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Boston Harbor Hotel Recognized by Preferred Hotels & Resorts with 2018 I Prefer Members’ Choice Award

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The Boston Harbor Hotel Debuts Its New Presidential Suite

March 2019


Forbes Travel Guide -Boston Harbor Hotel Named Five-Star Hotel By Forbes Travel Guide
in Its Official 2019 Star Rating Announcement


BOSTON (February 26, 2019) — Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Boston Harbor Hotel as a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. Boston Harbor Hotel will be showcased with all the Star Rating recipients on

The Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston’s only Forbes five-star waterfront hotel, is located on historic Rowes Wharf where it welcomes guests by land and by sea. The iconic property is known for picturesque views of Boston Harbor and exceptional service. In 2018 the property debuted the most luxurious suite in Boston, the John Adams Presidential Suite.

“We are honored to be recognized by Forbes Travel Guide for the 11th consecutive year as a Forbes Five-Star hotel,” said Boston Harbor Hotel General Manager Stephen Johnson. “Boston Harbor Hotel shares Forbes’ vision for exemplary service, and our talented staff strives to give each guest an experience beyond compare. With the addition of the John Adams Presidential Suite in 2018 we are constantly evolving our luxury experiences and are ecstatic to have our achievements validated by Forbes.”

“We are delighted to celebrate the 2019 Star Rating winners, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas that demonstrates a strong culture of service,” said Filip Boyen, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide.

“In a time of information overload and fake reviews online, Forbes Travel Guide is the ultimate trusted source in luxury travel,” Boyen said. “Our objective, data-driven Star Rating list features properties that achieved an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality. We congratulate everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today.”

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, click here.

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About Forbes Travel Guide:

Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For our full award winners list, daily travel stories and more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit

About Boston Harbor Hotel

A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts LEGEND Collection, Boston’s only Forbes Five-Star waterfront hotel welcomes guests arriving by land or sea. Located on the historic Rowes Wharf, the Boston Harbor Hotel’s inviting ambiance and unparalleled service provide the ideal home away from home for travelers. Luxurious accommodations with sweeping views of Boston’s cityscape or breathtaking waterfront, a contemporary spa and fitness center, world-class dining and a 34-slip marina make the Boston Harbor Hotel a destination Beyond Compare. In 2018 the property debuted the John Adams Presidential Suite, Boston’s most luxurious suite. For more information please visit



WCVB - How to Find the Best Seat in the House


With magnificent sweeping views of the Boston Harbor, a table at award-winning Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar is hands down the best seat in Boston. Watch as WCVB sits down with Executive Chef Daniel Bruce to discuss the innovative Meritage menu that accompanies these incredible views and his passion for perfectly pairing food to wine.

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The Hub Today - Boston Wine Festival: Uncorked for a Cause


This year, we are partnering with Share our Strength for an unforgettable evening to help raise funds towards ending hunger and poverty. Hosted by Taniya Nayak, this walk-around reception will treat you to the many different wines from around the world, while you indulge yourself with Chef Daniel Bruce’s lavishly prepared small plates. Featuring interactive ‘wine-wall’ and ‘wine-table’ auctions, guests have the opportunity to go home with their own incredible bottles of wine, while giving back to the community.

Click here to watch as The Hub Today's Colton Bradford stops by the Boston Harbor Hotel to chat with Chef Daniel Bruce about the Boston Wine Festival's first annual Uncorked for a Cause event to benefit Share our Strength.


Haute Living - Here Are The Best Ways To Spoil Your Valentine In Boston


"If you want to book an exclusive stay, the Boston Harbor Hotel’s John Adams Presidential Suite is the ultimate indulgence. For $15,000 a night, you can relax in the 4,800 square foot waterfront suite that has a 1,000 square foot outdoor terrace for one of the best views of Boston Harbor. Inside, the suite has its own media room, enormous living area, separate dining room, modern kitchen and its own private elevator."

