My review of the InterContinental Boston hotel

This is my review of the InterContinental Boston hotel.

It is a continuation of my US trip report. I have already covered the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, the Swiss First Class lounge in Zurich and Swiss First Class inflight service.

It is 25 years since I first came to Boston. If you’ve never been to the US, it is a good first place to visit. It feels very British, being the oldest US city, and has a British-style layout (no city block layout here). There is also a large student population from Harvard and MIT as well as two world class museums in the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardener museum.

My various stays here over 25 years took in all stages of the ‘Big Dig‘. The last time I was here, the new tunnels were open but the old expressway had yet to be pulled down. The InterContinental would not exist without the ‘Big Dig’ – no-one would build such a hotel overlooking a noisy elevated road. Today, 95% of the $25 taxi ride from Logan Airport to the hotel takes place in tunnels!

The InterContinental Boston sits on the harbour, with parkland in front where the elevated highway used to run. It is marginally out of the way, on the edge of the Financial District, but Boston is small and walkable. You are unlikely to regret staying here on grounds of location. Whilst Boston Common is 12-15 minutes walk, Quincy Market (the Covent Garden of Boston) is very close, as is the Aquarium.  Library photo of the hotel below:

InterContinental Boston review

I booked a room using IHG Rewards Club points at 45,000 per night.  I am an Ambassador member (I wrote about Ambassador here) which gives you a guaranteed upgrade on paid stays.  Most IC’s also respect this on reward stays – New York also upgraded me, as you will see in a few days.

My standard room in Boston was – I was delighted to find – upgraded to this beautiful junior suite-sized corner room overlooking the water:

InterContinental Boston review bedroom

InterContinental Boston review room

InterContinental Boston review junior suite

InterContinental Boston review

Nice, isn’t it?! In particular, the bathroom was huge, with a full sized bath and a separate shower. As you can see, there was huge amounts of space in the room. I also received the usual Ambassador free mineral water and free fruit plate.

I also received free internet as an Elite IHG Rewards Club member, and this was NOT a slowed down version. (IC Dusseldorf restricts you to 512MB download speed.) I could stream video on my ipad with no problems.

What I also liked about the hotel was that it has a large lobby, with a lot of public space. Too many new hotels are cutting back on lobby space, in my view – the IC has plenty of space to circulate.   Here is a stock photo of the lobby:

InterContinental Boston review lobby

I had a good couple of days at the InterContinental Boston and even the time spent in the hotel was a pleasure when you have such a large space and such great views.  I never ate in the hotel restaurant, so unfortunately I can’t offer a view on the food.  Even if the hotel is not to your taste, though, there are plenty of other options on the harbourside.

After two nights, though, it was time to head back to Logan Airport for something I can’t remember ever doing before – taking an American Airlines domestic flight!

You can find out more about the InterContinental Boston, and book, on the IHG website here.

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  1. Nice! Have been meaning to visit Boston again after the Big Dig finished. What an ominous note to finish on though – was the AA flight in… Economy?!

    PS think you mean 512kbps, unless it was some mega-fast fibre Internet connection!

    • Indeed it was! Quick report in a day or so. Could have been worse, but I inadvertantly paid £4.70 for a mini white wine.

  2. Thunderbirds says:

    Speaking of Ambassador upgrades on paid stays. Can you let us know your experience of getting an upgrade when using the Weekend Stay offer (2 weekend nights for price of one) when purchasing or renewing your Ambassador status. Does this count as a paid stay or does this fall foul of the dreaded “offers cannot be combined” small print in most programs.

    • You should be OK. I didn’t get one in Dusseldorf the other week but that would have meant giving us a prestige suite so not surprising.

  3. Nav Atwal says:

    Hey Raffles, stayed here in April for 10 nights for business, Im an RA, received an upgrade to a huge suite and comp club access, pretty decent spread too.

    Hotel is failry knew with good decor and lovely lobby and in a good location, only 10 mins walk to city centre, all in all a very good hotel!

  4. rossmacd says:

    Hi Raffles

    Nice review of the IC Boston! I stayed at this property for a number of nights (can’t remember how many) in November 2011, and agree with your review. The large, spacious rooms are well appointed, and the spa/gym area is also great. I too did not eat in the hotel as there are PLENTY of excellent options nearby! I did find the valet parking a little on the steep side, but what can you expect for a city centre IC.