Travel Log: A Review of Marriott’s Custom House
September 19th 2014 Posted by: SellMyTimeshareNow SMTN Category: Resorts, Travel

This post comes to you from our very own resort specialist and avid traveler, Julie J.

As an employee of SellMyTimeshareNOW for the last 8 years, I’ve helped create and maintain thousands of advertisements for our clients looking to sell or rent timeshare. Every day I view countless photos of amazing resorts and locales that stir my own wanderlust. Since learning of the wonderful advantages of timeshare vacations, I’ve been very fortunate to enjoy many opportunities to travel in this outstanding way. My teenage daughter is my usual travel companion as she shares my love of travel and especially the excitement of trying out new places. One of our favorite getaways is Boston since it is an easy, 1-hour bus ride away from home. Thanks to a very affordable, last-minute rental on our website, we were able to book a stay in the Marriott Custom House, one of Boston’s premier resorts.

Exploring the Custom House

Boston Marriott Custom House is a 26-story skyscraper located in McKinley Square which is part of the Financial District neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. This historic building was originally built in 1847 as a custom house, housing the government officials that oversaw the shipping of goods through Boston Harbor. The building remained in use until custom officials were relocated in 1986 at which time it was left unoccupied for several years until Marriott Vacation Club began the necessary renovations to convert the building into a part of their resort collection.

Marriott's Custom House Suite

Custom House Suite Living Area

The unique tower shape of the building allows for 4 to 5, 1-bedroom suites on almost every floor, with a few floors dedicated to a fitness center, game room, activity center with a movie theater, ice and vending machines and laundry facilities. Guests can also visit the historic Counting Room Lounge and feast on a tasty breakfast or enjoy a cocktail in the evening. On the 26th floor, there is an open-air observation deck that offers spectacular views of the city including the harbor.

The resort consists of 87 air-conditioned suites, each with a king-size bed in the bedroom, a full bathroom, and a kitchenette with a microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, toaster, and cutlery and dishes. There is also a spacious living and dining area with built-in cabinetry to house a flat-screen TV and DVD player as well as extra pillows, bedding and additional clothing storage for the guests utilizing the queen-size pull-out couch.

Location, Location, Location!

After many overnight trips to Boston, my daughter and I have discovered that resort location is the most important detail to us. I am a safe and experienced driver, but there is nothing that terrifies me more than driving and parking in Boston. Luckily, Boston has the T, which is an intricate system of buses, trains, subways and boats that makes it easy and affordable to move about the city. After a quick bus ride from the seacoast of NH into Boston’s South Station, we hopped on the T, changed lines a couple of times and got off at the Aquarium stop. This is when the saying “location, location, location” really hit me as the resort is directly across from the T station.

Checking In

Marriott Custom House Bedroom

Marriott’s Custom House Bedroom

Check-in was very quick and professional and, before we knew it, we were off to our suite on the 6th floor. The spaciousness of unit is really what surprised me the most which would make this a perfect getaway for small families without feeling cramped. The ingenious layout of the unit has a small hallway from the living room, past the bathroom, to the bedroom, with each room having a large door that can be closed to allow complete privacy for those midnight bathroom runs if guest are sleeping on the pull-out sofa. Since my daughter and I are both light sleepers, this was invaluable. The small kitchenette is really more of a wet bar than a kitchen with no real way to prepare food, but it came in handy to keep leftovers cold and to reheat them in the microwave.

Discovering Historic Boston

Paul Revere, Boston

Paul Revere Monument

During our stay, we enjoyed shopping at Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, both of which are just steps away from the resort as is the New England Aquarium. We also ventured to Chinatown for copious amounts of Dim Sum and the South End for some world-famous Italian pastries. It was a real treat to be able to see the resort’s tower from many of the places we went, reassuring us that we weren’t lost or too far away from our luxurious home base.

Both my daughter and I agreed that we would love to come back to the Marriott Custom House anytime. It was easily one of our favorite resorts that we have ever stayed at and we feel that we would be hard-pressed to find better accommodations or resort location anywhere in Boston.


About Julie

Julie Janvrin has been an employee with SellMyTimeshareNOW since December 2006. As a part of our Marketing team, she has overseen the creation of thousands of ads as well as the growth of our resort database. She and her family live on the New England seacoast and are very happy to call New Hampshire home. Julie is known as an avid crafter and cook as well as Walt Disney World enthusiast with dozens of trips under her belt since discovering this passion 10 years ago.

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