Best Boston Tourism Tips

Sheraton Hotel Boston:
An Oasis in the Heart of the City

Where it is: Back Bay

The Sheraton Hotel Boston is another one of those mid-priced chains that has elevated expectations of what we can expect from a mid-priced hotel.

The Sheraton is a great pick for Boston visitors seeking an immaculate, soothing, fully-loaded room at a non-nosebleed price, and in a central location in the heart of Back Bay. Do you belong to this demographic?

A king bedroom in the Sheraton Hotel Boston's North Tower A king bedroom in the Sheraton Hotel Boston's North Tower

It also offers indoor access to Hynes Convention Center and the Prudential Shopping Center . . . and very importantly for some of us, a friendly Starbucks Café (not the coffee; the café) in the lobby.

In other words, it's a lucky thing the folks at the Sheraton were kind enough to build over 1200 rooms in this enormous hotel because it is a hugely popular draw for both business and leisure travelers visiting Boston.

This is not one of Boston's boutique hotels. The rooms at this Boston Sheraton emphasize efficiency, pristine conditions, and amenities over ultra coziness or glossy, chic style. Of course, as in any hotel, the higher the level room, the more luxe the design gets and the Sheraton Boston is no exception – can you say "Presiential Suite?" But the end of the day, this is an enormous, mid-priced chain, geared toward accommodating a huge volume of sophisticated business travelers.

A king bedroom in the Sheraton Hotel Boston's South Tower A king bedroom in the Sheraton Hotel Boston's South Tower

That said, like its nearby luxury cousin, the W, this Boston Sheraton (like all Sheratons) is a Starwood property, a tip-off that guests can look forward to unusually high service and design standards.

Walk into the lobby and you'll see it's large and airy, a bit corporate-feeling, and often bustling with activity . . . but don't be fooled. Step into your room and you'll discover a zen-like respite from the fast pace of the city outside.

Rooms in the North Tower (my personal favorite) have a clean, streamlined take on a sort of Asian-infused contemporary style, with mostly warm, fresh tones and the occasional splash of bold color. Rooms in the South Tower have a more urban country club feel – and are a bit larger.

The Sheraton Hotel Boston's Presidential Suite with Beacon Hill views The Sheraton Hotel Boston's Presidential Suite with Beacon Hill views

Coffee makers with Starbucks coffee and 27" flat-screen televisions come standard. Microwaves and in-room refrigerators are available upon request . . . though they're in somewhat limited supply. Alas, unless you're a Starwood Preferred Guest (a loyalty program for which it's free to sign up), you'll have to pay a daily rate for wi-fi. At last count it was about $15 a day.

Choose a Sheraton Club Room, however, and get not only upgraded amenities like complimentary wi-fi, complimentary bottled water, and significantly more square footage; you'll also get access to the exclusive Sheraton Club Lounge on the 29th floor.

Sheraton Hotel Boston's Club Lounge Sheraton Hotel Boston's Club Lounge

Personally I think the views from the rooms alone – all are confined to the top four floors of the North tower – make Club Rooms highly desirable.

But the Club Lounge offers an additional incentive. It is an exclusive, restricted space apart from the rest of the hotel, with a complimentary continental breakfast until 10 am and complimentary beverages throughout the day. In addition, it provides complimentary access to PC work stations, high-speed web access, and last-minute office supplies. Plus there is a 42" flat screen to gather around with friends or family, and amazing views of the Charles River.

At the Sheraton Boston Hotel, guests can also feel the burn, or like me, walk slowly on a treadmill while reading Us magazine, at the Sheraton's top-of-the-line fitness center. They've also got a large swimming pool – with a retractable roof!

Sheraton Hotel Boston pool, with roof retracted Sheraton Hotel Boston pool, with roof retracted

Aside from indoor access to the Prudential Shops and Hynes Convention Center, guests at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston can pop over to Newbury Street and Copley Plaza shops; Downtown for wheeling, dealing, dining, and theater-going; and Public Garden and Boston Common for their beauty and history. Should you need to get further, the Boston T's Prudential Center stop is minutes away from your guest room.

If the weather is not cooperating or the day was intense and you're too pooped to leave the hotel for dinner, the hotel has two restaurants that offer satisfying, regional fare with excellent service at reasonable-for-a-good-hotel-restaurant prices: the casual Café Apropos and the more formal Sidebar & Grille.

Sheraton Hotel Boston's Sidebar & Grille restaurant Sheraton Hotel Boston's Sidebar & Grille restaurant

And you can bring your pooch along to see Boston as well! The Sheraton happily welcomes dogs up to 50 pounds for no additional fee (though Muffin may not be left unattended in the room). The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Dog Bed – a big, soft, downy cloud suitable for the most beloved canine family member – is available upon request.

Apologies to our smoking friends, but it goes without saying – doesn't it? – that the entire hotel is smoke-free.

The Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199; 617-236-2000

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