Boston Hotels: The Godfrey

Cheers to getting away in your own city.

Boston has many wonderful hotels, each perfectly located near different neighbourhoods and attractions. When you live in Boston you quickly learn how close everything is, and where to put visitors up depending on what they want to do. Some hotels are chic and modern, others have an older New England feel. Some hotels are family friendly and others feel more suited for business travel. The Godfrey Hotel in Boston’s theatre district, just a short walk from Boston Common, The State House, and Chinatown definitely has a grown-up, traveling couples, business trip feel, but would work well for a getaway with the family as well. I first visited The Godfrey before their grand opening in 2016 and it is hard to believe that it has been welcoming guests for half a decade already. While my family members have had wonderful stays at The Godfrey, this was my first time experiencing the hotel as a guest and not just a visitor.

Amenities are wonderful, but if the hotel feels like it needs a little refresh, then no matter how many luxuries there are the stay looses its charm. I am pleased to note that The Godfrey feels as clean and fresh as it did when I walked through the hotel before it had opened. The Frette sheets are a total weakness of mine, even my less than observant husband noted how smooth and soft the sheets were. Just the right amount of crisp and soft that only Frette offers. So what are the amenities? There are too many to list, but you can find them all online here listed under each room type and general amenities many that are a response to health and safety at this time can be found here. The amenities we took advantage of during this trip were:

  • valet parking that allows you to come and go as you please
  • PressReader for reading the paper in the morning and browsing some magazines
  • complimentary bottled water and snacks
  • television that allowed media streaming and through which you could also order extras for the room such as more towels, extra linens, refills for the soaps and lotions in the bathroom among other things
  • complimentary hot cocoa bar
  • wireless bedside charger
  • in room dining from one of our favourite restaurants Ruka Resto Bar which is a Nikkei restaurant
  • cappuccino and croissants at George Howell which is connected via the lobby
  • For the next trip, I will definitely take advantage of the fitness center and in lobby bar for cocktails
In room snacks included and I love the branded pack of wipes. A hotel that takes cleanliness and health and safety of their guests very seriously is much appreciated especially now. The beer I ordered with dinner but the bottled water was also included with the room.

The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. After checking out, while waiting for our car to be brought around, I overheard the woman at the front desk helping a guest coming in from the airport by sending a car over to have them be picked up there and brought to the hotel. The valets were helpful and prompt giving us easy instructions to text and have the car brought around when we needed it.

Many seating options which came in useful for our in room dining. As well as plenty of space to stretch and enjoy the room.

I have what I like to call “the yoga mat test” for a hotel room. Although I’m not a yoga person, I do like to roll out a mat occasionally to stretch. With space being tight in hotels, there is often not enough room to roll out a yoga mat. Those are hotel rooms I try to avoid. They tend to be a bit claustrophobic and although they can often be decked out in decor, they don’t feel very relaxing to me. The Godfrey passes “the yoga mat test” with flying colours. Their rooms are spacious, as are the bathrooms. It is always a good sign when my 6’3″ husband compliments how spacious the shower is, especially appreciating being about to towel dry in the warm air of the walk in shower on this cold winter’s day. The floor to ceiling windows in the rooms are impressive and allow you to soak in the views and energy from the city. When you want a good night’s sleep though, you can draw the blackout curtains for total privacy and coziness.

City views. You can see the gold dome of the State House, which faces Boston Common and is just a couple blocks from the hotel in one direction. Chinatown is just a couple blocks in the other direction.

No matter what your plans are in Boston, staying at The Godfrey is a wonderful option not just for the rooms and amenities, but for the location. Also, if you are planning day trips or to explore by car having the freedom to take the car in and out without additional surcharges is a huge plus. On the other hand, if you prefer to do Boston by foot The Godfrey is so well located that you can easily explore Boston with The Godfrey as your home base. For our night out we chose to do a little shopping nearby, followed by a walk through Chinatown to see the lions and the Chinatown Gate lit up at night. It is easy to walk to a half dozen or more theatres and shows from The Godfrey from The Boston Opera House where Boston Ballet performs, to The Boch Center’s Wang or Colonial Theatre to catch Broadway in Boston shows, or mainstays like Shear Madness and Blue Man Group. You can also walk through Boston Common and Boston Gardens towards Newbury Street or stroll down Charles Street for some shopping and dining.

The Chinatown Gate. Chinatown is a great spot to walk around and visit. Boston’s Chinatown is small but mighty. Stop into a bakery or two to pick up some treats.

The Godfrey also has some hotel stay options that support a variety of important causes. Stop AAPI Hate package offers at 10% discount and the hotel donates $15 per night to Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate. BAGLY package offers at 10% discount and the hotel donates $15 per night to The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. The Women’s Foundation package offers at 10% discount and the hotel donates $15 per night to Women’s Foundation of Boston. The BLAC Project package offers at 10% discount and the hotel donates $15 per night to Black Literacy & Arts Collaborative (B.L.A.C.).

The Godfrey Hotel is located at 505 Washington St. in Boston. You can call the hotel’s main line at 617-804-2000 or make reservations by going online or calling 855-649-4500. The hotel’s email is info@godfreyhotelboston.com.

These Frette sheets are so comfortable. The bed was just right for a great night’s sleep after exploring Boston.
In room dining from Ruka Resto Bar
I can imagine I’m living in one of the elegant homes off of Commonwealth Ave in the Back Bay with this staircase.

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