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Boston Pairings: The Fairmont Copley Plaza

Known as Art Square until 1883, Copley Square was Boston’s original center for educational and cultural institutions, a reflection of the city’s progressive aspirations. Built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fairmont Copley Plaza remains its Grand Dame.

With Magellan’s carefully curated selection of luxury hotels and a high walkability index, there is no ‘bad’ place to stay in the city. But for a tightly-packed short stay, the Copley Square area, in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, offers access to renowned art and architecture, fine restaurant experiences, luxury shopping, professional sports events and the city’s historic green spaces. Neighborhoods farther afield are easily accessed by the T’s Green Line (metro) stop Copley Square, just steps from the Fairmont’s front door.

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With just a few days until Christmas, you may have a few more gifts to buy for people on your list. And isn’t the gift of luxury travel one of the finest presents you can offer? Continue reading Last Minute Gifts: Magellan Luxury Hotels E-Gift Cards

Rooftop Beekeeping at Fairmont Hotels

Think of it as a hotel within a hotel.

On more than 20 Fairmont hotel rooftops, beekeepers dote year-round on apiaries and bee hotels. A queen and her honeybee minions populate the hives, while pollinators, wild mason bees, take refuge in bee hotels, structures stuffed with natural materials riddled with small holes to mimic the nooks and crannies they love. Continue reading Rooftop Beekeeping at Fairmont Hotels

Interview: Welcome to City Running Tours

CEO Michael Gazalah of Manhattan-based City Running Tours explains why exploring a city with the locals makes all the difference.

Magellan: City Running Tours is based in New York but offers personalized running tours in cities across the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. Would you talk about where your big idea came from? About how you got started?

MG: Sure. I’m a chiropractor and I was working out of a Manhattan gym and I got a call from a friend about an Australian guy who was in town and looking for a running partner. My friend knew I was a runner who could match the guy’s pace and distance requirements. I thought it would be cool to run with him and show him around a bit, so I agreed to go. We clicked and a spark of an idea was born. That was 11 years ago.

Magellan: Do you have a “typical” client?

MG: Yes and no! We know that about a quarter of our clientele – and that number is growing – are returning business professionals, people who make regular visits to our cities. We have clients who run with us multiple times during extended stays. We also offer corporate and group events. We embrace a broad swath of competitive, recreational and social runners. We’re popular with families, whether the kids are running alongside or are tucked into strollers. And we attract slightly more women than men.

Magellan: What do you think your clients are looking for?

MG: That will vary depending on the client; people have different motivations. But we know a big driver for runners is the desire to keep on schedule, to maintain their training and mileage while they’re on the road. Running with a guide means committing to that schedule with ease – without the burden of planning – and being mentally free to simply enjoy the act of running. For many, running with a group or partner is a social experience with the added benefit of exploring unfamiliar parts of the city from a local perspective. For women wanting to run early in the mornings or after work, we offer not only ease, but security. The same for families. The commonality is that people are looking for a broader experience than running alone, which is our value-add. We stop, explore and chat according to the client’s wishes.

Magellan: What won’t you do?

MG: I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that we won’t do, but making smart choices is always the starting point. We tend to run off the beaten path and each run is tailored to the specific needs, wants and abilities of the client. So we’ll run in all kinds of weather but will be constantly assessing routes if temperature or conditions are extreme. For instance, running across the Brooklyn Bridge offers unique challenges due to its exposure to the elements, wind in particular. And running New York during a snowfall can be tricky, but, on the flip side, it possesses a charm because the city is so much quieter than normal. All of our guides are local runners so they know the ins and outs of each place; they know what’s possible and what’s not. Overall, exploring an urban environment means you’ll never know exactly what to expect, as each street and neighbourhood has quirks and tells a different story. That’s an intrinsic part of the journey.

Magellan: What do you like most about what you do?

MG: I like the whole adventure of it. I like showcasing our city to clients and sharing insider tips about New York. I especially like when they tell us that our tours have been the highlight of their trip – that is the highest compliment they can pay us.

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City Running Tours services major cities including NYC, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC and Toronto. It makes it easy to stay with Magellan Luxury Hotels and run with the locals.

