Best of the New: W Boston
GLASSY AND MINIMALIST, the Theater District’s brand-new tower hotel caters to a young, modern crowd: The swanky lobby/lounge, with its high ceilings, luxurious loungers, water walls, and enormous art books scattered throughout, looks like a nightclub. Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s upscale (and quieter) restaurant Market, which offers an eclectic global menu, is tucked in just behind the front desk. The 235-room hotel has 5,000 square feet of event space on the second floor, next to the full-service Bliss Spa.
STANDOUT FEATURES: The W is serious about weddings — there’s a full-time planner on staff to help you navigate all the options, including food, décor, and guest-room reservations. Unlike the lobby below, the event space is sparsely appointed, with rooms that range from 360 to 2,500 square feet. It’s a blank canvas, ready for flowers, lights, linens, and a dance floor; in other words, this is a great venue for the creative bride who wants to design every last detail of her day. The W’s catering kitchen and banquet staff serve up a broad range of menu choices, such as porcini-rubbed prime tenderloin with organic quinoa, and lobster with white truffle gratin. Choose from the set packages, or customize your own.
CAPACITY: 120 seated; 150 for cocktails.
CATERING: Must be provided by the hotel unless kosher or Indian; $168–$180 per person, all fees included.
FIND IT: 100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-261-8700, whotels.com.