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Road Warrior// John McDonnell on Boston

The Ames Hotel Boston

McDonnell likes this new hotel because inside it’s beautifully designed, sleek and modern, yet on the outside it’s the old Ames Building, a Boston landmark.

Boston native John McDonnell, chief operating officer/executive vice president of Patrón Spirits International A.G., handles the day-to-day operations of the company and oversees the global expansion of Patrón tequila as well as Ultimat vodka and Pyrat rum. Based in Zurich, McDonnell averages 225 days a year on the road visiting the firm’s far-flung offices in Mexico, Las Vegas and Florida. But spiritually, he’s never far from his New England hometown, a place he calls the “greatest city on the planet.”

BEST PLACE TO STAY: Fairmont Battery Wharf. This new waterfront hotel at Battery Wharf is the best-kept secret in town. It’s a luxury property and great for business, close to everything, yet away from the crowds of downtown.

BEST PLACE TO CONNECT WITH BOSTON’S COLONIAL HISTORY: The Old North Church. Stepping into this historical site in Boston’s North End, it’s not hard to visualize the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton received the signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching. 

BEST PLACE FOR A POWER BREAKFAST: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. There’s no better place to conduct business in Boston than over breakfast at the Ritz on Avery Street. It’s where all the city’s power players, deal-makers and politicians shake hands.

BEST PLACE TO VISIT BETWEEN MEETINGS: The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. I still get inspired listening to JFK speak. His library, housed in an impressive building on Columbia Point, is a fascinating place to visit. 

BEST PLACE TO FIND A GREAT RESTAURANT: The North End. The North End is the city’s oldest residential district, and it’s often called Boston’s Little Italy. There’s always plenty to see and do in the area and never a shortage of great restaurants. One of my favorites is a place frequented by locals called Prezza; it reminds me of another Boston institution, Cheers, where “everybody knows your name.”

BEST PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL AFTER WORK: The bar at the Ames hotel. I like this new hotel because inside it’s beautifully designed, sleek and modern, yet on the outside it’s the old Ames Building, a Boston landmark. They also do a fantastic cocktail here called the Daily Grind, made with Patrón Silver tequila and our Patrón XO Cafe tequila and coffee liqueur.

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