Best of the New
A slew of hotel openings and renovations adds five fresh options to Boston’s partyscape.
The Colonnade Boston
This independent Back Bay hotel first made the scene in 1971 and has been undergoing a $21 million renovation slated to be completed in December 2008. Finishing touches include upgrades to the Huntington Ballroom on the first floor, a fully redone lobby, and a major gut of all 285 guest rooms. Overnight visitors can now enjoy perks like flat-screen televisions, pillowtop mattresses covered in fine linens, and windows that open to let in the breeze. There’s also a new 24-hour fitness center (ideal for sweating off prewedding jitters). Set across Huntington Avenue from the Prudential building, it’s well located for wedding guests seeking the full-on urban experience-Newbury Street’s spas, the Back Bay’s plentiful shopping, and Symphony Hall are just a few steps away.
Standout Features: The Colonnade has the only rooftop pool in the city, which can be reserved for a cocktail hour. (Staff will even float flowers and candles in the water, if you like.) The lobby just outside the ballroom is also a stunner, with its Italian harlequin marble tiles, coffered trompe l’oeil ceiling, and hand-loomed area rug from Ireland. New carpets, updated chairs, and table linens grace the renovated ballroom, and a sophisticated Bose sound system makes for pitch-perfect music and wedding-day speeches. Foodies who dread the typical wedding meal needn’t fret; chef Nicholas Calias is known for creative touches like a cocktail-hour “lobster bar,” inspired entrées like truffled chicken with sweet corn flan, and his sinful dessert bar.
Capacity: 270 to 400, depending on dance floor and room setup
Catering: Must be provided by the hotel, except for cakes from outside bakers
Food and Beverage Fee: $20,000 minimum
Find it: 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-424-7000, colonnadehotel.com