The luxury boutique waterfront Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts is a contemporary, chic oasis nestled steps away from the Italian North End. With Boston Harbor as its "backyard," the hotel has a decidedly tranquil feel with wonderful amenities: an award-winning 13,000 square foot Exhale Spa and Fitness Center, two restaurants: Aragosta Bar + Bistro and The Terrace, The Battery Lounge for innovative cocktails and live Jazz and traditional Afternoon Tea on the weekends, and the hotel is also pet-friendly.
The 5-year old, 150-room and suite hotel offers guests the best of Boston - a secluded urban waterfront "resort" yet has close proximity to the North End, Faneuil Hall, the Financial District, TD Gardens home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins sports teams, as well as major attractions in the city center, making it a desirous location for both leisure as well as business travelers.
Battery Wharf Hotel
We stayed in an attractive Premier Harbor View Room overlooking Boston Harbor in late June 2015, and our room featured a king bed dressed with a pristine white-on-white striped duvet, a selection of bed pillows, and two decorative pillows, flanked by night tables with hanging lights, and bedside reading lamps.
A comfortable black leather reclining lounger was the perfect spot for an afternoon nap or to read one of the many in-room magazines or complimentary newspapers, and the ample desk with ergonomic chair provided a great work area.
The spacious marble bathroom featured a walk-in shower with rainforest shower head as well as a hand-held shower, enclosed toilet, a lighted vanity mirror, hair dryer, scale, plush towels, and a selection of Antica Farmacista toiletries.
Nespresso Coffee in guest room
In-room amenities included a Nespresso Coffee Maker and an electric tea kettle with an assortment of Nespresso coffees and Mighty Leaf teas, a surround sound stereo system, a 42-inch LCD HD Flat panel television, an iHome system, wireless High speed internet and dual line telephones, a safe, mirror over the desk as well as a full-length mirror on the interior closet door, robes, slippers, and an iron and ironing board.
The Aragosta Bar + Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a tempting Mediterranean and seafood inspired menu featuring Executive Chef Joseph Adamo and Sous Chef Donna Spina as the talents in the kitchen. We had healthy and hearty breakfasts, and finished our day with inspired dinners.
Aragosta Bar + Bistro
Breakfast highlights included Jansal Valley Cranberry Almond Granola with Honey Greek yogurt, fruit salad, and assorted berries, and The Irish, one of the Battery Wharf Benedicts, which was a toasted muffin, corn beef hash, smoked bacon, poached eggs, scallion, and hollandaise sauce.
We experienced an inspired five-course tasting dinner of Apple Vinegar Braised Head Cheese, Heirloom Pickles, and Traditional Accoutrements as a first course, then continued with Lollipop Kale Sprouts, Black Garlic, And Pistachio Sarvechio; House Cut Ravioli with Hand Packed Ricotta and San Marzano Brodo; Nocerella Poached Local Cod with Romesco, Borolo Yellow Raisin Tapenade, and Pignolias, and for Dessert, there was a light Mascarpone Custard with Roasted Mission Figs, and Cantucci Brittle.
Chef Adamo and Captain Fred Penney
One of the hotel's innovation experiences is their 2.5-hour Keep the Catch Lobster Excursion, a unique opportunity to spend time on an actual lobster boat watching the crew haul, bait, and remove the catch from the lobster traps around Boston Harbor. As part of the experience, Chef Joseph Adamo will cook the lobsters for your dinner, which is quite fitting, as the restaurant's name, Aragosta, is Italian for lobster. We experienced the excursion and it was great fun and very informative. Dining al fresco on the lobsters we had caught earlier in the day, sitting beside the hotel's fire pits, under a beautiful summer evening sky was the perfect culmination.
The excursion leaves from the hotel every Saturday at 1:00 pm and returns at 3:30 pm. The cost for the excursion is $60 per person. The Lobster Bake for two at their Fire Pits is $45 per person with your catch. The boat accommodates a maximum of 6 guests per excursion. Reservations are required at the time of booking, with 5:00 pm or 7:00 pm dinner reservation options. The excursion is currently available on Saturday's only.
The hotel also has a Jazz quartet on Friday and Saturday evenings from 9:00 pm until 12:00 am, and this was a perfect way for us to end our evening with a nightcap while listening to Live Jazz. Boston is the home of the historic Tea Party, and fittingly the hotel serves traditional Afternoon Tea on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, providing visitors with another delectable experience without leaving the hotel.
Battery Wharf Hotel lobby
The hotel's Exhale Spa and Fitness Center offers a diverse Spa treatment menu including acu-organ detox therapy, acupuncture, cupping and vibrational therapies, assorted facials, nail treatments, brow, lash, and waxing services, and massage treatments including: craniosacral, deep tissue, Exhale flow signature, fusion Swedish, glow reflexology, reiki, shea butter, shiatsu, sports, and Thai stretch.
We experienced their Fusion Body Massage, which is "a Swedish-based therapy combining the best-known therapeutic massage practice to provide an unparalleled hour of relaxation," followed by a session in their Turkish Hammam, which was a perfect ending to our treatment.
Core Fusion Barre Class
In addition to the intriguing Spa treatments, they offer an extensive list of fitness classes to appeal to all levels, including Waterfront Yoga classes, Core Fusion Barre, Core Fusion + Cardio, Core Fusion Boot Camp, and many more. We took an early morning Core Fusion Barre class, one of their "signature full body workouts designed to give chiseled abs, toned legs, cut arms, and a high, lifted butt." This ballet inspired, core-centric class pushed us to our limits with lots of one-on-one encouragement from the instructor and was a great way to start our day. The Spa also conducts special Workshops, so be sure to check out their website for more information.
Located along the pedestrian-friendly HarborWalk, we enjoyed strolling from the hotel along the water as well sitting and relaxing on one of the many benches to relax, watch the passing boats, and simply absorb the tranquility and ambience.
As an added plus, guests who like to travel with their 4-legged friends will appreciate the hotel's pet friendly policy, and Business travelers will appreciate the Business Center along with their 6,000-square feet of meeting space. Whether your travel to Boston is for leisure or business, the Battery Wharf Hotel is sure to please.
Chef Joseph Adamo
For additional information, please visit their website, www.BatteryWharfHotelBoston.com.
Aragosta Bar + Bistro is open from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm, the Dinner menu is served until 10:00 pm, the Bar is open from 11:00 am until 12:00 am, the Bar Menu is available until 11:00 pm, and the Patio is open from 9:30 am until 10:00pm (the last dinner seating at 9:30pm). In Room Dining Menu is available from 6:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Read about the Aragosta Bar and Bistro in the Restaurants section, and the interview with Executive Chef Joseph Adamo who graciously shares a few of his tantalizing recipes in the Chefs' Recipes section.
Read about the Keep the Catch Lobster Excursion in the Adventures section, and about their Exhale Spa and Fitness Center in the Spas section.
Battery Wharf Hotel
Three Battery Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
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