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BEST Boutique Hotel

2017 BEST Boutique Hotel

The Envoy Hotel


Since opening its doors in 2015, the Envoy has served as a hip Seaport hangout for tourists and locals alike. Lodgers get to kick back in polished, design-minded suites that maximize both city and harbor views, while Hub dwellers can… read more»

2015 BEST Boutique Hotel

The Verb Hotel


This former HoJo is now a stylish hotel with a rock ‘n’ roll soul. Its rooms feature pop artifacts like backstage passes for the J. Geils Band, old Phoenix covers, and manual typewriters. Guests can spin records on the lobby’s… read more»

2014 BEST Boutique Hotel

Inn at St. Botolph


The fanny pack and walking shoes may mark you as a tourist, but your digs definitely won’t. Tucked away in the Back Bay, this brownstone inn blends in with its neighbors, keeping your tourist status our little secret. Small and… read more»

2013 BEST Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


Hip enough for Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, yet sophisticated enough to attract the likes of Bill Clinton, Nine Zero treats all its guests like celebrities—even the penguins en route to the San Diego Zoo that it accommodated in 2007…. read more»

2012 BEST Boutique Hotel

XV Beacon


Once the big chains got wise to the fact that people like to stay in quirky, independent places when they travel, the term “boutique hotel” started to get watered down: Suddenly, any place with a Louis Ghost chair or free… read more»

2011 BEST Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


While not entirely indie—it’s part of the Kimpton hotel group—Nine Zero is a singularly splendid place to lay your head. All rooms boast robes, European linens, and windows that open to let in the fresh air. But if you’re lucky… read more»

2011 BEST Boutique Hotel, Nantucket

Union Street Inn


Set inside an old whaler’s mansion, this classic inn gets high points for service and design. Owners Ken and Deborah Withrow boast boutique-hotel and retail backgrounds (they’ve worked with Ian Schrager and Henri Bendel, respectively), meaning they know how to… read more»

2011 BEST Boutique Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Hob Knob


Set back from the hubbub of downtown Edgartown, this eco-friendly, 17-room manse is quiet, unpretentious, and posh. (JFK himself once stayed here after an exhausting regatta.) Eat your made-to-order breakfast, then ride one of the cruiser bikes to the beach… read more»

2011 BEST Boutique Hotel, Cape Cod

Harbor Hotel Provincetown


Shady motor inns might be quintessential Cape Cod, but we don’t have to like ’em. So we’re thrilled to see the old Cape Inn reborn as the Harbor Hotel, with a mod new look and superb amenities. Spend all day… read more»

2006 BEST Boutique Hotel

Eliot Hotel


Austere lobbies and high-tech doodads certainly make an impression, but too many new luxury hotels try to conceal poor service behind flashy interior decorating. The Peter Niemetz-redesigned Eliot, outfitted with restored antiques, toile fabrics, and plush linens, has nothing to… read more»