Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Boston, United States of America
The Millennium Bostonian is a luxurious and comfortable small hotel located in Boston, US. A popular hotel, it has 201 guestrooms and suites, and is located in the heart of the city on the historic Blackstone Block, which is one of Boston's oldest grids of streets and alleyways.
Across from the hotel's courtyard is Faneuil Hall, which is one of the US's premier urban marketplaces. It has outdoor festivals, over 125 shops, cafes and restaurants, with museums and theatres nearby.
The Millennium Bostonian is located two miles from Logan International Airport, and is just a five-minute walk to the city's government centre (JFK and O'Neill Federal Buildings), the business / financial district, and only minutes from the harbour and the Italian North End.
The hotel was voted one of the top 500 in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveller because of its superior accommodation and outstanding service.
Accommodation and facilities
The Millennium Bostonian hotel is comfortably elegant and European in styling. The guestrooms and suites are decorated in a European design with a similar theme for the furnishings. Many of the guestrooms are provided with step-out balconies adorned with flower boxes, which offer spectacular views of the vibrant Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
The hotel has a comprehensive meeting space and business centre ideal for small to medium business events. The hotel has a host of facilities for guests' use, including bars and restaurants (Seasons Restaurant), the El Coco International Aveda Salon and the Day Spa.
Millennium Bostonian renovation
In the third quarter of 2006 the Millennium Bostonian hotel announced the start of a renovation project to improve the facilities and make better use of space at the hotel. The project was estimated to cost $24m and the renovation was completed in 2010.
The renovation included the redesign and refurbishment of guestrooms and suites. A new restaurant and a meeting space of 3,000ft² were provided. The rooms have new furniture, the walls were renovated and 40in TVs and Wi-Fi were provided.
The result is an elegantly stylish ambience making the hotel more contemporary without losing its comfortable homely atmosphere.
Millennium Bostonian's new guestrooms
The renovation provided a new look for all 201 guestrooms and suites. The new design was created by Jinnie Kim, an in-demand designer who has worked with top US hotels such as the St Regis and the Plaza in New York.
The rooms redefined Four-Diamond luxury at the hotel. Improved features included the Millennium Bed with duvets and 300 thread count linen, a laptop and a safe. A muted earth-tone decor set off by photography and artwork celebrates the sights and experiences of Boston.
The new bathrooms feature bath tubs set against relief scenes of the city and separate ceramic tiled shower stalls, as well as elegant furnishings and fabrics, stone floor entryways, wood panelling and crown mouldings. The Bostonian's popular fireplace rooms and balconies maintain their elegance but with new, sound-proof windows.
The Millennium Bostonian's new look begins with a renovated front circular entrance. The new lobby / reception features stone floors, polished oak surfaces and two fireplaces (one traditional and one gas). Preliminary plans included a mini-waterfall in the lobby to lend an atmosphere of peace and calm. A new restaurant and bar is located on the ground floor.
The space occupied by the existing Seasons Restaurant was converted to 3,000ft² function space designed to significantly enhance the hotel's appeal for meetings, social groups, weddings, receptions and special events. The hotel's executive chef, Brian Poe, was contracted to supervise the cuisine and services for the new restaurant and meeting space.
The Millennium Bostonian is smoke-free, including guestrooms and suites. Complementing the renovation at the Bostonian are a host of new attractions in the Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market adjacent to the hotel.
A new Hard Rock Cafe is located across the street from the hotel and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, situated between the hotel and Boston's North End, offers more open space with gardens.