The Seaport District of Boston – officially part of South Boston – is one of the fastest growing real estate areas in the United States. An area that was once filled with parking lots and empty spaces is now home to hotels, restaurants, and a huge convention center.
For the long President’s Day weekend, my son and I headed to the Element Boston Seaport hotel, a new boutique hotel located near the convention center. Opened in 2016, the Element Boston Seaport hotel is a great spot for both business travelers and families. This Boston hotel has got plenty of amenities that families will enjoy, and is in a great location for business travelers.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary stay at the Element Hotel Boston. All opinions are my own.
The Element Boston Seaport hotel is one of twenty Element hotels in North America (with many more on the way). This green boutique hotel chain is part of the Westin brand.
The entire chain was created with the environment in mind, and you’ll see green elements throughout the hotel, including carpets made of recycled materials, water filters in the rooms (no need for plastic water bottles), and toiletry pumps in the showers (cuts down on packaging).
Rooms at the Element Boston Seaport Hotel
The Element Boston Seaport hotel offers spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens kitchens, that are great for both family vacations as well as extended stays. Kitchens include a stove top, full-sized refrigerator, coffee maker, dishwasher, dishwashing liquid, plates, salt and pepper, pans, and utensils.
A small pantry in the lobby is open 24/7 and offers some basics. For those staying for an extended period of time, some guests opt for grocery delivery, while others order services like Blue Apron, so they only get the supplies they need for specific meals.
We had a one-bedroom suite, which offers a king-sized bed in one room, and a pull-out couch in the living area. There’s also a large desk, complete with charging area. The suite has two flat-screened televisions, which makes it great for families. My son could watch TV in one room while I watched TV in the other.
Guest room types include the following:
- A traditional king with one king bed
- A studio suite with one king bed
- A studio suite with two queen beds
- A one-bedroom king
- An executive king
The rooms at the Element Seaport Boston include Westin amenities including the Heavenly bed and Heavenly Shower. In addition, you’ll find plenty of closet space, which is especially helpful if you are staying for an extended period. Dogs weighing up to 60 pounds are allowed with some restrictions.
Amenities at the Element Boston Seaport Hotel
The Element Boston Seaport Hotel definitely offers a number of great amenities for business travelers and families. We especially liked the complimentary breakfast in the morning. There are plenty of different options, including breakfast sandwiches, muffins, fruit, cereal, and smoothies – many more than I’m used to seeing at a free breakfast buffet.
There’s also a self-serve coffee maker in the lobby that makes cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolates, mochas, and espressos. Guests can either bring breakfast up to their room, or there’s plenty of seating with tables in the lobby area.
My son and I sat in the lobby area to eat. However, if I were alone on a business trip, I’d probably enjoy my breakfast while getting some work done.
The self-serve coffee maker is available all day, so it’s perfect for a mid-afternoon caffeine break. My son also liked having hot chocolate during the day.
Business travelers will appreciate the small business center in the lobby, the two conference rooms, and the complimentary reception that is held on Monday-Thursday evenings.
In addition, the hotel has a small saline pool, a fitness center, and a patio with self-service BBQ grill that is open in warmer weather. If you are interested in exploring the city by bike, some are available to borrow. That would be a great option in the warmer months, because Boston is a very accessible city for biking.
Location of the Element Boston Seaport Hotel
The Element Boston Seaport is located in the heart of the Seaport District, right across the street from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. It’s also relatively close to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal/Flynn Cruiseport (although you probably wouldn’t want to walk there with your luggage) and is near the World Trade Center.
This part of the city is a little remote, but my son and I were able to walk to Faneuil Hall and the Theater District. You could also easily walk to the Boston Children’s Museum, especially in warmer weather.
For most of our Boston vacation, we took cabs and riding sharing services. Although I had a car, it’s generally easier and cheaper not to have to worry about parking at the various Boston attractions. In general, if you are planning to stay right in the city, you won’t need a rental car.
For those driving to Boston or with a rental car, parking is available in a nearby lot for $25 per night. A restaurant is planned for the same building as the hotel, so there will soon be more food options.
Guests can also walk across the street to the Aloft Hotel, sister hotel to the Element, for their XYZ Lounge. Food and drink purchased at the lounge can be charged to your Element room.
You can get a better feel of the hotel by checking out our quick video.
To learn more about the Element Boston Seaport Hotel, visit their website.