Stay the night: Mandarin Oriental Boston
Sunday 08 February 2009
The pound may continue to struggle against the dollar, but we're still up for a trip across the pond. And, in Boston, they're looking forward to hosting even more of us this year – a 9 per cent increase is predicted, which may not match last year's 12 per cent rise but is still pretty healthy in a recession.
Boston is also one of the American cities that will be tapping into Obamamania. The President and his wife attended Harvard Law School in Cambridge, a quick hop on the T, the city's version of the Tube. But the focus of your stay will be the historic city centre. Here you'll find the new Mandarin Oriental, an imposing edifice containing the most sumptuous lodgings in town.
This hotel may be part of a large Asian group, but the east-meets-west design feels bespoke. Outside, the limestone and marble facade references the city's traditional brownstones, while inside the design evokes Oriental opulence, with rich fabrics, lacquered wood and a palette of soft gold and jade tones. Unsurprisingly, luxury living is on offer in its 136 rooms and 12 suites; the bedrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, the bathrooms are palatial.
The food and drink
Asana is open from breakfast time, but assumes a more sophisticated atmosphere in the evening, when the menu focuses on American and Asian dishes. The M Bar & Lounge hosts a smart crowd for cocktails.
You don't even have to leave the building to shop at Frette or have your hair done at Mizu. There's a large spa and gym too. Historic Beacon Hill, the waterfront around Seaport, and the Skywalk in the Prudential Center are city highlights. For more ideas on things to see go to bostonusa.com.
Children welcome. Small pets allowed. Facilities for guests with limited mobility and visual and hearing impairments.
Double rooms cost from £372 per night with breakfast. British Airways (0844 493 0787; ba.com) offers return flights to Boston from £298.
Mandarin Oriental Boston, 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199, USA (001 800 2828 3838; mandarinoriental.com/boston).
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
Hashima: Among the ruins on Japan's Battleship Island, the place that time forgot
South Africa's new travel rules: From October, families with under-18s will need to show their birth certificates
Top 10 cheapest cities to visit, according to TripAdvisor
Harder, better, faster, longer: The best rollercoasters in the world
Hotel India: Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace leaves its darker days behind
- 1 David Sedaris: What I learnt from Fitbit about the world around me
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: 'It's only rape if the victim is conscious'
- 5 Katie Hopkins in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£20 - 26k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Marketing Executive / Member Services Ex...
£15,000 - £25,000: Recruitment Genius: A fantastic opportunity has arisen for ...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: VB.NET a...
£30 - 35k + Uncapped Comission (£70k Y1 OTE): Guru Careers: A Business Develop...