CheckOut: Yotel Boston

4 10 2018

Boston’s seaport is the city’s hot new neighborhood, and YOTEL Boston is at the heart of it. Built on a platform of design and technology and inspired by first-class airline suites, Yotel delivers modern luxury in compact “cabins” whose ingenious use of space offers everything you need, at remarkably affordable prices. It’s a perfect match for the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and artistic endeavor that characterize the neighborhood. This CheckOut was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s summer issue and republished here. 

Location

Located between the beautiful waterfront and the historic Fort Point District, the seaport integrates repurposed 100-year old warehouses with modern architecture to create a vibrant, exciting new neighborhood that is home to some of the city’s best dining, shopping and art. The hotel is built atop the Courthouse Station of the Silver Line  — a free 15-minute transit from Logan Airport. And many important locations are within walking distance: Boston’s South Station, serviced by Amtrak and Bolt Bus is a 10-minute walk. The Convention Center is about 12 minutes and the Institute of Contemporary Art is six minutes away, as is the Boston Harbor Ferry to Provincetown (The Bay State ferry is 15 minutes away). The gay bars of the South End are a best accessed by Lyft — a 10- to 15-minute ride depending on traffic.

Room/Bathroom

YOTEL’s cabins start at 154 sqft — about the size of a standard cruise cabin but filled with savvy design features that make it feel much more spacious and luxurious. At the heart of the room is the adjustable SmartBed – like a cross between a futon, a luxury mattress, and a lie-flat airline seat. It slides from a couch-like reclining position to a queen size bed with the touch of a button. Set it to the perfect angle for lounging, and lay it flat for sleeping. Like a yacht, space is maximized with built-in furniture and storage solutions. Plenty of room is left for the bathroom, including a rainfall shower that could easily fit two, and stocked with premium amenities. If you require more space, upgrade to a Premium Queen Plus at 201 square feet or a First King at 318 square feet. If you’re really feeling royal, there’s a VIP suite with 487 square feet of space and a stunning 180º view of the city and harbor.

Amenities

Technology is at the heart of everything YOTEL, and while the “Mission Control” staff is always available to help you, check-Boston Yotel in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinein/check-out is handled  primarily by App and Kiosk; and emergency supplies or extra towels are delivered by YO2D2, the house robot! A Club Lounge on the ground floor and Sky Lounge Rooftop and Terrace offer casual dining, drinks and comfortable indoor/outdoor places to relax or work. The gym is open 24/7, and features free weights and  cardio machines. A guided meditation is offered every Tuesday morning, and the wifi is free and fast.

Gay factor

We wouldn’t stereotype you by saying that the design, style and technology were clearly designed with gay travelers in mind, but YOTEL’s modern stance is perfectly suited for us, and we’re betting you too. It’s a bit farther than our old haunts from the (not-quite-so-gay-anymore) South End, but we’d rather be close to all the new excitement of the seaport, and we’re betting you would too.

Rates

Rates in Boston can be shockingly high when conventions roll into town, but figure a Queen Premium cabin is around $160 in the dead of winter, typically closer to $250-350, and as high as $550 (when a generic Hilton room might be $700). Save 10-15% and earn Flying Blue or Flying Club miles when you join Club@Yotel for free.

Ready to go

For rates and reservations at YOTEL Boston, visit the website.  

About the CheckOut

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DDTI*: Inspiring Gay Travel Photos Du Jour

1 07 2015
Gay travel mecca Provincetown as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Provincetown Harbor

Everyone needs a little gay travel inspiration especially on Hump Day! Here are a couple of pictures from our quick visit to Provincetown just in time for last0minute inspiration for a trip to this Massachusetts resort gem in time for their biggest week starting now: Independence Day brought to you by the folks at the Crown & Anchor accommodations, dining and entertainment complex.*DDTI: Daily Dose of Travel Inspiration

Gay travel mecca Provincetown as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Provincetown Harbor

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Gay popular Boston  as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Boston

 





New Hotel In Gay-Friendly Boston

26 06 2015

hotelGay-friendly Boston welcomed a new hotel last fall (rebranded from a Fairmont property). Located on the waterfront next to Boston’s North End, Battery Wharf Hotel consists of 150 large units spread among several modern buildings siting atop a pier jutting into Boston Harbor. There are sea views in every direction and the Coast Guard is right next door. (There’s a pic of a Coast Guard vessel below with the Bunker Hill monument in the distance).

The hotel offers a modern Italian restaurant specializing in seafood — Aragosta Bar and Bistro — an Exhale spa, a new lobster tour (where guests can help harvest their meal for the evening!). Expect a full write up later in ManAboutWorld magazine.

coast

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register

 





A Future Of Travel So Gay Kathy Griffin Loves It

18 02 2014
This is normally the boring bar in a mainstream casino.

This is normally the boring bar in a mainstream casino.

