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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»

2008 BEST Hotel, Debut
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The Liberty Hotel

Boston

When the Liberty opened last winter 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). Penitentiary… read more»

2007 BEST Hotel, Berkshires

The Porches Inn

North Adams

Fleeing the city seems an idyllic notion, until you find yourself bunking down among doily-strewn antiques and overpowering potpourri at a B&B advertising bucolic “charm.” A rare exception is the Porches Inn, set in a row of renovated multi-colored Victorians… read more»

2007 BEST Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Beach Plum Inn

Menemsha

You are not a Kennedy. Your chances of getting asked to the family’s up-island compound are, frankly, slim. So what? You can still live like American royalty at the nearby Beach Plum Inn. Its 11 rooms and cottages are flush… read more»

2007 BEST Hotel, Nantucket

Hotel Green

Nantucket

With two hotels, an art gallery, and an upscale shoe salon to her name, Nantucket transplant Vanessa Noel practically is the island. Her 10-room Hotel Green manages to make “environmentally correct” feel entirely first class, with eco-friendly touches like hemp… read more»

2007 BEST Hotel, Cape Cod

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham

Had Fitzgerald created Jay Gatsby today, he might have installed his debonair protagonist at the Chatham Bars Inn. The 1914 hotel’s foyer alone, with its polished wood floors and stately white columns, is redolent of money and understated class. Still… read more»

2007 BEST Hotel, New

InterContinental Boston

Boston

Considering the onslaught of just-opened and recently renovated hotels, it’s a good time to be a guest in Boston (if a somewhat less good time to be a hotelier). How to stand out among the expected 300-thread-count sheets, Frette robes,… read more»