Check-in is fast and efficient - most rooms have water views. We had a room on the fourth floor that I particularly liked. Because of the hotel's architecture, you felt as though you had a large terrace - the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooked a 20-foot area that was inaccessible but lovely, decorated with red brick buttresses and arches. If you look at the design of the hotel, you may better understand what I'm attempting to describe. It seemed to extend the size of the room. We overlooked the marina, public gardens, and the North End in the far distance. A beautiful view both day and night.
The bell staff is efficient with helping with luggage, hailing cabs, valet parking ($40/day), and giving directions. Noticing that we had wine with us, the bell boy immediately filled our ice bucket, got us a corkscrew and wine glasses (without our requesting it), and suggested that he bring up a small complimentary refrigerator that would keep items colder than the minibar.
The dark wood of the headboard, nightstands, desk, and armoire gave the room a warm feeling. All done in tones of green, beige, and white, it also was very relaxing. Five lamps allow you to adjust the lighting for many moods.
The closet is small, but many drawers in the armoire and nightstands keep the room clutter-free. The marble-and-granite bathroom has a great showerhead, tons of towels, aromatic green tea amenities, and a powerful hair dryer. All mirrors and artwork are framed in wood, finished in either gold or silver satin tones. A small alcove is set up with coffeemaker, small fridge(used to be a stocked minibar but has been discontinued), and a safe.
The BED!!! Oh my gosh!!! You look forward to bedtime here. It's so inviting and comfy - all white with a slight trim of beige - a feather mattress, down duvet, and an array of pillows ensure a great night's rest.
Being rated a five-star full-service Marriott, you have a pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, business center, restaurants, bars, shops, and 24-hour room service. Wi-fi Internet access and free long-distance phone calls for $10 daily. The MTA is steps from the entrance making it convenient to get around, and the North end is a 5-minute walk away. Going to the airport?? You have a choice of only two stops away on the subway for $1.25, a water taxi for $10, or a $15 cab ride.
Marriott just keeps getting better with its signature bedding and upgraded rooms - to move up another notch, they need turn-down service and a magnifying make-up mirror in the bathroom. There are nice touches - two complimentary newspapers delivered daily and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on check-in. Certainly a return-to hotel for us when visiting Boston again.
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