Modern in design and attitude, The Colonnade has been a sophisticated mainstay of Boston's independent hotels since it opened in 1971. With superb service, comfortable rooms, and a prime Back Bay location just on the cusp of the South End, it's consistently regarded as one of the city's most respected hotels. Super shoppers will love its proximity to the Prudential Center, which is just across Huntington Avenue.
The Colonnade showcases clean, modern environs injected with hues of khaki, chocolate, and chrome. Guest-friendly touches now include 40-plus-inch flat-panel TVs, pillowtop mattresses, high-thread-count sheets, and round tables perfect for both eating and working. The floor-to-ceiling windows (that, eureka!, actually open) are triple-glazed to keep out the traffic noise of Huntington Avenue. All rooms are equipped with iHome docking station alarm clocks, a Keurig coffee/tea maker and a mini fridge with complimentary water.
Regal and stylish, the lobby at the Colonnade blends rich marble with deep wood, complemented by comfortable cream-colored furniture.
In summer, the roof-deck pool with a full bar, all-day menus, and private cabanas available for rent is the place to be, and draws a mix of local glitterati and lithe European vacationers.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Want a chair by the pool? Get there early. On weekends, it's filled with locals looking to get a spot by the water.
The Colonnade has a fitness center with plenty of modern equipment, like ellipticals, treadmills, and Icarian Strength Training equipment. Don't miss the lovely view overlooking the Back Bay neighborhood.
During the summer, check out the morning yoga glasses next to the rooftop pool.
For your gastronomic needs, Brasserie Jo is an authentic French brasserie with fantastic salads (get the niçoise).
Take a seat at the lovely bar at Brasserie Jo, where you can enjoy a seasonal cocktail, or order a quick bite off their bar menu.
Sitting on Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay, The Colonnade is just on the outer edge of the South End's St. Botolph neighborhood. The Prudential Center's stop on the MBTA Green Line is easily accessible right across the street, but many guests prefer to walk to attractions in nearby Copley Square.
There's plenty of casual food options across the street in the Prudential Center, but if you're looking for a fine dining experience, try the Capital Grille (11-minute walk) on nearby Boylston Street, or the ritzy Deuxave (14-minute walk) for modern French and American cuisine.
For a glitzy cocktail spot, head to City Bar (7-minute walk) in the Lenox Hotel. For more of a traditional bar with beer and burgers, try Whiskey's (9-minute walk) or the Pour House Bar & Grill (9-minute walk) on Boylston Street.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel lends out its Audi SUV for complimentary use. Also, their VIPets program welcomes your furry friends, complete with a pet bed, bowl, and 3 brands of dog and cat food.