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The Improper Bostonian - Boston Wine Festival


"On Jan. 11, Boston Harbor Hotel hit all the right notes at the 30th annual Boston Wine
. Ahead of the main event, 80 VIP guests gathered in the John Adams Presidential Suite, a 4,800-square-foot, $15,000-per-night luxury accommodation in the hotel’s rotunda. They then joined 350 partygoers for the opening reception in the harborside Wharf Room, where guests sampled sips from more than 40 international vintners during a buffet supper."

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Conde Nast Traveler - Super Bowl LIII: Where to Watch the Game in Boston and Los Angeles


Writer, Andrew Sessa, picks the new John Adams Presidential Suite at the Boston Harbor Hotel as an ideal spot to cheer on the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

'The baller option, though, would be to go for the new John Adams Presidential Suite at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The media room in this two-bedroom, nearly 5,000-square-foot top-floor pad has a 93-inch TV; there’s a private entrance and elevator, the better for sneaking in all your Rams fan gear; and the price includes a fridge and bar stocked with all your favorite snacks and drinks.. (As well it should for $15,000 a night.)'

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Forbes Travel Guide - 5 Things We Love About The Boston Wine Festival


'Boston doesn’t slow down after the holiday season. While winter brings frigid temperatures and mounds of snow, it also ushers in one of the city’s — if not the country’s — best food and wine events.

In its 30th year, the Boston Wine Festival (held at Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel) features an amazing array of winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars, receptions and brunches with vintners from around the world. Founded in 1989 by chef Daniel Bruce (who helms the property’s Four-Star Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar), the festival lasts for almost three months, from mid-January until the end of March, making it the longest-running wine-and-food-pairing series in the U.S.

Here are five reasons you won’t want to miss the fete’s latest edition.

Uncorked for a Cause

There are always exciting events being added to the festival roster. New this year is Uncorked for a Cause, a fundraiser to combat hunger and poverty in partnership with national nonprofit Share Our Strength.

Hosted by Boston local and celebrity interior designer Taniya Nayak, the February 15 tasting will feature samples of global wines and artfully prepared small plates from chef Bruce.

The highlight of the fundraiser is an interactive “wine wall” auction that lets you bid on the chance to take home rare vintages (the labels will be covered, so you might just end up with a treasure) , while giving back to the community.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

What’s more romantic than sipping champagne and twirling on the dance floor with your loved one? At the immensely popular Valentine’s Dinner Dance on February 16, chef Bruce pulls out all the stops with a champagne-paired dinner featuring bubbles from Moët & Chandon.

Sparkling sips to look forward to include Moët Imperial, Moët Vintage Blanc 2009, Moët Rose NV, Moët Vintage Rose 2009 and Moët Nectar Blanc. Champagne, exquisite food and live music set the stage for a Valentine’s Day to remember.

Champagne Brunch

Just in case you haven’t had your fill of sparkling sips, this decadent, champagne-fueled morning feast is sure to satiate you.

The perfect end to Valentine’s Weekend, this February 17 brunch takes place in Boston Harbor Hotel’s Atlantic Room overlooking the waterfront, providing picture-perfect views while you enjoy more Moët & Chandon and enjoy a lavish spread. A live band keeps things entertaining.

Opus One Winery Seminar and/or Dinner

Start the night off on March 22 with a fascinating one-hour seminar given by Opus One winemaker and repeat festival guest, Michael Silacci. Considered by many to be America’s first growth (first Bordeaux grape harvest), Opus One is held in high esteem around the world.

You’ll be able to learn about (and sample) three decades of this coveted label (1990, 2001 and 2015). Following the seminar, chef Bruce will pair the Bordeaux-style Napa Valley wines with a delectable multi-course dinner.

If you’re more interested in the bites than the Bordeaux, you can make a reservation for just the dinner portion, too.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s John Adams Presidential Suite. 

Make an (Over)Night of It

Since all the festival events happen at Boston Harbor Hotel, make a night of it. Call the property and ask about its Take the Elevator Home package for special overnight rates.

For an especially over-the-top experience, book the new John Adams Presidential Suite, which boasts 4,800 square feet of elegantly designed space and 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor.

Truly though, every room at the hotel is luxurious, with either harbor or city views, high-end amenities and plenty of room to relax.'

