WATERTOWN, Mass.—We are just three short months away from the 79thannual AYF-YOARF Senior Olympic games, being held in Boston from Aug. 30 through Sept. 3. In previous Olympics held in Boston, guests stayed in the heart of the city, Boston’s Back Bay; however, this year, the Steering Committee selected the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, which is located at the other end of the city. The hotel was constructed only five years ago and is centered in the new and upcoming South Boston Waterfront. The Westin will allow Olympics visitors to experience an entirely new part of the city.
The Westin is next to the new Boston Convention Center and just one block from the Waterfront; it’s all about location, location, location. It is situated less than three miles from Logan International Airport and less than a mile from Boston’s South Station for those traveling by train. The Westin is also walking distance to Faneuil Hall, the North End, and many new restaurants along Seaport Boulevard and Fan Pier. One great excursion is to walk the Rose Kennedy Greenway from Summer Street toward Quincy Market. At the end of the Greenway is the new Armenian Heritage Park, which was just dedicated in May. Once you arrive at the park, you can turn right to go into the North End for a great selection of Italian food; turn left for Quincy Market and plenty of tourist action.
If you are a person that likes to hang around the hotel then there is plenty to do there as well. It is appointed with all the usual amenities of high-class hotel, including a business center, swimming pool, fitness center, high speed internet, and its own Starbucks. The hotel can even provide loaner New Balance fitness gear for a fee. The Westin has four great eateries on the property: Sauciety is a modern American grill with a culinary twist. The second restaurant just off the lobby is MJ O’Connor’s Irish Pub, which has both outdoor and indoor dining options. If you are more interested in just getting reacquainted with old friends over drinks, consider the Birch Bar or City Bar Boston. The Birch Bar is located on the lobby level of the hotel and also has outdoor patio seating. The City Bar Boston, also on the lobby level, offers a perfect spot for either casual or intimate drinks.
Starting from Thurs., Aug. 30, the Olympic Steering Committee has arranged for special room rates; king rooms are $149/night and double rooms are $160/night (both plus taxes). Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Westin (888-627-7115) or going to the AYF Olympics website at www.ayfolympics.org. When calling the Westin, you must mention the Armenian Youth Federation Annual Olympic Games to receive the special rates.