“How to create a hotel vibe at home.” “Ten ways to make your home feel like a hotel.” “Hotel design secrets revealed!” Our inboxes are full of these stories, pitching a woolly robe, a fragrance diffuser, or down-filled slippers as the way to transform our humble bedroom into a luxury hotel suite. We love a fuzzy slipper as much as the next gal but … no. Even if Joanna Gaines herself is your decorator, there’s nothing like a swanky home away from home. Who doesn’t love fancy soap and automatic window shades? After you’ve fantasized about swoon-worthy spots on Instagram (we’re looking at you, Jade Mountain St. Lucia!), switch into reality mode and consider the cushy properties right here in good old Massachusetts. When you’re ready to tiptoe into the world of travel again, they’ll be ready, with snazzy design and enticing deals to tempt you out of the house for a night or two. And your support is more meaningful than ever. Here’s a look.
Local perks: The Whitney
Feel like a Beacon Hill resident (if only for the night) with The Whitney’s “Beacon Hill Shopping Package.” Its Charles Street location is great for long walks, and this 65-room AAA four-diamond-rated hotel has a great bonus feature: Peregrine restaurant, featuring Sardinian cuisine with a dash of Sicily, Corsica, and Catalonia. (Your mouth will travel far away even if you don’t.) With this package, you get a welcome gift of wine and chocolate, a $50 AmEx gift card (lots of places at which to spend it in the neighborhood) and a 20 percent discount at Belle Sante Day Spa. Not to mention: Aveda foot cream and fluffy socks. (Because you can’t have too many fluffy socks!) The deal starts at $399. Don’t need the frills? Take advantage of their New England resident discount — 25 percent off The Whitney’s best rates. Package available through Dec. 31; from $172 per night. www.whitneyhotelboston.com
Get schooled: Yotel Boston
Thanks to curling, outdoor art, and Betty the Yeti at Snowport, the Seaport District is showing signs of life this winter. Once the Boston Children’s Museum reopens, Yotel Boston will offer the “School in the Seaport” package for families who’d like to de-camp to the ‘hood. The deal includes a premier queen cabin (that’s what they call their rooms) with a bunk bed, tickets to the Boston Children’s Museum for the whole family, and a plush toy and milk and cookies at check-in for the kiddos. They’re kicking in a food and beverage credit in Komyuniti, their main restaurant, or Deck 12 (with 270-degree views of the city and Boston Harbor), plus 50 percent off valet parking. Remote learning was never so much fun. The package is slated to end on June 11.
The Yotel Boston folks are also running a promotion aimed at the WFH crowd. Those who purchase a “Wicked Workplace Pass” receive a designated workspace at Deck 12, a BentYo Box afternoon snack, as well as beverage tokens (redeemable at the bar after 5 p.m.) The hotel’s enclosed rooftop space on Deck 12, with glittery nighttime views of the city all around, is a great spot to end the workday. Don’t feel like heading home just yet? Add a cabin to your tab for $50 (including late checkout the following day). Wicked Workplace Pass, $21, available Mon.-Fri. on Deck 12, starting at 3 p.m. Cabin add-on (must be used on the same day), $50. www.yotel.com
Celebrate the Year of the Ox: XV Beacon
Celebrate Chinese New Year 2021 — a.k.a. the Year of the Ox — at one of the city’s top-rated boutique hotels. With the Year of the Ox package, you’ll get 25 percent off at the bar and the opportunity to draw a red envelope: Inside, a gift card from Columbus Hospitality for a $25 to $100 credit to be used during your stay or on a future visit. Booze and gambling! But staying at this 63-room, circa1903 Beaux Arts-style hotel is no gamble — it’s reliably chic. We love the tasteful palette of cream, taupe, and espresso, and all the luxurious finishes here: cashmere throws, 400-thread-count Frette linens, and white Italian marble bathrooms. We even like the bust of Ben Franklin that presides over the lobby. The views aren’t fabulous, but every room has a gas fireplace. They also offer drop-off service in their Lexus town car within a 2-mile radius of the hotel. And, the hotel is dog-friendly. Package available through Feb. 28; from $274. www.xvbeacon.com
Want wine with that? Boston Harbor Hotel
Stepping under the 60-foot stone archway to the hotel’s entrance, you know you’re headed someplace special. Boston’s only AAA five-diamond hotel, the 232-room Boston Harbor Hotel offers a Salute to the Heroes package, with special rates (50 percent off the best available rate) for US law enforcement, firefighters, active/veteran armed forces, and health care professionals. A Teacher Appreciation package offers 30 percent off. All guests staying between now and March 20 receive a $75 hotel credit (or $150 if booking a suite), for use toward the room rate or in-room dining. Guest rooms are sleek and understated, with views of the city or waterfront and harbor.
Is the Boston Wine Festival on your radar? The BHH offers a wine fest package from Jan. 12 through March 27 for $275 per night including self-parking. Wine festival events (not included in room rate) feature special guests like former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who now produces a sustainably grown cabernet in Walla Walla, Wash., appearing on Feb. 19. Rates from $375. www.bhh.com; wine festival information, www.bostonwinefestival.net
Seaside sojourn: Beauport Gloucester
Feel the vacation vibe at this North Shore property, situated at the ocean’s edge. You’ll get a front row seat to winter storms (think crashing of massive Atlantic waves) on the balcony of an oceanfront room, while nestled under a toasty duvet. Even King rooms with water views are discounted as part of the Winter Wonderland promotion, available through March. Some rooms have fireplaces, upping the cozy factor. Indulge in a romantic dinner by the fireside in the 1606 Restaurant & Bar, and maybe book private yoga, a reiki session, or massage in the new wellness space. (There’s a deal for that, too: the TranquiliSea Wellness Package, good through Feb. 27, bundles a 10 percent discount on your room rate with 10 percent off spa sessions.) Bundle up and wander around Gloucester — maybe a stroll along the beach or the boulevard to Stage Fort Park? This historic seaport is fetching any time of year.
PS for soap snobs: They use L’Occitane products. From $159 per night. www.beauporthotel.com
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