Feb 042013
 

The recently renovated 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore, and the adjacent 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Boston North Shore Water Park, are centrally located for families with teens and tweens who want to explore both the City of Boston and classic New England destinations such as the historic witch city of Salem, the beaches and conservation areas of Cape Ann, the whale watches and nautical history of Gloucester, or the quaint artistic village of Rockport.  Families visiting nearby Merrimack College or boarding schools such as Phillips Andover will also find the Doubletree to be a convenient base camp.   The hotel is within a 30 minute (non-rush hour) drive of downtown Boston and most North Shore destinations.

A fully renovated room at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore

A fully renovated room at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore

We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore, and to enjoy CoCo Key, and were impressed with both the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the renovations.  We stayed in a standard queen double room, but the hotel also offers 40 family suites that feature a king size bed plus two youth beds.

All rooms include granite counter bathrooms, TVs, complimentary internet access and the famous Doubletree freshly baked cookies.  The hotel has its own Starbucks as well as the Tradewinds restaurant and lounge which serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Additional quick food options are available inside the CoCo Key water park.

The Atlantis Health Club pool at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore

The Atlantis Health Club pool at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore

In addition to the water park, which requires its own entrance fee, guests have free access to the Atlantis Health Club pool, cardio, and weight training facilities which are located inside the hotel.  A spa and business center round out the amenities.  The teens enjoyed the lazy river and water slides at CoCo Key but were also thrilled with the Atlantis Health Club, particularly the indoor pool and hot tub which they had nearly to themselves on a winter’s Saturday afternoon.

The hotel offers a number of family friendly discount packages that include water park access.  The hotel ballroom is also popular for receptions and events.  As a result, it is no surprise that the hotel is busy on the weekends.  If you plan to eat dinner at the hotel it is wise to make reservations, particularly if you have a larger group.  We enjoyed the pub style menu at the Tradewinds Lounge on Saturday night. We opted for burgers, sandwiches and salads after a busy afternoon at the water park but full entrees are also available on the menu.  Like all the hotel staff, our server was friendly and helpful even though it was a hectic evening.  The hotel is located just minutes from many other chain and local restaurants located along Route 1 if you want other dining options.

Dinner at the Tradewinds Lounge at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore

Dinner at the Tradewinds Lounge at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore

If your family travels bring you to Boston, or the idea of a weekend at Massachusett’s largest indoor water park sounds like a good time, the renovated Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore offers a comfortable, family friendly base camps with lots of activities, dining options and friendly service.

We want to thank the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore and CoCo Key for hosting our recent complimentary overnight visit to the hotel and water park.  The opinions in this review are solely our own.

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