The Revere Hotel, Boston, USA

Revere Hotel Boston USA (entrance)

We recently spent 2 nights at the Revere Hotel, Boston Common, and were very happy with our choice. Boston hotels are expensive (especially for South Africans paying R8.50 to the Dollar!) and we were not sure what to expect from this hotel which was most attractively priced in comparison to similarly graded and positioned hotels.

The hotel has been recently refurbished to a very high standard.  The new modern look is apparent from the first moment you arrive in the most unusual, minimalist foyer.  There is a semi-circular sitting area and the reception desk is out of sight, around a corner.  The concierge has his own desk where all your questions can be addressed, and tours, bus and theatre tickets can be booked.

The staff were very pleasant and one of the bell-hops really went the extra mile to help us when we realized that we had left one of our bags at our previous stop in Cape Cod – he immediately  phoned the resort and arranged for the missing bag to be couriered to us. It arrived the following day and we found it in our room after returning from our adventures around Boston.

Revere Hotel Boston USA (room)

The hotel is ideally situated for both tourists and business travellers.  It is less than 5 minutes to the closest T-station (Boston has an extensive and very user-friendly and inexpensive underground rail system) and buses are also very easily accessed.  The Revere is just seconds away from the Newbury Street Taxi’s, which are a great option, especially if there are 3 or 4 people in your group.  A large number of the well- known Boston tourist destinations, such as Boston Common, Chinatown, Feneuil Hall and Boston Market are within walking distance,( depending, of course, on how much walking you like to do!)

Most hotels offer the usual list of amenities, but at the Revere it is all the small extra’s that make all the difference, starting with a glass of champagne at the check-in, and the luxury toiletries and complimentary bottled water in the rooms. We also needed  some basic toiletries as ours were all in the bag we left behind!  One phone call to reception and a razor, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste were delivered to our door.   That is what I call service!   Now, let’s get on to the rooms!  The rooms are very large by most hotel standards, and ours, on the 12th Floor had great views of down-town Boston.  Rooms are very luxuriously appointed:  huge, comfortable beds with excellent quality linens, large LCD TV, and even an iron and ironing board.  Of course, there was also a tea and coffee tray.  The bathroom was also large and extremely well fitted, although it did take some time to work out how to adjust the two showers over the bath!  As we were there at the end of Summer, we really appreciated the efficient and quiet air conditioner.  Also, Big Plus:  free wi-fi  in the room.

Revere Hotel Boston USA (bathroom)

The hotel offers meals at the Rustic Kitchen, but as we were tempted to try the many local restaurants in the area, I cannot comment on the food, other than to say that the restaurant was always quite full, so it must be really popular.  The Emerald Lounge is an excellent choice for pre-dinner or pre-theatre drinks and do remember the pool and gym for a relaxing end to your busy day in town.

The Revere also offers Special Packages, which vary from season to season.  Currently they have the Stay Shop and Save Package, which includes transport to and from the nearly Outlet Mall as well as a book of discount coupons.   This is a great choice if you like to shop…the Mall is really difficult to get to on your own as you need to take a train and then a taxi, which makes it a rather expensive outing.  Another current Special is the Rise and Shine Package, which includes breakfast, and the Romance Package, which is just perfect for a romantic getaway.

And one last thing – the Revere is Pet friendly, and even offers a Pet package.  Check out their website for more details.   www.reverehotel.com

Some other useful sites to check are Maps:  http://maps.yahoo.com

Transportation:     www.cityofboston.gov/transportation

I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to fellow travellers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hello, my name is Bridget Halberstadt. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively over the last 30 years and just love to share my experiences and insights with you. When I am not actively travelling, I am reading, researching and planning my next trip. I am married with two (now adult) children, and live in South Africa, just outside Cape Town (one of the most beautiful places on earth!).

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