By correspondent, Kim Mackinnon

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Boston Common Magazine - 30th Annual Boston Wine Festival at Boston Harbor Hotel


'The Party VIP guests gathered in the John Adams Presidential Suite at the Boston Harbor Hotel for an intimate event to launch the start of the Boston Wine Festival. The Details Oenophiles, including Boston Common’s Publisher Carin Keane, publicity maven AJ Williams and influencer Chelsea Roy, raised a toast to the 30th anniversary of the festival and its founder, chef Daniel Bruce. The Highlights Guests sipped Moet Chandon and noshed on sweet shrimp and lime toast and blackberry cabernet glazed pork belly before heading downstairs to the Grand Opening Reception in The Rowes Wharf room.'

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The Rhode Show - Sip and savor at Boston Harbor Hotel


Chef Daniel Bruce and the Rhode Shows, Michaela Johnson discuss world renowned wines and luxury living at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Journey through 30 years of the Boston Wine Festival as the Rhode show goes behind the scenes in the kitchen with Chef Bruce. Watch as Michaela Johnson explores Bostons most luxurious accomodations, the new John Adams Presidential Suite.

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Boston Globe - A toast to the 30th Boston Wine Festival


'The 30th year of the Boston Wine Festival kicked off with libations and a celebration at the Boston Harbor Hotel over the weekend that drew more than 350 guests.

The hotel’s executive chef, Daniel Bruce, who is marking his 30th year there, is the genius behind the food and wine pairings that have made the festival the hotel’s most successful ongoing event. As a way to showcase the wine offerings over the years, Bruce has created more than 4,000 dishes, each one designed to complement the special wine with which it was served.

For this year’s opening reception Friday evening, top winemaker Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife, Olive, traveled from South Africa to debut their newest wine. Guests were able to sample more than 50 wines from a range of vintners and vintages.

Festival events run through March 29, and with Valentine’s Day a month away, now is the perfect time to make plans to attend one of the highlights: the Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Feb. 16, complete with champagne, of course. Tickets are available on the festival website,'

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NBC10 Boston - Boston Wine Festival Kicks Off


'The Hub Today's Colton Bradford chats with the Executive Chef and Founder of the Boston Wine Festival Daniel Bruce about the festival and what people can expect to see and taste at the Boston Harbor Hotel.'

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Haute Living - A Look At The Most Lavish Events Of This Year’s Boston Wine Festival


The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 30th annual Boston Wine Festival is about to get into full swing as it kicks off once again with a Grand Opening Reception Friday night. The nation’s longest running wine festival, which runs until March, will feature everything this year from intimate winemaker-hosted dinners and seminars to receptions and brunches put together by the festival’s founder, Chef Daniel Bruce. Here’s a look at some of this year’s most lavish events you won’t want to miss.

Returning once again this year is a Boston Wine Festival celebrated favorite, Battle of the Cabernets held January 17 and 18. The luxe dinner held in the Atlantic Room showcases Napa Valley’s favorites paired up with Chef Bruce’s curated menu. Guests are invited to vote for the winner of this year’s favorite red

On January 25, you won’t want to miss Meritage Madness, a swanky opportunity to try different vintages of Bordeaux-style wines from Napa Valley while listening to commentaries from the panel of experts.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with their haute Dinner Dance being held on February 16 in the Wharf Room complete with a champagne dinner celebration. This year’s Moët & Chandon champagne selections include Moët Imperial, Moët Vintage Blanc 2009, Moët Rose NV, Moët Vintage Rose 2009, and Moët Nectar Blanc.

On February 20, they will be welcoming Staglin Family Vineyard, a 64-acre estate in Rutherford, California, to share in the festivities. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go toward their non-profit, One Mind, for brain health research.

When March comes around, we all know the end of the festival is near, but there are several haute events to look forward to, including the Peter Michael Winery dinner on March 6. The Sonoma Valley winery is best known for their hand-crafted chardonnays, Bordeaux blends and pinot noirs, all produced in very limited quantities.  

On March 8, there will be a Silver Oak dinner with long-time winemaker, Daniel Baron, who came out of retirement to host just this special evening to discuss the history of making the brand.

