Guests of The Charlesmark Hotel enjoy an ideal home base for exploring the city of Boston. Located in the heart of the historic Back Bay neighborhood, this modern boutique property is surrounded by world-class shopping options such as Copley Place and the Shops at Prudential Center. Fenway Park and the Public Gardens are just two of the numerous key attractions within walking distance. The Charlesmark’s cozy, European-style rooms feature chic décor and custom-made furniture, and guests enjoy complimentary extras such as WiFi access and continental breakfast. A trendy mix of visitors and local professionals fill the hotel’s lively lounge area to enjoy authentic Thai fare and designer cocktails, and the attractive patio space along bustling Boylston Street provides primo people-watching opportunities.
Originally constructed as a mercantile shipping warehouse in 1846, The Harborside Inn has been completely remade into an inviting boutique hotel with an ideal location just steps from Faneuil Hall, the New England Aquarium and the city’s bustling waterfront. The property’s European atmosphere extends through the guest rooms, where handsome touches include exposed brick walls, custom-made furniture, imported Italian tile and nautical lighting fixtures. Business travelers enjoy state-of-the-art amenities, and families enjoy DVD players with access to a movie library. Guests receive discounted access to the nearby Beacon Hill Athletic Club, and in-room dining can be ordered from one of the more than 50 quality eateries that deliver to the hotel.
This Financial District wine shop offers a great selection of wine, beer and liquor, with some unusual perks. Customers who don’t know what kind of grape they’re in the mood for can try a sample from the on-site wine tasting machine, which has up to eight different bottles to enjoy sips from daily. Knowledgeable and friendly staff at the Boston Wine Exchange make shopping there a pleasure, though you don’t even have to venture inside if you know what you’re after – just call your order in ahead of time, then opt for curbside pickup. The shop also offers delivery service to both businesses and residences in downtown Boston, using a “green” service, Metro Pedal Power to send their bottles across Boston.
Set among all of the restaurants that line popular Hanover Street is a simple neighborhood wine and beer store known as The Wine Bottega. The friendly staff here is only too happy to help guests find the perfect wine for their palate, from burgundy and cabernet reds to chardonnay and pinot grigio whites, not to mention organic and biodynamic wines. The nice selection from small Italian and global wineries also leaves room for some unexpected finds, like sake and an impressive collection of craft beer. Free tastings are held on Friday nights, usually inside the subterranean wine cellar, well-appointed with long wooden benches and a communal table that runs down the middle.
While The Bar Room’s name might suggest the spot is solely a nighttime hangout, the crowd of people chewing with their mouths open during dinner hours proves otherwise. Long before the music, dancing, and late-night spilling contests begin, chefs craft an array of American-inspired dishes, such as fish and chips, spicy Cajun chicken, beer-basted pastrami sandwiches, and barbeque-chicken thin-crust pizza. Those sidled up at the bar don't need to keep their incisors sedentary, as bowls of housemade potato chips are available for complimentary crunching.
Inside the multi-level restaurant, Sweet Caroline's servers tote plates of handcrafted American fare from chef Joshua Smith's American gastro-pub menu. Sandwiches include Caroline's grass-fed bacon cheeseburger on a brioche bun, while larger plates feature pan-seared salmon filets with spring pea puree. The full bar exemplifies the restaurant's rustic, yet modern d?cor with its reclaimed barn-wood accents and flat-screen, high-definition TVs.