Prized luxury, exceptional location and integration of New England charm. That is the Mandarin Oriental Boston, and I can not think of a hotel that I have stayed at in recent years with better service. Imagine, if you can, a property away from home, where your needs are met before you know you need them. I can not recall a better experience, and one that allowed me to actually, dare I say?
Mandarin Oriental Boston
Opened in October 2008, this hotel and residence property in the Back Bay is located adjacent to the Prudential Center with a private guest entrance on the arcade floor. Guests do not need to step outside to access a variety of shops in even the most blustery cold of Boston days.
Located on Boylston Street, one block from famed Newbury Street, the lobby is a mix of New England colors and touches like star fish shaped throw pillows, sea shells and sail boats.
The principles of Feng Shui are evident in the elements represented, including a gorgeous wall fire place, while wood panels the walls and earth tones envelop the room, and metal accents are used for subtle touch.
The front door is in alignment with the Charles River and the flower arrangements are stunning.
The stay was simply put, easy. We arrived, had a seamless check in where my son was able to drive a children’s sized Mercedes-Benz with reckless abandonment through the lobby and say, “hello” to two stunning golden retrievers who reside at the hotel during the day. This was after a gift of a plush red lobster. Mobi the Robot, stands by loyally waiting for his next assignment.
We were escorted to a beautiful room that was immaculately prepared for our stay, complete with a dog bed, dishes, treats and a special “Doggie Dining Menu” where the items are made by the Mandarin’s in-house chefs.
This is an exceptionally child and pet friendly property.
The stay was simply put: easy.
Bar and Restaurant Boulud
Do not miss a visit to Bar Boulud. While I have the Daniel Boulud New York location just a few blocks from my home, this space, envisioned by interior designer Adam D. Tihany, is well thought out with the Mandarin Oriental Boston in mind. The contemporary décor, wine crate wall and burgundy leather booths are just the beginning of breathtaking beauty from the entrance inside the hotel. The restaurant is also accessible from the street.
A 7-seat raw bar, enclosed wine cellar and 17-seat bar generates quite an early evening crowd. The shrimp cocktail served with avocado is not to be missed.
Spa and Fitness
The Fitness Center, part of the 16,000 square foot Spa, is impressive and I would put it in the Top-5 of hotel gyms that I have visited. A cardio room, weight room and separate space used for yoga, Peloton and TRX make sure that guests can have the work out of choice while on the road. The expansive fruit flavored water, chilled towels and fruit baskets add an extra touch of luxury and anticipation of the needs of guests. Headsets are also available, a major help for people like myself, who prefer to travel without them.
The Spa is the only Forbes Five-star awarded spa in Massachusetts.
Eight treatment rooms, two couples’ suites, five treatment rooms with personal showers, two quartz crystal steam rooms, one for men and one for women, cater to relaxation and recharging. The Oriental Qi is an essential oil infused body massage, with focus on energy, while the Biologique Recherche is a customized facial tailored to suit varying skin types, concerns and conditions. Post service, peruse the shop for some gorgeous soy candles, lounge wear and essential oils to bring the Spa Experience home.
While our visit was short, we were floored during our four night stay with how well the staff could anticipate our needs. At no point did I have to call and ask for anything. Everything that we needed was at our finger tips.
My next visit to Boston will certainly include another stay.
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Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Writer with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. Her credits include Sales and Marketing for with PRADA USA Corp., followed by a jump in to the world of beauty as an Esthetician followed by Spa Manager at Jurlique, Spa Manager and Client Relationship Manager and Digital Business Development coordinator position at Amore Pacific where celebrity clients were and remain confidential and her column, “Ask Angela,” was featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. She has also been a contributor for Beauty to Shape and Fitness Magazines.
A side job as a Hospital Victim on “As the World Turns,” and a correspondent on the now defunct lifestyle web series “Tangerine Living,” Angela is no stranger to juggling multiple positions and has built quite the resume. A move to The New York Daily News as Training and Employee Relations Manager with a night and weekend gig as make up artist for runway shows, (she studies in Los Angeles with Amy Ward) including Vogue Bambino and multiple commercials, Angela became a Mom, her best and most important credit to date.
Since Motherhood, Angela has been a Brand Ambassador for the skin line Patchology, featured in Saks Fifth Avenue in store and on air with CBS News segment “Patch me Pretty.” She has been a beauty guest for QVC, and the founder of her own social media communications business, helping business owners to share their digital voice. Actively involved with Smart Children with Learning Differences, her most favorite down time hobby is discovering the best in beauty, travel and fashion around the United States.
Angela is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS in Communications and Writing, where she appeared on the University Union News as an Anchor and on The Beat of Syracuse, Z89 as a DJ. Angela has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Working with AlphaLuxe is a unique opportunity, “to share what I am most passionate about. Living your best life. In her spare time, you can find Angela running, practicing yoga, taking her son to one of his sports practices. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, son, and chihuahuas.