Review: Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor (Great Usage of a Hyatt Annual Free Night)

I had to wait a little while for the shuttle to the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor because the driver had just left before I got to the shuttle area. However once I got on, it was not more than a 5 minute ride to the hotel. The hotel is located parallel to the runways at Boston Logan Airport and you can even see the planes taking off if you are in a room facing the airport. Of course it’s not necessarily the scenic view considering that the other side faces the Boston skyline, but still better than no view at all.

I booked this Hyatt Category 4 hotel using my annual free night from the Hyatt Chase Credit Card and chose to stay here because of my early morning flight to Dallas the next day. You may note that there are 3 Hyatts in Boston eligible for the Hyatt certificate redemption, which makes it one of the best cities to redeem your annual free nights.

As soon as the shuttle stopped, I sprinted out onto the boardwalk next to the hotel to capture some images of the fantastic sunset that was going on, but it turned out that I was just too late. I just grabbed this image with my phone as the light had already been snuffed out by the low clouds on the horizon.

Heading back in, I noticed that the lobby of the Hyatt Regency really looked like something from an atrium at Caesar’s Palace. The ceiling art and decor was classy and a bit odd considering that the Boston skyline was visible from the panoramic windows. It was certainly something to appreciate, but the rest of the decor seemed to be asking the question: When will the renovation happen?

Check in ended up being a breeze and the lady at check in upgraded me to a Harbor View Room, noticing that I had a camera around my neck. I quickly ran upstairs to drop my bags and head outside again because the light actually got better for a brief moment.

After a brief photography outing I headed back into the hotel for some dinner. The hotel restaurant is called the Harborside Grill and Patio, which sat right on the waterfront. You could choose to sit either on the patio or near the panoramic windows inside. It seemed to be a quiet evening at the restaurant and service was quite prompt. I ordered the Black Bean Burger which came with fries along with some sort of avocado vegetarian starter that I can’t recall.

While the food was forgettable, the view outside was really nice. Even after finishing dinner, I sat there watching all the boats glide by.

I headed back up to the room and took some pictures of what was really an average Hyatt Regency room in terms of finish and amenities. The room was certainly not the most fresh of Hyatt rooms, but it certainly was clean and more than comfortable enough for a single night. But yet again I should mention that the view out the window was really nice. It was identical to the one seen above from the hotel restaurant.

I pretty much took a shower and crashed in the bed. I was so tired from the weekend in Switzerland that I woke up almost too late to catch the shuttle the following morning (which runs every 15-20 minutes). I called down saying that I was coming and they did hold the shuttle an extra minute or two for me. This was certainly nice of them. Anyway this certainly caps a short but pleasant stay at yet another Hyatt.


Bottom Line:

The Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor was certainly a pleasant overnight stay. The views from my room and the harbor-side walkway were really nice and were the highlight of my stay here. I couldn’t have been more pleased with my redemption considering I was given a Harbor View Room (having no worthwhile status at Hyatt). The service at the hotel was certainly better than most Hyatt Regencies and the close proximity to the airport certainly makes it an acceptable option for an overnight in Boston (I usually prefer to stay at on airport or in terminal hotels). I certainly would not hesitate to return to this hotel.

 


Trip Report Index:

Introduction: Weekend Jaunt in Switzerland

Lufthansa Economy Class DFW – FRA – BSL

Train vs Car: The Transportation Dilemma

Review: The Swiss Transit System – First vs Second Class

The Advantages of AirBNB in Switzerland

Proposed Itinerary for a First Time in Switzerland

Swiss Business Class Lounge: Zurich Airport (A Gates)

Swiss Business Class Lounge: Zurich Airport (E Gates)

Swiss Business Class: Zurich – Boston

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

Admiral’s Club Boston Logan Airport

More to come soon………