I was ready to chuck Otis a couple of dollars for his pitch by the 7/11 on Washington Street before I was bade a Bon Voyage Boston Envoy.
Time travelling 250 years has confused an easily confusable traveller this past week.
And I found myself the day before my return to the UK with an extra day to spare.
Room at the inn?
Step up my old pal Tony from Visit USA, and Dave from Boston CVB to find me a billet for the night.
I’d suggested the YMCA although they probably found in their ring-around that I’m banned there from 35 years ago.
I was bowled over then that with just 24 hours notice they found me the hotel with the best skyline view in the city.
Marriott’s Envoy Hotel in the renovated Seaport area as you cross the harbour into ‘Irish’ South Boston is a revelation.
And from the moment I got into my room I didn’t want to leave.
With the view the only one you’ll find in a hotel on the south side looking onto the Boston skyline.
Ice bucket list
And then there was an ice bucket of New England craft beers and a cheese board there waiting for me.
Not that you’d want to look at much more than the view but the television is a highlight too.
In artsy Marriott style there is a cycling wheel attached which manager Joe jokes is to fuel the power… hardly!
Of course if and when you do wrest yourself away from your room there is the choice of dinner in the lobby bar.
Or while the night away upstairs one rooftop bar where the music is pumping.
French toast with the most
You’ll sleep the sleep of the guiltless.
Before committing culinary sin the next day at breakfast with a Mexican Hot Chocolate French Toast.
So that’s French Toast with toasted marshmallows, cocoa powder and maple syrup.
I did walk it off on the Freedom Trail later and was good by sampling the five teas at the Boston Tea Party Museum.
Before back to the hotel and a Bon Voyage Boston Envoy.
See you on the other side