Luxury Hotels

BOSTON – 5

Why is Raffles Boston different? Later, in New York, Girlahead was to meet up with people responsible, brand boss Claudia Kozma Kaplan, left above, and CEO of Raffles and Fairmont, Omer Acar – they are with an Accor colleague, Nicole Lierheimer.

Unlike most properties in USA, Raffles Boston doesn’t feel American. It is global with an integrated veil of the best of the best of Boston. Take suite #1107. Workmanship was faultless, and touches like the green-teal lacquered doors between living area and bedroom was a nice touch, as was the tan leather wrap-round headboard, and the silver-doored minibar. Masses of books on such diverse subjects as Cocktail Chameleon and Goa. Drinks included the hotel’s own Blind Duck Gin. A massive 60° curved settee complemented an equally over-sized soft black leather chairman’s chair.

It was a Monday night so the sexy two-floor speakeasy was sadly closed. Its ceilings and the wall up the between-floors stairs are papered in black with an overall design of quasi-chrysanthemum and other shocking pink flowers, grotesquely magnified so the extent that allegorical figures seem to appear. Amar, the main restaurant, was not only open but full (fortunately there are also four highly-prized seats at a long table along one wall of the very light-and-bright kitchen).

Chef George Mendes is honestly one of the nicest personalities in the entire culinary world (grandmothers would call him a real charmer). Rather than stick to a menu that included many small plates and sharing dishes, all modern Portuguese, he sent out plated dishes at lightning speed, all different (the chinaware, course by course) and all delicious, of course. Arguably the highlight was a scallop, as moist as butter: others raved about Maine lobster with fermented and grilled fennel, Azorean pineapple, and vadouvan curry, using the French version of masala that typically consists of dried shallots, garlic, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and sometimes dried curry leaves.

But pride of place, any day of the week, could well go to the hotel’s 17 th floor Sky Lounge. Main reception is here, all outlets lead off it and the outside terrace is, when weather allows, undoubtedly the place to be, here in Boston. And you don’t have to be staying in the hotel to savour the views, and appreciate the service.  See a video below. Luxury may be under the radar but it needs continual wows and Raffles Boston has’em a-plenty.