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Checking into the Kimpton Nine Zero in Boston

Credit: Kimpton Hotels

At the end of the summer, I visited Boston for the first time, and loved it The entire city is steeped in history, they have beautiful gardens and plenty of shopping. When it was time to leave I wish I could have stayed a bit longer!

We drove to Boston from Toronto, and underestimated both Boston and Toronto traffic. Because of that, we checked in a little late to the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel.

I’m sure that you’re already aware of my love affair with Kimpton properties. I always look forward to checking into a Kimpton, because each one is different.

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We stayed in a room with 2 Queen beds with luxe Frette linens and funky wallpaper with unique metallic accents.

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The amenities in the bathroom included bath and body items from Atelier Bloem. They smelled wonderful, and I appreciated that they included a set for everyone staying in the room.

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We were greeted with some delicious treats wating for us in our room upon check in. I love that FRED water! Such nice design.

We took advantage of a unique program that the Kimpton has called Guppy Love. We borrowed a goldfish for the night!

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This little guy hung out with us, and arrived with his own food. It was a nice touch!

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As is the norm with all Kimptons, the staff were friendly, helpful and warm. If you feel like biking around town, you can always borrow one of their custom bikes.

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In the lobby, the hotel offers a wine tasting hour daily from 5pm to 6pm. I had a refreshing glass of rose after a day filled with wandering around the city.

The location of the Nine Zero is amazing. Right across the street is the Granary Burial Ground, the third oldest (founded in 1660!) graveyard in Boston. Some notable figures have been laid to rest there, and you can go on tours.

Further down the street, the Boston Common claims the title of the oldest park in the USA. This bustling urban park was wonderful to stroll through. We even walked over to the public gardens and admired the beautiful weeping willows.

Last but not least, the hotel is within walking distance of several shops, including my absolute favourite store, Primark!! I didn’t even realize it was in the USA. It was the best!

Not the wandering type? Need a little guidance? The Kimpton Nine Zero has you covered with Ricardo Rodriguez, their Style & Experience Curator. He’s pulled together a curated selection of lifestyle retailers that have partnered with the hotel to offer guests exclusive experiences and discounts around the city. Sounds awesome, right? Check out his recommendations and their Live Like a Local program. Happy exploring!

The Kimpton Nine Zero is at 90 Tremont Street in Boston, MA

 

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Staycation at the Holiday Inn Downtown Centre

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This is a sponsored post, but my opinions remain my own!

Sometimes you just need a break. Those breaks can’t always be planned. Lucky for us, Toronto has an abundance of hotels. If you’re feeling stressed out, or want a fun weekend in the city, why not check into a nearby hotel?

I recently checked into the Holiday Inn Downtown. With my IHG Rewards Club membership, I was able to easily book a room with the app, and earn points! Earning points is great because you get rewarded for each stay, and can earn free nights. Not into free hotel stays? Points can be redeemed for flights, music downloads, electronics and gift cards(more…)

New York’s Sohotel


I went to New York last month, and stayed at the Sohotel in the Bowery. The Sohotel is a small, but hip hotel. The rooms have exposed brick walls, and SUPER comfy beds and pillows. There’s a flat screen TV and a radio ipod dock. The bathrooms are tiny, but with a nice shower head and comes stocked with yummy smellingC.O Bigelow Apothecaries lotion, shampoo, body wash and conditioner.


The lobby is pretty classy, with free coffee and tea offered in the mornings and afternoons. It has lots of pretty chandeliers and comfy chairs. The location wasn’t bad, only 1 subway stop away from SoHo, where there is tons of shopping. The hotel is clean and the staff is efficient. They also let us store our luggage before check-in, and after we checked out, which was great.

Some of the downsides are:

  • It bills itself as a “cheap” hotel, but at $250 a night, I disagree.
  • There aren’t any restaurants around to grab dinner or breakfast. The hotel doesn’t have one, but if you walk for about 7 minutes, you’ll find some cafes and Little Italy.
  • It is LOUD. You can hear the traffic and street noises like you are out there. I DID have a good sleep while I was there, but if you are sensitive you might want to take note.
  • Only the lobby has WiFi. That really shocked me! You can get a faint WiFi signal in some rooms, but it’s hard.
  • There aren’t any phones in the room. If you need to call front desk you have to walk
  • There isn’t an elevator, and we stayed on the 4th floor. It wasn’t that bad though.

    The Sohotel is located at 341 Broome Street and the nearest metros are Bowery and Grand station.

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