I was pleased with the hotel location along the Fort Point Channel - it was possible to walk everywhere, yet also close to the water taxis, ferries, bus terminal (South Station), and subway lines. I walked to Fanieul Hall, the Seaport area, Financial District, Chinatown, etc. The lobby is very modern
looking, and there is a small gift shop, fitness center/spa/pool (which I did not see), sushi restaurant (Sushi-Teq), French brasserie (Miel), and rum bar (RumBa). There is some outdoor seating on the promenade along the river, so if it's a nice day, you can eat and dine outside while enjoying the view. There is a small, pretty park outside the front door of the hotel. The guestrooms and bathrooms were spacious. I had read some reviews about the sliding frosted glass panels between the bathroom and the bedroom areas, and I found them to be an interesting artistic touch that didn't hinder our privacy too much (although it's not as private as a traditional wall, obviously). The bathrooms have a separate standing shower and soaking tub, and bathrobes are provided. The bath products were standard Holiday Inn issue - disappointing for their flagship brand! There is a safe and umbrella in the closet. The rooms have mini-bars, but guests are warned not to touch or move anything, because they use an electronic system that charges you for things that you merely touch but do not consume. Parking was not included, but offered for $39 per day. The ICON garage is just passed the hotel entryway. I'm not sure if the rates are better if you park your car yourself (we used the valet); it is all covered/underground parking. I would definitely stay here again.