Renovated fish tank wows at the New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium on Boston’s waterfront has always been the coolest place to spend a day – with or without the kids – but now it’s even better. Last summer, the aquarium completed renovations to its centerpiece exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank.

More than 1,000 sea creatures now live in this 200,000-gallon tank, which has windows at multiple levels so visitors can come eye-to-eye with stingrays, barracuda, moray eels, boxfish, porcupine fish, orange filefish and scores of other inhabitants typically found near a Caribbean coral reef. If you’re visiting at lunchtime, you can watch Myrtle the green sea turtle munch on Brussels sprouts (her favorite) and observe scuba divers descending to the depths of the tank to serve shrimp and squid to loggerhead turtles, Southern stingrays, and other bottom-dwellers.

The $17 million update also includes the Yawkey Coral Reef Center, a gallery that offers a close-up look at lesser-known coral reef species, and the Blue Planet Action Center, an exhibit area highlighting the effects of climate change on the fragile ocean environment.

Of course, all the longtime favorite aquarium residents are still on view, including the seals and sea lions, penguins, jellyfish, lobsters, seadragons, and more.

Best of all, it’s easy and convenient to get to the New England Aquarium via subway – visit the website for directions. Staying with us at the Kendall Hotel? The Red Line stop is right across the street. Click here for more information or to book a room.

Antin exhibit at the ICA/Boston explores alter egos

Antin562The work of conceptual artist Eleanor Antin will be featured in “Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s ‘Selves,’ ” on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston from March 19 to July 6, 2014.

A pioneer of performance art, Antin created and inhabited multiple characters between 1972 and 1991, including nurses, ballerinas, a film director, and a king. She documented her personae in photos, on video, and even as puppets and paper dolls. “Selves” gathers this body of work into a provocative exhibit that challenges the whole notion of how we represent ourselves in society.

Antin once said, “I consider the usual aids to self-definition – sex, age, talent, time, and space – as tyrannical limitations upon my freedom of choice.”

Born in 1935, Antin has received numerous awards for artistic achievement. She has had one-woman exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City and a retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Antin is a professor emeritus of visual arts at the University of California at San Diego.

The Institute of Contemporary Art is an easy subway ride from the Kendall Hotel – just catch the MBTA Red Line across the street. For directions, information on the Antin exhibit, and advance tickets, visit the ICA website.

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Kendall Hotel’s Restaurant Winner of OpenTable’s “Diners’ Choice” List

Kendall Hotel’s Black Sheep restaurant has been named a winner on the February 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice list. Our diners have rated the Black Sheep restaurant as one of the best. Check out some of our guest reviews here. View our menus here.

Situated in the lobby of the historic Kendall Hotel, the Black Sheep Restaurant is dedicated to the building’s past as a Victorian firehouse and to fine dining in Cambridge, Mass. The firefighters of Engine 7 considered themselves the “black sheep” of the Cambridge Fire Department, and the Kendall honors their memory with our restaurant. The menu offers daily selections created by our chef using organic and locally grown produce. Our cozy dining room creates a welcoming atmosphere, with a menu offering both classic and innovative American home-style cooking. Our philosophy is simple: purchase the finest and freshest ingredients and let the food absorb them. We offer a full bar and specialize in a selection of locally brewed beers and selected wines from wineries around the United States.

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Winter Promotion at the Kendall Hotel

WinterPkg-popupStay at the Kendall Hotel this winter and enjoy our fabulous perks.

Our Winter Promotion Includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Parking included
  • Two T-shirts
  • $25 food voucher to Black Sheep
  • Pack of 4 tickets to Kendall Square Skating Rink

Select the “Winter Break Package” rate to book!

Rates start at $169.00
Promotion expires: April 13, 2014

Anime fans: Don’t miss the Boston convention!

Anime_LogoJapanese animation, comics, and pop culture will be celebrated at Anime Boston, a three-day convention to be held March 21-23 at the Hynes Convention Center and Boston Sheraton.

Sponsored by the New England Anime Society, this lively event includes art exhibits, video screenings, game shows, discussion panels and workshops, a music video contest, karaoke, a masquerade ball, and more. Special guests will include anime artists, directors, and voiceover actors.

You’re probably familiar with anime even if you think you aren’t. It’s a uniquely Japanese art form with a distinctive look and feel. Originally inspired by animated Disney films in the 50s, anime has captivated fans all over the world.

Dressing up and role-playing is part of the fun of Anime Boston, so be prepared to encounter some very colorful characters – or go as one yourself! (See the Anime Boston website for costume guidelines.)

If you’re staying with us at the Kendall Hotel, Hynes Convention center is a short subway ride away. Just hop on the Red Line across the street from us, transfer to the Green Line and get off at Copley Square or Hynes Convention Center. For more information on Anime Boston, visit the official website. To reserve a room with us, click here.

Get a sneak preview of summer at the New England Boat Show

Just when winter in New England starts to wear out its welcome, it’s time for the 2014 New England Boat Show, to be held Feb. 22 through March 2 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Visitors can check out hundreds of new sailboats and powerboats, along with boating gear, marine electronics, accessories, clothing and more. Daily seminars and interactive clinics will cover such topics as engine maintenance, fuel economy, and fiberglass repair. A special exhibit will showcase charts and maps from New England’s maritime past and demonstrate how nautical chart-making influenced our nation’s history.

