Guest Author - Julia Reed Zaic
Located at 90 Tremont Street, in the midst of the Ladder District, this property is a sophisticated short walk to Boston Common, Beacon Hill and other Beantown favorites. Nine Zero is another modern Kimpton Property that caters to the business traveler. It has a desired location, a sought-after restaurant (KO Prime), a decent gym facility, modern rooms, conference rooms with views and competitive prices.
Nine Zero is a Kimpton Property, Always a Plus
As I have said in this column ad naseum, as a business traveler, I quite prefer Kimptom properties to some of the 5-star accommodations of which I occasionally partake (when the budget allows). It’s like a secret society of business travelers that enjoy these hotels. We know we will get good service, nice amenities, a decent price, good location and feel like we’ve been somewhere instead of just a trip to the next city.
In particular, Nine Zero has that certain Kimpton feeling. Luxury amenities and service with a hosted wine reception in the evening free to guests. The theme of the hotel is “Design”, and it shows. You sense the impeccable modern atmosphere when simply entering the lobby. On this particular stay, I opted for a Queen Deluxe room to keep costs down. Despite reserving the smallest floorplan the hotel offers, the location of my room was spectacular. On the 11th floor and in the corner, I enjoyed a wrap around view of the river and the gold-domed State House.
All rooms at Nine Zero feature free WiFi so you can stay connected during your trip. The rooms are small in size, but big in comfort, ranging from 280-350 square feet for anything less than a suite. All rooms come with flat screen televisions, iHome docking stations, cordless phones, large workspace desks, complimentary newspapers and shoeshine services. If you stay at Kimpton hotels often, I don’t need to tell you how comfortable the beds are; beyond heavenly.
Great Steak at KO Prime, With a Great Staff
Now let’s get to the important stuff. The food. KO Prime is located on the 2nd floor. When traveling alone, I like to eat at the bar rather than take up a table. I also feel I can get better service and ask more questions about the hotel, the neighborhood and have a conversation rather than eating alone. At KO Prime, “Murph” the bartender was of the utmost help and full of conversation. With his friend Asher to play off of, I felt like I was at “Cheers”. However, unlike the usual sports bar fare and atmosphere, the atmosphere of KO Prime is as sleek and modern as the rest of the hotel, with a spectacular menu. You might find a bigger steakhouse in Boston, but you won’t find a better cut of beef or a fresher selection of seafood, and obviously the service was excellent.
KO Prime also has a private room for dining that is quiet and secluded for more intimate settings for large parties, but call and reserve in advance to ensure the experience you seek. Also, the room service menu features KO Prime dishes, for that late night arrival and need for sustenance. I recommend the burger.
Nine Zero is Nicely Situated for Side Trips
Even if you don’t have time to visit any of the historic colonial sites of Boston, take a quick walk across the street to visit the Granary Burying Ground. No, seriously. It’s not a suggestion for a macabre side trip, it is truly an historical site that you can fit in before hailing a cab to the airport. This cemetery is the final resting place of many Revolutionary War patriots such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, to name a few. There are also relatives of Ben Franklin resting here.
In such a history-rich environment as Boston, you will certainly be able to fit in some interesting side trip during your visit while staying at Nine Zero, where you can’t even cross the street without finding something historical in your path.