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Boston Harbor Hotel Named Five-Star Hotel For 10th Consecutive Year By Forbes Travel Guide In Its Official 2018 Star Rating Announcement
The Boston Harbor Hotel Earns Prestigious Award; All Ratings Showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com
Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list, once again naming the Boston Harbor Hotel as a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel for the 10th consecutive year. As one of only 199 hotels worldwide and one of 82 hotels in the United States to receive this distinction, the Boston Harbor Hotel is honored to be one of only three Five-Star hotels in Boston. The Boston Harbor Hotel will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.
“This prestigious award is a wonderful recognition of the continuous hard work and dedication of our colleagues who pride themselves on creating exceptional travel experiences for all our guests, including some of the world’s most discerning travelers. We are thrilled to continue to be recognized as a Forbes Five-Star property in the highly competitive luxury market,” says Stephen Johnston, Managing Director & General Manager at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
The Boston Harbor Hotel is honored to be a Forbes Five-Star hotel and part of the luxury travel ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.
Boston Common Magazine - By Land and Sea - Food & Drink Review of Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
By Land and Sea
Chef de cuisine Keith Bombaugh re-envisions the menu at Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar with a touch of whimsy.
First things first: Chef Daniel Bruce, the legendary culinary mastermind behind Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar's staggering success, is still very much at the helm of his kitchen. But he's happy to share the line (and the limelight) with chef de cuisine Keith Bombaugh, an innovator mixing things up in the kitchen. Bombaugh came to Meritage by way of Grant Achatz's three-Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant, Alinea, after helping open Boston's Menton in 2010. While you might bot see one of Alinea's famous scented "pillows" floating your way at Meritage, the menu has a whimsical approach to it now. Diners are greeted with small flights of fancy like the vegan oyster amuse-bouche served on a recent visit. Bombaugh presented a green leaf that mimicked the taste of oysters with a dot of mignonette agar pudding as "a nod to nature in its uniqueness as well as the pleasure of enjoying oysters on the half shell. It allows people who don't eat oysters to enjoy the flavors without having to consume the shellfish." The amuse-bouche is just a small entry into the world that Bombaugh creates with his food at Meritage.
Wine Spectator - Wine Wanderlust Travel Guide
Plan your travels with wine in mind: In the new year, look for festivals in San Francisco and Boston, get your après-ski culinary fix at Beaver Creek in Colorado, and taste at Rome’s new wine-centric hotel. Plus, a new wine club opens in Uruguay
The long-running Boston Wine Festival returns to the waterfront Boston Harbor Hotel, home to the wine-centric Meritage restaurant, with a series of dinners and seminars from Jan. 18 to March 30. The festival kicks off on Jan. 12 with a grand-opening reception featuring 50 wines and food from chef Daniel Bruce, who has been organizing the festival’s wine dinners since its inception in 1989.
Look for two particular highlights in January. “The Battle of the Cabernets” dinners on Jan. 18 and 19 invite participants to vote for their favorite wine as they sip Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons like the Ramey Annum 2013 and Martin Ray Synthesis 2014. The two nights differ in their lineups—divided up among producers like Hall, Paul Hobbs, Plumpjack, Pine Ridge, Odette, Robert Foley and others—so check the event calendar for details. Tickets cost $250 per person. A Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine dinner on Jan. 24 ($175 per person) pairs eight wines with a four-course dinner that draws from the fare of France's Rhône Valley, and tickets are selling fast.
To read the full article in Wine Spectator, click here.
29th Boston Wine Festival Returns to the Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston’s celebrated wine and event series kicks off this January with an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars, receptions, and brunches from Boston Wine Festival Founder and Chef Daniel Bruce
Founder Daniel Bruce continues the celebrated tradition of presenting exceptional wine events and dinners with the 29th Annual Boston Wine Festival. The festival is the nation’s longest running extensive wine and food pairing series, which has celebrated winemakers from all over the globe since its inception. The three-month festival kicks off on January 12, 2018 with a Grand Opening Reception and continues through March 30, 2018 featuring an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars, thematic receptions, and celebratory brunches at the iconic Boston Harbor Hotel.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar Awakens the Senses With New Culinary Approach
Chef Daniel Bruce and Recently Appointed Chef de Cuisine Keith Bombaugh Debut New Menu
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar continues to evolve with a new culinary concept, and a fresh collaboration of talent behind the menu offerings. Led by Meritage’s founder Chef Daniel Bruce and created by Meritage’s newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Keith Bombaugh, the menu features contemporary American cuisine and highly creative dishes that are seasonally driven, artistic in nature and tell a story.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar takes the unique approach of matching wine and food with a dynamic, sensory-evoking menu that offers guests an unforgettable culinary experience while simplifying the art of pairing. With an inherent understanding of flavor, the menu is designed to challenge and entertain guests with dishes that are not only delicious, but whimsical and experiential.