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Baccarat Hotel New York - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Modern Manhattan meets classic Paris under one roof at Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. The 114 guest rooms and suites are outfitted with custom furniture designed by Gilles & Boissier, and exude the class and timeless appeal of both Manhattan and the City of Lights. Top-notch amenities and first-rate service complete this energetic romantic, elegant hotel experience.

Palace Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Fit for royalty, the Palace Hotel features opulent furnishings and a sophisticated ambiance with amenities and exceptional service to go along with. A favorite of celebrities and dignitaries, the Palace Hotel is situated in the heart of San Francisco. With three delicious dining options, a sky-lit indoor pool and historic Beaux-Arts beauty, this warm and inviting “palace” provides the perfect San Francisco luxury stay.

Trump Waikiki Beach Walk - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Set in the bustling Waikiki Beach Walk development, the luxurious Trump Hotel Waikiki is surrounded by numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife options. However, if you choose not to leave the hotel you won’t be short on choice. It has three distinct restaurants and lounges, one of which offers live entertainment and another with an idyllic outdoor setting. You’ll also find a sixth-floor infinity pool, deluxe beach service and a spa.

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It’s All There in Copley Square

Known as Art Square until 1883, Copley Square was Boston’s original center for educational and cultural institutions, a reflection of the city’s progressive aspirations.

With Magellan’s carefully curated selection of luxury hotels, there is no ‘bad’ place to stay in Boston. But for a tightly-packed short stay, the Copley Square area, in the Back Bay neighborhood, promises almost zero commute time to renowned art and architecture, restaurant experiences, shopping, professional sports events and leafy parks and streets ready for casual strolling. The T’s Green Line (metro) stop is on the square for quick and easy access to other popular neighborhoods.

HOTELS
Two properties particularly reflect the history and luxury of the area:

The Fairmont Copley Plaza
It’s no exaggeration to describe this property as drop-dead gorgeous. Built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, its interior is a cultural institution unto itself. In addition to the museum-quality common areas, there are eight professionally curated suites that highlight unique aspects of Boston’s culture and history.

Copley Square Hotel
The Copley Square Hotel was built in 1891 making it the city’s second-oldest hotel in continuous operation and a magnet for the famous and well-to-do. Multi-million dollar renovations completed in 2009 updated it to a modern, boutique hotel.

 

SHOPPING
There are three high-end shopping experiences within a few minutes’ walk:

Prudential Center – 75+ upscale stores and boutiques are housed in this indoor shopping mall under immense glass skylights and domes

Newbury Street – There are more than 150 freestanding shops along, or close to, glamorous Newbury Street, with an emphasis on luxury boutiques.

Copley Place – Copley Place stretches over 10 acres and is anchored by retail showstoppers such as Barney’s New York, Christian Dior, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co.

Boston Copley Square

PLACES TO EAT & CULTURAL EVENTS
Check with your hotel’s concierge for au courant dining options and reservations as well as seasonal music and live theater recommendations. See also ‘The Boston Public Library’ below.

Copley Square Boston

THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Website

While hanging out in a library may not be your usual first choice, entering the main branch of the Boston Public Library is like entering Aladdin’s cave. Yes, there are rare books, maps and early Shakespearean folios, but there is also extraordinary architecture, art and reclusive, sun-soaked restful spaces.

The building is designed by noted New York starchitect Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White fame. Galleries include the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room, the Elliot Room, Bates Hall and the Sargent Gallery, filled with murals by the great English painter John Singer Sargent.

The library’s arches and ceilings of Guastavino tile rival any of the Guastavino projects found in New York City.

Arguably, the most delightful part of the building is the interior courtyard bounded by an arcaded promenade, designed after the arcade of the Cancelleria Palace in Rome. Pull up a chair and curl up with a book in the sun in this intimate, perfect garden. It will become the ‘secret’ space against which you will measure all others.

Need one last divine secret? The library’s Courtyard Restaurant offers lunch every day of the week (a la carte) and High Tea service from Wednesday through Saturday for $35 per person. High tea includes all the delicious dainties one expects and would be a highlight on any day of the week or an exquisite surprise for a special person in your life.

Free, daily one-hour architectural tours are an excellent introduction to the building and its collections.

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PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS
The Boston Red Sox @Fenway Park

To get there: Take any ‘D’ train on the T Green Line from Copley Square and get off at the next station, ‘Fenway.’ Or take a 20-minute (1.1 mile) walk to the park.

