Written by Katie Gard
We don’t know if you’ve heard but boutique hotels are all the rage these days. More and more discerning travelers are looking for an experience beyond basic bare bones accommodations to convince them to part from their hard-earned cash.
No longer interested in a place to “just sleep,” they crave something more — a place to eat, relax, work out, and quite possibly enjoy a cocktail or six without having to step out into the chilly Boston night air.
So, what defines a boutique hotel?
Usually, such places are epitomized by luxury accommodations, carefully curated décor, and full service amenities that go beyond a built-in hair dryer and a couple of plastic-wrapped paper cups.
And while typical boutique hotels usually have less than 100 rooms, we knew our selection for WITS 2015 had to be large enough to house the most exciting summit to ever hit Boston, a town whose history spans back to Paul Revere — hence, the Revere Hotel — and beyond.
In true travel-loving spirit, we’re ditching the homogeneity of the standard airport overnighters for over 36,000 sq. ft. of event space in the heart of downtown Boston. (Seriously. It’s just two blocks from the Boston Common.) Add to that some complimentary bottled water, a 24-hour fitness center, heated indoor pool, and a whole lotta free Wi-Fi, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect place to unwind after a day of stimulating summit activities. We’re even told there will be a fuzzy robe or two…)
It’s boutique on steroids.
But be warned — if ye be the hostel-lovin’, backpacking’ type, the Revere may forever ruin your accustomed level of comfort for the long haul. We suggest smuggling in a deflated lumpy pillow with questionable stains to ease the transition.
Located in a 24-floor building built in 1971, and formerly occupied by the Radisson Boston, the Revere re-opened the space in 2012, infusing it with sleek, sometimes whimsical new design and effectively obliterating all interior remnants of “the decade that taste forgot.”
With some of the largest guest rooms in downtown Boston, the Revere doesn’t play when it comes to comfort. Effectively combining space to work, sleep, and relax, even the basic guest rooms have everything necessary to make busy summit attendees feel right at home.
Drop your bag of swag at the work station, hop onto your houndstooth chaise lounge, and flip on that 37″ LG HDTV, watch it all night. We won’t judge.
Or, if you prefer, plug your iPod into the JBL speaker system. Borrow a Kindle from the hotel lobby. Or step out onto your balcony (every room has one!) to admire the Boston skyline.
Perhaps in homage to the Theater District, in which the Revere is nestled, the décor is urban, stylish, and just the right amount of playful — the kind of place an international array of weary actors (or summit-pumped jet setters) can decompress at the end of a stimulating day.
After all, the signs on the doors read, “Talent at rest” — not “Do Not Disturb.”
And we think that’s pretty accurate.
Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the Emerald Lounge, the Revere’s psychedelic cocktail bar inspired by Boston’s Emerald Necklace, an 1,100-acre (4.5 sq km) chain of parks that line the “neck” of the Boston peninsula. Hotel quests receive a complimentary pass!
Listen, we know you’re busy. But if you want to experience WITS to its fullest without tacking travel time onto your days, book your room before it’s too late! And be sure to visit our Facebook page to find a roommate, ask questions, and meet other WITS attendees.
Want to book your room? Head on over to: bit.ly/wits15hotel. And don’t worry, the hotel isn’t actually booked for the days before and after WITS. They haven’t opened those dates yet and are letting us in early, for all you planners out there. If you want to book your room for some extra days, call or email Leah Rice, Reservations Specialist at 617-457-2683 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just wait a month or so for them to open up the bookings for those dates!