Best Boston Hotels
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
Perched beside the Charles River, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge boasts a dramatic atrium-style lobby and the Zephyr on the Charles restaurant, whose water-facing patio beckons patrons to linger with cocktails on lazy summer evenings. 575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, 617-492-1234, cambridge.hyatt.com.
Inn at St. Botolph
Brownstone on the outside, luxury boutique hotel on the inside — whatever the case, this inn takes its name from the patron saint of travelers. Like its sister property, the renowned XV Beacon, the Inn at St. Botolph features modern interior design that is unique in every room. 99 St Botolph St., Boston, 617-236-8099, innatstbotolph.com.
This glossy waterfront hotel outshines the competition (literally — its wavelike structure is swathed in reflective glass) with all the standard amenities, plus a spa, gym, two novelty restaurants, a bar, and one of the biggest ballrooms in town. The attentive, courteous employees are a business traveler’s dream, and the mini-esplanade along nearby Fort Point Channel is a stroller’s delight. 510 Atlantic Ave., Boston, 617-747-1000, intercontinentalboston.com.
Langham Hotel Boston
A remodeling of the former Federal Reserve Bank building created this luxury hotel, which offers Mediterranean-themed Café Fleuri, the adjacent Chocolate Bar, and proximity to the North End, the Freedom Trail, and Faneuil Hall. 250 Franklin St., Boston, 617-451-1900, langhamhotels.com.
Situated on Cambridge’s eclectic Central Square, Le Meridien has contemporary, earth-toned guest rooms decorated with artwork from MIT. On weekday mornings from 7-10:30 a.m., the hotel offers an extra-special perk: complimentary luxury SUV service that takes guests within a mile radius of the hotel’s property and into Boston. 20 Sidney St., Cambridge, 617-577-0200, starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien.
The Lenox Hotel
With two enjoyable restaurants — City Table and Sólás — plus chic hot spot City-Bar, the centrally located Lenox boasts a rich history and exciting nightlife. The hotel offers classic elegance (think brass chandeliers, mahogany furniture, and crystal lamps) along with modern and environmentally conscious touches. 61 Exeter St., Boston, 617-536-5300, lenoxhotel.com.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
We’ve found Boston’s version of Atlantis. Between the Renaissance’s sky-high ceilings with shell-inspired designs, the blue and green glass accents that decorate the lobby, and the spiral staircase accented by suspended bird figurines, this waterfront hotel boasts a distinctly aquatic kind of sophistication. 606 Congress St., Boston, 617-338-4111, marriott.com/hotels.
From its complimentary bikes and helmets to its optimal waterside location close to the Seaport District’s seafood restaurants, the Seaport is perfect for active vacationers. Patrons can enjoy some of Boston’s best ocean views, take a cycling class in the hotel’s Wave fitness center, or hail a water taxi to cross Boston Harbor into the heart of the city. 1 Seaport Ln., Boston, 800-440-3318. seaportboston.com.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Only blocks from Boston’s South End and Fenway, connected to the Prudential Center’s shops, and steps away from the boutiques of Newbury Street, the massive Sheraton Boston Hotel is a getaway for business travelers and vacationers alike. A bonus? Its indoor pool is one of New England’s largest. 39 Dalton St., Boston, 617-236-2000, starwoodhotels.com/sheraton.