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Boston Hotels

Ritz-Carlton Boston Common

  • 10 Avery St. Map It
  • Clubby Atmosphere

Pros

  • The Sports Club's very social blu eatery has a great post-gym scene
  • Central location

Cons

  • Some complain that guest rooms are too dark and lack "wow" factor
  • Food service is "brutally expensive."

Updated 11/11/2013

Fodor's Review

The Sports Club/LA, the Ritz's mega–fitness center, is the go-to gym for visiting celebs and poptarts, so you might feel a bit more fabulous—or a whole lot fatter—simply by hanging out here. While traditionalists often compare the modern hotel unfavorably to other Ritz-Carltons, it's only fair to judge it for what it is: a sleek, contemporary spot that speaks more to rock stars than royalty. Plus, thanks to the shuttering of the Newbury Street Ritz-Carlton (known

to locals as the "old Ritz") and an $11 million remodeling, this location is getting all the attention. Warm wood walls and trim complement an extensive art collection in the lobby lounge, where furnishings are draped in velvet and silk, and lamps are made of hand-blown Venetian glass. Guest rooms are dressed in apricot, yellow, and blue, with hardwood armoires and separate marble showers and deep tubs. Some rooms have spectacular views of Boston Common. A short walk will get you to Downtown Crossing's shopping zone, the Theater District, and Newbury Street. Besides the gym, the hotel complex houses a movie theater, and, the Avery Bar and the Artisan Bistro.

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Hotel Information

Address:

10 Avery St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02111, United States

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Phone:

617-574–7100; 800-241–3333

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 150 rooms, 43 suites
  • No meals

Updated 11/11/2013

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By Sandy

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Sep 17, 2004

Good people/Great Place

Friendly, polite and helpful staff- everyone from the check-in desk and doormen & bellmen to the concierge, who gave GREAT tips on Italian restaurants. Beautiful and convenient location for walking/running/sightseeing.

By Brian

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Oct 26, 2003

A Disappointment

In terms of design, I liked this hotel a lot. It wasn't nearly as frumpy as most Carltons. As others have observed, it is similar in some ways to the design of the Four Seasons in San Francisco (a place I have stayed twice and love). Unfortunately, the comparison ends with the design. I just found the service to be deficient for a property where the cheapest room goes for over $300 a night. Housekeeping made several minor but irritating mistakes

(e.g., forgetting to leave out the evening tray, failing to empty a wastebasket, forgetting to leave a towel). Each of these was minor, but added up to a level of service that can only be described as "average" for a five star hotel. Room service completely lost my order and the replacement was sent up without juice, as ordered. The concierge was mysteriously absent for stretches of time one morning when directions and an umbrella were needed and when I inquired at the front desk about an umbrella, I was told curtly that, "You have to get those from the (absent) concierge." The lobby bar had no waiters in evidence. At the other bar, service was excruciatingly slow. Again, these failings were not monumental standing alone, but altogether they made the hotel a diappointment and not up to the standards expected of a five star property.

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By William

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Jul 21, 2003

AMAZING

I have stayed at all the Four Season properties and disagree w/ Elliott about the Ritz rooms being exactly the same as the FS in San Fran. They are both contemporary style wise but that is it. This hotel beats every Four Seasons hotel (not resort) I have stayed at.

By Robbie

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Jul 11, 2003

Best hotel in Boston

This hotel is amazing!!! The staff is extremely professional and gracious. Expedia did not confirm our stay, but they gave us a room and accepted our confirmation papers from Expedia. They also put us in the largest room w/ two doubles. It was on the 11th floor had a foyer and a great bathroom w/ a separate shower and tub. The room had goldish bedspreads and dark wood furniture w/ modern touches. Also there is free internet access in the lobby.

The best part about this hotel is the health club and loews theatre. The health club is huge (100,000 sq ft) w/ everything (basketball courts, squash courts, lap pool, etc...). Definitely stay for the weekend. The only problem w/ our stay was they shut down the power at our hotel, but the Ritz brought us to the other property. We were upgraded to the club floor and sat there for a couple of hours. We did not care, we were pampered w/ champagne and tons of hors d'oeuvres. Unfortunately they could not give us a room, but they gave us a complimentary stay in a Garden view club floor room. I would stay at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common over the older Ritz. It is worth every penny, if you can afford it go for it.

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