Boston Hotels: Why the Newbury is the City’s Most Sophisticated New Place to Stay
Contessa, the 4,000-square-foot rooftop restaurant, designed by Boston resident Ken Fulk, will open at the end of June with sweeping views of the Boston Commons and the city skyline from a wall of glass and a cap that will open on hot days. Jewel-toned marble grid flooring complements the blush and teal velvet banquettes and chairs, the marble bar, and details such as fringed arm lamps, potted trees and playful wallpaper in the entryway from Newbury Street which leads to an elevator reserved for the restaurant. An Italian-focused menu from chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi will include dishes like pork and veal meatballs in a creamy Dijon sauce, ricotta and mozzarella panzerotti with marinara sauce and a carpaccio of butternut squash.
On the second floor is the Newbury Salon, where afternoon tea will be reinvented by Major Food Group in a room designed by Jeffrey Beers International, which can also serve as a private event space. From June or July, tea sandwiches and scones will be served on the elegant Bernardaud service with playful images of Make way for the ducklings.
While there is no spa, there is a huge fitness center designed by The Wright Fit and its founder, celebrity trainer Jay Wright, with amenities like Peloton bikes, Life equipment Fitness and Freemotion and TRX suspension trainers. Lockers and a variety of water and drinks are available.
In all? It might be time to revise your wishlist and add this New England town to your summer trips after all.