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BEST Boutique Hotel

2014 BEST Boutique Hotel
Photograph by Jesse Burke

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
Photograph by Bob O'Connor

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, 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»

2005 BEST Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


The city is smitten with Nine Zero. And what’s not to love? Travelers embrace its classic contemporary elegance, streamlined design, and central downtown location. The spacious in-room workstations and Louis Boston and Armani personal shoppers are reasons to check in;… read more»

2004 BEST Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero Hotel


Nine Zero is at once international and approachable: Its rooms are trendy but luxurious, the service hip but not obnoxious. Amenities include Mario Russo bath products and expansive in-room work spaces with ergonomic desk chairs. With the addition of executive… read more»

2003 BEST Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


Posh boutique hotels have been sprouting up with Starbucks-like ferocity. But for the ultimate experience in luxury and style, nothing in Boston compares to Nine Zero. Credit the staff’s unerring and gracious service, a sleek, funky design, and luxury amenities… read more»