One of the most indulgent dinners is being held on March 20 when Tenuta San Guido comes to town. Best known for being the first ‘super-Tuscan,’ the winery will be hosting an evening of Sassicaia, with ‘06, ‘12, ‘13, ’14 and ‘15 vintages. 

This year’s schedule also includes a new festival tradition – the first annual charity reception Uncorked for a Cause, being held on February 15 in partnership with Share our Strength to end hunger and poverty. Hosted by Taniya Nayak, the walk-around style event will feature wines from around the world paired up with small plates from Chef Bruce along with a wine wall auction to benefit Share our Strength.

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Chronicle - WCVB Channel 5- "Take a look inside Boston's most expensive hotel suite"


Join Chronicles, Shayna Seymour as she takes a look inside the brand new John Adams Presidential Suite.

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Boston Harbor Hotel Announces 30th Annual Boston Wine Festival!


The nation’s longest running food and wine festival returns to the Boston Harbor Hotel on January 11 - March 29 with an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars, receptions, and brunches from Boston Wine Festival Founder, Chef Daniel Bruce.

BOSTON (November 1, 2018) – The Boston Wine Festival returns to Boston Harbor Hotel this winter with a highly anticipated lineup of events to commemorate the festival’s 30th anniversary. Chef Daniel Bruce, founder of the Boston Wine Festival, presents an all-star lineup of winemaker-hosted dinners, seminars, receptions and brunches for this milestone anniversary. For three decades, Chef Bruce and Boston Harbor Hotel have welcomed top winemakers from around the world to Boston for this one-of-a-kind celebration of food and wine. The festival is the nation’s longest running extensive wine and food pairing series, kicking off with a Grand Opening Reception on Friday, January 11, 2019 and continuing through Friday, March 29, 2019.


The Improper Bostonian - Model, Camille Kostek Photoshoot in the John Adams Presidential Suite


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and former Patriots cheerleader, Camille Kostek, poses for the cover of The Improper Bostonian’s Wedding Issue in the John Adams Presidential Suite. 

Photography: Kolby Knight

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Awarded TripAdvisor's "Most Excellent" Large Hotel Chain Globally


As a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts LEGEND Collection, the Boston Harbor Hotel is excited to share with our guests that Preferred Hotels & Resorts has been named "Most Excellent" Large Hotel Chain Globally By TripAdvisor.

Newport Beach, California – October 25, 2018Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, has earned the prestigious distinction of being named the number one “Most Excellent” large hotel chain in the world by TripAdvisor. For its first-ever “Most Excellent” awards, TripAdvisor selected the winners based on which brands have the highest percentage of Certificate of Excellence recipients globally for 2018. With 532 distinctive properties within its global brand portfolio boasting this prominent seal, Preferred Hotels & Resorts made the top of the list in the “large hotel chains” category (>500 hotels).

“This “Most Excellent” award is testament to the dedication of our incredible member hotels who continuously inspire travelers by delivering genuine and memorable hospitality experiences in a way that only independent hotels can,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition by the TripAdvisor community, and look forward to connecting even more travelers to the unique story that each of our hotels has to share.”

This global recognition comes during an already momentous time for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a family-owned company that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1968, the brand has been the steadfast champion of the independent hotel experience, representing a global portfolio that embodies the highest levels of luxury, life, and style. Since January 2018, as part of its milestone celebration, the company has launched a variety of 50th-themed marketing campaigns, which include a celebratory package at more than 250 of its hotels, a video series, and social media activations; welcomed more than 60 new member hotels, including more than 15 new openings; and announced the appointments and promotions of three women to key executive appointments.

To learn more about TripAdvisor's "Most Excellent" awards and its methodology and to review the complete rankings, visit TripAdvisor's press room.

To browse all of the independent hotel experiences available within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, visit

About Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 700 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The I Prefer™ hotel rewards program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit

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Forbes Travel Guide

3 Things We Love About Boston Harbor Hotel

Standing watch over the historic waterfront, Boston Harbor Hotel is undoubtedly one of the city’s most luxurious addresses. With its iconic rotunda and 60-foot stone archway, this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property serves as a metaphorical gateway to the Hub, but its classic-meets-contemporary décor, friendly service and subtle nautical theme make you feel right at home.   

