Fodor's Expert Review Mandarin Oriental, Boston
776 Boylston St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02199, USA, Boston, Massachusetts 02199, USA See on Map
The picture of luxury, the Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined touches the brand is known for. Centrally located in Boston's Back Bay, the Mandarin connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions.
The hotel's Asian inspiration is a fun change for preppy Boston. Large guest rooms—for the city, anyway—are outfitted with contemporary Asian design, HD LCD TV's, and 400-thread-count linens that will have you snoring in no time. Some rooms have beautiful views of the bustling Back Bay neighborhood.
Oversize bathrooms include a soaking tub and separate walk-in showers.
The limestone-and-marble lobby offers direct access to the Prudential Center and Copley Place, and other gallery-like public areas are adorned with museum-quality art. Feel like a pot of seasonal tea at check-in? It's complimentary.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, is perhaps the most luxurious in all of Boston. Focusing on both the mind and body, they offer everything from massages and facials to craniosacral therapy and Himalayan Singing Bowls. It's also one of the few spas in the country to feature Biologique Recherche, and the only spa in the U.S. to offer Linda Meredith Couture Facials.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you've booked a service at the spa, head over 45 minutes early so you can enjoy the quartz crystal steam room and vitality pool.
The state-of-the-art fitness center has the usual cardio and weight lifting machines, as well as unique touches like a personal Kinesis Wall and TRX Suspension Training. Personal trainers are also available upon request, as are private yoga and Pilates classes.
Prefer to get outside the gym? Just ask the concierge for a jogging map.
The hotel's signature restaurant is Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and wine bar from internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud.
Trust us- don't skip a glance as the dessert menu.
The wine bar at Bar Boulud specializes in options from areas near Boulud's hometown of Lyon, France. However, they have many varieties of wine from beyond France, and also feature a popular cocktail menu. The Lobby Lounge also hosts a Champagne afternoon tea through March 31st.
The hotel's Boylston Street location means guests are in walking distance of most major attractions. However, they can easily hop aboard the MBTA's Green Line at the nearby Copley stop, or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line. There is also complimentary house car service.
Back Bay is filled with restaurant options. For a steak, head across the street to Abe & Louie's (1-minute walk) or head toward the South End to try Grill 23 5-minute drive, 13-minute walk). Just around the corner is Jody Adams's newest restaurant, a Mediterranean favorite named Porto 3-minute walk), and there are several more casual grab-and-go options inside the nearby Prudential Center (1-minute walk).
For a busy singles scene, stroll toward Lolita Back Bay (6-minute walk). If you'd prefer a classic tavern vibe, Sola's Irish Pub (3-minute walk) is just down Boylston Street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Mandarin may be the most luxurious hotel in Boston. A visit to the Spa at Mandarin Oriental is an experience you don't want to miss.