Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf Expert Review | Fodor’s Travel

With its 80-foot-tall outdoor archway and rotunda and classic city and harbor views, the Boston Harbor Hotel is synonymous with über-hospitality. The splurge-worthy beauty is as stunning inside as out, thanks to marble arches, framed antique maps, and an ample placement of fresh flowers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel’s older, well-heeled clientele has been coming here for ages.


Custom-made desks, Frette linens, flat-panel Smart TVs, in-room tablets and laptop-size safes give the guest rooms, which are definitely on the larger side, a leg up on other city lodgings. Large picture windows have either have a waterfront or city view. (Both are beautiful, by the way.)

YOU SHOULD KNOW Daily shoe shines are complimentary.

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Marble bathrooms with rainfall showers come with Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze by Italian House La Bottega amenities, perfect for luxuriating in the deep soaking tubs.


The picture of New England sophistication, the Boston Harbor Hotel exudes high-end gravitas. A spacious lobby with plenty of plush seating has a nautical vibe, but not in a cheesy way. Just off the lobby is the Business Center, with plenty of private office space and everything you need to fulfill administrative tasks.

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There is a three lane, 60-foot swimming pool at the health club.


Cozy up in a spa robe and slippers for a visit to the Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa, the picture of rejuvenation and serenity. Have a massage or Moroccan Oil Manicure in the “Relaxation Salon,” or sit back in the sauna or eucalyptus-infused steam room. There is also a jacuzzi.


Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa is a luxurious spot to get your fitness on. There’s plenty of cardio and strength training equipment, as well as free weights. Certified personal trainers available for advice or private sessions.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Forgot your workout clothes? No problem. The BHH will provide shorts, shirts, and socks.

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The excellent on-site restaurant, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, offers some of the city’s best views of Boston Harbor and contemporary American cuisine. The Rowes Wharf Sea Grille is delicious and beautiful, and has an awesome outdoor terrace overlooking the water.

If you like to eat as soon as you wake up, don’t miss the breakfast pre-order menu.

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The Rowes Wharf Bar is both sophisticated and welcoming.

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