Several Boston hotels are launching or expanding efforts to attract locals to enjoy luxury amenities, but without having to stay overnight. In the city’s highly competitive hotel market, hotel executives are not only working toward growing room revenue and food and beverage spend, but to also create full lobbies and generate buzz around their venues. From sleek restaurants and hip clubs to networking events and fashion shows, Boston hoteliers are increasingly catering to urban dwellers that may never check in.
Here’s a smattering of Boston hotels and their offerings for locals that are worth considering:
- Colonnade Hotel: Dine al fresco, order cocktails, and lounge around on the deck of the hotel’s roof top pool, all while enjoying an amazing view of Boston’s Back Bay. Though entrance to the pool for non-guests is a splurge at $50 for a full day or $25 after 3 p.m., the award-winning venue is hyped as an oasis in the middle of the city with an air of Hollywood glamour. Call 617-425-3408 to check on space availability before arrival.
- Fairmont Copley Plaza: Formerly a special occasion venue for locals, when the anchor of the hotel re-opened last year as the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen in conjunction with the Copley Plaza’s $20 million renovation, the venue became a hot spot for the “in crowd” from Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the South End.
Hyatt Regency Boston: This newly renovated hotel in the heart of downtown offers a neighborhood discount of 20% off lunch in its Avenue One Restaurant with an 02111 business card. Locals are also invited to the Hyatt’s Neighborhood Event Series Wine-Makers Dinners where you’ll enjoy five thoughtfully chosen pours, paired with the executive chef’s culinary creations, while engaging in discussions with vineyard representatives. The next event on August 22 features Sanford Winery & Vineyards. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go directly to Boston Children’s Hospital. Call 617-422-5454 for tickets and reservations.
- The InterContinental: Spa InterContinental invites Bostonians to a complimentary, sunrise, one-hour Vinyasa flow yoga class held on the hotel’s waterfront lawn every Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., weather permitting, through August 31st. Early sign-up is suggested as classes fill quickly. Call 617-217-5090.
The Langham: After spending $6 million in lobby renovations last year, the hotel, located in the heart of the city’s financial district, is luring 20- and 30-somethings to its Bond Restaurant & Lounge. Boston’s hip young professionals (and sometimes celebrities from on-location shoots) are known to gather for nightlife in this glamorous space where the city’s top DJs spin tunes after 10 p.m. on weekends. Bond also features “Timeless Tuesdays,” a weekly fashion show and boutique featuring elegant creations from local and national designers. Call 617.956-8765 for table reservations.
- The Liberty Hotel: Formerly the Charles Street Jail, this architectural gem at the foot of Beacon Hill welcomes local residents to its series of weekly complimentary events that include:
Outdoor Movie Mondays – On select Mondays at sunset, enjoy films under the stars along with free popcorn.
Gallery Night – From 6–8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, The Liberty displays work from some of the most well-known artists in the city, while guests can drink wine and enjoy free hors d’œuvres.
Yappier Hour – Every Wednesday from 5:30–8:00 p.m., locals can bring their furry friends for some refreshing cocktails in the Liberty’s private outdoor enclave, The Yard. While humans enjoy The Liberty’s exceptional summer drinks, their canine companions can be treated to a puptail or a muttini.
Fashionably Late – A fusion of fashion, music and design, the Liberty’s Fashionably Late brings Boston’s fashion scene to life. Set in the hotel’s private courtyard in the summertime and in the hotel’s lobby during cooler weather, the hotel becomes a who’s who of Boston’s fashion leaders from 8 p.m.– 2 a.m. most Thursdays.
Equinox Summer Yoga – The Liberty Hotel pairs with the ultra-luxe gym, Equinox, to offer group yoga sessions every Saturday at 10 a.m. outside in The Yard.
Revere Hotel: Located on the Boston Common in the Back Bay and touted as one of Fortune Magazine’s 9 Best New Business Hotels of 2013, the Revere Hotel features a weekly fashion show on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. (through August) where attendees can sip cocktails and view designer trends al fresco against a backdrop of city views. Reservations are recommended to book a table or cabana (617-482-1800). The Revere also has a super posh rooftop pool, complete with cabanas, food and drink service, art installments, and stylish servers. Non-guest admission is $30 per day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Boston Harbor Hotel: Locals are welcome to spend summer nights enjoying live waterfront entertainment and al fresco dining at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s 15th Summer in the City Entertainment Series. As the sun sets, Rowes Wharf harbor comes alive each weekday through August with a fantastic entertainment lineup that includes: Rat Pack Mondays, Summer Soul Tuesdays, Country Pop Wednesdays, Blues Barge Thursdays and Music & Movie Fridays. Click here for the schedule.
If you own a Boston condo or live in or around the city, perhaps its time for a staycation!