The Eliot Hotel, Boston
Finally! I found myself standing in front of the entry doors to a hotel I have since longed to return to. I was no stranger to The Eliot Hotel in Boston, MA. Despite the amount of time that passed between my last visit I knew once I stepped inside I would remember it like it was yesterday. The Eliot Hotel is a timeless boutique hotel that has preserved its European charm and world class accommodations since the beginning of the establishment.
As I walked in, every step I took was placed on original flooring as the room light with Italian marble that complimented the warm light being casted from a large chandelier. A couple steps down and I found myself at the reception desk where the staff were dressed to fit the classical era of its time. Owned and operated by the same family for over 50 years you can count on being welcomed as if you were family. The front desk staff welcomed me so graciously and handed over a key. Yes,an actual key made of brass that would unlock my soon to be old world chamber!
As I approached my room door, I could hear and feel to original wood floors below me. One would think that would be of concern or inconvenience but there was something so charming and comforting that this hotel has been well lived in. I stuck the key in and with a little jiggle I opened my doors to what felt like a Parisian escape with colors of eggshell, gold, and royal blue contrasted against silk linen drapery and soft white sheets. I didn’t hesitate to explore more.
I opened the first door I saw to a white tile bathroom with steel accents. I walked around the corner to find a wet bar situated it its own room with all the sips & snacks you could need. I then walked through an archway to a large living space with a work area and window views that looks out at both the Commonwealth Mall and Newbury Streets. I continued until I found French doors with original hardware that separate the bedroom from the living space. This place was perfect. It was an escape from time. It was an escape from modern life.
When I’m in Boston, I’m typically running around from meetings, networking events, outings, and overall exploring. However, this time I found myself inspired to work from home with the traditional desk that was well equipped with all the outlets I needed and a view the looked onto the street. I found motivation knowing I was amongst the hustle and bustle of the city but at ease with the quietness the room offered. Within the 10 minutes of being checked in, it was time to set up shop. But WAIT! My bag! I left my bag in the car with my laptop, camera, etc and it was about to be valeted. I quickly called down to the front desk to see if I could catch the car in time. They said not to worry and within 5 minutes, literally 5 minutes, I heard a knock on my door and I opened it to a very friendly staff member holding my bag. Amen!
We began talking because I naturally love to ask questions about the history of any hotel. That is when I learned a few new things despite my previous stays. The Eliot Hotel was named No. 1 Hotel in Boston by Travel + Leisure’s in 2012. They have an onsite restaurant called UNI directed by celebrity Chef Ken Oringer who is not only the winner of the Food Channel’s Iron Chef Competition but also a winner of the James Beard Award. Furthermore it should come of no surprise that UNI was voted best restaurant in Boston by the Boston Magazine. There are 95 guest rooms and rumor on the street says room 704 has the best views. I’m personally taking note and will be requesting that exact room my next stay.
Location! Location! Location!
The Eliot Hotel is located in the Back Bay neighborhood on Commonwealth Ave. across the street from the popular & stunning Commonwealth Mall. Just around the corner is Newbury Street where you can enjoy shopping, dining and events. Catch a Red Sox game during your stay as it is only a walk away from Fenway Park. If you’re more interested in the arts than you’re in luck, because The Eliot Hotel is also close to galleries, museum of fine arts and the Symphony Hall. If you are in need of burning a little energy, then head on over to the Charles river for a row or run down the Esplanade. The Eliot Hotel provided unprecedented access to the best of Boston.
I’m fond of the Eliot Hotel for its simply elegance without the stuffiness. I truly feel like royalty and welcomed no matter what my personal lifestyle is like outside those front doors. Having been in the hands of one family only, The Eliot Hotel has its own etiquette that lives within its luxurious accommodations. It’s a charming boutique hotel that is an escape from reality where old world decor gracefully combines with the comfort of modern day technology. You won’t find an escape from the nonstop city life like The Eliot Hotel.