There are few things more cool than the downtown neighborhood of Nolita and the eponymous The Nolitan hotel. Located at 30 Kenmare Street and within walking distance to other exciting New York City neighborhoods (SoHo, Little Italy, Lower East Side), The Nolitan is an urban…
Considered one of the best hotels in Chicago, the Kimpton Gray Hotel, also known as The Gray, is best known for its opulence and exquisite on-site dining and amenities. Situated in the Financial District and located in the historic New York Life Insurance Building, The…
New York City may be America’s cultural tipping point, however, Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution. It was in Boston one fateful night that Paul Revere set off into the midnight to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the approaching British troops. If it were not for this famous ride and the disgruntled colonists who fought for freedom from British rule, then, perhaps, American History might be much different.
Sure, many subsequent battles were lost and won in New York City and it is where General George Washington became the First President of the United States, however, no battle did more for the American Revolution than the one that began it.
It’s hard to visit Boston and not see this action play out before your eyes. From the architecture, to the tours, to, even, the restaurants (go to Union Oyster House to visit the longest running restaurant in America; also known for regulars John F. Kennedy and Daniel Webster), everything in Boston is rich in history.
On a different note, it’s also a very modern city with vast dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment options. It’s one of few cities that can offer the charm and quaintness of a quintessential New England town and, also, the vibrancy and effervescence of a metropolis.
During a few warm and sunny days in February (unusual, I know), I was lucky to stay at Kimpton Nine Zero, a chic boutique hotel located in the Downtown Boston area and down the street from Boston Common. Located at 90 Tremont Street, Kimpton Nine Zero is close to many of Boston’s main attractions, but also offers swanky amenities and services for those that’d rather never leave the hotel (totally possible), such as a daily wine hour in the lobby for guests, in-room spa services and a dedicated pet concierge. While I love a good spa day, this was certainly not going to be the case on this trip, as the New England Patriots had just won the Superbowl and the entire city was getting ready to celebrate. Yankee or not, I’m no party pooper. Coincidentally, I got to the city in time to catch the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl Victory Parade, which was my first and, probably, favorite sporting event of any nature. Bostonian’s sure know how to party. Also, coincidentally, my hotel was located directly on the parade route meaning I had a good chance of viewing the parade from my hotel room. Touchdown.
Going to Boston is always a treat, especially when a stay means checking in at the Kimpton Nine Zero. The 190-room property is beautifully designed and features rich velvet drapes, deep dark leather and gold details to elevate your lodging experience – you’ll feel like royalty by the time you leave. While there are plenty of dining options in the area, a trip to Better Sorts Social Club is definitely worth some consideration – especially since it’s on the second floor of the hotel. Yep, this hip, gastropub is a member of the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group and, therefore, is within the building. As you can imagine, the restaurant is also beautifully designed with plush velvet chairs and tufted leather booths – it’s the perfect place to befriend a stranger or to try with a dinner companion.
There’s so much to love about Boston, as well as Kimpton Nine Zero – each new discovery is icing on the cake. Whether it’s the amenities, the stunning views of Boston at night or the fervor of sports fans, a trip to Boston is always a win-win.
It’s one of my favorite modern old cities in the U.S. and an easy destination to travel to and explore.
Thank you to Kimpton Nine Zero.
90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
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Located in the historic George Washington Hotel (a former boarding house and boot-legging distillery), the Freehand New York is a modern-day bohemian enclave providing locals and out-of-towners with a trendy and affordable lodging option. This 395-room property brought to you by the Sydell group (also…
If you’re flying into New York for a few days or desperately in need of a staycation, stay at The Frederick Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Centrally located in Tribeca, but easily accessible to any part of New York City through a multitude of options (try…
Fact: New York City offers a plethora of dining, shopping, hotel, art and cultural options, but if you want to experience how the other half lives (and, by other half, we mean bankers, brokers, you know, your typical 20-something finance guys), then plan a stay at Gild Hall.
Located in the heart of the financial district and just a stone’s throw away from Wall Street, this hotel is the perfect space for an aperitif and/or a low-key business dinner. While the location of this property makes it the perfect playhouse for Wall Street executives, don’t be surprised to find a good amount of tourists mixed in with the happy hour crowds.
As the name suggests, Gild Hall, appropriately located at 15 Gold Street, is draped in luxury. Enter the woodsy, yet whimsical lobby and indulge in the decadent details of the space, such as my personal favorites: antler chandeliers and a golden illuminated map of the world. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco upon reception and play a game of chess while you weigh out your options in the lap of luxury. Indulge your curiosity and browse through the beautifully bounded collection of books lining the lobby walls or continue your stay at the hotel’s rustic lobby bar.
When it’s time for dinner and you’re fully recovered from your travels, go next door to Felice Ristorante (the hotel’s kitchen and answer to room service) for some delicious Tuscan cuisine. After dinner, make your way upstairs to La Soffitta – the restaurant’s semi-hidden wine lounge – and prepare to live la dolce vita as you step into a Federico Fellini film. Pose for a selfie on the iconic stairs and, once you reach your destination, indulge in the beautiful brown leather sofas and an endless supply of Italian wines. No doubt, this is the perfect setting for your mambo italiano dreams.
After your nightcap, head upstairs to catch some zzz’s and sleep like a king. Enjoy the beautifully quilted leather headboard and touches of gold – there to remind you that you are royalty, of course – and, if you wish, never leave your throne!
After the closing bell has rung and the work day is done, nothing says you’ve arrived better than a trip to Gild Hall. Whether you’re in town for business or living for pleasure, Gild Hall is a definite treat.