I’m a little bit in love the concierge at Boston’s Omni Parker House who was on duty when we arrived on Super Bowl Sunday. The game was already underway by the time we dumped our stuff in our rooms. I asked the concierge where we could grab a beer and watch the game, and he immediately suggested Beantown Pub, which was perfect because it was freezing outside and it was only half a block away. It’s also where we met Mumford and Sons. Had the concierge not told us to go there, it might not have happened. So big ups to the best concierge EVAH.
Word on the street, or at least on the Old Town Trolley tour bus, (another Omni Parker House concierge recommendation. Score.) is that the Omni Parker House is the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States. Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh were both employed there in their youth, and JFK and Jackie were engaged there. It’s old and fancy and is decorated with lots of carved wood. It is also the birthplace of Boston Cream Pie, which we had for breakfast one morning. Because we could.
The room wasn’t what I’d call “spacious,” but considering the age of the hotel and the modern upfits such as the power strips installed on each side of the nightstand and the cleanliness of the entire place, I was happy.
Not only do the smartest people go to Boston in February, they also do smart things like lay the plugged-in hair dryer on the shelf above the toilet. And leave the toilet’s lid up. And walk out of the bathroom. And then hear the hair dryer fall into the toilet. What do the smart people do when that happens? They call Housekeeping. Housekeeping brings up a new hair dryer within a few minutes, and removes the soggy hair dryer from the room without getting electrocuted. Impressive. Him, not me.