The Newbury Boston brims with timeless glamour. It’s not hard to understand why the hotel has been a city staple since opening in 1927, from its past celebrity-filled guest list to central location in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Its recently completed property-wide refresh has added new modern luxuries and enhancements while thoughtfully preserving the building’s storied design.
Guests enter a lobby lathered in bachelor blue; the tones immediately put you in a state of ease. The common area’s Nero Dorato marble floors, dainty lamps plastered to the ceiling, and rosewood check-in desk ooze refinement. To the side, a square-room library equipped with oversized lounge chairs, dark-wood tables, oak flooring, and a curated collection of books assembled by local establishment Trident Booksellers.
The hotel features 286 rooms, with 90 of them being suites. The luxe accommodations reflect Boston’s hallmark aesthetic with a monolithic color palette of blues, greys, and creams. Veronica Lawlor artwork, handcrafted wood, herringbone accents, and marble touches are found throughout. Many rooms flaunt cozy window nooks that boast views of the adjacent Public Garden—one of the city’s most popular parks.
When it comes to dining and drinks, located on the ground floor, the handsome Street Bar serves creative cocktails and New England favorites amongst a revitalized “Roaring Twenties” décor with classic leather barstools, swarthy-toned wood, locally-sourced artwork hanging from the walls, and grand bay windows that peer out towards Public Garden. The Spicy Pink Lobster Chowder is a must.
Opened by Major Food Group, Contessa is the hotel’s rooftop Italian restaurant. Interior design genius Ken Fulk decorated a space inspired by Northern Italy’s sumptuous estates, Milanese design, old-European resorts, and mid-century modern settings. Contessa is a feast for the eyes: its panoramic views of Boston, startlingly exquisite marble floor, velvet banquettes, and seats, as well as joyful wallpaper, are just a few reasons why. Adaptable to Boston’s seasons, the restaurant can be open-air when it wants to be, with its retractable glass ceiling.
Needless to say, the hotel is a New England gem.