Thursday, May 29, 2008

A greeting from Boston

May 25th, a Collonade Summit Hotel representative left a message on my story on the hotel that I reviewed in September 2006. In my review I found the hotel a little overpriced compared to the standard described on their website. This is what the hotel representative wrote to me.

"Dear Tor - Thanks for a review of our hotel - you received a great rate no doubt! That being said - we can't wait until you return. The items you mentioned about your room are no longer applicable. We invite you to visit and see for yourself.

We think you'll love the new rooms and new hotel!

There are many dates after Labor Day that are warm enough for a dip in the pool. Unfortunately, city restrictions prevent us from staying open past Labor Day. :(

Thanks for your post. See you in Beantown!"

I really appreciate when a hotel takes contact with me, in order to promote their services. Looking back I have to admit that I was disappointed by the room offered to us. We had expected more for our money. We also looked forward to a swim in the rooftop pool, that sadly had closed just a few days before we arrived.

We did, however, get a decent price then, and a double room from September 5th to September 7th 2008 will cost me $315, a good price for a hotel room, as Boston is an expensive city to stay in. Maybe I will consider to write another review. I will keep you posted.

Other great hotels in Boston

I have visited the Royal Sonesta Hotel in nearby Cambridge several times before. Another alternative is to stay there for a night or two coming fall. It is expensive but I find Royal Sonesta to be an exceptionally well run hotel, that offered us an upgrade to a Charles River view room.

I also recommend the two charming B&B's Harding House and Irving House close to Harvard University. Quite expensive with a unique Victorian charm to it. Another good, less expensive alternative is Beacon Inn in Brookline. Another period gem, but you may risk sharing a bathroom with a stranger.

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