The Boston Globe - Make a holiday memory with this Northern Rhone pour
FROM THE BAR
By Ellen BhangNOVEMBER 22, 2017
HOTELS Magazine - An In-Depth Interview with Stephen Johnston
A surprising, non-hotel skill you have learned on the job
From being involved in four hotel openings and several remodels of hotels, I have learned that painting, plumbing, carpentry and tiling are all skills can be learned by the common man, and now I’m at a point in my life where I will take on any project at home without trepidation.
What part of your job requires the most creative thinking or improvisation?
In our modern hotel environment, I find that balancing the needs of all of our stakeholders requires increasing intuition, planning and diligence. Everything that we do as hoteliers is measurable and transparent, for the most part, so we have to be keenly aware of the consequences of everything that we do.
What has been your biggest lesson?
In the early years of email, I learned that when somebody sends you a message that is upsetting, you should not send a reply for at least 24 hours. Responding sooner can cause more problems, and you will likely feel different about the situation in the light of a new day. I still believe that picking up the phone is the easiest way to work through a challenging situation.
Your pet peeve as a hotel guest?
When I’m not in my own hotel, I tend to be quite tolerant and low-maintenance. However, I do expect a hotel to be spotlessly clean throughout; there is no excuse for a lack of cleanliness.
Your current favorite hotel?
I had the pleasure of staying at the new Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam earlier this year, and it’s my current favorite hotel. A great deal of thought went into the design of this remarkable hotel, and the service touches throughout the property were memorable.
What do most people not know about you?
Most people don’t know that I hold a private pilot’s license to fly helicopters
If you weren’t a hotelier, what would you be?
A pilot. I have always had a fascination and curiosity about the aviation industry
Do you have a personal goal for the year?
Address my work life balance! I’ve never been able to get the balance right, despite trying for over 3 decades. But I live in hope.
What would you like to have more time for?
Travel and see the world. The life of a hotel general manager is a busy one. Add a family, and there is limited time for too much else. As my children are coming closer to being self-sufficient, I hope that there will be many opportunities to explore our world.
Condé Nast Johansens - Reinventing Boston's Food Scene
SEPTEMBER 2017 - The crab is resting on a bed of black rice and, somewhat more remarkably, a beaming LED light.
Dimly illuminated, tender and festooned with harissa and Ras el Hanout (an unctuous North African spice) the crab is the centrepiece of the kind of dish that, in lesser hands, would be little more than wilfully pretentious nonsense.
But this is the world of Chef Daniel Bruce and Chef de Cuisine Keith Bombaugh, pioneers of a food scene in Boston which, at long last, is starting to move on from endless bowls of clam chowder.
Urbane, stylish yet with a distinct preference for discretion over ostentation, Boston’s creaky Fenway Park (one of the oldest sports stadiums in the United States) and dark walled taverns full of tall tales and pewter tankards all speak of a city which is more than content to wallow in its, admittedly impressive, heritage.
Yet Boston, as the staging point for the battles, both political and military, that led to independence, is not as afraid as you may think to embrace change – although it’s all done in a style more evolutionary than revolutionary.
The natural maritime larder of the city and its surroundings is, in Daniel Bruce’s ‘Meritage’ restaurant, a component of Boston that, under exploited for too long, is finally being given centre stage.
For Bruce, a lifelong New England native who set up the now world-renowned Boston Wine Festival back in 1989, Meritage is a space where not just his cooking prowess, but also his memories and aromas of New England childhoods in forests, shores and meadows, are allowed full expression.
The tasting menus are divided into wine pairings, one with red and one with white plus there’s a $165 Chef’s Tasting Menu for the true sybarite.
Cigar Aficionado - The Good Life Guide
AUGUST 2017 - At very few hotels can a visitor arrive by boat. Take the water taxi from Logan Airport to Boston Harbor Hotel, however, and you put your flight behind en route to the private dock of one of the best locations in the city.
