After a renovation in collaboration with designer Ken Fulk, Four Seasons Hotel Boston has reopened to the public, showcasing a redesigned arrival area, lobby, and porte cochere. The hotel’s update offers guests new and inspired spaces for relaxation and entertainment, providing a fresh experience for visitors. The renovation marks a new era of hospitality for the premier address in Boston, just in time for the spring season and the reopening of the city’s renowned Public Garden. The project promises to set the stage for unforgettable events, cherished memories, and a new generation of guest experiences.
A Grand Hotel Experience on an Intimate Scale
Years in the making, the transformation of Four Seasons Hotel Boston blends the timelessness of the Hotel with the grandeur of its verdant Public Garden setting. Drawing inspiration from the elegant homes of neighbouring Beacon Hill and Back Bay, where old meets new, Fulk envisioned the Hotel as a great residence overlooking stately grounds. He designed a new arrival experience that visually links the Hotel to the historic garden on its doorstep. Guests are now greeted in a black-and-white-tiled entry court, enhanced with plantings and lanterns that lead them into the sanctuary of the new lobby.
The Hotel’s redesigned interiors welcome guests with a new sense of intimacy. The wide lobby has been masterfully reimagined as a series of smaller spaces that are grand, yet residential in scale. A new front desk crafted in tooled leather stands beneath an expansive original artwork depicting the Public Garden. A mural drawn in Impressionist style with a nod to Maxfield Parrish features the Garden’s flora and fauna, with willows, elm and oak trees surrounding the lagoon, where swan boats glide under the Foot Bridge and one swan holds a key. The key is a clue to a hidden, fanciful mystery closet next to the front desk. Upon their arrival, young guests are handed a large “kids-only” key to the closet and invited to select their own toys for an enchanting beginning to their Four Seasons Hotel Boston stay.
Spaces for Gracious Living, Day into Evening
Hotel guests will discover a collection of lobby-level spaces to enjoy from early morning until late evening. One of the newest is Coterie, a new lounge and restaurant open daily for lunch, dinner and bar service. Conceived as a place for intimate conversation and a retreat from the world outside, Coterie is inspired by Boston’s centuries-old tradition of thinkers and creators gathering to share ideas and socialize. Elevated traditional fare created by Executive Chef Patrice Martineau will be complemented by a selection of classic and signature cocktails, some featuring a custom botanical gin created exclusively for Four Seasons Hotel Boston, and honey from the Hotel’s rooftop hives. Here, Fulk’s design evokes a charming estate, richly layered and decorated with a gallery of hand-drawn botanical illustrations and portraits of writers and artists, a soft colour palette inspired by garden florals, all accented with vintage lighting and anchored by a zinc-topped bar with leather and brass details.
Opposite Coterie is the Library, a quiet respite offering rich velvet seating accented in silk fringe, where guests can wait for a friend or sit back with a classic cocktail and select from the bookshelves, curated to evoke a collection gathered by a family through the generations. Coffee-lovers and early risers will delight in Sottovento, a glamorous gourmet coffee bar serving made-to-order specialty coffee, tea and beverages – complimentary – every morning, alongside a selection of pastries and light refreshments. Using the Hotel’s new Coffee Concierge service, in-house guests of Four Seasons Hotel Boston can place their custom coffee order seamlessly using the Four Seasons mobile app to have it delivered to their room or ready to collect.
Making a return to Four Seasons Hotel Boston this month is Aujourd’hui, the second-floor breakfast restaurant with its hallmark floor-to-ceiling windows framing panoramic Public Garden views. Sanctuary, a quiet, sixth-floor garden terrace, also makes its debut this month, offering guests a rare private courtyard in the city for quiet reading or enjoying in-room dining al fresco. Also making its return with the Hotel’s reopening: The Vaults, refreshment pantries on every guest room floor of the Hotel, stocked with snacks, treats and beverages, all complimentary to Hotel guests and available 24 hours a day.