Best of Boston

2004 Best Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Boston

After a $60 million facelift, all 17 stories of Boston’s grande dame gleam as brightly as they did in the 1920s. This Ritz has spent more than 75 years perfecting the art of impeccable service, and it shows in a sophistication and luxury unmatched in this town—right down to the jocular doorman and white-gloved bellboys. The chandelier-filled dining room has been restored to its previous grandeur, and the vast menu of amenities includes bath and fireplace butlers, afternoon tea, and etiquette classes for children.

15 Arlington St., Boston, 617-536-5700,