Monday, January 24, 2011

TripAdvisor grades Boston Bed and Breakfasts and Now Airlines

In the age of the internet soap box, everyone is taking his or her stand as "an expert" in a variety of industry. Food blogging has to be the worst, where culinary ametuers offer advice & criticism to restaurants. Now the trend seems equally prevelant in the travel industry. Travel reviews on Trip Adivsor often have a higher standing than those restaurant reviews you peruse on Yelp, hoping to find culinary gold in a neighborhood Indian take away place.TripAdvisor, also offers restaurant ratings where restaurants are ranked according to metrics & algorithms. Now, the popular Travel review company is translating that concept to airlines.

While many Boston boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts boston have been receiving reviews on TripAdvisor, it appears it is someone elses turn.TripAdvisor Flights, the site's search engine for arlines now allows travelers to grade carriers on a scale of 1 to 5 based on .

It seems as though that years of constant criticism have caught up with the airlines. Passengers in recent years have been annoyed by airlines adding fees and providing what most describes as less than adequete service. This truth may have you thinking travelers may be eager to slam the airlines. SO far, this has not been the case, for now anyway. The grades TripAdvisor Flights has received have skewed positive, with an average of just under four out of five.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Boston bed and breakfast will miss Rocca Restaurant Closed on New Years Day 2011

At Clarendon Square, you will find a the best boutique hotel in Boston. You will also discover that it is the most central hotel, closely located to all the fabulous restaurants of the South End. Over the past five years, we have seen some of the city's most prized eateries pop up in our neighborhood. Along the way, a few restaurants have closed or re branded in an effort to keep up with an ever evolving South End.

In 2007 ambitious development in the SoWa district of the South End, known for its Boston art galleries & SoWa art market, was accented with a few new restaurants. These were not just restaurants, but investments in the developing of SoWa. Gaslight is a trendy & stylish brasserie & Rocca was a new face of Italian cuisine in Boston, highlighting the seafood based Ligurian food. Just last week, on the first of the year, Rocca mysteriously closed its doors for good with no notice or hint. Its official website disappeared from the world wide web just a few days later. Rocca's abrupt & mysterious closure echoes of Ginger Park, which had a similar shut down only a month or so before Rocca's. Although there was one major difference between the Ginger Park & Rocca closings - what Ginger Park had in architecture & style, it clearly lacked in atmosphere & food. A confusing menu, greasy dishes & a terminally vacant dining room were indications Ginger Park could not survive for long.

For almost three years Rocca maintained an even pace in the Restaurant industry. While South End staples like Stella & Toro overflowed, Rocca had a smaller base of loyal followers Many were wowed by the food & the management was always accommodating. The restaurant became a night time hot spot in the gay community, popular for its rotating Friday night parties.

During 2010, Rocca was ready for a shake up with Top Chef finalist, Tiffani Faison, leading the way. Her style & approach was markedly different than the previous chef, and for that matter many chefs in Boston. The new menu was an exciting change for Rocca. In an interview with the Boston Globe Faison said, the closure was a shock to those who worked there, as the restaurant had been busier than ever, with strong operating numbers. What's next for Faison, it seems like she will most likely open her own place in Boston - a hint that she may have won the Top Chef All Stars Season 8. When? Where? Stayed tuned. Though we do not know why Rocca closed or what will happen to the space, we do know we will miss it & summer dinners on the patio.

Boston's Boutique Bed and Breakfast Suggests a vist to Art of the Americas Wing

Here are Boston bed and breakfast, Clarendon Square we are always suggesting things to do in boston.  We are excited to be apart of a city with such great art and culture.  The new Art of Americas Wing at the museam of fine arts boston has new exhibition spaces with over 5,000 art pieces from north, central and south america. It also features a state-of-the-art auditorium and glass courtyard.  The new addition now provids visitors with a unique dining and shopping exparience.  The interior compliments the exterior with a redesigned historic entrances enhanced landscaping.  
View of Art of the Americas Wing from Forsyth Way

The new wing features art from the following time periods:

Ancient American, Native American, 17th-Century, and Maritime Art
18th-Century Art of the Colonial Americas and Early 19th-Century Art
19th-Century and Early 20th-Century Art
20th-Century Art through the mid-1970s

A trip to boston mfa is ideal for an afternoon on your romantic getaway weekend.  By staying with us here in boston south end we would be happy to suggest any events happening at the mfa, gardner museum, institure of contemporary art or the museum of natural history.  Clarendon Square is a historic hotel in a great location that gives our guests access to other historic sites in boston.