Nestled in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill on a gas lantern-lined cobblestone street, this townhouse hotel is really a quant inn with 12 rooms and one in-room suite. The adjoining houses, built in the1830s and 1850s, have been completely updated and offer guests modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet access, 24-hour room service, and even an elevator. The understated rooms are decorated in cool tones with black and white photography on the walls and louvered shutters on the windows. Guests will be delighted to dine in the 86-seat Hotel Bistro, located conveniently downstairs, where Chef Al Soto serves bistro-style food. The menu is predominately French with Chef Soto’s New England influence and seasonal approach throughout. It’s open until 11pm Monday through Saturday and until 10pm on Sunday.
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The affluent neighborhood attracts business people and tourists alike. The hotel is just one block away from the Boston Commons, two subways stops from Faneuil Hall, a short subway ride to Harvard Square in Cambridge, and the theatre/symphony district is within walking distance.
The Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge is a large hotel with an individualized feel. The 236 guestrooms, with executive and presidential suites available, are bright stylish rooms with a whimsical mixture of colors and textures—animal prints with bold blues, vibrant yellows, and electric reds. They offer standard four-star quality amenities with lavish touches such as in-room exercise programs, Frette bed linens, and L'Occitane bath toiletries. They boast an attentive staff and accommodate families and pets as well as frequent business travelers. Don’t miss the hotel restaurant Bambara for Chef Jay Silva’s regional American cuisine. The 170-seat urbane dining room was designed by Puccini Restaurant Group and includes a cocktail lounge, outdoor dining (weather permitting), and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer scenic views of the Charles River.
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Located directly across from the Cambridge Side Galleria, nearby attractions include MIT, Kendall Square, Museum of Science Observatory, and Harvard Square.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or want a reprieve from bustling hotels, The Charles Street Inn is for you. An elegant bed and breakfast in Beacon Hill, each of the nine guest rooms are named and thematically decorated for famous Beacon Hill residents like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Isabella Stewart Gardner, and Edith Wharton. Victorian décor and antique furnishings surround modern amenities in every room. You’ll find a LCD hi-definition television hidden in an ornate wooden armoire. Or after soaking in an air-jet whirlpool tub—there’s one in every guest bathroom— retire to a queen or king size canopy bed amid an original 1860 marble fireplace, lithographs or oil paintings, and sculptured desk lamps. Also take advantage of their breakfast menu served in the privacy of your room.
What to Do: The hotel is located in the center of the best antique and boutique shopping in Boston. Sore muscles from walking the nearby Freedom Trail or a tough workout at nearby The Sports Club/LA? Make an appointment at the front desk for a spa treatment or therapeutic massage in your room.
Centrally located in Downtown Boston, this ultra chic, metropolitan hotel has 190 rooms and five suites with a stylish, apartment-like feel. Rooms have sleek interiors with dark furniture that strikingly contrasts creamy, butter-yellow walls. Along with the expected luxury amenities are customized minibars in every room, complimentary overnight shoe shine, and in-room spa services. Expect to see young sophisticates, business travelers, and the often-sighted celebrity as hotel guests. Along with providing stylish comfort, this award-winning hotel houses Spire Restaurant with Chef Gabriel Frasca’s modern international cuisine.
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Take a Swan Ride in the Boston Commons or rock out to a concert at the nearby historic Orpheum Theatre.
Each of the 400 guest rooms and 21 suites at the Royal Sonesta Hotel have views of the Charles River, Cambridge, or the Boston skyline. The simply decorated rooms have a muted color palate of beige and tan with beds covered in plush down blankets. Complimentary high-speed internet is available (WiFi and wired) as are other standard amenities. Guests can swim laps in the atrium-style pool with a retractable roof, work out in the hotel’s full-service heath club, or bask on the sun deck in warm weather. Explore the hotel’s contemporary art collection on a self-guided tour (map is provided). For first-rate modern Italian cuisine, dine at acclaimed Restaurant Dante. Chef Dante de Magistris, our 2002 Rising Star, serves unique dishes with authentic Mediterranean flavors.
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The hotel is minutes from Harvard Square’s hip shops and fine dining. Or spend a day of discovery at the nearby Museum of Science.
Located on Boston’s historic waterfront, the hotel is within walking distance of the new Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium and the historic Freedom Trail. The North End and Faneuil Hall are also a stone’s throw away. With its convenient access to the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, this hotel is ideal for travelers who are coming into town for events there. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel and grounds. Rooms have been recently renovated and feature new linens, restored cherry furniture, large work desks, and Bose Wave radios compatible with MP3 players and iPods. The hotel is both child-friendly and pet-friendly!