The Boston Celtics & Boston Bruins @TD Garden

To get there: 8 minutes (1.7 miles) by taxi; less than 20 minutes (6 stops) on the T Green Line from Copley Square and get off at ‘North Station.’ Or take a 35-minute (1.6 mile) walk to the stadium.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Since its opening in 1912, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has maintained its status as one of Boston’s most elegant hotels. The stately lobby with 21-foot high gilded ceilings, ornate chandeliers, and stunning marble floors is fit for royalty. It is no wonder this historic landmark has been the backdrop for many glamorous Hollywood films.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston - Magellan Luxury Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental Boston defines modern-day hotel luxury. The signature blend of Asian-inspired design and authentic Bostonian style creates a classy and elegant space. Dedication to service, fine-dining options, and award-winning facilities make the Mandarin Oriental Boston one of Boylston Street’s most sophisticated residents.

Copley Square Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Copley Square Hotel was the very first hotel in Boston’s most sought-after neighborhood, Back Bay. This 120-year old hotel offers historical significance coupled with a hip boutique hotel vibe. An independent spirit, Copley Square Hotel is the ideal choice for travelers looking for something a little bit different.

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Boston’s Art and Architecture Make the Best Photo Opps

Public art and architecture is not only food for the head, heart and soul, it offers unparalleled backdrops that can make otherwise average photographs pop.

Quick tips for better photos:

  1. Utilize color, unique form, reflective surfaces, patterns and unusual angles to form the shot.
  2. Shoot early or late in the day when shadows are longer and the light warmer.
  3. Consider how you might interact with the piece besides standing directly in front of it;  Can you go inside it, lean against it, have a drink beside it, or run past it? Can you face backwards, in profile or imitate it?
  4. Keep the building or art piece up close so it fills the frame and doesn’t end up as a speck on the horizon.
  5. For architecture, look up and look down to spot great photo opps; search out interesting floors, ceilings, stairs, balconies and towers.

Ready to put yourself in the picture? Here are five places around Boston to experience some serious eye-candy and enhance your photographic prowess. All of these locations are no more than 20 minutes from any of Magellan’s Boston partner hotels, some are just steps away.

The MIT Art Walk

MIT is a heavy-hitter with works by Picasso, Alexander Calder, Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Frank Gehry. Many of the art installations are outdoors. However, visit the campus between Monday and Friday when the buildings are open and all the artworks are accessible. Definitely check out Sol leWitt’s Bars of Color within Squares in the Physics Building 6C.

For a complete listing see MIT’s Public Art Map. Want a physical map? Stop by the reception desk at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center.

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Seek out Boston’s Murals

Murals are spread throughout the city. Check out the interactive maps so you can – literally – see what’s around the next corner.

Egleston Peace Garden Murals

Map and Guide to 100 Public Artworks in Boston

Boston Art Commission’s interactive map by neighbourhood

A Guide to Cultural Districts in and around Boston

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

An engaging linear park in the north end of the city, chalk-full of art installations and surrounded by iconic architecture. For a complete list of permanent and temporary artworks visit the website.

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, located on the Avenue of the Arts   For hours, visit the BMFA Website

A popular choice for finding photogenic art, interactive sculpture and handsome classical and modern public spaces.

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Harvard Yard/Harvard Square

Featuring a mix of dramatic stone architecture and some of the oldest wood buildings in the city, fabled Harvard Yard/Harvard Square are great places to snap casual portraits against movie-quality scenery.

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Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

Boston's Art and Architecture

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Boston Harbor Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Boston Harbor Hotel is one of New England’s most recognizable architectural gems. Dramatic chandeliers and romantic archways make this Boston landmark an unforgettable luxury experience. Boston Harbor Hotel delivers impeccable service and the best waterfront location.

Taj Boston - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Taj Boston offers a traditional and elegant hotel stay. A 1927 Beaux-Arts architecture landmark, the Taj Boston is surrounded by upscale boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Situated in the heart of Boston’s Theater District, the hotel is steps away from all the city has to offer and provides a luxurious retreat at the end of the day.

