APEX Expo and The Lufthansa Flying Lab – Holiday Inn, Bunker Hill, Boston
In this adventure
- A call from Germany
- Off to Heathrow T2. Wait. Terminal 2??
- LH2473 London Heathrow to Munich Airport
- Exploring innovation on the ground at Munich Airport
- LH424 Munich to Boston with Lufthansa and Recaro Aircraft Seating
- Into Boston, The Holiday Inn Bunker Hill
- Exploring Boston
- Robot and Bowl Food – Exploring Spyce… and lessons for the Passenger Experience?
- Oodles of Noodles – Pho and Ramen in Boston
- The APEX Conference and Expo – What you missed
- Back to Boston Logan International airport
- LH423 Boston Logan to Frankfurt-am-Main
- The joy of Frankfurt Airport
- LH924 Frankfurt to Heathrow… with a neo
- Train? Thataway
- The outlook for the next six months
To the Holiday Inn
After getting off the plane at Boston, I began to make my way to passport control… to find that I left the phone on the plane.
That fast exit through immigration pretty much vanished. Thankfully, my phone was recovered from the plane – and I was on the move again.
Passport control at Boston is thankfully rather civilised as it uses the APC system. In other words, the line was constantly moving which is a good thing. From the back of the queue to the head of it was about 10 minutes. After the big cross of shame, I was manually cleared into the USA, without any issues.
With no luggage to pick up, I headed away from the luggage zone and into the United States of America.
One of the more painless entries into the USA, I’ll be honest.
Once in the terminal, I had the next matter to consider – how to get to the hotel. As I still hadn’t download Lyft, I settled on Uber for the $20 ride to the hotel. And thus the first challenge of being in Boston – finding the ride share parking lot.
An annoying 10 minute walk, and I was at the lot. With a Uber ordered, it was another 10-minute wait. Eventually, the driver arrived and drove me to my digs for this trip – the Holiday Inn on the Bunker Hill.
Holiday Inn Bunker Hill
Price paid 30,000 + £205
I headed in the hotel, and after a short wait for a member of staff on reception, I was seen to. My rate was confirmed, along with a bonus amenity… which was nice.
With two key cards issued, I headed straight upstairs. Because that flight and the lack of sleep the night before had pretty much ground me down to nothing.
With me out of the lift on the 7th floor and a short walk to the room, I went in to the room
So, the room – and for a redemption room, it ’s big. I can handle that. There’s a bed, sofa, glass top table, and TV
As well as a Keurig machine. Whilst, not a Nespresso machine, it knocks out higher grade hotel coffee than normal. Which is nice to see.
What was nice to see was plugs sockets near the bed. Thank the maker. Plugs in an easy-to-access area are helpful when you don’t want cables trailing across a hotel room floor where I can fall over them in the middle of the night.
The bathroom was reasonably appointed too, with all the mod-cons.
In terms of bed – it was quite reasonable. Well – let’s put it like this, the night after the Flying Lab, I got a good 10 hours. Beyond that, it was good to work in, as well as sleep in. This is the joy when on the road, and you can’t be bothered to sit at a table.
As to the views… well.
The hotel Wi-Fi was reasonable – it wasn’t going to set the world alight, but it was passable enough to use.
For those who play Pokemon Go – good news – there’s a Poke stop nearby – that happens to be the site where Paul Revere was captured.
Check–out was well-managed, with all preferences confirmed and bills confirmed.
Overall: Whilst the property is slightly out-of-the-way in terms of central Boston, it does provide a reasonable option when the hotels in central Boston are all jammed up and have sky-high prices. If you are taking the Orange Line to it – it is a simple walk, but take care at night as the route not as well-lit as it could be from Sullivan Street Station to the hotel.
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