By Boston-based Global Correspondent Allister Chang

Boston-based The Welcoming Committee is bringing an innovative spirit of lighthearted activism into the world of gay travel. The TWC’s recent “take overs” of ski resorts, casinos, and other destinations have brought together a range of gay Bostonians. “Soon we’ll take over Cancun for Spring Break,” says Ashley Lucas, a recent hire who spearheaded the “Flannel Takeover” movement (GQBs organized specifically for our lesbian sisters).

TWC has reshaped the landscape of gay nightlife in Boston with their monthly Guerilla Queer Bars (GQB). On the first Friday of each month, TWC “takes over one of the douchiest bars in Boston.”  What Daniel initially began as a joke with 20 friends expanded to over a thousand participants by the 5th event.

TWC was named “best gay bar” by Boston Magazine in 2012.  “The funny thing about this award,” the founder of TWC Daniel Heller joked, “is that we aren’t a bar!”

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Check Out: The Langham, Boston

4 08 2013
Perfect for a grand entrance!

Perfect for a grand entrance!

Rates
From $239 per night, but deals are available on their website as well as offers, including free WiFi when booking direct.

Basics
Formerly the Meridien and before that the Federal Reserve, this fabulous property comes with a rich history and luxurious touches from an elegant entrance and professional service to a really nice fitness facility and pool all in a convenient downtown location.

Location
Located on a beautiful oasis of green (the tiny but stunning Post Office Park), the Langham is truly meant for the business traveler but with easy access to the Orange Line subway stop at State St. (a three-minute walk), it’s an easy jaunt to gay-centric South End (get off at Back Bay Station and walk south along Clarendon or Dartmouth Streets). There’s also a Hubway bike station just outside so you can peddle pretty much anywhere in Boston, Cambridge or other nearby towns for dollars a day. It’s also within walking distance to South Street Station (Amtrak/busses) and the two high-speed Provincetown ferry lines.

Room
The rooms are spacious and have big windows. The lighting is terrific: easy to figure out and within easy fumbling distance in the middle of the night. There’s a light in the closet and lots of hangers. There are plenty of outlets in handly spots for easy re-charging of your electronic gadgetry.

Bathroom
Luxurious. Plenty of counter space to spread out your toiletries. Lots of extra towels because you know how dirty us gay travelers can be.

Amenities
We love the fitness center. Big for an urban hotel with great equipment. The pool is a luxurious treat. There’s also a sauna and jacuzzi. Bond Restaurant is a nice option and serves full meals till 10 p.m. then a lighter menu. The space becomes a nightclub/lounge on the weekends with a DJ and attracts beautiful young straights — good-looking men and women dressed to the nines. It offers great people and a really nice atmosphere and great food. If they’re on offer, try the duck flat bread and Thai spring rolls. The spa looked nice but we didn’t get an opportunity to enjoy it during our all-too-brief stay.

Room service
Available 24/7.

Bottom line
This is a great choice if you’re either on business during the week and want to stay an extra night or if you’re heading to or from Ptown or New York via the ferry or Amtrak.

Gay factor
Not the gayest hotel we’ve stayed in though Grindr showed a few people 18 to 35 feet away which sounded awfully close and likely in the hotel. This being Boston, Massachusetts, which has always been at the vanguard of progressive LGBT politics, it is of course super comfortable. No one bats an eyelash at two guys or two gals holding hands or enjoying a romantic dinner.





Boston Update: Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square

8 06 2013

 

The lobby

The lobby

Hotel Commonwealth, a super-friendly boutique hotel in a bustling neighborhood in Boston, has been hiding in plain sight for a decade. With a recent renovation, it is high time that gay visitors gave it a second look. The hotel is rather elegant from outside and inside. The entrance leads upstairs (it’s a tad confusing but you’ll get used to it pretty quickly) to an inviting lounge with big comfy chairs and the incredibly friendly reception area. Well trained, the front desk staff are quick, efficient and fonts of local knowledge.

The hotel is in Kenmore Square with a Green Line subway station right under the building; a major (and beautifully designed) bus station across the street; and a major Hubway (bike share) station also across the street that always had bikes available during a recent weekend visit. This system is inexpensive ($6 per day) and tourist friendly. The hotel is near Boston University so expect a young, vibrant neighborhood with great places to eat (many very budget focused). The only drawback to this neighborhood would be during a Red Sox game. With Fenway Park just behind the hotel, the crowds may be rather difficult to navigate when a game lets out.





Upside Down Christmas At Boston’s Liberty Hotel

16 11 2012

Gravity defying Christmas trees!?

We love the Boston’s Liberty Hotel hotel and covered it in our Boston Now/Next (ManAboutWorld October issue).

They’re getting a little funky for the holidays hiring handsome designer John LaRoche of blueGuava Design Group to transform their already dramatic interior lobby into an upside down Christmas tree-a-palooza. Check out the picture from last year above. If you’re not staying at this national historic landmark and architectural gem built in 1851, stop by for a drink and to gaze upon this unexpected holiday treat.

The installation is scheduled to go up November 26, 2012 and will remain in place till just after the new year.








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