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Fodor’s Review: Battery Wharf

Fairmont Battery Wharf

Of the (surprisingly) few hotels clustered along Boston’s waterfront, this new one feels like it plays the part better than the others. That could be because it’s situated along the recently expanded Boston Harborwalk, the walkway of paths and parks that runs from Charlestown to Dorchester. It could also be due to the presence of the Coast Guard Station next door, and the constant coming and going of vessels big and small. You can even get here by boat, since the water taxi ($10) runs between the airport and the hotel. Inside, they’ve resisted the obvious nautical theme and gone for a “manly modern” look—lots of polished nickel, maple, and granite, with contemporary glass sculpture by artist Nikolas Weinstein sparkling overhead. Guest rooms sport all the good stuff you’d expect at this price point, including marble baths, flat-screen TVs, work desks with ergonomic chairs, and high-tech coffeemakers. A couple of unexpected things we love: real clocks and, in most king rooms, comfy leather recliners. The hotel has made much ado of its signature restaurant, Sensing, created by Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin, but the place hasn’t yet been embraced by Boston foodies. That may change as residents move into private apartments in the Fairmont’s four-building colony, and when/if the dining public finds its way to Sensing (we think its worth the trip). The restaurant’s outdoor patio should morph into a rocking hot spot in summertime—there are very few chic waterfront dining spots in the city. Pros: great water views from lobby, access to Harborwalk, close to the North End (Boston’s Italian district). Cons: fairly new development lacks neighborhood feel, some “unobstructed” water views are in fact partially obstructed.

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