Luxury Hotels

BOSTON – 3

Mandarin Oriental Boston is the doyen of the true luxury hotels in town (the Newbury does not count as it has been be-born in its present guise, and the much-loved Fairmont Copley Plaza is comfy-luxury). Mandarin Oriental is a 16-year old mature teenager who likes the latest styles.

Interestingly hotel GM Marcus Lindner admits he learns a lot about latest styles from his two daughters, especially the 11-year old. Over lunch he talked about influencers. One arrived to stay for a review, coming in by skateboard. This could be a new trend. Come to think of it which will be the first hotel to have skateboards for guests? Did our influencer at least get to see the Oriental Suite, #821, in which designer Alexandra Champalimaud has insert magnificent, no wow, metal chandeliers, as if hundreds of bits of cymbals are floating from the ceiling? See above.

This is the Boston hotel for serious shopping. It is connected internally to massive upmarket malls, Copley Plaza and Prudential Center. Come winter white-outs or summer heat-outs, you never need go outside while checking for the next season’s wardrobe.(It’ worth noting that Boston’s hoteliers are unusually friendly – below, see Marcus Lindner and the GM of Raffles Boston, Oliver dudler, in the Prudential Center mall.)

Mandarin Oriental Boston is  also a locals’ spa centre. Over three-quarters of spa users are Bostonians, come for the crystal steam room, or an Aromatherapy Associates’ facial or 80 minutes with Himalayan singing bowls.  After all that, recover with something calorific at (Gordon) Ramsay’s Kitchen, perhaps an idiot sandwich. Braised short ribs and Gruyère in sourdough if you’re too intelligent to know. Alternatively, go healthy, from the seafood counter, or perhaps a composed dish of salmon with fennel.  There’s also an admirable wine selection, including a rosé specially produced for Gordon.