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Sad to leave our lovely bunk room in the International Youth Hostel and set off for another walking route through Boston to Fenway Stadium for the game.
We went through the Formal Gardens of Boston that have bronze Mother duck and ducklings. Toddlers were queueing up by standing over the babies and working up to the mother for the photo opportunity. Ruth was too bashful so mum took her place and got the shot.
Onwards through Back Bay- interesting use ...
... goslings holding up traffic..
After battling the intricacies if the T rail ticketing machine we managed to get on the right train into the city of Boston.. soo different from Manhattan... winding city streets and loads of tourist transport trolly cars.
The pavements even have strips of coloured bricks in them for tourists to follow along the many predesignated historical walks..
We did loads of ...
... fig would only get worse the further out to sea we got. I made my way back to Long Wharf where I learnt the trip was still going ahead! I was at first delighted but then thought maybe the weather might mitigate what we got to see or how many whales an how much activity (despite my enthusiasm I am no whale connoisseur!). It was now beginning to get windy and the crew were warding off those with sea sickness. Those probe to seasickness were told that they could be given ...
... also the birthplace of John Adams, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere and other key revolutionary figures - they are celebrated throughout the city. For a lover of history, this was a great day. The walk also showcased what a lovely city Boston is. Where New York is busy, bustling and loud; Boston is more refined, quiet and lovely. Wish I was staying an extra ...
... on the third floor where my room was. I refuse to call them bedrooms, because they shouldn't have had beds in them! There was no way ANY human being should have to sleep in such conditions, especially when they're paying over $80 a night to do so. The room had a pungent chemical-like smell, was airless, stinking hot and the fan whirring away on the ceiling only served to make the smell and heat move faster around the room. It contained a metal cot, ancient battered wardrobe in ...
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Ducks in Beantown
Well its not the Ritz or Four Seasons but its certainly not a typical Sheraton or Hilton. Collonade Hotel in Boston was terrific. Rooms are huge and the staff was extremely friendly. I would highly recommend. Read another review that said the elevators were slow... we found out they installed new ones and we never waited for one. What really impressed us was the nice touches like a DUCK in every room. Our little one was so happy to receive his own rubber duck. Their new fitness center was terrific. It looked brand new and had all the things I use at the gym - ellipticals and free weights. We ate in their restaurant, Braserie Jo and it was amazing. Good thing we were guests of the hotel, it was packed. Terrific location for shopping, and a baseball game at Fenway, Highly recommend.
Visited the Colonnade this past weekend. I had never heard of them before but found it to be a surprising find. Great location in Back Bay with all of the shopping. I walked over to Fenway which was 3 blocks away... They had a T stop (Bostons train) outside the front door, which was convenient for me to go see my friends north of boston. Their health club was incredible. It must be brand new... everything looked fresh. Unfortunately, I had to check a couple of e-mails (not a complete vacation) but they had a business center that was reasonable there. Oh, there's a huge Barnes and Noble across the street from the hotel. It has 2 Starbucks (awesome) and a large selection. Spent some time there. The staff of the hotel was very nice and genuine. I would recommend this hotel to anyone...
Best Kept Secret -TIP
We had never heard of this hotel before. Found it on the internet. Arrived at the hotel and got a little nervous when we saw the outside. But it was a great location - near the malls and Fenway. Turns out the inside is nothing like the outside- beautiful lobby- cherry wood and huge flowers and chandelere. Staff was exceptional. My family and I thought they were extremely friendly. They had valet parking - guess everyone does in boston. We went out and visited Boston and their concierge was excellent in giving suggestions. The room was very comfortable and had big windows the whole length of the room. TIP / Word of advice - - ask for the rooms facing the front of the hotel - they have much nicer bathrooms.
My One Night Of Luxury
I spent an excellent night at the Colonnade Hotel having arrived in Boston for the very first time. The staff were excellent, as was the room. I was fortunate enough to arrive at the beginning of Summer 2001, as a local paper proudly heralded and I made the most of the rooftop pool. This in itself was worth the money... blazing temperatures, a pool 11(?) flights up, and Moby and Bob Marley on the rooftop stereo... What an amazing day. My only regret was that this was a single night of extravagance as I spent my remaining month in and around Boston hostelling. Dont get me wrong, I loved the hostelling part but oh for one more night at the Colonnade! I would recommend it to anyone and I intend to at least squeeze in one night there if I make it back to Boston in summer 2003.
Reminds me of Europe
We thought this hotel was a nice surprise. Not much in terms of the outside look but their staff was so nice. They were friendly and the concierge told us everything great in Boston. We went to a Celtics game and when we got back to the hotel - the person remembered us and asked how we enjoyed the game.There is a restaurant at the hotel named Brassere Jo. Not sure if it is part of the hotel or not.. but it was terrific and affordable. With the parking in Boston being so expensive it was niec to find great food at a fair price. I would recommend their french fries which were better than Mcdonalds.Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel. We have stayed there before in another hotel that was mediocre at best. This hotel reminds us of the european hotels... lots of charm and understated elegance.
What a Great Hotel
Stayed there with my family on February 14th - Had a phenomenal valentines dinner in their French restaurant. Kids loved their welcome kid packs. We were even able to borrow some N Sync CD's from their comlimentary library. Only complaint was that the pool wasn't open as it is on the hotel's roof. Staff was extremely courteous and you cannot beat the location. It was cold out and the bellman pointed out this new tunnel that connects the hotel to the prudential mall. . . how convenient. I would whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone. Luxury hotel for a reasonable price.
The room was AWFUL!!! It was small, dark and dingy....The bathroom was so small, you had to stand in a certain spot in order to even close the bathroom door! We were booked for two nights and left after the first night.. It was nothing like the web site!!
Grossly misrepresented on most websites... don't be fooled!
The front desk was rude, there was mildew in the tub, there was no shampoo provided, there was no CD player in the room, it was badly furnished, ugly, ugly, UGLY... to put it bluntly, the only thing this property has going for it is its location. Avoid at all cost. Don't be fooled: this hotel isn't chic nor "European-style"... it is nothing more than a Holiday Inn, and badly appointed at that.
The Colonnade Hotel in Boston was a terrible disappointment. Good sized, nicely appointed rooms, excellent location close to great shopping, dining and transport, but completely and utterly soul-less. It also is the noisiest hotel I have ever stayed at. The rooms fronting busy Huntington Avenue are not sufficiently sound-proofed. Housekeeping staff were unbelievably inconsiderate despite our having the Privacy Please sign on our door lots of chatting between rooms, laughing and banging of trolleys. While it is unusual to have an impact drill tearing away at concrete in your hotel, we also had that to contend with and it got to the point where we went for a walk for a few hours, just to get away from the noise INSIDE our hotel room! I brought it to the attention of the Front Desk, they promised to bring it up with the Duty Manager, and despite my leaving a second message directly with his office, he didnt bother to get back to me. Food and beverage prices are also disproportionately high compared to the quality of the property.
In summary, the better than usual promotional rates simply arent worth it. For very little more, stay at the higher quality Marriott Copley Place. It is just as well located (one minutes walk up from The Colonnade) and a far better hotel in every respect.
What a great hotel. Arrived with two boys and the front desk gave them a fanny pack filled with toys. If that wasnt enough...once we got to the room there was a duck in the tub. I then realized my problem only 1 duck. Called the front desk and they hand delivered another one for my other son. What great service, and location. Secret discovery found is that the Colonnade is now connected to the Mall via the underground T and only blocks from Fenway...Highly recommend hotel.