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BEST Hotel, General Excellence

2014 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

Ames Boston Hotel

Boston

While we appreciate Boston’s cobblestone streets, we’re also progressives. This chic hotel is just like us: a little bit of both. Built into the skeleton of the city’s first office tower (1893), the David Rockwell creation beautifully balances the past… read more »

2013 BEST Hotel, General Excellence
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Mandarin Oriental

Boston

Connected to the bustling Prudential Center, the Mandarin is a Zen refuge from the moment you enter. Modern museum-quality paintings and sculptures encourage thoughtful reflection. And don’t get us started on the spa, which is the only Forbes five-star facility… read more »

2012 BEST Hotel, General Excellence
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Mandarin Oriental

Boston

There’s something formulaic about high-end hotels these days. Marble vanities + giant flat screens + bazillion-thread-count Frette sheets = the right to charge upward of $500 per night for a room. The Mandarin Oriental, naturally, has all of these luxuries…. read more »

2011 BEST Hotel, General Excellence
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Mandarin Oriental

Boston

Even the most basic guest rooms at this Back Bay behemoth overflow with amenities: luxe slippers, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, rainforest shower. But what stands out is the way staffers treat you: like a frequent, honored guest, even if it’s the… read more »

2005 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

The Charles Hotel

Cambridge

Few hotels can boast politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities among their clientele. The Charles can. The Harvard Square hotel houses jazz and martini bars, a renovated presidential suite, a multimillion-dollar art collection, and two award-winning restaurants. The J. Crew—uniformed staff is… read more »

2003 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

Fifteen Beacon

Boston

When the in-laws come to town for a visit, send them straight to Fifteen Beacon, a hotel so classically elegant (and subtly opulent) they’ll never want to leave. The staff at this Beacon Hill hotel makes service an art form,… read more »

2002 BEST Hotel, General Excellence
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The Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston

This 230-room palace has bragging rights locked up, thanks to its flawless waterfront view from Rowes Wharf. The whole scene—billowing sails, bright blue slices of sky and harbor, and a breathtaking panorama of the cityscape—is straight out of a postcard… read more »

2001 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

XV Beacon

Boston

Paul Roiff’s much-hyped Beacon Hill hostelry actually qualifies as a boutique hotel, with only 61 rooms and the hushed luxury of a truly exclusive property. But the attention to detail, from fresh orchids placed in the bathrooms daily and specially… read more »

2000 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

The Charles Hotel

Cambridge

Perhaps the best answer to what defines the Cambridge experience, The Charles Hotel is the epitome of understated elegance. Sure, The Charles has all the amenities one would expect from a first-class hotel (health club, plush towels, in-room computer portals),… read more »