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I’m off to Boston this weekend, so I thought it would only be appropriate to highlight one of my favorite Boston hotels, Four Seasons, from a recent stay. While Four Seasons unfortunately does not offer points or miles, I did at least earn American Express points for the room rate (though I really wish they’d ‘get with the program’ and start a formal loyalty program!) and I only stayed there one night. As I find myself creating excuses for staying at a non-points earning hotel, I realize there’s a bit of guilt there, most likely because staying at a Four Seasons goes against my mantra of maximizing points. Do you ever feel guilty about staying at a non-points earning hotel, when other options exist?

I don’t feel too bad about this stay because it was in between two Hyatt stays. Yes, I was hotel hopping – the art of bouncing around hotels to maximize elite status and points. And while I could have probably chosen to stay at a different points earning hotel, this opportunity occurred during a snow storm and the Four Seasons was more convenient than my other options.

While it still pained me not to earn hotel points, once in a while you need to live a little and mix things up. While on work trips I will almost always take points over a fancy hotel, but sometimes you have to break the monotony of cookie cutter chain accommodations and go for luxury or boutique quarters.

I stayed at the Four Seasons during a blizzard, so I was holed up in my room all day, which further justified my decision to stay in the lap of luxury. While they don’t have a formal loyalty program, they do have a CRM system, so I was upgraded due to my corporate rate and the fact that I’ve stayed there a bunch of times over the years.

I have to say, it’s a great hotel to be stuck in for a day. The room was spacious with a nice desk that allowed me a view of snowy Boston.

Living room

Living room from the bed

A great day to go nowhere

Room service was phenomenal – I had a lobster cobb salad with a buttermilk chive dressing that was unreal.

Overall it was a great, revitalizing stay. While I’m not relaxing at the Four Seasons this weekend (gotta focus on requalifying for Hyatt Diamond), I am still meeting friends there for cocktails at the Bristol Lounge. My trip also includes dinner at Stella and brunching at Aquitaine and Stephanie’s on Newbury. Anyone have any other recommendations for Beantown?

A full trip report to come!

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