Spring Staycation: The Colonnade HOTEL, Boston

Last weekend, our little family decided to book a "stay-cation" in downtown Boston and stayed at The Colonnade Hotel. Even though we were there for less than 24-hours we had SUCH an amazing time and didn't want to leave! I wanted to give you guys a little recap of our stay and a review of the hotel! I'll just start by saying how friendly and hospitable everyone was! They gave us such a warm welcome and made us feel right at home. London had a great time running around the lobby, making friends with hotel staff! They really went above and beyond to make our stay perfect! 

Location, Location, Location

The Colonnade is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, walking distance to many of the city's signature landmarks such as the Prudential Center (across the street), the Public Garden, Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and much more! We used to live in Bay Village, a small neighborhood nestled between Back Bay and the South End ... so this area is very familiar to us. Boston is such a walkable city so it's super fun to stroll around taking in all that it has to offer!

The Room

Our room was enormous! We had a two-bedroom suite complete with a dining area and massive bathroom! Everything was meticulously clean, which is always appreciated! The windows run floor to ceiling with an incredible view of the city so I think this was London's favorite part; she loved watching the buses and trolley's drive by from nine floors up! The beds were beyond comfortable...I slept so well until London gave me an early Mother's Day gift by waking up at 5:30am...she just must have been having too much fun, right?! :) 

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The Amenities

Three words...Roof Top Pool. The Colonnade is the only hotel in the city with an outdoor Roof Top Pool and it's pretty glorious. Two years ago, 9 months pregnant with London, my husband and I spent a day there poolside and it was amazing. It doesn't feel like you're in the middle of a bustling city when you're twelve stories up on a roof top! I definitely want to bring Lo there when it opens at the end of this month - she'd love it! There are private cabanas, daybeds and full-menu food service offered poolside all day long as well! The fitness center, 24-hour business center, and French restaurant Brasserie Jo are three more reasons why this hotel is perfect for your city stay!

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The Food

Speaking of food, Brasserie Jo is the restaurant located right inside the hotel. The menu is expansive so there's plenty to choose from and lots that even your kids would enjoy! They're very kid-friendly with highchairs, crayons for coloring and cute kids cups! We were there for Mother's Day - so they had a special buffet with food stations, a live jazz band, and "mums for Mum!" Very cute! They also brought Chris and I rose water hibiscus mimosas...and I just about died - SO YUMMY! We also loved how friendly everyone was, from the hostess to the waitstaff and even the head chef, who came to speak to us at our table. They really go above and beyond to make your stay as a whole, memorable! 

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If you're coming to Boston from near (like us!) or far, The Colonnade is the perfect place to stay while you explore everything that the city has to offer! We thoroughly enjoyed our quickie getaway, and hope to return soon so we can enjoy the pool! Highly recommend paying a visit!

Here are more photos from our overnight stay and you can shop my outfits below as well!

xx, Ashley 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Escape!

With Columbus Day weekend fast approaching, I spent a good portion of my day yesterday searching for romantic inn's and hotels to escape too! One of my favorite places EVER is Kennebunkport, Maine...Chris and I have stayed/dined at many places there and it never disappoints. I love that we live in Boston now and it's less than 1.5 hours to get there as well! If you live in New England (and even if you don't), Kennebunkport is the perfect romantic destination for you and your honey! Here are my recommendations on where to stay! 

1. Tides Beach Club - Chris and I stayed here for our mini-moon this past June!

What We Love: Private beach directly across the property, on-site restaurant with the BEST lobster roll and tuna tar tar, complimentary breakfast, only 1 mile from our favorite restaurant, Earth, GREAT service.

Things to Know: It is about 5 miles from downtown Kennebunkport, small bathrooms and rooms.

2. Inn At English Meadows 

What We Love: The breakfast was phenomenal (the innkeeper went to culinary school in France), amazing decor...it looks like you're in Pottery Barn - very modern taste, complimentary beach passes and chairs, high-end amenities.

Things to Know: A short walk to downtown Kennebunkport, very close to Old Vines wine bar (added bonus), Small rooms in general.

3. Old Fort Inn

What We Love: Rooms are in an old carriage house which is beautiful and charming, pool and bar on site, fireplaces in the rooms, bikes to rent, and bathrobes are NEXT level comfortable. Another great perk is that Old Fort Inn is part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection so you can take advantage of amenities at other hotels such as Cape Arundel which is close by.

Things to Know: Breakfast was mediocre, it's located on the back side of Kennebunkport near Mabel's restaurant, The Colony, Cape Arundel, etc., nothing special about the bathroom amenities...pretty standard.

4. The Kennebunkport Inn 

What We Love: Perfect downtown location, "One Dock" restaurant on-site (they serve a great steak!), bar on site, free parking, great price for the location.

Things to Know: Rooms/bathrooms are not spectacular, no water views, paying for location...not amenities.

5. The Beach House - Chris and I stayed here the night we got engaged....so this place is extremely close to my heart!

What We Love: Directly across from the beach with beautiful views, very close to downtown, complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks served.

Things To Know: Small rooms/bathrooms (but clean!), only a few rooms have ocean views.

Coming up: Where to dine in Kennebunkport!