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FrontRunners: Not Your Average Garden View

Gay Van Ausdall

The Presidential Suite  at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston (617.338.4400, www.fourseasons.com/boston) would have been the perfect setting for Robert McCloskey when he wrote Make Way for Ducklings. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the $6,000-a-night suite offer a breathtaking view of the swan boats traversing the Boston Public Garden lagoon.

A $2 million renovation has transformed the 3,000-square-foot space into a sumptuous, five-room configuration with three large plasma TVs. A baby grand piano—played by composer John Williams when he was conductor of the Boston Pops—highlights the elegance of the living room, while an antique crystal chandelier illuminates the handpainted wallpaper in the 10-seat dining room. The palatial bedroom leads to a marble bathroom, featuring an oversize shower and a deep soaking tub in which to rejuvenate. Then, with an espresso brewed in the kitchen, perhaps, retire to the balcony to watch as the swan boats are put to bed. 

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Photo by Janos Grapow