Boston Hotel with Rooftop Seating for 4th of July Fireworks
I have read of a hotel(s) that offer rooftop seating for the Boston Pops 4th of July concert. Supposedly you can hear well and see the fireworks display. I thought this was the Fairmont, but nobody there seems to know anything about it. Do you know of such a hotel?
Susan's response: Ann, I know of only 3 Boston hotels with roof decks positioned so that you could see the Fireworks display, but only one of them - Fifteen Beacon, on Beacon Hill near the Massachusetts State House - lets guests view the fireworks from the roof deck. The Colonnade has a terrific roof top terrace with swimming pool, but they normally close it to guests at 8pm, even on the 4th. And the Taj (formerly the Ritz) uses theirs only for private functions, as far as I'm aware.
As an alternative, a lot of the hotels in Boston and Cambridge are tall enough and close enough to give terrific views from many of the rooms, and a couple even have some rooms with their own balconies or terraces. You can find more details about hotels for Boston fireworks viewing here. It can be beneficial to look on the web for best rates or deals, but if you want to be sure of getting a room with a view, it's really critical to call the hotel directly (in other words, the 1-617 local number rather than 1-800 toll-free), ask to speak with the Front Desk manager, and discuss what you want. If they quote a higher rate, you can always tell them about the rate you found on-line, and see if they'll match it or come very close.
You could most likely hear the Pops concert from the rooftop at XV Beacon, as speakers are set up all along the river, but the sound quality might not be the best - ditto for the Liberty Hotel, which has some terraces off individual suites. That's a good question to ask the hotel. I don't believe, though, that any of the hotels would be at the right angle for you to be able to see the concert - even the Taj, which is the closest, would have a sort of side view, and the Fifteen Beacon and Liberty, also close, are behind the Hatch Shell where the concert takes place, so you'd only see the back side, if anything (that area has LOTS of trees!)
Hope you find what you're looking for, and have a wonderful time here - the fireworks truly are spectacular, and the 4th is a very fun time in Boston.