“Whoa. Did the stylists at Saks Fifth Avenue, across the street at the Pru, sneak in and give the Colonnade an extreme make-over? The hotel has gone from so-over 80’s brass-and-mahogany to a clean, modern look with tones of espresso, khaki, chocolate, and chrome. All this would be mere window dressing if it weren’t for new, guest friendly touches like flat-panel TVs, DVD players, and alarm clock/MP3 players, plus extendable reading lights and fab high-tech coffee makers. Even the minibar goodies got an upgrade, with fresh shortbread cookies and the like. The look is slightly masculine but quite comfy, with pillow-top mattresses, high-thread-count sheets, and a round worktable (replacing the typical desk) so guests can eat or work comfortably. Floor-to-ceiling windows (these actually open) have been triple glazed to keep out the traffic noise of Huntington Avenue. Alas, the downside of all this is, rates have gone up a bit. In the summer, the roof deck pool is a huge draw. Open to hotel guests only, the pool area has great views of the neighborhood, and live music. For your gustatory needs, Brasserie Jo is an authentic French brasserie. Pros: Roof deck pool; T stop a few steps away; across the street from the Prudential Center for shopping and restaurants. Con: Prices have gone up since the hotel was renovated.” FODORS BOSTON 2008
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