Omni Parker House
Address: 60 School St.
Established in 1855, this long-time Bostonian staple is in fact the longest continuously operating hotel, not just in the city, but in the whole of the United States. A onetime haunt of literary greats like Dickens and Emerson, it also has a huge Kennedy legacy – JFK announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in the press room and proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in the hotel's Parker's Restaurant, which serves up traditional American fare with a contemporary flair, including Boston Cream Pie (which, they say, was created at this very eatery). But, for all that history, the Omni is in no way behind the times. A $30 million renovation, completed in August 2008, included all new furniture in the 551 guest rooms, as well as the addition of 32-inch LCD flat-screen TVS and MP3 alarm clocks. Business travelers will be pleased to find ample desk space and free WiFi in the public areas. Rooms with a view over Boston Common are the most coveted – be sure to request one when booking.
Tags: luxury | historic
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