Friday, June 13, 2008
The Hotel Indigo: A promising start in unfashionable Newton, Massachusetts
The Hotel Indigo in Newton, near Boston was one of the real surprises of our recent visit to Boston. This hotel, (a converted Sheraton as I understand it) was unimpressive as far as the facade goes with a shabby, nondescript outside. The inside, however, certainly didn't match the outside. Chic and well-lit, the hotel's rooms had a sleekness that reminded us of the W Hotels. Our room had a very cool shower, a nice flat screen television (no longer much of a novelty anywhere), a safe and attractive windows. The bed was far too soft for our tastes, however, and the hotels view leaves a lot to be desired.
The lounges were attractive and the restaurant had a nice wine list (there was a Simi white that was especially good that hot weekend). The menu was large and had some interesting possibilities, but, ultimately, did not live up to its promise. Even basic foods like muffins, eggs and toast tasted non-descript and of poor quality. A request for a simple cheese and fruit plate could not be fulfilled.
The gym was really nice and there are plans in the work as I understand it, to add cabanas, a sophisticated outdoor bar and sauna. There seems to be plans to add a serious bar and restaurant to the hotel at some point in the near future which will certainly upgrade the choice of food.
This hotel has a couple of flaws, but it also has a promising start and a lot of potential. If the exterior is spruced up (which they were working on when we were there) and if they manage to adjust the quality and availability of food, and they finish up some of their ambitious plans this hotel will be one of the Boston areas best.
399 GROVE STREET
NEWTON, MA 02462 UNITED STATES
Hotel Front Desk: 1-617-9695300 | Hotel Fax: 1-617-4543493
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Links of note from M & L...
- I (Mark) have written for The Christian Science Monitor, Clear Magazine, Picture Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Dan's Papers, Rue Morgue, In Flight USA and a lot more publications that I can't remember.... My wife Lynn was a model with the Ford Agency and her photography has been featured in most of the publications I have written for...