The Revere's lobby and front desk
When we were searching for a Boston property for the inaugural Change Summit, the first thing that came to mind was the new Revere Hotel near Boston Common. Its April opening was highlighted by a “vertical fashion show” with wall walkers descending the façade of the newly renovated building (it used to be a Radisson). Of course, they were modeling the hotel’s sleek staff uniforms, which were designed by students from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Now this was going to be a fresh property!
And it is. Starting with the impression you get when you step off the elevator into the meeting space. Chalkboard walls welcome your group and ping pong tables in the common area beckon creative types to take a break and have some fun.
Yet the Revere is also a serious meeting property that understands how to please corporate groups. Starting with the meeting space, which includes Theatre 1, with 225 luxurious seats in stadium elevation; Space 57, 6,700 square feet that is practically a blank canvas in which to create an event; several additional smaller meeting rooms; and the Carver Ballroom, for a total of 30,000 square feet of function space.
The 365 guest rooms feature private balconies with sweeping views of the city, unusual for a Boston hotel. Amenities are sleek, such as Kindles on loan. Even the food and beverage has that Revere touch: “utensil free” items such as fresh tuna served in tiny ice-cream cones.
There were two crowning touches that took us over the top: the Emerald Lounge, as green as you can get, with a tornado sculpture winding over the bar and a secret room—a bar in a bar—designed to be a ruby slipper. And the Rustic Kitchen, a television studio/kitchen that is home to “The Cooking Show,” a television broadcast, every Friday night, and can be booked for small groups. Now there’s a feature we’d never seen before!
That’s the spirit of the property—so many unique and special spaces. As one of our meeting planner guests put it during a site inspection: “I feel like I’ve gone into three different hotels.”
And the service, you ask? Friendly, high-level, just perfect.