In Boston, One Dalton Street Elevates The Four Seasons Experience For A Younger Generation

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One Dalton Street is the second Boston location for The Four Seasons.

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To glimpse the future of Boston, take an elevator ride at One Dalton Street. That’s the location of the brand new 61-story mirrored glass tower in Back Bay and home to Boston’s second Four Seasons Hotel. At over 700 feet high, the third tallest structure on Boston’s skyline has views of Fenway Park, the Charles River, and all the patriotic waypoints in between. But it’s the scene inside the building that shows where the city is heading.

Consider the atmosphere at Zuma, a modern Japanese restaurant with a DJ spinning oontz oontz techno beats and a menu featuring 75 rare and potent sakes. Boston is not known for its late-night dining venues but Zuma was packed at 11 pm on a recent Saturday with a polished, impeccably-tailored young crowd that looked more like Kardashians than tweedy spillovers from M.I.T. Plates were flying out of the kitchen with Wagyu beef sushi and $70 roasted Boston lobster with shiso ponzu butter, and not one person appeared to be rushing home to study for the LSATs.

One Dalton—people don’t really call it The Four Seasons, since that brings to mind the place overlooking Boston Public Garden since 1985 where your parents might have stayed—is custom built for a new Boston generation. Sleek and up-to-the-second with technology, the property has 215 guest rooms and 160 private “sky residences” tricked out with 65-inch flat-screen TVs and smaller screens embedded in the bathroom, bedside tablets for concierge services, and a lavish Wellness Floor with a curved 64-foot lap pool that pipes in underwater acoustics from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Liberal politics notwithstanding, Boston has always been more buttoned up than New York. Men wear blue blazers and pink Brooks Brothers oxfords without irony and you would never show up at a luncheon in white slacks after Labor Day. But Millennials with increasing spending power demanded a hotel with a chiller vibe that caters to the requirements of the age: handcrafted cocktails, free and fast WiFi, and backdrops built to draw innumerable likes (check out the ground-floor atrium with shelves of colorful books hand sewn by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare.). And there really is a Kardashian connection. The 2,500-square foot fitness center, perhaps the most advanced in all of Boston, was designed in consultation with Harley Pasternak, whose Body Reset Diet helped make him a pop icon on “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.”

One Dalton, which opened at the end of May, is still taking shape. A lobby bar with a menu of artisan libations and New England shared plates is under construction behind drywall, and a 5,000-square-foot park is coming into view on the ground level. But the future is already here. Impressive banks of Kone elevators whiz guests and residents to the top of the structure at a speed of 1,400 feet per minute, which gets you to your nest-like abode roughly in the time it takes to scroll through the hearts, unicorns and thumbs-ups you’ll get on that selfie you posted as you checked in.

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To glimpse the future of Boston, take an elevator ride at One Dalton Street. That’s the location of the brand new 61-story mirrored glass tower in Back Bay and home to Boston’s second Four Seasons Hotel. At over 700 feet high, the third tallest structure on Boston’s skyline has views of Fenway Park, the Charles River, and all the patriotic waypoints in between. But it’s the scene inside the building that shows where the city is heading.

Consider the atmosphere at Zuma, a modern Japanese restaurant with a DJ spinning oontz oontz techno beats and a menu featuring 75 rare and potent sakes. Boston is not known for its late-night dining venues but Zuma was packed at 11 pm on a recent Saturday with a polished, impeccably-tailored young crowd that looked more like Kardashians than tweedy spillovers from M.I.T. Plates were flying out of the kitchen with Wagyu beef sushi and $70 roasted Boston lobster with shiso ponzu butter, and not one person appeared to be rushing home to study for the LSATs.

One Dalton—people don’t really call it The Four Seasons, since that brings to mind the place overlooking Boston Public Garden since 1985 where your parents might have stayed—is custom built for a new Boston generation. Sleek and up-to-the-second with technology, the property has 215 guest rooms and 160 private “sky residences” tricked out with 65-inch flat-screen TVs and smaller screens embedded in the bathroom, bedside tablets for concierge services, and a lavish Wellness Floor with a curved 64-foot lap pool that pipes in underwater acoustics from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Liberal politics notwithstanding, Boston has always been more buttoned up than New York. Men wear blue blazers and pink Brooks Brothers oxfords without irony and you would never show up at a luncheon in white slacks after Labor Day. But Millennials with increasing spending power demanded a hotel with a chiller vibe that caters to the requirements of the age: handcrafted cocktails, free and fast WiFi, and backdrops built to draw innumerable likes (check out the ground-floor atrium with shelves of colorful books hand sewn by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare.). And there really is a Kardashian connection. The 2,500-square foot fitness center, perhaps the most advanced in all of Boston, was designed in consultation with Harley Pasternak, whose Body Reset Diet helped make him a pop icon on “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.”

One Dalton, which opened at the end of May, is still taking shape. A lobby bar with a menu of artisan libations and New England shared plates is under construction behind drywall, and a 5,000-square-foot park is coming into view on the ground level. But the future is already here. Impressive banks of Kone elevators whiz guests and residents to the top of the structure at a speed of 1,400 feet per minute, which gets you to your nest-like abode roughly in the time it takes to scroll through the hearts, unicorns and thumbs-ups you’ll get on that selfie you posted as you checked in.

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