The New England Boat Show is the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, with over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space. There’s something for every budget and level of expertise.

As always, Kendall Hotel guests can enjoy stress-free transportation into Boston (and no parking hassles!) via the Red Line subway, which stops right across from our front door. Admission to the boat show is $15 for adults and free for kids under 15.

For more info and a schedule of boat show events, see the official website.

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Speakeasy Circus celebrates the Roaring 20s with a new twist

If you missed the sold-out performance of the Speakeasy Circus during Boston’s Outside The Box Festival last July, here’s your chance to catch it at Oberon in Cambridge this winter. Presented by the Boston Circus Guild, the Speakeasy Circus is a high-energy, crowd-pleasing production that mixes dance and jazz singing with breathtaking feats of acrobatics – now with all-new acts and characters.

Upcoming performances are on Dec. 30, Jan. 3, and Feb. 7. Following the last show of each evening, the audience is invited to stay for a roaring ‘20s dance party. Thematic costumes are encouraged!

Located at Arrow Street and Massachusetts Ave., Oberon is the second stage of the American Repertory Theater, regularly featuring offbeat and experimental performances. It’s an easy subway ride from the Kendall Hotel (take the red line to Harvard Square). For tickets and schedule info, visit the A.R.T. website. To book a room with us at the Kendall Hotel, click here.

Help Re-Enact the Boston Tea Party on Dec 16th

Even in a town as history-rich as Boston, some anniversaries are special. Like the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party – that famous political demonstration that helped ignite the Revolutionary War.

On December 16, 1771, colonial activists swarmed aboard ships carrying tea from Britain and dumped the cargo into Boston Harbor. They were protesting British rule and the monarchy’s policy of “taxation without representation.” Their act of defiance was followed by a clampdown by the British, which prompted further resistance by the colonists… and we all know how that ended.

Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party this Dec. 16 by watching a re-enactment at the very sites where the rebellion took place. Start at the Old South Meeting House at 6:30 p.m. and join the revolutionaries – including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams – in their debate against the loyalists to the crown. Then accompany a procession to Griffin’s Wharf (with fife and drum) and see the Sons of Liberty spill the despised tea into Boston Harbor.

Tickets to the event include seating at the Old South Meeting House and at a reserved viewing area along Boston’s waterfront. Click here for more information and tickets. Space is limited, so book early!

At The Kendall Hotel, we’re just a quick subway ride from Boston’s greatest historic landmarks. We’re the ideal place for your home base while you’re enjoying the sights and sounds of Boston. Click here to book a room.

 

Stay at Kendall for the 2013 Head of the Charles

The best rowing teams in the world are set to compete in the 2013 Head of the Charles regatta on Oct. 19-20. Started in 1965, the event now attracts more than 9,000 participants and 300,000 spectators. It’s a perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy a lovely fall weekend in New England!

Spectators line the banks and bridges along the challenging three-mile course, which begins at the Boston University Boathouse and finishes just after the Eliot Bridge by the Artesani Playground in Brighton. Here in Cambridge, we’re lucky to have a prime viewing location at the course’s halfway mark – the Weld Exhibition. This great vantage point, near Harvard’s Weld Boathouse, features local food vendors, live music, and a carnival atmosphere. Best of all, it’s a short subway ride away from The Kendall Hotel, so there’s no need to find parking (which is always scarce this weekend).

Or if you like, take the subway into the city and stake out a spot at Reunion Village on the Boston side of the river. Reunion Village includes alumni tents, plenty of food and drink, and play-by-play commentary on all the races.

Head of the Charles is always a festive time in Cambridge, and here at the Kendall Hotel, we’re excited to be part of the fun! To book a room with us, click here. To learn more about the Head of the Charles races and events, check out their website.

Million Dollar Quartet comes to Boston

Fans of musical theater have something to cheer about this October. The Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet will be playing at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre on Boylston Street in Boston from Oct. 8 through Oct. 20.

The show is based on an incredible true story: in December of 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records studio in Memphis for what was surely one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions in rock ‘n’ roll history. These four rock n’ roll icons, in various stages of their careers, acted as backup musicians for each other while just below the surface, everyone was struggling for professional survival. Million Dollar Quartet weaves riveting performances of hits like “Who Do You Love?” “Hound Dog,” Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Great Balls of Fire” with a story of simmering resentments, betrayal, and triumph.

Reviews of Million Dollar Quartet have been ecstatic, comparing the show with feel-good jukebox musicals like “Jersey Boys” and “Mamma Mia.” The performance is suitable for all ages, but it holds special appeal for aficionados of classic rock ‘n’ roll (you know who you are)!

Here at the Kendall Hotel, we’re a convenient subway ride away from the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre and all the wonderful entertainment Boston has to offer. For tickets and information on Million Dollar Quartet, visit the Citi Performing Arts Center website. To book a room with us this October or anytime, click here.