I stayed at the W nine days after it opened. I've stayed at other Ws (NYC and Chicago) and the modern, trendy vibe isn't my style, but I wanted to try out this location because the hotel is brand new and the location was in closest proximity to my reason for being in Boston.
The best thing about this W, in my opinion, is its gym, which blows all the other hotel gyms in the city out of the water (except for hotel gyms that also sell memberships to the public, like the Ritz's and the gym at the Boston Harbor Hotel). It's h-u-g-e, with all the equipment you could possibly want, but NOT crammed so full of machines that you can't move without tripping over something. Lots of room for mat exercises, good mirrors, plenty of yoga blocks and straps, Bosu balls, even boxing bags and gloves. There are big windows overlooking the front entrance of the hotel and the treadmills are the kind with integrated TV screens at waist height, so if you don't want to watch while you run, you can look out the window without having a screen looming in front of you. There are also comfy upholstered banquettes for resting on, water, fruit and Bliss face wipes. Plus they keep the temperature quite cool, so you can sweat longer. Really, I can't say enough good stuff about it compared to the standard hotel gym (ahem, incredibly disappointing gym at the Liberty Hotel).
The service, from doorman, through check-in, to concierge and check out was impeccable.
Now the negatives. The worst thing about the hotel is the noise at night. Granted, my stay was on a Saturday, but I was on the 10th floor and specifically requested a quiet room and I was still woken up 2 or 3 times by sirens/honking. I felt like I was in Manhattan, not Boston, where street noise is not something that you need to worry about at most hotels. Maybe the rooms with windows on the rear of the building are quieter?
Also annoying is the additional $15/day charge to use the Internet from your hotel room. Why? Given how young, hip, and technologically slick they try to be (see: in-room W Hotels CD of electronica), I'm going to bet that everyone who stays there considers Internet access to be about as basic as running water. So charging for it feels like a gouge. How much can it possibly cost the hotel to provide? Why not build it into the room rate? My annoyance was somewhat mitigated by the free Sunday New York Times ($6). Totally unexpected and very much appreciated.
As mentioned, I'm not a fan of the type of furniture they have (flimsy and IKEA-ish) and while I know Bliss Spa is a nice, quality name, the fragrances of the bath products were a bit off-putting. They, like much about the decor and many of the amenities, seem keyed to appeal to men more than women. No bathtubs (at least in my room), if you like to soak.
Would I stay there again? Maybe, if the rate was good (under $250) and I really wanted to push it at the gym.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sophisticated and modern all glass hotel located within the heart of Boston's Theater District, W Boston offers guests close proximity to the city's most famous theaters, the Boston Common, Boston's Public Garden and numerous award-winning restaurants. With the city's only bliss spa, a see-and-be-seen fireplace lounge, 24-hour gym, and destination nightclub, W Boston exudes a 24/7 lifestyle. Guests have access to W's signature Whatever/Whenever(R) service promise providing them with whatever they want - from Green Monster seats at Fenway Park to a personal shopper for navigation around Boston's luxe Newbury Street - whenever they want it, as long as it's legal! ... more less
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