From the residential-style accommodations and jaw-dropping views to exquisite fine dining and a jovial bar scene, Boston Harbor Hotel is easy to love. These are three reasons why we’ll be checking into this coveted stay this season.

Verified List

Boston Harbor Hotel Named One of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotels by Forbes Travel Guide


Forbes Travel Guide released its first annual Verified Lists, naming Boston Harbor Hotel as one of the World’s Most Luxurious Hotel. Boston Harbor Hotel will be showcased with all of the other winners on

“Everyone who works with me at the Boston Harbor Hotel is incredibly proud of this unique recognition,” said Boston Harbor Hotel General Manager Stephen Johnston. “We are passionate about luxury and we strive every day to give our guests an experience that is truly beyond compare. To have the experts from Forbes Travel Guide validate our achievements is extraordinary.”


Condé Nast Traveler - Boston Harbor Hotel Named Among the 13 Best Hotels in Boston


"As the city's only five-star waterfront hotel, this Rowes Wharf grande dame has a big reputation to uphold. The grandiose exterior archway overlooking the harbor is an instantly identifiable icon and a seamless part of Boston's downtown landscape. Rooms have city or water views, large picture windows that allow in natural light throughout the day, marble rainfall showers, and Frette linens. Entry-level rooms start at a spacious 500 square feet."

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Haute Living - Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar Named in Boston's 8 Best Hotel Restaurants

JULY 2018

"Chef Daniel Bruce’s crown jewel restaurant located in the Boston Harbor Hotel shines brightly over Rowes Wharf. The standout waterfront restaurant has been a favorite of locals for its fresh seafood, farm-to-table and vineyard-to-table dishes paired up with their impressive wine selections. After all, this is where the Boston Wine Festival all began. If you come for dinner, the ever-changing prix fixe menus here include offerings like pan roasted foie gras, Atlantic halibut and Brandt prime sirloin. Be sure to also keep an eye out for the many wine dinners they host here throughout the year."

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The Boston Globe - At $15,000 a night, this is Boston’s newest, most expensive luxury hotel suite

JULY 2018

"The shimmering, broad expanse of the harbor visible from the terrace of the new John Adams Presidential Suite of the Boston Harbor Hotel may look like a million- dollar view, but it’s not.

It’s a $15,000 view.

That’s the price tag to sit on the beautifully appointed 1,000-square-foot patio and watch the boats glide by while working on your tan. And that’s how much it costs to look out on the harbor through the 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room, or to drink in that same view while relaxing in the massive tub in the marble-and-mosaic-laden bathroom.


Boston Harbor Hotel Introduces the John Adams Presidential Suite Inside the Property’s Iconic Rotunda

JULY 2018

Boston’s most luxurious suite debuts with custom five-star amenities, private elevator, and breathtaking views of Boston Harbor

The Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston’s only Forbes five-star waterfront property, is thrilled to debut the exquisite John Adams Presidential Suite. The stunning two-bedroom private suite brings a new level of luxury to Boston with grand views of Boston Harbor, magnificent accommodations, and personalized service and amenities beyond compare.


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

February 2018

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

“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.



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DETOURS | Hotels Of The Month

On our radar: grace and grandeur in Marrakech; old-school elegance in Sorrento; pure opulence and camel riding in Abu Dhabi; and preppy sophistication in the heart of Boston.

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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 Boston Harbor Hotel hosts winemaker dinners each year at the Boston Wine Festival.

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.


Boston Globe

The Boston Globe - Make a holiday memory with this Northern Rhone pour



By Ellen Bhang NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Stephen Johnston

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.

Garden Tomato

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

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

JUNE 2017

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

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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 (, 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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Cooking classes

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:   

WHERE:   Boston Harbor Hotel | 70 Rowes Wharf | Boston, MA | 02110 | 617.439.7000

Boston Harbor Hotel Fireside Lounge

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).  

Admiral Suite Terrace

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. 

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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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Wharf Room Wedding

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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Holidays at the Boston Harbor Hotel

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.


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