With 61 stories, Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston is the tallest residential building in the city. Its towering facade is visible from nearly every point in the city, and its distinctive triangle shape is an homage to a guitar pick, which is appropriate given its proximity to the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Each side of the triangle has a unique viewpoint – from South Boston to Copley Square.
The importance of art is evident throughout the hotel. Starting in the lobby, the pieces are representative of pairing a modern hotel with a historic city, such as Boston. Artist Duke Riley’s mural behind the front desk represents the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 (100 years before the hotel opened), while the grandfather clocks add a European element to the decor.
Within the rotunda is an art installation by Nigerian-born British artist Yinka Shonibare called “The Great American Library.” Each bookcase is dedicated to a different industry (music, dance, acting, etc.), and on the spine of every book is the name of a first- or second-generation American who’s made a successful career in that industry. Fun fact: When the hotel is tagged in Instagram posts, guests often use one of these colorful bookcases as their backdrop.
Trifecta is the evening lounge on the first floor, and it recently expanded its menu to include a full dinner service. Additionally, the ever-popular afternoon tea takes place here on the weekends (although guests can also take tea in the rotunda). Staff say it’s not uncommon to see women wearing Kentucky Derby-style hats while enjoying their high tea.
At Trifecta, chef Daniel Burger has created a menu of elevated New England dishes, such as the surf and turf burger pictured here. The cocktail program at Trifecta is also one of the most notable in the city, with six cocktails based on different artworks and cultural institutions throughout Boston. One signature drink is the Mrs. Mallard, a nod to the Make Way for Ducklings bronze sculptures in the Boston Public Garden.
The Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston’s executive suite includes a spacious living area, but it’s the bathroom that’s unique here. In the other suites, the deep soaking tubs are situated in front of the windows, but here the bathroom is positioned in this see-through layout (although there is a door that can be pulled across for privacy). What is standard to every room, however, are luxury touches like bedside charging stations, 65-inch flat-screen TVs and fully stocked minibars.
This deluxe room is the entry-level room category, but it feels anything but standard. The floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings and smartly arranged furniture make the room feel incredibly spacious. Plus, the blackout curtains and superior soundproofing in the building mean blissful sleep is in your future, no matter what room you’re staying in.
The Back Bay corner suite features a deep soaking tub against the windows where you can relax up in the clouds. The Frederic Malle amenities are specific to the Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, and they recently upgraded to full-sized for sustainability. As a special welcome treat, the hotel also does custom amenities when they know certain guests will be arriving.
While all of the floors have fantastic views, the higher you go up, the more majestic the views really get. Pictured above is an example from a Back Bay corner suite. From this room, you can see the Christian Science Center building and reflecting pool, Symphony Hall, parts of Northeastern University, into the South End and beyond.
Pictured here is one of the beautiful treatment rooms in the spa. Before you start your treatment, your therapist will ask if you want to write your intention on a card to keep throughout your time at the spa. When you leave, you can go home with your intention and a crystal, which will be gifted to you.
The Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston is the first Four Seasons hotel to partner with Irish brand Ground Wellbeing, whose products have been used to create special rituals (aka signature treatments). The first ritual launched was the sleep ritual. In addition to Ground Wellbeing, the hotel also has special relationships with artists like Soul Sisters 108’s creator Carolyn Fike, who created custom malas (for sale in the spa retail shop) based on the hotel’s energy and the treatment rooms.
The wellness floor is dedicated to everything health and wellness, and it includes a gorgeous pool that overlooks the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. The underwater speakers are a special feature, so swimmers can continue with the relaxing experience even while doing laps. Adjacent to the pool is the fully equipped fitness center, where guests can hire personal trainers for all their workout needs.
Zuma is a trendy Japanese-inspired izakaya venue on the second floor. It’s a see-and-be-seen spot with a lively and fun vibe. During the weekend brunch and on certain nights of the week, there is a DJ for entertainment.
One + One is open every day for breakfast, but the weekend brunch is especially popular as it’s considered the only luxury buffet brunch in Boston. With a raw bar, chef stations and a specialty Bubble and Spritz menu, it’s usually packed with guests and locals alike.
The Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston has several of these adorable bicycles available for guests to borrow free of charge. Staff recommends the Charles River bike path (a few blocks away) for a gorgeous ride. Or, if you want to live out your fantasies of being “wicked smaht” in Cambridge, you can keep riding across the Massachusetts Avenue bridge to M.I.T. and Harvard. If a bicycle isn’t available, the hotel also partners with a local bike company for additional bikes.