What are five things to know about Mandarin Oriental, Boston?

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When visiting Mandarin Oriental, Boston, there are some things you should know:
1. The history of the city. Boston played an integral role in the United States’ history and it would be a shame not to take advantage of being there. If you’re short on time, opt for the popular Duck Tours that will take you around the city with plenty of history and entertainment provided.
2. The Spa Café. As wonderful as Boston is, in that particular area of the city, there aren’t many places to get a quick and healthy lunch, as odd as that might sound. Grab a quick lunch or juice at the Mandarin’s Spa Café to meet those needs.
3. Bar Boulud. Daniel Boulud, of Five-Star Daniel in New York City, will bring his French bistro concept to the hotel in fall 2014. It will be his first restaurant in Boston. Expect seasonal dishes, delicious charcuterie and a weighty wine list. 
4. The spa facilities. Being a guest at the hotel means that you have full access to the spa facilities even without booking a treatment, so make sure to stop by.
5. The gym. No matter how hectic your schedule is, there’s always time to fit in a workout — especially at the Boston hotel’s 24-hour fitness center. 

Melanie Nayer

Mandarin Oriental, Boston is one of Boston’s Five-Star hotels, and houses the only Five-Star spa in the city. Here are some other important things you should know:

1. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The Five-Star spa has it all: a cafe, a gift shop, experience showers, a crystal steam room, heated marble benches and an inviting relaxation room. Appointments fill up in advance so be sure to book yours ahead of time.

2. Pop-up shops. Mandarin Oriental, Boston was the first hotel in Boston to introduce pop-up shops in its lobby. The pop-up shops vary seasonally by have included a pho station, a tea service and a cake cart. Check with the front desk when you arrive to find out what the pop-up concept is, and make sure you’re around for a little taste.

3. Bar Boulud. Master chef Daniel Boulud will debut this new restaurant in fall 2014. At Boulud's first Boston eatery, expect a seasonal menu of French bistro fare and a great wine list. 

4. Location. Mandarin Oriental, Boston, is located on Bolyston Street, just blocks from the Copley Square in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Shoppers will adore the location. The hotel is adjacent to the Shops at Prudential Center and Copley Plaza, and is only one block from trendy Newbury Street.

5. Guest rooms. The guest rooms at Mandarin Oriental, Boston overlook the city or the gardens of Prudential Center. For the best views of Boston, request a city view and enjoy the scene. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Charles River.

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