Best of Boston

BEST Hotel

2017 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

Hotel Commonwealth


After a sweeping $50 million upgrade, Hotel Commonwealth is in a league of its own. In addition to 96 sleek new guest rooms, the Kenmore Square gem now boasts a Red Sox-themed luxury suite and private event space overlooking Fenway… read more»

2016 BEST Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Harbor View Hotel


After dropping off your bags in one of this waterfront hotel’s plush rooms or suites, each decked out in teals and taupes, order a cocktail at the in-house bar Henry’s (the Thyme After Thyme is finished with local sea salt)… read more»

2014 BEST Hotel, General Excellence

Ames Boston Hotel


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

Mandarin Oriental


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

Mandarin Oriental


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

Mandarin Oriental


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

The Liberty Hotel


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


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


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»