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Mandarin Oriental, Boston, Boston

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North America: A Mandarin Executive Suite at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Boston
776 Boylston Street
Boston , Massachusetts
Tel: 866 526 6567 (toll-free)
Tel: 617 535 8888
Fax: 617 535 8893's insider take:

Mandarin Oriental sunk $250 million into the opening of this Back Bay hotel in late 2008. Part of the building is taken up by 50 very expensive condos, home to some of the city's wealthiest and most powerful people. But don't concern yourself with those. Bright hallways lead to the 136 hotel guest rooms (13 of them are suites) on eight floors, which begin at 450 square feet (oversized in this neighborhood). The decor is composed of woods and warm colors, and the amenities are nice, including Frette linens (there's a Frette shop downstairs), yoga mats, and touch screens on the telephones that call up news, the local forecast, and menus for the hotel's restaurants. Even if you don't stay here, check out the impressive art collection in the public spaces, with selections by Frank Stella and David Hockney (ask for the guidebook to the collection at the front desk). There's a huge Asian-inspired spa that is a destination in itself, and a little-known spa café that's a hidden oasis in the busy Back Bay.—Jon Marcus

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 96.1
  • Design: 96.7
  • Food: 95.1
  • Location: 93.4
  • Rooms: 96.7
  • Service: 98.4
"If I were wealthier, I would make excuses to go there all the time." Opened in 2008, this limestone-and-marble "modern and elegant" hotel exhibits Asian elements. "Gorgeous rooms"—which come in teal or taupe—"caused us to grin from ear to ear because we'd struck gold," and have silk accents and windows that can be opened for fresh air. Try one of M Bar & Lounge's signature drinks, like Mandarin Martini, made with vodka, mandarin liquor, and orange and cranberry juices, while people watching through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Of Asana's Asian-inflected contemporary American cuisine, "the menu is exciting and indicative of great local ingredients and contemporary culinary trends." "Service is the strong point."

(148 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Spa

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
This unobtrusive new high-rise right off Newbury Street is steps from the T (Boston's subway) and many of the best restaurants and attractions—although a dedicated hotel car will take you anywhere within two miles. From the moment you enter the gleaming lobby, with its lovely Asian-style paintings, sculptures, and tapestries, you're attended to by a platoon of employees. With almost preternatural skill, they handle everything from getting shoes resoled within an hour to tracking down a lost glove. The spacious rooms blend an Art Deco aesthetic with Asian flair: burnished gold and seafoam green textiles set against glossy wood furnishings with black inlay. Every detail has been carefully considered, from the desk stocked with paperclips to the soft leather boxes that keep the hair dryer and other toiletries tucked away. At times, the minimalism can be a bit much: It took a few tries to find the light switches, and the phones are appealingly simple but would benefit from a direct line to the front desk. The buzzy lounge, M Bar, does a brisk business with young professionals, and Asana serves refined Asian-inspired dishes in a gorgeous dining room with picture windows framing the street. At the rear of the hotel, a corridor links it to the Prudential Center and a handful of exceptional restaurants. —2009 Hot List

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