XV Beacon Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Fifteen Beacon is a true boutique hotel where refined, sleek and neutral tones are counterbalanced with fine artwork. Residing in a historic 1903 Beaux-Arts building, the lobby of Fifteen Beacon perfectly blends modern luxury and classic charm. This chic Beacon Hill property provides a tech-savvy retreat that also promises style and functionality.

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Boston Kids: 8 Outings for Growing Brains & Bodies

What to do with kids in Boston? Plenty! It’s a big city with a small city feel, easy to get around in, with a bounty of accessible parks and public spaces even at its most urban core.

1. Bike the Freedom Trail  

The Boston Freedom Trail is 2.5 miles long and connects 16 significant historical landmarks which played a role in the American Revolution, including churches, cemeteries and meeting halls. The trail winds through Boston Common, the North End and other neighborhoods. With stops, this route will easily take at least half a day.

If you’re interested in a custom tour, Urban Adventures can tailor a route to your family’s needs and provide a guide to lead the ride.

 

2. Take the ferry to Historic Salem, MA 

Hopping a harbor ferry for a 50-minute ride from Boston’s Long Wharf to the town of Salem, MA is an easy way to combine a day-trip from Boston with a cruise.

Historic Salem is famous for its witch trials of 1692 and there are a number of stops of interests on the subject including The House of the Seven Gables, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the Witch/Corwin House. There is no shortage of quirky shops and eateries which take advantage of that notoriety as well as plenty of walkable shoreline for some relaxed exploration.

However, Salem is also home to the Peabody Essex Museum, a right-sized museum that offers a number of exhibits, tours and programs that appeal to kids as well as adults, including a tourable 200- year-old Chinese house which has been reconstructed in the courtyard, historic house tours and the fairytale-like interactive stick structures of artist Patrick Dougherty.

Contact Boston Harbor Cruises for schedule and rates.

 

3. Visit the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

While it’s possible to walk the Greenway in a brisk 30 minutes, with children it will probably not be a linear experience! There are five sections to the park, all with slightly different offerings and a multitude of options for running, exploring and playing around. If you’re staying in one of Magellan’s nearby hotels, a stop at the Greenway would be an excellent way to wind the kids down before bed every night.

As an added bonus, there are a variety of food options close at hand. Check out the Greenway’s food vendor schedule.

Here are a few of our favorite stops:

The Labyrinth – A very large circular winding path paved in granite and set in lawn. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one way in and one way out, plus it’s flat, not raised, so there’s no chance of losing anyone. Brilliant fun.

The Canal – Children love the canal, a long, shallow rill (think splash pool) where they can wet their feet or watch their flip flops swirl around. Kids+water+a bunch of other kids = relaxing fun for parents (too bad they don’t serve cocktails off a cart).

The Carousel – A unique carousel located at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove. Hop on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl, and harbor seal. The Carousel was designed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The Porch Swings – 8 porch swings have been recently installed under the pergola in North End Park, attracting ‘swingers’ of all ages.They seem to be especially popular in the early evening, after dinner.

 

4. Play at the Boston Children’s Museum  

The Boston Children’s Museum is a hands-on, one-stop shop for learning about science, culture, the arts, literacy, history, health, and the environment. We know your children will love it too. And because each of our exhibits and programs are designed for children and the adults in their lives…you might have just as much fun as your kids do.

Exhibit highlights include: the Japanese House, Bubbles, Kid Power, Raceways and The Common.

When you’re done at the museum, a few minutes walk east on the boardwalk under the bridge will bring you to The Barking Crab seafood restaurant. With its illuminated red and yellow stripped awnings, it’s like eating under the Big Top with a great view of the inlet. Eclectic, casual and great fun for kids and adults alike.

 

5. Paddle the Waters of Boston

With Charles River Canoe & Kayak, there are a variety of options for pre-set and customizable paddling tours around Boston harbor. Tours are conducted in double kayaks and begin with a basic introduction to kayak strokes. They then head toward the harbor, passing the Museum of Science, original Charles River Dam, and Zakim Bridge before transiting the locks into Boston Harbor. Other sites and landmarks include the Charlestown Navy Yard to view the U.S.S. Constitution and U.S.S. Cassin Young, the New England Aquarium, Rowe’s Wharf and Moakley Courthouse.

