Inn @ St. Botolph Blog

Summer Activities in Boston: Stroll Newbury St. during "Open Newbury"

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Jul 18, 2017 4:55:03 PM

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Want to experience one of Boston’s most infamous streets in a unique way? Mark your calendar for the three upcoming Open Newbury dates when Newbury Street will be open for pedestrian traffic only! Starting at 8:00 AM Newbury Street (from the cross streets of Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue) will be closed to vehicles. Official festivities on the street will kick off at 10:00 AM and run until 6:00 PM.

Many of the shops and businesses along Newbury will have special sidewalk games and activities for guests to partake in, as well as in-store sales and discounts. These car-free days will allow shoppers, diners, and pedestrians to fully enjoy their experience on the street. Below are the three Open Newbury dates:

Sunday, July 23rd
Sunday, August 13th
Sunday, September 10th

Newbury Street is a short 11 minute walk from the Inn and on the 1 mile stretch you’ll find world class shops including designer brands and a wide array of restaurants, from Shake Shack to Stephanie’s. For more information on Open Newbury, visit The City of Boston’s site.
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5 Best Places for Ice Cream in Boston

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Jul 6, 2017 3:09:33 PM

Photo credit: @savoredspoon

Summertime calls for cold treats, and ice cream is what New England does best! There are no lack of spots in the city to find a scoop, but these five are favorites among locals and visitors alike. Whether you like a cup, a cone, or a even an ice cream sandwich, you won’t be disappointed at these Boston ice cream stops.  

1. FoMu
655 Tremont Street, Boston 02116

Our all-time favorite place for an ice cream is FoMu! Wide open and welcoming, their Tremont Street location opened in 2016 and has plenty of seating. This location is the one closest to the Inn, but they’re continuously expanding, and now have a permanent home on Newbury Street as well. Their dairy-free ice cream happens to be vegan friendly, but even the most die-hard ice cream lovers will delighted! Our recommendations include the Bourbon Maple Walnut and Salted Caramel.

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Best Chocolate Shops in Boston for Valentine's Day

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Feb 10, 2017 5:19:31 PM

Heart truffles from Beacon Hill Chocolates.

Chocolate is a classic gift to give for Valentine’s Day and it certainly doesn’t hurt to taste test while you shop! From truffles, to chocolate bars, to hot chocolate, the city is filled with artisanal chocolate options and places to shop for confections for your sweetheart. These are our favorite Boston chocolate shops to get a Valentine’s gift:

Beacon Hill Chocolates
91 Charles Street, Boston, 02114

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Topics: Inn the Neighborhood

Best Coffee Shops in the South End, Boston

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Jan 5, 2017 3:54:15 PM

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When you stay at the Inn, you’ll be happy to find that we’re conveniently located in the heart of Boston’s historic South End neighborhood! This charming neighborhood has its fair share of cafes and coffee shops, and to help you plan your stops, we’ve put together a list of our staff favorites! Here are some of the best coffee shops in the south end to grab a cup of coffee, a latte, hot chocolate, tea, and more:

South End Buttery
314 Shawmut Avenue

At the top of our list is the South End Buttery on the corner of Shawmut and Union Park. Grab a seat by the window and watch residents of the neighborhood stroll by. This spot offers great people watching and puppy watching alike. Beyond great beverage options, they also have delicious baked goods and heartier menu items, like (our personal favorite) avocado toasts.

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Holiday Shopping in Boston's South End

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Dec 7, 2016 4:39:30 PM

Photo credit: Hudson Boston

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and Boston’s South End is full of small local shops with plenty of unique gift options. From specialty food stores with New England delicacies, to men’s and women’s boutiques, to gift shops – there’s something to suit all tastes. Today we’re sharing a comprehensive list of the stores that you can find in the neighborhood. Happy shopping!

511 Tremont Street, Boston

Sault New England
577 Tremont Street, Boston

Niche Urban Garden Supply
619 Tremont Street, Boston
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Shops in Boston’s South End: Siena Farms

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Nov 1, 2016 3:19:10 PM

Photo by @bostondarling

Residents of the South End are lucky to have an abundance of organic produce and locally made products at their fingertips thanks to Siena Farms. A small shop on Waltham Street, the storefront carries fresh vegetables straight from the farm, based out of Concord and Sudbury, MA. They also carry flowers and a curated selection of locally made products, like spices, honey, jams and more.
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New to the neighborhood

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Jun 13, 2016 2:04:36 PM

There are so many reasons to love our location in Boston's South End! The vibrant neighborhood, which is recognizable for its classic brownstone buildings, is increasingly gaining a reputation for its restaurant scene and small local retailers. We've highlighted some of our favorite businesses in previous posts, like this highlight on the Urban Grape and our holiday shopping guide. There are almost too many favorites to name! This spring the neighborhood has gained even more wonderful additions. Let's give a warm welcome to these newcomers!

