Omni Parker House Hotel

omniparker.jpgI’m back after a break with another look behind the scenes in Boston. Thanks to all of you who emailed me suggestions and supportive comments (don’t worry — I’m not going away!). I took a short break, but I’m back now with a show that is just packed full of history.

Boston’s Omni Parker House Hotel sits at one of the oldest intersections in Boston on the site of America’s first public school. The hotel itself was the first luxury hotel built in America, and is now the oldest operating hotel in the country. Throughout its 150-year history, Omni Parker House has housed, fed, or employed such famous names as Longfellow, Dickens, Kennedy, Emerson, Roosevelt, Curley, Ho Chi Minh, John Wilkes Booth, and dozens more.

The hotel is now the flagship property of the Omni Hotels chain, and remains one of the places to stay in Boston. I stopped by for a short stay and a talk with one of their staff members about the place.

The hotel has such an involved history that the “Brief History” pamphlet they gave me is almost 50 pages long, so lets call this episode a snapshot of America’s oldest hotel.

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Adam’s back!

I heard the intro music and thought it sounded familiar but could not place it. Boy was I excited to hear your voice.

When I was in high school I stayed in an Omni in NYC. Very nice place. Wasted on a high schooler though.

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