Overview: A solid in-city luxury hotel
Strengths: Location, quality of fit and finish
Drawbacks: Limited views
Notable: Gym is a public facility
A short business trip brought me back to the Ritz Carlton Boston Commons for a one-night stay. I have stayed here before, but not in the past few years. I’m pleased to report the hotel remains a solid luxury option in Boston.
Recall for a period of time there were two Ritz-flagged properties, one on the other side of the Commons. The other property had a more traditional design and feel and is now flagged as a Taj property. This property is the newer of the two, and remains my preference between the two.
I arrived at the hotel via taxi from South Street Station. Check-in is a seated affair, not a standing counter. I find this setup to be more intimate and welcoming. There were already two customers and I waited a few minutes to be helped. Once it was my turn, check-in was handled very quickly. Owing to a combination of status and a Ritz Stars agent booking, without my asking, my room was upgraded from a regular club room to a one-bedroom club suite.
I was escorted to the lifts, and sent on my way. This hotel only has four levels of guest rooms. My room was on the 12th, which is the highest. The club lounge is on the 12th floor, though the floor itself isn’t a dedicated club floor.
The suite was a typical Ritz Carlton one-bedroom suite. A small gift of covered raisins was waiting for me in the room.
The living room was comfortable, and included a reasonably sized desk area.
The B&O music system had a few years on it. I don’t recall the last hotel room I was in that had a tape player.
The bedroom was well sized.
The suite had a small dressing alcove between the bedroom and the bathroom.
The bathroom was oversized, and included a toilet room as well as a separate shower and bath.
My suite featured “look to the side” views of
the park Boston Commons.
Across the street were additional Ritz Residences.
The hotel features a lobby lounge, with a large bar and inviting fireplace.
There were multiple floral displays throughout the common areas. While not George V level, the quality of the displays was notable.
My suite included club access. I only visited the club briefly for breakfast. The club was well appointed, but on the small side. In hindsight, I should have just used my Virtuoso credit and ordered in. The food was of very good quality, though the hot selections were very limited. The attendant in the club was very gracious and welcoming.
I neglected to take pictures of the club room, though I did get a rough image of some of the food.
The hotel itself is located on a quiet side street, just steps from Boston Commons.
I was pleased with my brief stay at the hotel. Though I hadn’t been here in a while, this is my default hotel when staying in Boston, and it fully met my expectations. I look forward to returning again.
Ritz Carlton Boston
10 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111