Four Seasons Hotel – One Dalton Street: Boston’s New Best Address

Over the Labor Day weekend, I experienced the new Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston.  That’s the official name!  Rather than a traditional hotel, it’s 215 rooms and suites are also joined by 160 private residences. It’s also an architectural masterpiece designed by Harry Cobb, partner of the world-renowned firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and Cambridge Seven Associates. Scaling the skyline at 61 stories, the all-glass building has floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views, which include Fenway, South End, the Charles River, Boston Harbor, and the Blue Hills.

 

The Four Seasons One Dalton continues to add amenities such as a lobby bar coming soon. Already, I can’t wait to revisit and see how it turned out. Named Trifecta and located at street level, this bar promises to the meeting place with its cocktails and small plates menu.

What’s for brunch?

So many incredibly delicious choices, that’s what. It’s important for me to eat as healthy as possible when traveling. What I love and appreciate with the @fourseasons‘ healthy menu is that it can be quite appetizing.  Eating healthy doesn’t always equal delicious. I can relish every bite without feeling guilty. The acai bowl I had was not only food art but heavenly delicious. The strawberries circling the crunchies of pumpkin seeds and granola bits, a perfect blend of smooth and texture. Nutritious too.

Who doesn’t love healthy fresh fruit juices? I wish I could order this for breakfast wherever I go. The color alone is a great start to the day. Other wake-me-uppers I tasted included a chamomile tea tonic and passion fruit green tea. Mmm …

Where is the best spa in Boston? Maybe the world?

A worthy escape! This is one of my Top 5 worldwide favorite spas. The Four Seasons One Dalton Street is a very hip, modern, and stylish property, and the spa fits right in. I’ve never seen such an incredibly stunning spa occupying an entire wellness floor.

From the fresh “scent-scaping” to the courteous and professional service, my experience was Five Star. I love the Be Here Now motto of the spa. A gentle reminder to be in the moment, and not just at the spa.

The lap pool is  64-feet long and 3-feet, 8-inches deep. I found the city view inspiring for exercising, and the impact of stress-free swimming is a great way to recoup and recover.

The massage bed was extremely comfortable. I know, I know, massage bed is the definition of comfort, but here the therapist adjusted the bed so perfectly that I never wanted to move. Not to rub it in, the massage treatment was fabulous, no, make that spa-ulous. The masseuse took care of me so well that afterwards, I was so relaxed, I floated to the pool area. Truly, I don’t remember how I got there, but I ended up in a comfy chair taking in the stately view of Boston’s cityscape.

Last note, even the waiting area is spa-like. Each seat is an isolated quiet space with its own window view. I love that! It’s the perfect way to quiet the mind and get into the head space for a massage.

Again, it’s quite impressive that the spa occupies one entire floor of this urban hotel.

When I was finally able to return to the real world, I picked up a book to read about Boston’s rich history. The next day, feeling most rejuvenated, I was ready to appreciate and enjoy all the excellent sightseeing.

What is an example of green travel?

Small but significant, the iPad registration is so convenient to use and environmentally friendly. Such a great use of technology.

Is izakaya a Japanese dish or style of cuisine?

Izakaya is a type of establishment that serves as the working person’s after office spot to raise a glass and eat some nibbles before heading home to a proper dinner. Casual and informal. The restaurant Zuma has taken the essence of that and raised the level of sophistication a few floors. There are 12 Zuma restaurants around the world. The United States claims four Zuma spots with Four Seasons One Dalton being the most recent.

If you find yourself in one of the following locales, be sure to visit Zuma. Some locations are pop-up, so call ahead. Itadakimasu!

I hope to return for an East Coast spa staycation late Fall with @fsbostondalton. It will be a treat to catch the beautiful New England foliage and see new additions to this chic @fourseasons. I love seeing a masterpiece in progress.

Thank you @nsdestinations for the introduction. And thank you Robert for the VIP tickets to the Museum of Fine Arts. I need more time to peruse your city. See you soon!

 

 

Until next time …

 

 

 

 

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