 

6. Take in an Outdoor Movie

Outdoor movies have become a summer tradition in Boston, offering a mix of adult and family-friends films. Here are three options:

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights – various Boston Parks
August 3 to August 27, 2015

Coolidge at the Greenway – Wharf District Park, Boston
Tuesdays, June 16 to August 4, 2015

Prudential Center Family Film Festival – Prudential Center, Boston
Every Saturday in July & August

 

7. Explore the MIT Museum 
265 Massachusettes Ave, Bldg. N51

A museum unlike any other, the mission of the MIT Museum is to engage the wider community with MIT’s science, technology and other areas of scholarship. A huge hit with slightly older kids and adults. Highlights include:

Holography: ‘Dimensions of Light’ presents visitors with an opportunity to view and interact with selected works from the MIT Museum’s comprehensive holography collection.

Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Visitors learn about tele-operated surgical robots, robotic legs, and socially intelligent humanoid robots that interact with their environments in human-like ways. There are prototypes and other media that trace the evolution of some of MIT’s resident robots, including Kismet, Cog, and RoboTuna.

 

8. Eat Ice Cream at the Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Event 2016 – 
Eat All the Ice Cream You Want – and Support a Great Cause

June 7 – 9, 2016  Noon to 8pm, City Hall Plaza

The event involves about 20 tons of ice cream donated by 8 ice cream companies and  raises money for the Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

A great excuse to eat (a lot of) ice cream and do some good at the same time.

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Liberty Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

What once was the Charles Street Jail is now one of Boston’s must-see luxury hotels, The Liberty Hotel. The storied past is evident from the high vaulted ceilings, exposed brick walls, and open walkways that overlook the lobby. The former exercise yard has been transformed into a private courtyard that has become one of Beacon Hill’s most treasured ‘hidden gardens.’ Once a place people longed to escape, The Liberty Hotel is now a place people wish they could stay longer.

Four Seasons Boston - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Surrounded by luxury boutiques in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, Four Seasons Boston prevails with class and elegance. With just the right amount of Boston flair, this award-winning hotel offers exceptional service, extensive amenities and legendary cuisine. Four Seasons promises a warm, welcoming, and sophisticated New England experience.

Colonnade Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

The Colonnade Hotel is a hip and lively property with sleek design elements and edgy features. Located in Boston’s fashionable Back Bay neighborhood, the hotel features a stunning rooftop pool perched 11-stories above the city of Boston. This summertime hot spot is the best place to cool off and take in the sights.

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Test Driving a Tesla

It’s almost impossible to avoid seeing or hearing about tech entrepreneur Elon Musk these days. His face, his voice, his Falcon 9 reusable rocket and his Tesla brand of electric cars are mainstays of media stories across the globe.

Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers in Silicon Valley who wanted to prove that electric cars could accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport. They would begin with a roadster, produce the Model S (sedan), launch the Model X (SUV), and prepare to launch the Model III in March 2016, a slightly smaller version of the Model S at an affordable $35,000 USD. Production of the Model III will begin in 2017.

Tesla’s award-winning all-electric sedan, Model S, is available for test drives in showrooms worldwide. At the end of 2015, they began delivery of the Model X to their Signature reservation holders and will offer test drives sometime after pre-order fulfillment is complete.

The company has more than 200 Tesla-owned and operated stores in North America, Western Europe and Asia. Aside from the bricks and mortar showrooms, they organize Tesla experiences including Winter Driving Experiences, See the Spectrum, Tesla on Tour, Grand Opening VIP Receptions and Brunch and Drive events. Owners taking delivery of their cars receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the factory in Fremont, California.

Potential clients can schedule a test drive appointment online or by phone with their nearest showroom location. No showroom near you? Arrange a test drive in a city you are visiting for business or pleasure. Tesla has also partnered with select luxury hotels to offer guests access to its vehicles as permanent house cars or for limited time test drives. Hotels offering the Model S sedan as a house car include Virgin Hotels Chicago and The Crawford Hotel, Denver. And if you’re flying to London, take a test drive at Heathrow or Gatwick airport or at other Central London locations.

