Aug. 8th, 2011

The Best of Boston Hotels | The InterContinental on the Waterfront

Photo Courtesy of InterContinental Boston
Spectacular waterfront views, luxurious accommodations and decadent dining are exactly what InterContinental Boston delivers guests during their stay. The hotel is a chic all-glass waterfront property that opened in 2006 in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood and offers some of the best ocean views in town. History buffs love the fact the hotel is located on the actual site where the Boston Tea Party took place in 1773 and its modern design is reminiscent of the tall ships of yesteryear.

We stayed in an enormous pet-friendly junior suite that came complete with a full bathroom with separate shower, a second half bathroom, large living room, dining table and expansive bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Fort Point Channel. The room is so spacious you may never want to leave.

We had dinner at the on-site French restaurant, Miel, the city’s first Provence-themed brasserie. No butter is used in the preparation of the cuisine here with nearly all dishes prepared with olive oil instead. The fresh oysters served on the half shell were incredibly delicious served with spicy cocktail sauce and a light mignonette. The signature bouillabaisse was a creamy concoction of lobster, sea bream, cod fish, Acadian red fish, Merluza, red mullet and served with a garlic crouton. The grilled steak frites dish was also savory served with crispy pommes frites. When translated “Miel” means honey in French, which is probably why the hotel decided to add two new beehives on the fifth floor roof deck to grow 120,000 bees. The honey gathered is used throughout the hotel in cocktails, drinks and even in spa treatments. Miel also offers the largest selection of rose wines in Boston.

In addition to Miel, there is a sushi and tequila cantina known as Sushi-Teq that features aptly named rolls like The Big Dig, The Atlantic and The 510. In the warmer months, grab a seat outside on the back patio that is complete with palm trees, salsa music and comfortable seating. After dinner, head over to RumBa named for the classic Bostonian pronunciation of “Rum Bar” for a sampling from one of more than 100 rums on hand. There is a Champagne Lounge here that caters solely to intimate private functions.

Be sure to walk out the back of the property and hop a ride aboard City Water Taxi where you can take a quick ride anywhere along the entire Boston waterfront from Logan Airport to the Black Falcon cruise port and all the way over to Charlestown. With 18 stops available and nine boats constantly shuttling customers around Boston Harbor, this might be the best and most efficient way to travel around town. Owner Rob McPherson started the taxi service in 1991 and four years ago constructed a dock at the InterContinental. “When people call us, we will be at their location within ten minutes,” he said. “It’s truly like a cab service on water. When you want us, just call for us and we will be right there.” Free water transportation buses operate between Logan Airport and the water taxi dock. Once aboard the bus, simply call for a pickup and they will have a boat waiting for you at the dock.

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Kellie K. Speed
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