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 606 Congress, the hotel's restaurant, executive chef Richard Garcia sources local, in-season ingredients for a menu of modern farm cuisine.
Sep 9, 2012
This is the second summer I have stayed at this hotel with a group of friends. The rooms are average in size; decor is tastefully nautical. The hotel is new and clean. Being so close to the waterfront is a plus, and there are several good bars and restaurants within walking distance. We've enjoyed both stays here and will probably stay again if the price is right.