A recent business development trip brought me to Boston. Checking into the hotel and up to the room I had no idea of my view except for a few lights and rain (could have easily been the financial district of the City of London). This being my first time in Bean Town, I had no idea what to expect, so was keeping an open mind. The MD of our web development firm was in town also on a cloud computing mission, so I caught up with him over a beer before parting company and heading to bed.
After several encounters over the few days I as in town with local professionals, I began to notice that Boston was unlike any UK town I have visited. The locals are friendly, more open to initial discussions – and will make time for you. In London, people are always dashing from one place to the other. I know we’re busy; we’re all busy (some ‘busy fools’)! But I found Bostonians were very welcoming and friendly.
The hotel staff at the Hyatt Regency were outstanding. The manager Phil, was always visible. First thing for breakfast to greet the guests, and last thing at night in the lobby and bar area. It was clear he wasn’t afraid to ‘get stuck in’. Candy, a receptionist was charming and very accommodating. She was very happy to take time and point me in the right direction for my various meetings and eateries including renowned Chau Chow City for Dim Sum.
As a tourist, a trip up the Prudential building for either food or cocktails is worth doing. There is a viewing platform on the floor below and there is a charge for that, however if you’re like me and appreciate a good cup of tea, then floor 52 is the place to be (and free to visit)!
Overall, I believe Boston to be a beautiful city, and find the culture on both a business and personal level very European. I look forward to returning at the next available opportunity.