The first time I visited Boston, I fell in love with it! The city reminds me a lot of London, culturally and architecturally, but I love that Boston is it’s own interpretation- unique and overflowing with a rich American history. It’s the “new” England :)
I made sure that we stopped in Boston for the Tuna Tour in 2014, where we held meet-and-greets in 8 cities in the east and south to raise awareness and financial support for 8 local city shelters. In May of this year we decided to go on another tour, but this time a traveling tour in order to collect content to feature pet-friendly properties on thetravelingtuna.com, and Boston was our final stop on that tour.
In 2014, we stayed at Revere Hotel Boston Common, located within the vibrant Theater District. The hotel was absolutely beautiful back then, but in 2016, it underwent a $28 million renovation including a fully remodeled lobby area, rooftop pool, guest rooms and suites, and 42,000 square feet of versatile private event and meeting spaces. When I saw the edgy and engaging transformation in pictures, I definitely wanted to experience the new version for myself so that I could feature it on The Traveling Tuna site since I knew what hadn't changed was that the property is very pet-friendly!
Situated in the heart of Boston, near the Back Bay and the South End, Revere Hotel Boston Common bridges the gap between Boston’s past and present: histroical yet modernized. As Tim Brett, the hotel’s general manager, put it: “The property celebrates Boston's innovative history and offers a convenient and stylish option for the modern traveler." Well put, and agreed!
The property features subtle symbolism such as dark tones inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, and custom artwork throughout the entire property, paying tribute to the hotel's legendary namesake. The steampunk sculpture that is suspended over the front desk is fabricated from vintage colonial-style lanterns and produced by famed Bostonian artist Bruce Rosenbaum. The common seating area boasts of “metallic, leather, and rustic textures, a life-size sculpture of Paul Revere's horse created from recycled materials, and stained glass panels inspired by the Old North Church.” Shared with that space, the new Lobby Bar “is wrapped in pounded copper panels and offers creative libations featuring local spirits from a menu crafted by Boston's most revered bartenders.”
The historical theme subtly continues in the guest rooms and suites, but gives way to lighter tones and a soothing ambiance. I loved the giant modern painting of Paul positioned next to the bed, and the comfy over-sized wing chair, monogramed with a large scarlet R representative of his surname. The king-sized bed and it’s dressings were exceptionally comfortable, so much so that Tuna hardly got out of it unless coerced with a treat. Speaking of treats, the delicious in-room dining served both mine and Tuna’s appetites well. My personal favorite was the Lobster Roll, and Tuna’s personal favorite was Fido’s Foul from off the pet-friendly Puppy Chow menu. The pet-friendly menu also offered non-alcoholic CharDOGnay and ZinfanTAIL. Too cute!
Two more hotel features we really enjoyed were craft cocktails paired with small bites at the chic Emerald Lounge, located on the Mezzanine Level, and a fully reimagined rooftop pool and lounge, Rooftop@Revere, that offered unprecedented views of the beautiful Back Bay and a menu of New England-inspired fresh seasonal cocktails.
Although we throughly enjoyed both of our visits at Revere Hotel Boston Common within 3 years apart, this fresh and thoughtful new design, that pridefully nods at Boston's rich history, is certainly more memorable and distinct than the previous one. We can't wait for another visit! #tunapproved