Within walking distance are Faneuil Hall, the Aquarium, the Italian North End and the new Boston Public Market. But at this luxury gem, one of the nation's best, the prime location is just the tip of a stellar experience.
Even if you prefer a five-minute cab ride, the Boston Harbor Hotel has been one of the finest - and most overlooked - luxury properties in the Northeast for years. Boston Harbor is the city's only independent Forbes Five-Star, and as such, it always tries harder. It could not be rated any higher, yet owners just undertook a comprehensive renovation anyway that remade all 230 rooms and suites.
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The 19th Annual Summer in the City Returns to the Boston Harbor Hotel on June 8th
Live soul, rat pack, and blues music share the summer stage with classic movies at the iconic waterfront hotel June 8 through September 8
The Boston Harbor Hotel presents the 19th annual Summer in the City event series with a full lineup of first class waterfront entertainment. Locals and visitors in the city of Boston can enjoy an unparalleled experience with live music and classic movies on Rowes Wharf at the iconic Boston Harbor Hotel all summer long.
On June 8th, the Boston Harbor Hotel’s annual Summer in The City series returns to the picturesque Rowes Wharf. During evenings Tuesday through Friday, guests seeking a beyond compare summer experience are welcome to make their way to the Boston Harbor Hotel to enjoy live music and movies with views of the Boston Harbor. Summer in the City attendees can also dine al fresco with seasonal cocktails, fresh seafood, and seasonal bites on Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s patio and Harbor Walk Terrace for a front row seat for the Summer in the City performances.
Dive into the spirit of summer with themed musical evenings Tuesday – Thursday from 6:00PM – 10:00PM as part of the Summer Series, which presents Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays, and Blues Barge Thursdays for the ultimate thematic lineup of local and regional performers. For this summer’s full lineup of entertainment, please visit http://www.bhh.com/dining#seasonal-entertainment.
ROBB REPORT MÉXICO - ABRIL 2017
ABRIL 2017 - El rediseño del Boston Harbor Hotel, a cargo de Wimberly Interiors, líder mundial en el diseño de hospitalidad, estará listo para el mes de mayo.
En Boston existe un lugar lleno de magia que te invita a nunca despedirte: el Boston Harbor Hotel (bhh.com), un recinto ubicado en uno de los mejores rincones del centro, que permite la llegada de los huéspedes tanto por tierra como por agua. Cuenta con fitness center y spa, además de una de las mejores vistas de esta ciudad neo-inglesa.
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Ready, Set, Cook!
FEBRUARY 2017 - The Boston Harbor Hotel Invites Budding Chefs to the Part in New Cooking Class Offerings
Kids are invited to enjoy a fun, educational and inspiring afternoon of cooking at the Boston Harbor Hotel this February School Vacation Week
WHO: The Boston Harbor Hotel invites budding chefs ages 6 to 12 to enjoy fun and interactive cooking classes designed with them in mind.
WHAT: This February School Vacation Week, the Boston Harbor Hotel offers two unique opportunities for kids to join two of the Hotel’s best chefs at their special Chefs In The Making classes for a fun, educational and inspiring afternoon of cooking!
Under the expert guidance of Executive Sous Chef Garrett Welch and Pastry Chef Shawn Dresser, children will enjoy a tour of the pop-up Harbor Market and special “behind the scenes” look at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s kitchen, learn about culinary safety and equipment and learn to prepare two dishes – one savory and one sweet. Each child will take home their own chef hat and apron, along with any left-overs of their culinary creations. Each Chefs In The Making cooking class offers culinary skills and education on healthy and delicious meals, and the opportunity for kids to cook their own dishes.
WHEN: Available Tuesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 23, 2017 (Massachusetts February School Vacation Week) from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
PRICE: $50 per child; Tickets available via: www.ChefsInTheMakingBostonHarbor.eventbrite.com
WHERE: Boston Harbor Hotel | 70 Rowes Wharf | Boston, MA | 02110 | 617.439.7000
The Boston Harbor Hotel Debuts New Fireside Lounge at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
FEBRUARY 2017 - Cozy up at the new Rowes Wharf Fireside Lounge and enjoy winter inspired cocktails and fireside fare.
