Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

606 Congress St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02210, USA

Set along the working wharves of Boston Harbor, near the must-visit Institute of Contemporary Art, the Renaissance plays to a watery theme. In the modern lobby, blue-and-green glass orbs complement a suspended glass lighting fixture and spiral staircase created to look like a nautilus shell. The building is flooded with light, and most guest rooms have water views. It all adds up to a clean, cool ambience, completely different from the dark woods and colonial style you might encounter at the city's older hotels. The pool is a lap pool, not designed for lingering. If that feels a bit no-nonsense, that's just fine with the spot's business clientele, who love the proximity to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The mood changes on weekends, when package deals lure weekenders and family travelers. At M.C. Speido, James Beard Award–winning chefs Marc Gaier and Mark Frasier use a 40-inch steel spit nightly to roast locally sourced duck, chicken, and suckling pig, among other restaurant classics.


  • sleek new lobby Capiz Bar and Lounge
  • close to the Silver Line (airport transportation) and convention center


  • some guest-room harbor views are more industrial than scenic
  • hordes of conventioneers
  • far from major city attractions


Phones: 617-338–4111 | 888-796–4664


450 rooms, 21 suites
Rate Includes: No meals