I had an amazing time last weekend doing a short staycation at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, which recently finished the final stages of its $13M redesign. Since I last stayed at the hotel over a year ago, they've refreshed their guest rooms, suites, hallways, the Club Lounge, and more. I was amazed at what they've done to an already beautiful space in the heart of Downtown Crossing.
My friend and I were lucky enough to stay in the hotel’s beautiful Presidential Suite. It’s an unbelievably exquisite space on the 12th floor of the hotel with a beautiful marble foyer, dining room, bedroom, office, and a living room with breathtaking views of the city. We were lucky to visit when there were clear skies, and we could see everything from the Boston Common, to the Citgo Sign, to MIT’s Great Dome.
When we checked in to the hotel, we enjoyed some wine and snacks and relaxed before dinner.
Soon, we headed downstairs to the Avery Bar for some pre-dinner cocktails. I always love hanging out there — the past few times that I’ve visited there’s been live music. To me, it’s always a great spot to unwind after a long week.
After some cocktails and music, we headed over to the hotel's restaurant, Artisan Bistro Boston for dinner. Executive Chef Robert Bruce and Chef de Cuisine Micole Rivera Suarez have put together a wonderful menu of creative and modern American dishes. My friend and I started with some drinks, a cheese plate, and a little taste of the octopus ceviche.
We also were blown away by the Bacon & Blue, which as it sounds is a delicious dish of house cured bacon and blue cheese.
For our main dishes, we went with the Clams & Pork Belly Linguini, and the Arctic Char.
As if it couldn’t get better than that, we were blown away by their dessert! We tried the Affogato, the Grape Fruit Crème Brûlée, and the Lemon Cream Cake. Paired with some impressive cappuccinos with The Ritz-Carlton logo drawn in the milk foam.
After our wonderful dinner, we went back to our suite to relax for a bit, then headed to the Club Lounge on our floor. I was so impressed with the Club Lounge last time I visited, but I was even more amazed by the way they redesigned it. The Club Lounge is what many refer to as “a hotel within a hotel.” It’s a wonderful space with food served throughout the day including breakfast, a light lunch, light snacks, hors d' oeuvres, and my favorite — some wonderful little deserts at night. If you're staying at the hotel, I highly recommend upgrading to Club Level Access for both the food and all of the other amenities provided including access to Equinox Sports Club, garment pressings, an incredibly helpful concierge, and so much more.
The Club also features a selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. I really love their wine station, which dispenses wine from a temperature controlled machine, in the same way that you often see soda machines doing so. It's a great way to try a few different glasses!
My friend and I visited to pick up some desserts including some mini cheesecakes and a bowl of chocolate covered strawberries before returning back to our room to watch a movie.
After a great sleep in our incredibly comfortable bed, we headed back to the Club Lounge for some breakfast. They have an impressive selection fruit, oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pastries, and more.
Sadly, it soon came time check out of our suite, and we were so sad to go! We had such a great time. I’m always so impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at the hotel — everyone from the check-in staff to the servers at the bar and restaurant, to the team at The Club Lounge, it goes beyond anywhere I’ve stayed.
For more on The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, check out their website here. They’re located at 10 Avery Street in Boston. For full menus from Artisan Bistro Boston go here, and for Avery Bar go here.
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