The Boston Harbor Hotel invites guests to warm up their winter at the new outdoor Fireside Lounge at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. The Fireside Lounge is located on the patio of Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at the iconic Boston Harbor Hotel and will be open daily (weather permitting).
Embrace the cold with flames and fondue at the new outdoor Fireside Lounge at the Boston Harbor Hotel, open to the public from 3 – 9 p.m. daily (*weather permitting).
The Boston Harbor Hotel Unveils Newly Renovated Guest Rooms and Suites
MAY 2016 - Experience Classically Current Luxury at Boston’s Only Five-Star Waterfront Destination That Is Beyond Compare
The Boston Harbor Hotel has just completed the exquisite renovation of 230 newly designed guest rooms and suites. The city of Boston is thriving and transforming with the waterfront at the center of this era of innovation and remarkable growth. The Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston’s iconic landmark of luxury, continues to evolve with the city and build upon it’s storied past while keeping an eye to the future. The Boston Harbor Hotel is Boston’s only Five-Star waterfront destination with hospitality and amenities that are truly Beyond Compare. The waterfront theme of the hotel’s location is now carried throughout the rooms which feature a renewed, coastal feel.
USA Today: March Brings Bacon, Bourbon, and Beach Festivals
MARCH 2016 - The Boston Harbor Hotel is hosting its 28th annual Boston Wine Festival through March 31. The festival, which began in January, still has tickets available for wine pairing dinners, receptions and seminars.
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The Best Venues in America: The Northeast
SPRING 2016- Sometimes in the great search for the perfect wedding venue, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? Browsing the top-notch spots to get married. Ever. In our new February/March 2016 issue, we call out the best venues — indoor and outdoor, big and small, luxury and budget-friendly — across America.
How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,500 real brides and grooms nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to say "I do" — by rating their own wedding location on everything, including service, food, view, and much more. From great plantations and rustic farms in the South to elegant libraries and grand hotels in the Northeast to romantic, swoon-worthy wineries on the West Coast, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite venues in the Northeast.
Forbes Travel Guide: Boston’s Most Romantic Restaurants
FEBRUARY 2016 - Every February, many people look for the most romantic restaurant they can find to take their special someone for a night to remember. Restaurants love to oblige, rolling out Valentine’s Day menus with champagne, oysters and chocolate galore. These three Boston eateries are no different.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
Another stylish option around Valentine’s Day is Four-Star Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. The establishment, located in Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel, offers amazing views of the waterfront, an award-winning wine list (over 850 varietals are available) and the talents of renowned chef Daniel Bruce in the kitchen.
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Make the Boston Harbor Hotel Your Home For the Holidays
DECEMBER 2016 - Celebrate this holiday season at the Boston Harbor Hotel to ensure an unforgettable experience. Now through New Year’s Day, the Boston Harbor Hotel has festive offerings for all ages.
HOLIDAY FROST TEA
Warm up with Rowes Wharf Sea Grille's festive Frost Tea featuring a rich selection of sweets and savories. Parents are invited to add a little sparkle to their afternoon with a glass of sparkling wine or seasonal cocktail, while the little ones sip on a cup of hot cocoa.
2:30 - 4:30 PM | $45, $55 including a glass of sparkling wine | For Reservations Call 617-856-7744
Festive Thanksgiving Feasts at the Boston Harbor Hotel
NOVEMBER 2016 - Enjoy a culinary feast of Thanksgiving favorites with views of Boston’s waterfront. It is time once again to gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving with exceptional culinary experiences at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
Thanksgiving Day Grand Brunch
Thursday, November 24, 2016 | 10:30 am to 4:00 pm | Live Jazz Music
USD 100.00 per adult; USD 50.00 children 12 and under
Cooking an entire holiday meal can be stressful, not to mention all of the dishes to be done! Allow the Boston Harbor Hotel to do all of the work this year, and celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends along the waterfront. Guests will enjoy bountiful stations of fresh seafood, salads and omelets to order, alongside traditional Thanksgiving fare, including Maple Basted Roast Fresh Turkey with a Giblet Gravy, Mint Rubbed Grilled Lamb Chops with a Black Lentil and Butternut Squash, Herb Roasted Harvest Vegetables, Dried Cranberry, Sage, Anadama and Pumpkin Dressing, festive seasonal desserts such as Pastry Chef Dresser's special Spiced Pear and Orange Cranberry French Macarons, and more.