The Envoy Hotel (A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel – yes you can use your points!) is a hip establishment that is a part of the revitalization of the Seaport. Officially opened in September, 2015, the buzz about the hotel reached fever pitch over the summer with their amazing roof deck. (It will be opening again in just a few weeks). In addition to the roof deck, you just can’t beat the location. To get any closer to the water, you’d be in it! It’s also T- Accessible to the umpteenth degree. I took the Silver Line from South Station to Court House Square, and it was conveniently around the corner.
Entering the lobby, you can tell that they had a nautical theme in mind with a twist. Though the chairs are chic, they are also incredibly comfortable. While waiting for your room or in meeting a colleague, there are a funky wooden version of connect four, a shark fin docking station and a computerized pool table to keep you occupied.
One of the things I liked instantly about the hotel was that there was so much art, especially using written words. My room was on the 5th floor, and when I walked out of the elevator I immediately saw the word “Life”. Each floor has a reclaimed wood bench and a different piece of art – a helpful way to remember which floor you’re on!
Once in my room, I was immediately drawn to the amazing view. It’s rare that you’re able to see Boston’s entire skyline. My premium room also overlooked the famous The Barking Crab which was a blessing and a curse. In the day, the party can get pretty noisy over there, but if you are on vacation as a tourist, you’ll be right in the middle of all the action.
Next to the floor length windows, was the very comfy leather chair and snacks – which are available for purchase. Instead of seeing some high fat craving food, there were organic local products and boxed water. They take care to have items available that are locally sourced and actually good for you. What a concept? 🙂
Not that you should be worried about watching TV while on vacation, but this TV is smart! You can use it to stream in your Pandora or Netflix accounts without having to use any other device.
During my stay I experienced the Wellness Concierge package which can be an addition any room stay. The package includes a personalized itinerary to meet your wellness needs; from a yoga class – which I opted for – or having a personal trainer meet you in the fitness room. All of it is set up by your wellness concierge by filling out a short questionnaire before your arrival. Plus, you get some yummy welcome snacks:
Another super cool feature of the room, is that they really try to maintain the open feel by keeping the entry to the bathroom open. If you need more privacy, simply slide the glass door which has a map of early Boston.
The shower is very cute with the “Let it Flow” on the knobs, but I was concerned about the rain shower (lawd my hair!), but there is a hand held as well which must have some kind of massage function because I am sure I doubled my regular shower time.
You could tell the designers had fun with maximizing the space in the rooms with hidden draws that hold the ironing board, and plugs that are put in all the right places including the headboard of the bed – on both sides. No more fighting!
Another cool feature is that they had a novel way of innovating the “Do Not Disturb” sign. Instead of a sign, you’ve got lights. Green, meaning okay to clean, Red, meaning Do Not Disturb and White meaning not occupied. Loved it!
In addition to the great room, they also had impeccable service. Whether you were coming or going the hotel staff used my name last name. My bags were easily brought up to my room as I waited for check in. And later in the evening when I ordered delivery, the concierge called me and walked the delivery man straight to my room.
Even the next morning when I went to Exhale (2 Battery Wharf) for the yoga class they had signed me up for, I had no hitches whatsoever. I just had to quickly sign a waver, and I was on my way to relaxation. Just knowing that everything had been taken care of made my day of wellness perfect.
If there is one thing we love to do on the East Coast, it’s brunch! I walked down to their Outlook Kitchen and Bar and ordered the Buttermilk Pancakes (lemon curd, berries, agave or Vermont maple syrup) with a side of Fingerling Potatoes, Salumi Flatbread – without the salumi – (peppered ricotta, heirloom tomato, arugula and oregano).
Although everything looked beautiful, I gotta say I was underwhelmed. The buttermilk pancakes didn’t include lemon curd unless it was baked in. They were also very thick pancakes, and I prefer the thinner style. The fingerling potatoes had great flavor, but I wished that they were crisper and less greasy. The salumi flatbread, must have needed the salt from the salumi. I felt that the flat bread was too thick and heavy with baking soda. I wanted a thinner and crisper flatbread with a lot more flavor.
But, the theme of the brunch is Booze Brunch, so I tried one of the many Bloody Mary’s that they have on the brunch drink menu – the M Ray’s Bloody Maria (tequila, chipotle cilantro lime Bloody Mary Mix, cilantro salted rim). I am not usually a Bloody Mary drinker, but this was delicious! Though a little spicy and large for my taste, if you are a Bloody Mary fan, I highly recommend you try theirs. I also tasted the Settled Down (St. George citrus Vodka, tangerine syrup, fresh orange juice, lemon bitters and float of bubbles). It was quite tasty and strong. If you go to the Envoy for anything, go for the drinks!
I very much enjoyed my evening at the Envoy for the comfortable room, great service and fabulous drinks. If you’re looking for a place to relax whether for work, a staycation or just a drink by the water, put The Envoy on your short list.
Thanks so much for all of your help Destiny!
Disclaimer: All services provided were complimentary. All my thoughts and opinions are my own.