KAVA Neo-Taverna

It feels like all of the South End has been patiently waiting for KAVA's opening -- and it was well worth the wait! This cozy joint on the corner of Shawmut and Union Park is a Greek Taverna and Wine Bar that specializes in small plates. With nautical rope lights and a hand painted details, the space is the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink. Bonus: it's directly across from one of our other favorite spots, the South End Buttery. 

315 Shawmut Ave, Boston, 02118
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5 Best Coffee Shops in Boston

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Mar 23, 2016 1:01:48 PM

A café or coffee shop can be the perfect place to pause during a day of walking and exploring the city, to sit and enjoy a good book, or the company of a friend.  In Boston we’re lucky to have so many options, each with their own unique vibe. Here are five of our favorites that are also just a short walk from the Inn at St. Botolph.

1. Thinking Cup
Thinking Cup is one of our favorite places to cozy up. They serve Stumptown Coffee from Portland, OR which has been named “’Best Coffee in the World’ by NPR, The New York Times, Food & Wine Magazine, and USA Today.”  They offer high end specialty coffee as well as some of the best lattes in the city. We also highly recommend their Salted Caramel macarons and other bakery treats. With three convenient locations across the city (North End, Tremont Street across from the Common, and Newbury Street in the Back Bay), you’re never too far from a Thinking Cup. The Newbury Street location is the most convenient to the Inn.

Thinking Cup
85 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 0116

2. South End Buttery
The South End Buttery is one of our favorite South End establishments. They’ve been open since 2005 and offer award winning coffees and teas. Pair a hot beverage with a freshly made cookie or cupcake from the bakery. Or if you’re in the mood for something more substantial, order one an avocado toast or a sandwich. Grab a seat by the window to watch neighborhood residents come and go.

South End Buttery
314 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118

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10 Best Restaurants Near the Hynes Convention Center

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Feb 10, 2016 9:26:00 AM

Every year the Hynes Convention Center welcomes hundreds of thousands of convention-goers in Boston. From the Small Business Expo (5,000 attendees), to the New England Anime Society (24,000 attendees), to runners picking up their bibs for the Boston Marathon in the spring, the Hynes is a lively spot throughout the year. Luckily there are plenty of dining options in the area for hungry visitors. Here are our top 10 recommendations of where to eat near the Hynes Convention Center: 

1. Sorellina Restaurant
If you’re looking for a special dinner out, Sorellina is the place to go. This high end Italian restaurant always delivers and provides a memorable experience. We highly recommend the Maccheroncelli with American Wagyu Meatballs and the Gnocchi with Maine Lobster and Vermont Butter. Bonus: Guests at the Inn receive 25% off their dinner bill at this Columbus Hospitality restaurant.

1 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

2. Atlantic Fish Co.  
In the mood for fresh seafood? Atlantic Fish Co. is just a block away from the Convention Center, on Boylston. They’ve been serving fresh seafood in Boston since 1978 and their menu changes daily, to reflect the catch of the day. In the warmer months, their patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal while people watching.

716 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

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South End holiday shopping guide

Posted by Becky Shade on Dec 9, 2015 2:45:28 PM

(photo via Sault New England)

If you’re a guest joining us here at the Inn at St Botolph in December, we highly recommend taking a stroll through Boston’s South End and checking out some of the best shops in the neighborhood. We’ve put together this shopping guide with a few of our favorite spots. A giftee would be lucky to receive a gift from any one of these beautifully curated shops!
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The Inn at St. Botolph

Live like a local in a historic Boston brownstone.

The Inn @ St Botolph is Boston’s affordable luxury hotel. Situated in the prominent Back Bay neighborhood it offers understated contemporary interiors graced with traditional styling and comfort. It’s the perfect destination for professionals on extended stay or families desiring the intimacy of a private residence dressed up with refreshingly customized services.

 The Inn @ St Botolph offers affordable luxury with edited services.

  • Furnished kitchenettes will full size refrigerators
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Video intercom to talk to visitors at the front door
  • Internet access and in-room iPod docs
  • iMac business center
  • Free continental breakfast with espresso
  • Daily housekeeping & self-serve laundry
  • ...and lots more! 

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