• The Colonnade Hotel

    June 22, 2010

    Remember a couple of months ago when I asked readers for their Boston hotel recommendations? Well, it turns out that one of my readers works at The Colonnade Hotel, so she invited me to visit so I could experience the hotel firsthand.

    To be honest, I didn’t know much about The Colonnade, but when Katie, the E-Marketing/Entertainment Sales Manager, mentioned that the hotel had a roof top pool, I knew that I wanted to learn more! ;-) (I also have a really weird obsession with hotels!)

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    The Colonnade Hotel is located in the Back Bay/Copley Square area of Boston, right on Huntington Avenue across from the Prudential. Basically, it’s near everything.

    Mal was my date for the day, so after some brief introductions in the hotel lobby, Katie gave us a tour of the facilities, starting with Brasserie Jo.

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    Brasserie Jo is an authentic French brasserie located in The Colonnade Hotel. It looks pretty fancy-schmancy!

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    Mal and I didn’t eat at Brasserie Jo today, but we were invited back! :-D

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    Next, we headed upstairs to see the fitness center, which features a ton of new equipment and overlooks the scenic South End. (I hate it when hotel gyms are in the dungeon-like basement.)

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    Then, Katie showed us one of the luxury suites at the hotel. It was so beautiful!

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    About a year ago, all of the hotel rooms were fully renovated, so everything is brand-spanking new.

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    The rooms have Keurig coffee machines! Sweet! (The little things excite me! ;-) )

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    How comfy does the bed look!? (I’m so tired as I type this.)

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    The bathroom was gorgeous with large marble vanities, “rain” shower heads, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. And, of course, a yellow rubber ducky for every room! :-D

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    Katie also showed us one of the “regular” rooms at the hotel. These rooms seemed just as nice with all of the same amentities, but smaller in square footage.

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    I love this view!

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    After the tour, it was time to see the Roof Top Pool (RTP)!! :mrgreen:

    The Roof Top Pool (RTP) is AWESOME!!! It’s a great spot for dining al fresco and enjoying the amazing views of the Boston cityscape. The RTP is open (to hotel guests) from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily, weather permitting. It’s also open to the public Monday – Friday for a flat fee of $40 per person per day. It’s definitely a reason to call in sick! (This year, the hotel is offering a 1/2 day rate of $20 per person from 3:00 PM until close.)

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    The Colonnade Hotel also hosts a number of intimate concerts at their Roof Top Pool. Last year, David Gray and Chris Allen performed, and the year before, OAR.

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    The Roof Top Pool felt like a little oasis in the middle of Boston. I instantly felt like I was on vacation. It’s a definitely a cool place to hangout. I already want to go back!

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    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the Roof Top Pool. All of the food is prepared by Brasserie Jo, so it is quickly transported upstairs to the RTP via service elevator. It actually surprised me that our food was served so quickly.

    To start, we ordered a couple of appetizers to share: Jumbo Lump Crab Guacamole and Caribbean Chicken Tenders. Both were excellent.

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    The Jumbo Lump Crab Guacamole was really something special. I’ve never had anything like it before. The crab was seasoned with cilantro and citrus flavors, placed on top of a thick layer of guacamole, and served with tortilla chips. It was the perfect, sit-by-the-pool dish. I must have eaten at least 15 chips with crab + guacamole!

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    The Caribbean Chicken Fingers were also pretty amazing. I don’t generally eat (or like) chicken fingers, but Katie recommended that we order them. I’ll try anything once, so I helped myself to a few bites, and let me tell you, I was shocked by their deliciousness! The texture, of course, was greasy and wonderful; the flavor was savory and sweet. I tasted curry, ginger, citrus (pineapple), sweet brown sugar, and maple syrup. Mmm!

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    For my entree, I ordered the Fennel Crusted Tuna, which was served with arugula, chickpeas, capers, artichoke hearts, and roasted tomatoes.

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    This dish was also delicious, but I only ate about half of the portion because I filled up on appetizers.

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    Katie was a great host and treated us to lunch (and a few cocktails by the pool) during our time at the hotel this afternoon.

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    After lunch, Katie said goodbye to Mal and me, but before she left, she gave us some treats to take home to Murphy. The Colonnade Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel. So cool! I’m sure Murph would have loved it there!

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    Mal and I changed into our bathing suits to take a dip in the pool and lounge for a few hours. While soaking in the sun, Mal and I enjoyed a couple of cocktails. I had a pomegranate martini; he had a Corona with lime.

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    Life is good.


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    A little while later, our server suggested that we try the Summer Sangria, and before we knew it, she brought us a huge carafe of it! Ooh, boy!

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    Let me start off by saying that I’m really picky when it comes to sangria. I can’t stand super sweet, syrupy sangria. It makes me want to barf. But, this batch was light and refreshing, a perfect blend of white wine and fruit. In fact, I really want the recipe!

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    I really liked it! ;-)

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    After sitting by the pool for 3 hours, working on my tan and boozing face, the last thing I wanted to do was get on a train for 5 hours, but, hey, work calls. So, I used the outdoor shower at the Roof Top Pool to rinse off and wake myself up. The cool water and Gilchrist & Soames bath products gave me the energy that I needed for my next adventure to New York City.

    Tomorrow morning, I am participating in a “project” that requires me to be ready bright and early, so I’m spending the night at a hotel in the city. I can’t give you the details quite yet, but I promise you’ll hear all about it soon enough!

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    I grabbed “dinner” at South Station in Boston before boarding the train to NYC. I got a ham and cheese croissant from Au Bon Pain, a York Peppermint Patty, and a bottle of water. Dinner of champions, obviously.

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    I just got to the hotel a little while ago, so I’m going to settle in and head right to bed. Big day tomorrow!

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    Jack Bennett June 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Looks like a great place! Thanks for your post – I used to live right around the corner but I never made inside the Colonnade and didn’t know what it looked like (to say nothing of the pool!). Now I do! :)

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    Corinne June 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    AW, I know Katie!! So fun :) What a glamorous hotel. I must ask, what is served with your Fennel Crusted Tuna that looks like a paintbrush? Super creative!

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    Amy July 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Just booked a 3 night stay at the Colonnade based on your review. Thank you!!

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    Amy July 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    P.S. now perusing your Boston restaurant recommendations for places to eat. Thanks again! You are making my trip research very easy.

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