A mix of four different guest and residence buildings, a stay at the Battery Wharf Hotel feels like a vacation on a luxury compound. Located along Boston's ever-expanding Harborwalk in the North End neighborhood, the BWH is great for those who want to be near downtown attractions like Quincy Market, the New England Aquarium, and the TD Garden, but also want opulent surroundings.
Rooms offer all the good stuff you'd expect at this price point, like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, ergonomic chairs, and Nespresso coffeemakers. Pillowtop mattresses are covered with European bedding, down duvets and pillows, and luxurious sheets. And here's a plus: the windows open, so you can enjoy the cool breezes coming off the Boston waterfront.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's only a small amount of rooms that have double beds, so keep that in mind when booking.
The four guest and residence buildings resemble a gated community, minus the gates. They are, however, connected underground. Inside, savvy decorators resisted the obvious nautical theme and went for a "manly modern" look. That means lots of polished nickel, maple, and granite, with sparkling contemporary glass sculpture by artist Nikolas Weinstein.
Exhale, an upscale spa, is a 13,000-square-foot on-site facility that features 12 zen-inspired therapy rooms where you can experience everything from acupuncture and massage to nail therapies and facials. Guests at the Battery Wharf Hotel receive a discount for treatments.
If you're heading to Exhale for a treatment, don't skip a visit to their hammam (think Turkish bath), the only one in New England.
There is a gym with cardio equipment and weights, but you may have to switch buildings to get there. The on-site Exhale also specializes in group fitness, with classes like barre, yoga, and HIIT in a beautiful environment. The recent addition of their Core Cycle studio is another added bonus. Hotel guests receive a discount at Exhale.
If you'd like to get out of the gym, you can borrow a bicycle from the hotel.
Aragosta Bar and Bistro, which serves classic New England-fare with a bit of a steakhouse vibe, features an open kitchen and a sprawling outdoor terrace with views of Boston Harbor. The recent addition of Cafe Amalfi, which serves Illy gourmet coffee, is a welcome addition with a great patio for enjoying an iced tea on a hot day.
If the weather's up to it, curl up in a chair on Aragosta's Terrace around the urban fire pits.
Grab a seat at the Battery Lounge, where you can enjoy cocktails and small plates, and even live music on the weekends.
Guests at the Battery Wharf Hotel can easily travel on foot into the North End and Haymarket areas, as well as the Financial District. If you're looking to hop on the T, catch the train at either the Haymarket stop on the Green and Orange Lines, or the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line. However, keep in mind that each stop is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel. There's also a water taxi stand on-site, which can travel to a variety of spots including Logan International Airport.
The North End, known as Boston's Little Italy, is an iconic neighborhood for food. Try everything from the gigantic slices of pizza at Ernesto's (9-minute walk) to the luxurious fine Italian cuisine at Bricco (8-minute walk). And don't forget to cap off your culinary tour with a visit to Modern Pastry (7-minute walk), which is adored by locals over the tourist-filled Mike's Pastry across the street.
Grab a cocktail and a cigar at Stanza di Sigari (6-minute walk), an old-school cigar bar. For a classic dive bar, the Corner Cafe (8-minute walk) is tucked away on a side street, but it's the perfect spot with plenty of locals. For carefully-crafted cocktails, try Ward 8 (12-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're looking for luxury but want to stay in the North End neighborhood, the Battery Wharf Hotel is the best option. It also puts you right around the corner from Hanover Street, Boston's famed Italian boulevard lined with restaurants and pastry shops.