A $13 million redesign reinvigorated the Ritz-Carlton Boston's 193 guest rooms and suites, corridors, Ballroom and Club Lounge last year. Now, the classy Downtown hotel continues to be one of Boston's most luxurious getaways, bordered by Boston Common on one side, and the grittier Downtown Crossing neighborhood on the other. Guests will love the opportunity to step outside and have the city at their fingertips.
Spacious rooms, which have either a view of the city, landscaped terrace, or the park, have been made over in hues of blue, grey and mustard. The elegant spaces features sleek new working desks, 400-thread-count Frette linens, cable and satellite service with premium movie channels and Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora access, Tivoli Radios and alarm clocks, and 49-inch LED TV's. There's also complimentary daily newspapers and bedside USB charging ports. If you're looking to splurge, check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner-inspired Parkview Suites, which start at $2,495 a night.
Beautiful marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and separate showers. Curl up in the plush terry cloth robes, or sink into the tub and enjoy the Asprey bath amenities.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Toilets with bidets are available upon request.
Warm wood walls and trim complement an extensive art collection in the lobby, where modern furnishings provide seating at check-in (no front desk here!) and lights are made of hand-blown Murano glass.
There is a 25-yard lap pool in the Equinox Sports Club, but keep in mind that entrance is not complimentary unless you're on the Club Level.
Located within the Equinox Sports Club, the spa is a beautiful and relaxing oasis that provides everything from aromatherapy facials to regenerative massages.
The Equinox Sports Club, a 100,000-square-foot luxury sports and fitness complex, is directly connected to the hotel. It has everything you'd want in a gym, ranging from diverse classes and cardio machines to a squash court and basketball court. Equinox has its own healthy cafe, Blu, as well as a Marc Harris Salon.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Keep in mind that there is a fee to access Equinox Sports Club, unless you're staying on the Club Level where access is complimentary.
Focusing on locally-sourced, seasonal American food, Artisan Bistro is the hotel's comfortable (and a bit pricey!) restaurant.
Artisan Bistro has menus specifically those those who are vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and dairy-free.
The 1950's inspired Avery Bar is a beautiful space that serves cocktails and small bites. Try one of their 10 signature martinis.
A stay at the Ritz means guests can travel on foot to Boston neighborhoods like Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and Downtown Crossing. If you want to take the T, the Boylston stop on the Green Line is right across the street, while the Chinatown stop on the Orange and Red Lines is just around the corner. The MBTA Silver Line bus also provides easy access into the South End from the area around the Ritz.
Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen (1-minute walk), which is located right around the corner from the Ritz, has a great outdoor patio in the warm weather where you can relax and people watch (which in the bustling Downtown Crossing neighborhood is very interesting). For a true fine dining experience, head toward Beacon Hill to try Barbara Lynch's famous No. 9 Park (8-minute walk). The close proximity of the Ritz to Chinatown means endless opportunities for dim sum and then some.
Yvonne's (6-minute walk) is a popular hotspot that fills up at night with the well-heeled locals. If you're looking for more of a classic Irish pub, head around the corner to The Tam (4-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Ritz is one of the most luxurious getaways in the city of Boston, but still manages to be at the foot of several different diverse neighborhoods.