To schedule a Tesla test drive log on to:  https://www.teslamotors.com

To search for an upcoming event:  https://www.teslamotors.com/events

Virgin Hotels Chicago - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Virgin Hotels Chicago does things different from top to bottom. Chambers – not rooms, as there’s more than one room per accommodation – are modern and spacious, while suites offer even more comfort and elegance. Dining and drinking options offer guests inspired fare, while The Spa is the ultimate in indulgence no matter what your schedule.

The Crawford Hotel Denver - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Located in the iconic Denver Union Station, The Crawford combines modern elegance with the station’s rustic roots, creating a luxury hotel experience unlike any other. This stately building is close to an incredible array of shops and restaurants, with Coors Field and MLB’s Colorado Rockies not far away. Rooms combine comfort, timeless charm and modern amenities.

The Savoy - Magellan Luxury Hotels

The Savoy’s reputation as one of London’s premier hotels isn’t without merit. Many of the 260+ rooms feature breathtaking views of the River Thames and are as comfortable as they are stately. For over 100 years, the stylings and service at The Savoy have set the standard – it is considered London’s first luxury hotel.

Test Driving a Tesla

Boating in Boston – Head of the Charles Regatta

There’s a rich history of rowing in Boston – one often thinks of prestigious rowing clubs at the nation’s top area universities such as Harvard, Cambridge and others practicing and competing along the Charles River.

It was these two schools that conceived of the Head of the Charles Regatta, a two-day rowing event that features single, double, four-person and eight-person teams from high schools, colleges and clubs from across the U.S. and around the world. From novice to amateur to Olympian, every level of competitor is represented; over 11,000 athletes in 1,900 boats take part in dozens of events throughout the two-day competition, held this year on October 17-18.

The three-mile course spans the water between the DeWolf Boathouse at Boston University and runs just past the Eliot Bridge before the Henderson Boathouse at Northeastern University. The six bridges that span the Charles on the course route offer incredible vantage points for spectators throughout the weekend.

The regatta also features the Weld Exhibition, offering official merchandise as well as local sponsors and flavors (including free samples). It’s one of the most popular spots along the banks of the Charles for spectators to take in the regatta.

Best of all, the Head of the Charles Regatta is a key fundraiser for local charities, raising over half a million dollars over the course of the weekend for up-and-coming rowers as well as other important organizations.

Magellan Luxury Hotels has access to all the best four- and five-star hotels for your Boston stay while in town for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Hundreds of thousands of spectators take in the event every year, coming from around the world; rooms will go fast, so be sure to book soon to take in this historic sporting event this year.

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Four Seasons Boston - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Liberty Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Loews Boston Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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Boston’s best hotel spas

A great hotel is key to any trip — it can be the difference between a memorable and miserable stay.

Of course the rooms themselves are key when it comes to a great stay, but amenities are key in any killer hotel as well. And when it comes to enhancing a stay — especially when you’re in Boston — nothing has the potential quite like a spa.

Next time you’re in Beantown, be sure to stay at one of the hotels below to experience the ultimate in luxury when it comes to spas.

W Boston — Bliss Spa Boston
Bliss is the perfect spot to start or end your day in Boston. This memorable, 5,800 square-foot spa features an incredible array of services – manicures, pedicures, massage, facials and plenty of other therapeutic treatments. Then there are the decadent private lounges, the lively R&B music, the vibrant colors and (of course) the Bliss brownie bar that all spell a whole lotta happy.

W Boston - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Boston Harbor Hotel — Rowes Wharf Health Club and Spa

Tranquility — that’s the goal for every guest at Rowes. Massages, facial care, men’s treatments, body care, nails, hair management and decadent spa packages all help guests look and feel great. Unwind in a eucalyptus-infused steam room or the salt-water Jacuzzi, enjoy a coffee and read the paper, or simply soak it all in as you’re pampered. Looking for something more upbeat? There’s the lap pool and the state-of-the-art fitness facility on-site as well.

Boston Harbor Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Battery Wharf Hotel — Exhale

The warm, light-filled and inviting space you see as you enter Exhale is a reflection of the welcoming, relaxing visit you’ll experience at the Battery Wharf Hotel’s spa. Featured offerings include deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, acupuncture, Swedish-therapeutic massage, cool beam facials and much more. Check out the waterfront yoga (free for guests) to clear your mind, or engage in a workout in the nearby fitness center.

Battery Wharf Hotel - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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