The Omni Parker House Hotel is a four-star property perfect for visitors to Boston who are looking for historic luxury. As the longest continuously operating hotel in America, the Parker House Boston exudes historical beauty as well as modern comfort. Guests who stay at this hotel will become part of its rich, more than 150-year history, and they can also enjoy rare and unique treats at their origin, such as the Boston Cream Pie and the Parker House Rolls, which were created at Parker's Restaurant.
The Omni Parker House was founded by Harvey D. Parker in 1854. Parker had arrived in Boston without a penny to his name, but after working several odd jobs, earned enough to start his famous restaurant, the Parker Restaurant. The excellent food and service made the restaurant a success, and before long Parker had earned enough to build a sumptuous new first-class hotel in downtown Boston. The five-story Italianate-style hotel was simply called Parker's. The elite of the day quickly recognized the merits of the elegant hotel, and Charles Dickens, visiting from England, marveled at its splendor and how the cost of living in style had drastically risen.
The Parker House Boston prided itself on its excellent dining, with a fancy French chef—an expensive luxury at the time—serving up delicacies every night. In the Parker kitchens, such famous dishes such as the Boston Cream Pie and the crustless Parker Rolls were invented and popularized. Even today, Parker Rolls are served to patrons of this prestigious hotel in downtown Boston. The hotel was the first in America to separate charges for lodging and food, making dining more flexible and also improving the quality of the food by making the restaurant food a desirable purchase in its own right. Famous chefs such as Jasper White, Lydia O'Shire, and Emeril Lagasse have cooked in the Omni Parker House kitchens, and even Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh and activist Malcolm X served stints at the hotel, the former as a baker from 1911 to 1913 and the latter as a busboy in the 1940s. The Parker House Boston was also home to the famous Saturday Club, whose well-known members included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
With all this history, the Omni Parker House is still leading the city in its excellent service and elegant surroundings. Attentive, personalized service is a hallmark of the hotel, and though the historical rooms are not as spacious as other hotels in the area due to their heritage, they are comfortably appointed and equipped with all the modern amenities you will need. The hotel offers a range of room options, from the Petite Single, a room with a single twin bed, to the Premier Suites, with each suite decorated to honor an important historic Boston figure. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, duvets, bathrobes, coffeemakers, work desks, complimentary wireless internet, and in-room safes. Families with children might consider booking the Freedom Trail Suite, which has a bedroom and living area as well as a children's area with beanbags, bunkbeds, fisherman-styled lamps, an activity table, a map of the Freedom Trail, a huge chalkboard covering an entire wall, and even Freedom Trail costumes, making the suite educational as well as fun.
The dining at this hotel is undeniably world-class, and guests will not be disappointed in the excellent food on offer at the historic Parker Restaurant. One of the best features of the hotel, however, is its location close to all of the famous sights in the center of town. If you're looking for a hotel in downtown Boston, the Omni Parker House will certainly fit the bill, just steps from the Freedom Trail and within walking distance to Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, and more.