Haute Secrets: John Maibach, GM of Loews Boston Hotel

When the former Boston Police Headquarters in the Back Bay was transformed into a hotel, it became a popular haute spot for not only out of town guests visiting the city but for locals alike. Loews Hotels took over the property a few years ago and recently completed an extensive renovation.

John MaibachPhoto Credit: Loews Boston

General Manager John Maibach was at the forefront of the project, overseeing the hotel’s $10M luxury renovation project, which included a complete overhaul of the hotel’s 225 guest rooms, three suites and meeting rooms along with a transformed restaurant and bar re-branded as Precinct Kitchen + Bar.

Loews Boston HotelPhoto Credit: Loews Boston Hotel

We caught up with him recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: New Haven, CT

How long in Boston:  12 years

Neighborhood: South End

Occupation: General Manager, Loews Boston Hotel

Favorite Restaurant: Stella

Best Sushi: Duozo

Best Italian: Sorellina

Best dessert: Café Madeleine

Best place for a romantic date: Mistral

Best Sunday brunch: Steak & Eggs with Buffalo/Blue Cheese Tater Tots – Precinct Kitchen + Bar

Best place for a power business meeting: Bristol Lounge

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Loews Boston Hotel

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Saks Men’s Section

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches:  David Yurman

Best Spa: G2O

Favorite Charity Event: Christopher’s Haven

Favorite Cultural Event: Chefs In Shorts

Favorite Cultural Institution: Boston Public Library/Museum of Science

Best Steakhouse: Grill 23

Best Pizza: Picco

Best Lunch: Parish Café/Flour

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox/Dartmouth St

Best Massage: G2O

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Describe Boston in three words: Accessible, Walkable, Thriving

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Fenway Park

All-around favorite spot in Boston:  The Esplanade along the Charles River

Best Aspect of Boston: Having all the experiences of a world-class city but with small neighborhood charm and feel.