Best of Boston

1998 Best Hotel, Intimate

The Eliot Hotel

If you want blinking neon welcome signs, uninspiring neutral furnishings, and tasteless room service in an anonymous structure, don’t come here. The four-star Eliot is an intimate and cozy home away from home (we should all live so well) with a decidedly European flair. Its beautifully furnished one- and two-bedroom suites, featuring living rooms and private pantries, are the perfect respire following a day exploring the Back Bay or simply as an urban retreat with your honey. And right downstairs is the nationally acclaimed restaurant Clio.

370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-267-1608,