For a city steeped in history, Boston is changing at warp speed, with the dramatic renaissance of its waterfront district. Restaurants, hotels and historical neighborhoods are benefiting from the recent upgrades to this part of the city, and none more so than the posh InterContinental Boston.

The 424-room luxury property, which opened at the end of 2006 to much fanfare, also offers 130 high-end residences, several gourmet eateries and one of the hippest locations in Beantown.

Part of the excitement swirling around the hotel is its key position along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, which opened officially in October. The Greenway is a mile-long, 15-acre series of public gardens, parks and walkways on land reclaimed during the high-profile Central Artery Project. Known locally as the Big Dig, the project submerged a traffic-choked highway and made spectacular use of that repurposed acreage.

One of the results is the Greenway, which runs from Chinatown to the North End, meandering through Quincy Market, the Waterfront and the Financial District.

Not only will the parks offer public spaces for theater, music and dance performances year-round, but the scenic walkways serve to link parts of the city that were formerly bisected by a busy highway and difficult to access by pedestrians.

Now no longer cut off from the rest of downtown, the $315 million InterContinental Boston overlooks the harbor on one side, complete with a two-acre waterfront garden and promenade along Boston’s Fort Point Channel, and the Greenway on the other.

The chic, contemporary look of the property, with its all-glass exterior designed to resemble the tall ships that have plied the harbor for centuries, is a departure from the more staid, businesslike hotels in the neighboring Financial District.

Guestrooms and suites feature a sleek decor, along with WiFi and other high-tech amenities, and guests can take advantage of direct water taxi service to Boston Logan Airport from the hotel’s private dock.

Guests who brave driving Boston’s crooked, often narrow streets can take advantage of valet parking, after which they can bring their blood pressure back down at the 6,600-square-foot Spa InterContinental, complete with a 24-hour fitness club and heated, indoor lap pool.

The property also features 32,000 square feet of meetings space that can accommodate up to 1,200 in the Rose Kennedy Ballroom and the Abigail Adams Ballroom.

The InterContinental Boston offers several eateries, including Miel, a Provencale-style brasserie inspired by two-Michelin-star Jacques Chibois.

Guests also can dine at Sushi-Teq, which, as its name implies, specializes in sushi and high-end tequila served to salsa music, and RumBa, a rum and champagne bar.

Rates start at just over $200 a night. Visit

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