This is a place where luxury floats in the air. Where the Island Global Yachting (IGY) flag flies overhead and mega-yachts sit majestically in an exclusive 100-slip marina. Where newly-renovated deluxe guest suites indulge in every way. Where the surroundings are a unique blend of beauty and history and a shimmering urban landscape.
Company Info: Rating: 3.40
Address: 87 Commercial Wharf, Boston, MA, 02110 Hotels in Boston, MA Boating in Boston, MA
1. Bob T.
NYE 2010/11 12 friends and family rented 4 rooms at the hotel to watch the fireworks. We had a great time, no complaints and even had some of the staff comment that we left the place in better shape than we found it.
NYE 2011/12, we had booked about a month in advance for 3 rooms. Had spoken with the staff a half dozen times to confirm reservations, they knew it was a group. Less than 48 hours before NYE, about 24 hours before checkin, they call to tell us that we can't have more than 2 people per room and no guests at all. They were tentatively willing to bump to 4 per room, but withdrew that the evening before checkin. NONE of this was communicated prior to this time.
It wasn't that they limited the number of people - they had some lawsuit going on that put strict limits on them. It was that they waited to the last minute to tell us, messing up the plans of a dozen people for NYE. They did give a full refund, but that did NOT cover airfare and other hotel costs incurred already.
On top of that, the manager was rude, and lied to us regarding the situation a number of times, claiming there had been another court decision that week (my friend is a lawyer, she looked up court records and found the original issue from 2009, but there was nothing from 2011/NYE week). Rude, lying and overpriced when you factor those in. DO NOT plan to stay here, they will jerk you around for sure.
Side note - our boat is over at Navy Yard, much nicer people, better services and competitive prices. Had thought about relocating to BYH, but NEVER now. Can't imagine trusting these people with anything.
05/02/12 | Link
| Rating: 1.0
2. A S.
I've been living on a boat at the marina for two years now, and just wanted to update my review based upon recent changes.
I've always been positive on the BYH:
- The staff are all very honest and friendly.
- The location is excellent, particularly if one works downtown.
- The showers are very clean and well maintained.
- Laundry works well.
- The lounge is very cosy and has a working computer.
As a good illustration, last winter I was caught in California by a winter blizzard that shut down Logan. Given the wind direction, I was worried that my boat would be a touch exposed, and so asked a friend to check in on my lines. He wandered over to the boat, and phoned back to report that the staff had moved it to a safer location.
Over the past two years, they've also done a lot of work on the docks. My summer home is D dock (out behind the sail loft), which is very pleasant and, except in northerly storms, very sheltered. For better winter protection, in November I'll be moving across to the new outer marina docks, which are very wide floating docks held in place by chains anchored to the bottom (rather then relying upon steel pilings).
A few things that may bother some people:
- The marina is more expensive than the others in Boston --- not vastly so for myself (on a small boat and parsing the costs as rent), but this may matter more to others.
- The marina doesn't have parking (I ride a bike).
- Holding tank pumpouts and water to the boats are turned off in winter (I use a composting toilet) and drink bottled water.
A friend of mine also stayed at the hotel and she really liked it.
12/12/11 | Link
| Rating: 5.0
3. K K.
My family enjoyed our stay when we rented a slip here for a few nights, but we were dissapointed that the wireless did not work.
06/08/10 | Link
| Rating: 3.0
4. Antihero P.
Unsure about the other reviewers' experience. I was here and it has been supposedly under new management for a couple of weeks prior to me staying. All I can say is, the place is definitely amazing and better than staying at an oversized, noisy Hilton, etc. The views from any room (I rented two for myself and colleague) are beautiful.
People may find it odd that after a certain time, good luck finding concierge (you need to call), but what would you want from a hotel with about 8 rooms? The biggest gripe about this was that there is zero parking so you're throwing your car into a garage and walking it with your luggage. I would prefer going back to this hotel versus any other whenever I go to beantown.
Staff was friendly, residents/passerbys/guests were also friendly Even what I perceived would be the snooty 100 foot Yacht owner. Definitely a nice place to spend some time at when in Boston
25/07/12 | Link
| Rating: 4.0
5. Reginald T.
My friend had an Airbnb stay here on a houseboat and invited some of us to visit.
Being from landlocked Calgary, Alberta, Canada, it was refreshing to see what it's like on the coast. The venue was clean and well maintained.
The last time I visited Boston, I stayed at a hotel but the next time I visit, I'm definitely going to try and see if I can get a place here.
13/09/12 | Link
| Rating: 4.0