Located just one block south of Boston Common, W Boston is a stylish, high-end hotel that occupies 15 floors of a modern building standing right in the core of Boston’s Theater District. This stylish facility bills itself as a “tech-forward” hotel catering specifically to the needs and desires of its guests; each one of its some 214 guestrooms and 24 suites comes with in-room amenities like large flat-screen televisions, streaming-compatible devices, mini-fridges, and a whole lot more. Here you’ll be able to take advantage of hotelwide features like a cutting-edge fitness center and two distinct on-site, high-end restaurants/lounges—right as you find yourself just a short trip away from the vast majority of this historic city’s most famous sites and attractions.
W Boston Ambiance
Approaching the front façade of W Boston, everything is floor-to-ceiling glass windows and neon signs/lights—and the hotel’s primary lobby, located right inside this glitzy main entrance, is no less impressive in a glamorous fashion. You’ll be greeted by a large carpeted floor-mat that says, “Good Afternoon,” and just beyond that is an immense stone wall underneath which you’ll find the hotel’s central bank of elevators. To your left, nestled near the aforementioned floor-to-ceiling windows, is a lovely parlor-like area full of colorful couches and chairs where you can sit and watch Boston bustle by. Purple-accent lights cast a seductive glow to the entire space, while the hotel’s staff—known for their friendliness and highly competent service—are ready and waiting to assist you at the nearby front desk.
W Boston Hotel Rooms
As a guest of W Boston, you’ll have nearly a dozen different types of rooms and suites to choose from—every slight variation of which come labeled with enthusiasm-generating labels like “Wonderful” and/or “Spectacular” and/or “Fabulous.” In general, though, rooms here typically come with your choice of one king bed or two queen beds—each one of which is a pillowtop mattress.
The in-room décor at W Boston tends toward the minimalistic and trendy end of the style spectrum. Many rooms are done up in a very dark, rich shade of blue that serves as the room’s primary color; otherwise, you’ll see lots of crisp white and clean blonde wood accents. Modern lighting provides the space’s illumination, and in-room artwork often consists of just one single striking massive piece taking up nearly an entire wall; often the image is of something like an electric blue, ocean-like horizon.
There are a variety of in-room amenities found here. High-speed Internet services are available for an additional fee of around $15, while pets are permitted in rooms for an extra charge of $50. Each room comes with a high-definition, flat-screen television that has multiple premium channels provided and is compatible with streaming services and devices. You will also find a small radio/CD stereo here, as well as great many outlets.
Each room also comes with its own mini-fridge and iron/ironing board. Room service is available, and you’ll find a desk-and-chair combination that is quite useful if you find yourself forced to do some work while in town. As for the bathrooms, the theme here is marble; both the floor and vanity are made of marble, with wood-shelfs providing plenty of space for the in-house towel stock and your toiletry supplies. A glass-enclosed walk-in shower has all contemporary fixtures.
W Boston Amenities
Hotelwide amenities at W Boston are plentiful and varied. Valet dry-cleaning services are available here. The friendly concierge staff is also happy to assist you in making a car-rental reservation, airline reservation, and/or arranging a grocery-shopping service for you. On-site parking—valet and otherwise—is available for about $60 each day. There’s even a barbershop/beauty shop located in-house.
W Boston is home to FIT, a cutting-edge fitness center that is the perfect spot to get-in your workout routine even while traveling away from home. Guests may access FIT 24/7. Here you’ll find a mixture of elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, weight machines, free weights, and more. There are always plenty of towels available, and complimentary fitness classes led by a trained professional are even offered; check their website for more details and an up-to-date schedule.
On-site dining options are also available at W Boston. The Gallery, run by Chef Derek Barragan and requiring a reservation at all times, is open for breakfast and dinner. It serves creative dishes from all corners of the world, but specializes in Latin American cuisine. Its sleek dining room notably displays a series of rotating art exhibits that can be yours for the right price. The W Lounge is a more casual choice—one that routinely features a live DJ. With a focus on small dishes and specialty cocktails, it is open for lunch and dinner.
W Boston also has an ever-changing slate of “programming” taking place most nights of the week. Whether it is a lineup of live music, happy-hour drinks specials, or a class at FIT, something distinctive is usually going on here, so you’ll want to make certain to inquire about specific happenings during the time of your stay. Expansive meeting space is also yours to rent for private events at W Boston; they have just under 5,000 square feet that can be divided up into different formats to suit your particular occasion.
W Boston Neighborhood
W Boston is well-situated right in the heart of downtown Boston. Just one block south of Boston Common, it is squarely in the midst of Boston’s Theater District, with easy access to multiple T stops and Tufts Medical Center. Pretty much anywhere you’d want to go, or anything you’d want to do in Boston, is not very far from here. Nearby popular attractions and neighborhoods include Newbury Street, the Museum of Fine Arts, the South End, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the Seaport District, Faneuil Hall, and all the iconic sites to be found along the Freedom Trail. Other suitable accommodations in the area include Lenox Hotel, InterContinental Boston, Courtyard Boston Copley Square, Seaport Boston Hotel, Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, Loews Boston Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Back Bay/Fenway, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, The Boxer Boston, and a great many others.
How is it Ecofriendly?
W Boston is one of Marriott International’s many international hotel property holdings. As a result of this partnership, W Boston adheres to Marriott’s extensive set of socially responsible corporate policies. Highlighting this program of policies aimed at steering facilities like W Boston toward being the best corporate partners they possible can be to their home communities is what Marriott calls “Serve 360.” This ambitious endeavor is a combination of guiding philosophies and tangible practices summed up best in the tagline, “Doing Good in Every Direction.” Serve 360 has many aims—among many things, it strives to use travel as a cross-cultural tool of understanding, and hopes to reflect the world’s rich and immense diversity among its ranks of employees—but included most prominently in the Serve 360 agenda is a list of goals headlined by a number of environmentally friendly actions.
To those ends, W Boston lives the mission and vision of Serve 360 in the following ways; by 2025, it is working to: reduce water-intensity by 15%; reduce carbon-intensity by 30%; reduce hotel waste directed toward landfills by some 45%, and in-house food waste by 50%; have at least 30% of its in-house energy usage be drawn from renewable-energy sources; have 95% of its in-house sourcing be from sustainable suppliers.