Best Boston Hotels
From cozy dens to high-end suites, the Hub has a first-rate room to suit your every whim.
The much-anticipated new spot from the hotel group behind Miami’s star-studded Delano, the Ames introduces high design (think velvet chaises and polished chrome four-poster beds) into an 1889 building in the heart of downtown. The hotel’s buzzed-about resto-bar, the Woodward, features late-night dining till 2 a.m. and cocktails with names like Second Marriage and Scarlet Letter. One Court St., Boston, 617-979-8100, ameshotel.com.
Beacon Hill Inn & Bistro
The Beacon Hill Inn perfectly blends modern convenience with historic significance. Located on the neighborhood’s main drag, a gas lamp–lit Charles Street, this small inn features an attentive staff and homey bistro that serves exceptional French cuisine—not to mention a great weekend brunch. 25 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-7575, beaconhillhotel.com.
Boston Harbor Hotel
This luxury hotel takes pride in its magnificent harbor views. Terraces allow guests to wander outside to see the Tall Ships, whalers, and yachts pulling in and out of the marina below. Another sort of hydrotherapy is found within the Spa at Rowes Wharf, offering an array of body treatments and facials. 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-439-7000, bhh.com.
The Charles Hotel
With in-house jazz and martini bars, a presidential suite, a multimillion-dollar art collection, and two award-winning restaurants, this Harvard Square hotel attracts an impressive clientele—politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities, oh my! The preppy staff is discreet and efficient, while the lavish minibars and Origins bath products are downright decadent. One Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-864-1200, charleshotel.com.
Boston’s historic Back Bay offers the finest cultural venues, boutiques—and the Colonnade Hotel. The hotel’s interior design tends toward midcentury modernity, with services that are equally savvy. Be sure to pack your floaties for the rooftop pool—it’s the only one in the city! 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-424-7000, colonnadehotel.com.
The Eliot Hotel
The Peter Niemetz–designed Eliot offers top-notch service in a tasteful setting. Guest rooms boast restored antiques, toile fabrics, plush linens, and a staff with a knack for remembering repeat guests. This Back Bay cornerstone is also the longtime stomping ground of celebrity chef Ken Oringer, who heads the acclaimed Clio and Uni restaurants on the ground floor. 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-267-1607, eliothotel.com.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
The elegant Fairmont is located at the city’s retail epicenter—it’s close to Newbury Street, Copley Place, and the Prudential Center. When all that shopping leaves you famished and exhausted, retire to the hotel’s famed Oak Room and order a martini with your steak. 138 St. James Ave., Boston, 617-267-5300, fairmont.com/copleyplaza.
The unflappable service and prime location overlooking the Public Garden inspire fierce loyalty for this local institution. A makeover in 2006 replaced timeworn furniture and outdated décor with flat-screen TVs and marble-topped dressers. 200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-4400, fourseasons.com/boston.
The Liberty Hotel
When the Liberty opened in the old Charles Street jail, following a $150 million building renovation, it was met with the requisite jokes about white-collar inmates and doing time in the Clink (one of the hotel restaurants). The 298-room Liberty offers a 24/7 fitness center and concierge services as well as posh rooms with exposed-brick walls and Molton Brown toiletries. The 90-foot-high lobby alone is worth the visit. 215 Charles St., Boston, 617-224-4000, libertyhotel.com.
This huge hotel encompasses plush guest rooms, a 16,000-square-foot spa, and three of Boston’s most talked-about dining destinations: the relocated L’Espalier, the region’s third Sel de la Terre, and Asana, which offers chef Nicolas Boutin’s American and Asian cuisine. There’s also the new minimalist Mizu salon. 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8888, mandarinoriental.com/boston.
Millennium Bostonian Hotel
Located in the heart of Faneuil Hall and fresh from a $25 million renovation, the Millennium Bostonian offers proximity to the New England Aquarium, Quincy Market, the Museum of Science, and the North End’s marvelous restaurants. It also has a top-notch dining spot of its own, North 26, which serves contemporary New England cuisine. 26 North St., Boston, 617-523-3600, millenniumhotels.com/millenniumboston.
Travelers will embrace Nine Zero’s contemporary elegance, streamlined design, and central downtown location. The spacious in-room workstations and Louis Boston personal shoppers are reasons to check in; the upscale Aveda bath products and soft, luxury bedding are reasons to never check out. 90 Tremont St., Boston, 617-772-5800, ninezero.com.
Omni Parker House
Established in 1855, the Omni Parker House has hosted the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ulysses S. Grant, Babe Ruth, and John F. Kennedy…and employed staff members including Malcolm X and Emeril Lagasse. (Its Parker Restaurant is also the birthplace of the Boston cream pie.) The recently renovated rooms have preserved the original design’s warm hues and classic heirlooms. 60 School St., Boston, 617-227-8600, omniparkerhouse.com.
With its jocular doorman, white-gloved bellboys, and panoramic skyline view, this Boston landmark promises an impeccable stay. Add the attached Sports Club/LA gym to the vast menu of amenities, ranging from afternoon tea to a scavenger hunt for children, and the Ritz exceeds all expectations. 10 Avery St., Boston, 617-574-7100, ritzcarlton.com.
