InterContinental Boston Review

By Jonathan Spira on 16 February 2011
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Centuries ago, visitors to Boston from far away lands arrived by ship in Boston Harbor.  Today, the very site of the Boston Tea Party, a milestone event in the American Revolution, is also the location of a gleaming new hotel, the InterContinental Boston.  Business travelers can reach the InterContinental in the same fashion, albeit via water taxi from Logan Airport to the hotel’s private dock.

In my case, however, I drove.  It was easy to find the InterContinental. It faces both the harbor and the Rose Kennedy Greenway (part of the former Big Dig site) and its two glistening blue glass towers are the height of the masts of those tall ships that brought earlier generations of travelers to the city.

Greeting me at the entrance was an eagle landing on its nest. Inside I found an octopus and seascape not to mention an owl and a tree frog in the elegant lobby, all part of an art installation by local artist Chris Williams.


My room was a superior suite with a separate living room that had a comfortable sitting area as well as a dining table that seated four.  Despite the hotel’s size (424 rooms, 38 suites), there was a very intimate feel to everything.  Views from my room were incredible (see slide show below).

The bed was extremely comfortable and allowed for a restful night’s sleep.  I particularly liked the lounge chair in the bedroom and I tried to figure out how I could fit a similar piece of furniture into my own bedroom.


A generously-sized desk was in a corner of the living room and the desk chair provided excellent support.  I kept wishing, however, that the desk were situated in the direction of the harbor for the view.

Wireless Internet ($6.95 for one hour or $14.95 for 24 hours) was fast and easy to set up.

To unwind, a 6,600-square-foot spa and health club were also available.  Spa services include classic massage techniques, hot stone treatments, and body wraps and exfoliations.  I was invited to bring my own iPod to my massage, but I declined and asked the massage therapist to select appropriate music instead.  The massage was relaxing and invigorating after a stressful day of meetings.


Breakfast was served in Miel, the hotel’s organic Provençal brasserie.  The French toast was excellent and the service was superb.  Other dining options included Sushi-Teq, a combination sushi-tequila restaurant and RumBa, the hotel’s bar.

The hotel has its own rooftop apiary with a colony of over 40,000 honey bees.  Miel (which means “honey” in French) incorporates the hotel’s honey into various dishes throughout the year.

Before my departure, I ordered a hamburger from in-room dining and the extra-large and very tasty patty and the accompanying French fries were served hot, just as if I were sitting in the restaurant.


Although the InterContinental is convenient to everything including transportation (subway lines, ferries, water taxis) as well as sites ranging from Faneuil Hall, the Seaport, the Financial District, and to Chinatown, it is also an oasis of serenity that one notices as soon as one crosses its portal.  The staff did everything possible to make my stay a pleasant one and they not only succeeded in this but have made me hope that I will have many future visits to Boston and this hotel.

InterContinental Boston
510 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, Ma. 02210
+1 617 747-1000

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.




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