Luxury Hotels


Thank you for choosing OUR HOTEL says the television at FAIRMONT COPLEY PLAZA, Boston’s historic hotel, just about to celebrate its 110th birthday. (The limestone building, on the site of the former Museum of Fine Arts, was named for 18th century artist, John Singleton Copley.)

Yes, thank you world. GIRLAHEAD IS BACK IN ACTION IN THE GREAT U.S. OF A.  Mind you, President Biden should plant a tree in gratitude for every foreigner risking-all to come here once the international borders re-opened 8th November.  It’s not his fault.  In Girlahead’s opinion, the complexity of the pre-flight paperwork was such that she challenges Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, to see if he can make head or tail of it. Once finally onboard the plane – 100% full, even in First, and people waiting in case of no-shows – once onboard, service was as thoughtful and personal as ever. The only noticeable difference was no pre-ordering for Club World main meal, a more limited choice onboard and it came all at once rather than course by course. BUT THE PRE-TAKE OFF PERFECTLY CHILLED CANARD-DUCHENE, CUT-GLASS TUMBLERS FOR MAIN-MEAL WATER, AND DO&CO DESSERTS CONTINUE. Thank goodness for style.

An Assouline hardback on American Style awaits in Fairmont Copley Plaza #441, the Boston Pops Suite. There are copies of Time (John Kerry cover) and Walpole (Style issue). The view is north, over Copley Square and a 24/7 CVS pharmacy to Charles River, 500m beyond. The hotel’s magnificent panelled and chandeliered Oak Room, as always at least 65% Bostonian regulars, is abuzz from 5 p.m. on.  Girlahead favours a central high-up communal table but the required dozen are already there. Seats at the extra-long Long Bar, that winds round open kitchens and pizza ovens, are similarly taken. We sit back, practically in a real working fire, and Brisbane-born Zaid Khan, who surely must inspire every undecided Gen-Y to try culinary, enthuses about sharing dishes with colleagues during the hotel’s four-month lockdown in 2020. GIRLAHEAD PARTICULARLY ENJOYS A TALL STEMMED GLASS OF SECRET INDULGENCE CHRONOLOGY, a Sonoma Valley Red Blend (no vintages on the dense A4 wine list – GM George Terpiloski says for no obvious reason French wines are rising, while, understandably, weddings are back in force and dogs are vying with humans when it comes to filling rooms).

And so, ANOTHER DAY DAWNS. The easy-work Nespresso comes with both china mugs and paper cups (=luxury), the Club Lounge, handy on the fourth floor, opens at 6.30 and before that the workout gear, waiting in a basket, might just be put to use. For once, there is, for a couple of hours at least, the added luxury of time.

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