When the Newbury Street Ritz-Carlton became the Taj in 2007, Bostonians worried: What would happen to the charmingly faded glory of the city’s most iconic hotel? Turns out, hardly anything. The Public Garden–facing, 17-story Taj still delivers old-school luxury (hello, fireplace butler!) in the form of sophisticated décor, flawless service, and an Emily Post–worthy afternoon tea. 15 Arlington St., Boston, 617-536-5700, tajhotels.com/boston.
One of the newest players on Boston’s swanky hotel scene, the W aims to check off every last item on guests’ wish lists. With sleekly contemporary quarters, a luxe Sweat fitness center, and a new outpost of Bliss Spa, we’re pretty sure it will succeed. 100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-261-8700, starwoodhotels.com/whotels.
XV Beacon offers 60 perfectly appointed guest rooms (you needn’t bother with a spa treatment—every room has a posh "rainforest" shower) and complimentary chauffeur service in a Lexus LS460L. Even more impressive? The fact that the hotel’s modern steakhouse, Mooo, has wowed local food editors. 15 Beacon St., Boston, 617-670-1500, xvbeacon.com.
Back Bay Hotel
Located on the site of the former BPD headquarters, the Back Bay Hotel (formerly Jurys Boston) is a far cry from the holding cells of yesteryear. Guests are welcomed by a two-story wall of trickling water, sparkling elevators, lighted glass staircase, and helpful staff. The Stanhope Grille, serving sophisticated American entrées (blackened angus burgers for lunch; crispy skin duck breast "saltimbocca style" for dinner), and Cuffs, the hotel’s pub, perfectly blend luxury and relaxation. 350 Stuart St., Boston, 617-266-7200.
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Park Plaza gleams with classic European style: Bacarat crystal chandeliers, balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Be sure to have afternoon tea in the Swan Café and dinner at celebrity chef Todd English’s in-house Bonfire Steakhouse. 50 Park Plaza at Arlington St., Boston, 617-426-2000, bostonparkplaza.com.
The Chandler Inn Hotel
This South End boutique hotel manages to be both hip and historic: An early 20th-century façade houses 55 decidedly contemporary guest rooms decorated by local designers like Dennis Duffy and Eric Roseff. What’s more, the Chandler offers close proximity to the many acclaimed restaurants of this ultra cool neighborhood. 26 Chandler St., Boston, 617-482-3450, chandlerinn.com.
Charles Street Inn
This elegant bed and breakfast exudes the old-fashioned charm of Beacon Hill, but also offers post-Victorian amenities such as whirlpool bathtubs and HDTVs. With only nine guest rooms, the hotel promises exceptional attention and the utmost privacy. 94 Charles St., Boston, 617-314-8900, charlesstreetinn.com.
Fairmont Battery Wharf
It’s hard to decide which is more impressive: the harbor views, the world-class spa (opening in December), or Sensing, chef Guy Martin’s in-house restaurant dedicated to nouvelle cuisine. In the end, though, the hotel’s location trumps all other amenities—it’s located steps from some of Boston’s top attractions, including the USS Constitution, Freedom Trail, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the historic North End neighborhood. 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, 800- 257-7544 or 617-994-9000, fairmont.com/batterywharf.
A member of the National Register of Historic Places, this 1929 building boasts 59 newly renovated guest rooms. In addition to its historical appeal, visitors enjoy reasonable rates, a prime Back Bay location, and classic American dishes at the Stuart Street Grille. 140 Clarendon St., Boston, 617-585-5600, hotel140.com.
Convenient to Fenway Park and Newbury Street, this gem offers rooms with European décor and one of the city’s favorite brasseries, Eastern Standard. 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-933-5000, www.hotelcommonwealth.com.
This upscale hotel might be situated in the quiet suburb of Newton but it has a decidedly urban flair. The poolside cabanas, fashionable rooms, and BOKX 109 American Prime restaurant draw even the most dedicated city dwellers. 399 Grove St., Newton, 617-969-5300, hotelindigo.com.
This Cambridge hotel boasts panoramic views of the Charles River and Boston skyline, not to mention a dedication to green practices and eco-friendly behavior. 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-868-8000, hotelmarlowe.com.
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.
Westin Boston Waterfront
Newly renovated with leopard-print pillows and a stone floor carved with fossil prints, the Westin’s chic lobby now matches the hotel’s impeccable service and great location next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For a unique tour of the city, ask the front desk for a Runner’s World map, filled with three-to-five-mile runs around the city. 425 Summer St., Boston, 617-532-4600, starwoodhotels.com/westin.
Westin Copley Place
Connected to the Hynes Convention Center by a sky bridge, and a short stroll from the shops at the Prudential Center, Copley Mall, and Newbury Street, the Westin Copley gives new meaning to mixing work and play. The 803 guest rooms are equipped with pillow top mattresses and marble bathrooms, and six eateries, ranging from Starbucks to Turner Fisheries, are just downstairs. 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-262-9600, starwoodhotels.com/westin.
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