Hotels Near New England Aquarium, Whale-watching Cruises

Hotels — By Mike Virgintino on August 3, 2010 at 11:55 am

Whale-watching cruises are steps away from some of Boston's finest hotels -- Boston Harbor Hotel, Langham Hotel Boston and InterContinental Boston.

Cruises for whale-watching operate from many of New England’s ports. These include Gloucester and Provincetown on Cape Cod and Portsmouth in New Hampshire. Whale-watching boats do not operate from Newport in Rhode Island but they can be found in Narragansett .

In Boston, cruises to see the whales are operated by several companies. The cruises managed by the New England Aquarium, for example, are narrated by naturalists and average three to four hours.

Some of Boston’s premiere marine attractions, including the boats to visit the whales, are located along Long Wharf. The wharf is near the intersection of State Street and Atlantic Avenue, which is just south of the popular North End. If an overnight or multi-day stay is required to enjoy all the activities along the waterfront, this area of Boston has several of the city’s finest hotels.

  • Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel features a lobby decorated with hard-carved wood, Italian marble and an unequal view of Boston Harbor. Each of the 230 guest rooms, designed to reflect the historic waterfront, have views of the harbor or the city’s skyline.

Steps away from the hotel is the Rowes Wharf Health Club and Spa, one of the premier Boston spas. The facility has received numerous awards that have cited it as Boston’s best hotel.

Boston Harbor Hotel is located at 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110. Reservations: 1-800-752-7077 or reservations@bhh.com.

  • Langham Hotel Boston

Situated in the heart of downtown Boston, the Langham Hotel Boston is housed in the original Federal Reserve Bank building. It overlooks the gardens of Post Office Square and it is near elegant shops, restaurants and waterfront attractions.

The Cafe Fleuri restaurant inside the hotel is famous for its Saturday Chocolate Bar Buffet and Sunday Jazz Brunch. A full-service health club and gym facility are among its many other amenities. The hotel also is pet-friendly for animals that don’t exceed 50 pounds.

The Langham Hotel Boston is located at 250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110. Reservations: 1-617-451-1900.

  • InterContinental Boston

The InterContinental Boston is known for its elegant blue glass architecture that reflects the waves of Boston Harbor. Its 424 guest rooms and suites view the waterfront and city skyline.

An international feast of top-rated restaurants simulate a world-wide journey. The Miel “Brasserie Provencale” celebrates France’s Côte d’Azur. Sushi-Teq is a salsa bar pairing sushi with vintage tequila. RumBa is a bar that serves international distilled rums and offers Latin and Caribbean music.

The InterContinental Boston is located at 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210. For Inquiries: 1-617-747-1000. Reservations Only: 1-866-493-6495 or icboston@ihg.com.

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