We were invited as a family to check out the Element Boston Seaport hotel in the Seaport district of Boston last week. People are always asking me where to stay when visiting Boston but since I actually live in the area, I never know! It was nice to be a “tourist” again in the city we’ve lived in for over a combined 13 years. Here’s why I can safely recommend this little gem when asked:
We left the city for a suburb 20 miles South of Boston about 3 years ago. The Seaport/Southie area was just on the verge of explosion with new restaurants, buildings, and things to do. We were blown away with how this area has developed. The hotel is across the street from this magical utopia we discovered called Lawn On D. If this had been there when we were living in Southie we might not have ever left! It features fun swings, games for adults and kids including outdoor ping pong, live music, food, drinks, and best of all – it’s gated!
Hubby also enjoyed not having to do the hour commute into the city – he was 5 minutes from work.
The Happy Hour
It doesn’t take too much to put a smile on our faces and The Element Seaport Hotel’s happy hour was certainly a pleasant surprise. Hubby and I had fun playing games with the kiddos in the lobby like Sorry, Monopoly, Uno, and Connect 4 followed by a corn hole game in the courtyard patio. We moved on from there to….
A salt water pool dip was just the thing we needed after a long hot day. The kids made a bunch of friends from all over the country (and Germany!) and swam for over an hour while we enjoyed our appetizers and drinks. Here is Decker telling an 11 year old girl that he likes her teeth. It think it was the first time he has seen braces, ha!
From check-in to check-out (including finding a night-cap for Mommy) the staff was very helpful and pleasant. There is a little store right behind the desk with snacks and items you may have forgotten plus they offer bikes you can borrow for jaunts around the city. We didn’t use the gym but they do have one and it looked nice (to look at.) The included continental breakfast was delicious and instead of scurrying around a kitchen trying to usher kids out the door in the midst of cleaning up I could actually relax and enjoy it (and them.)
There was a crib in our room upon arrival. The suites feature a mini kitchen and the kids got right to work cooking us a “meal” with all of the
built-in toys utensils. 🙂
If you are not from this area, definitely look into staying at this family-friendly spot. Even if you are a Boston-area resident, consider a little staycation like we did. It was fun to take a walk down memory lane. We showed the kids the house they lived in when they were brought home from the hospital. They asked what the loud noises were and I reminded them we were in the city. I think exposure to their past like that is good for them. We came back home feeling refreshed with some pretty fun family moments in our back pocket. Thanks for having us, Element Seaport!
The Element Boston Seaport Hotel
391-395 D Street, Boston, MA, 02210, United States • Hotel Reservations: 877-782-0151