Mandarin Oriental, Boston 5.0

Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
The understated, contemporary rooms at the Mandarin Oriental still feel brand new (the hotel first opened in 2008).

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 The understated, contemporary rooms at the Mandarin Oriental still feel brand new (the hotel first opened in 2008).
The understated, contemporary rooms at the Mandarin Oriental still feel brand new (the hotel first opened in 2008). In addition to the 42-inch Philips flat-screen TV (which includes an incredible 19 premium movie channels and 19 HD channels) ... ... the hotel also offers a Sony Blu-ray PlayStation 3 (by request), along with a list of the DVDs and video games available. The Mandarin's bathrooms, even in the standard room types, are among the best in Boston. Each includes a separate tub and marble shower, thick Frette towels, and a terry-lined Frette bathrobe. The rooms at the Charles were renovated in 2006 and represent the best the hotel has to offer. The New England theme is reflected in the beds' high wooden headboards, custom down quilts, and lovely wooden chairs engraved with the hotel's name. The electronics are impressive: 31-inch flat-screen TVs with HBO, DVD players, Bose Wave radios, and Seura "in-mirror" televisions in the bathrooms -- yes, there are televisions actually built into the bathroom mirrors, so you never have to miss an episode of Charlie Rose. And while most hotel rooms' magazine racks have picture-heavy travel magazines, the Charles has copies of Harvard Magazine and The Atlantic. The spacious standard rooms are cozy and calming, with soothing New England colors. Every room comes with a gas fireplace, which the staff leave merrily crackling with the nightly turndown service. Thoughtful touches include switches next to the bed allow you to easily turn the fireplace and stereo on and off, a chrome dial by the door for requesting service or privacy, power outlets inside the safes for charging locked-up phones and computers, and even a heated towel rack (pictured here). Among the electronics -- an iHome alarm clock; a large, 42-inch flat-screen TV with a DVD player; surround-sound speaker system and a stereo with digital satellite radio and a five-CD changer (there's a 500-CD lending library downstairs). And unlike most other hotels, each room has its own private phone line. The hotel even issues personalized business cards to each guest. Decorated in shades of cream and light blue with cherry wood furniture, the decor at the Ritz is soothing without feeling too stale. And at 425 square feet, the standard rooms are some of the largest in the city -- slightly larger than the rooms at both the Four Seasons (375 square feet) and the Mandarin Oriental (400 square feet). Plush beds feature Frette linens and a down featherbed and comforter. Lovely marble bathrooms come with Bulgari toiletries, separate showers, deep soaking tubs, separate toilet stalls, plush towels, robes, and classy little extras, like a jewelry holder. Following a $25-million renovation in May 2008, the spacious 350-square-foot standard rooms now come outfitted with sleek new light-wood furniture, a dining table and chairs (in lieu of a desk), rainfall showerheads in the bathtubs, comfortable Sealy pillow-top mattresses, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open make the rooms here feel lighter and airier than those at the Back Bay Hotel or the Lenox -- and it also helps that they're significantly bigger. Along with the 37-inch flat-screens with DVD players and Internet TV and iPod docking radios, the guest rooms also have a top-notch Keurig, single-cup coffeemaker. Starting at an incredible 500 square feet, even the standard guest rooms at the Boston Harbor Hotel are bigger than the rooms at most other luxury hotels in Boston. After the hotel's renovation in 2005, the rooms combine a traditional look with more modern comforts. The desks, for example, have a lovely antique feel to them, even though they have disguised power outlets and Ethernet cords thread through the drawers. And one of the great advantages of the hotel's location -- the view. At 380 square feet, the standard rooms at the Fairmont are bigger than the rooms at most other Boston hotels (and about twice the size of the starting room type at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel). The design is clean, modern, and unobtrusive; practicality seems to be the main focus. There are MP3 plug-ins with a volume knob in the bathroom, a reclining reading chair, and a good workspace with well-placed outlets and an Ethernet cord. The spacious bathroom is well lit, with large sinks, a rainfall shower, Taylor digital scale, and Miller Harris products. At 360 square feet, the standard rooms, called "Wonderful Rooms," are a bit bigger than average, and they feel especially airy thanks to the large windows and clean design. Small touches throughout range from cutesy (a telescope on a stand that reads "wish") to cheeky (a minibar with the requisite intimacy kit, emblazoned with the words "get lucky"). Combine that with bathrooms that look into the rooms through a bit of artwork on a translucent canvas, offering a bit of a peep show, and well, this is no hotel room for grandma. Still, there are also useful details, like a charging center with jacks for seemingly every kind of cell phone, and power strips with AV jacks for hooking computers up to the TV, making the room particularly well suited to business travelers. Huge, sleek, immaculate rooms are among the biggest in downtown Boston. This Double Double Deluxe has plush carpeting, furniture in muted neutral tones and a marbled entryway. The spotless, enormous marble bathroom is equipped with a glassed-in stall shower, Floris toiletries, monogrammed robes, a scale, and a telephone. Unlike most other hotels, the deep soaking tub also includes a detachable showerhead.