Hotel Review: Loews Boston Hotel, 154 Berkeley St, Boston in the USA
In every corner of Boston, you will overhear someone declaring that this or that is a ‘first’ for America. Whether it be America’s first public library or public park, Boston is a historian’s dream. It may not match the centuries of history enjoyed by those living on this side of the pond but the notable British men and women whose traditions and influence on institutions – such as the world-renowned Harvard College, situated in picturesque Cambridge – have given this city a sense of being a home-away-from-home.
Many of Boston’s famous buildings have changed use over the years. Notably, both a prison and the old Boston Police Headquarters have been revitalised and transformed into luxury hotels. And it was in this building formerly occupied by the police, now the Loews Boston Hotel, that I found myself sleeping on the fifth floor in one of their plush double beds. Bostonians claim that the city epitomises the ‘spirit of America’ and I would add that the Loews exudes the ‘spirit of Boston’ – genuine quality alongside unique history.
Located in the historic 1926 Boston Police Headquarters building at 154 Berkeley Street, the 73,350 square-foot building is situated between Boston’s South End and Back Bay neighborhoods. This location is perfect for exploring the city – from Boston’s most vibrant areas – the Back Bay, the South End, and the Theatre District – to the harbour where many set sail in search of whales at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Despite the hustle and bustle of its surrounding area, the Loews Boston Hotel is tucked away in a quiet and serene area, giving guests the perfect combination of exploration and relaxation.
Guests enter the Loews through the impressive original police station doors which, not so long ago, would have seen criminals and law enforcers crossing the threshold, rather than those seeking a peaceful stay in a high-end and superb environment. The Loews offers many luxuries from elegant bathrooms to personal coffee machines, all far removed from the building’s previous existence – at every turn, history meets modern convenience and extreme comfort.
The hotel was renovated in 2014, updating and adding luxury to the 225 spacious guestrooms as well as the two luxury suites and the expansive Presidential Suite. The rooms were extremely soothing and calming, with French greys, warm blues and neutral tones creating a serene atmosphere. The luxurious beds were difficult to leave in the mornings, but I awoke refreshed and ready to explore all the delights that Boston has to offer.
Once you have reluctantly removed yourself from the comfort of the Frette bedding, make your way down to the basement, where you can taste Boston cuisine without leaving the perimeters of the former Police Headquarters. The intimate 70-seat Precinct Kitchen + Bar offers diners farm-to-table produce from local family-owned farms. A highlight is the charcuterie station which serves local cured meats and artisanal cheeses piled high on wooden paddle serving boards with delicious grilled garlic bread and a selection of mustards. This restaurant is a real treat and should not be overlooked by residents or tourists – it offers delicious Boston cuisine, fresh from the fields outside the City, in a relaxed setting within this historic building.
For an authentic Boston experience with a touch of glamour and luxury, look no further than the Loews Boston Hotel.
Address: 154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116 | Reservations: 617.266.7200