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After you eat your way through all of Boston, work off extra calories at The Wave Health and Fitness Club. The full-service health club and spa features plenty of strength training equipment and cardio machines, plus a full schedule of cardio, cycling, yoga, and Pilates classes. There’s also a 50-foot pool with panoramic views, skylights, and underwater music.
Housed in the former Boston Police Headquarters, the Back Bay Hotel is conveniently located right at the intersection of Back Bay and South End, near Beacon Hill, making it an ideal starting point. Little touches like heated towel racks, and turn down service make your stay extra memorable. Between that, the historic 1920s architecture and an extremely friendly and accommodating staff, the Back Bay Hotel is a wonderful place to be able to call home for a few days.
The Beacon Hill Hotel is a quaint inn right in the center of posh Beacon Hill, and just a block away from the Commons. It’s ideally situated to act as the headquarters for your Boston food adventures with plenty of great restaurants just a hop skip and a jump away—including the hotel’s own Beacon Hill Bistro helmed by Chef Jason Bond. The understated rooms are decorated in cool tones with black and white photography on the walls and louvered shutters on the windows. Each of the 12 guest rooms are charming and have modern conveniences with historical character. The roof deck, which overlooks gas lamp and cobblestone and lined Charles Street, is an ideal place to unwind on a sunny day.
Set back on a tree-lined street in the historic South End, the Chandler Inn is a great wallet-conscious hotel. With 55 clean rooms and a super friendly, helpful staff, this is conveniently located hotel is a steal. The hotel is blocks away from the Back Bay “T” stop, and a short walk to Newbury Street, the Hynes Convention Center, Copley Place Mall, the Prudential Center, Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, and the Public Garden.
This chic luxury boutique hotel is located in Back Bay, close to Newbury Street Shopping, Copley Place, and a number of great shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. The Eliot’s 79 suites and 16 guestrooms include down comforters, wireless internet, flat panel hi-def televisions, and many more amenities. The hotel offers passes to the nearby Boston Sports Club in lieu of having their own fitness center. And you won’t find better restaurants in any hotel than Ken Oringer’s Clio and Uni.
Just across from downtown Boston in Cambridge is Hotel Marlowe, a large boutique hotel with an individualized feel. We’ve been longtime fans of this hotel—they hosted the first ever StarChefs Rising Star Gala back in 2003! The 236 guestrooms are bright and stylish with four-star amenities. The hotel décor is hip and splashy with a mix of animal prints and bold, vibrant hues. Every evening guests are invited to gather in the plush lobby and unwind with a complimentary glass of wine, and every morning complimentary tea and coffee is available. If you want to grab a bite to eat on the way to kayak down the Charles (the hotel offers complementary kayak and bike rentals), then be sure to stop at the hotel’s restaurant Bambara, where Chef Jay Silva is known for his classic New England lobster rolls.
Staying in a former prison has never been so stylish. Housed in the former Charles Street Jail in Beacon Hill, the Liberty is a chic luxury hotel. The stylized prison theme carries through the lobby with ornate ironwork, large brick walls, and the original 90-foot central rotunda and cupola that was built in 1851. With the usual four-star amenities like evening turndown and luxury linens in the 298 rooms, as well as some unusual amenities like complimentary bicycles and free Saturday yoga, The Liberty is a lavish place to stay. And be sure to make Clink a stop on your itinerary so you can sample Chef Joseph Margate’s food.
What was formerly the grand Ritz Carlton is now the stately Taj Boston. And although the place could use a paint job, the crystal chandeliers, cream and gold décor, guild mirrors, and plush floral carpeting call to mind the kind of opulent establishments that no longer seem to be built in today's era of refurbished industrial loft space. Friendly staff and posh touches (silky chocolates during turn down service, Molton Brown bath products), heighten the whole stay, and the view (or better yet a walk through) of the nearby Common Gardens is divine.
Whether you’re in town for a conference or checking in on studious Harvard undergrads, the Hyatt Regency Cambridge offers a massive 470 guests rooms to park your feet at the end of the night. Set right on the Charles River, an impressive atrium-lobby offers a stately view of Boston, while the modern rooms provide charming balconies to relax on. And breakfast with Chef Robert Daugherty inside the hotel’s Zephyr On the Charles will send you happily on your way, no matter where you’re headed.
Boston’s Harbor is the next neighborhood to take storm, and as restaurants fill in the space, hotels are also taking note. The newest member of the club offers both food and hearth—the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel is both a relaxing accommodation in the heart of the neighborhood, and it’s also home to our 2009 Boston Sustainability Rising Star Chef Richard Garcia’s newest culinary endeavor, 606 Congress. After you’ve had your fill of the surrounding dining scene, unwind in the indoor pool and sauna, then rest your head inside these comfortable, spacious rooms.
Step away from the crowds of Fenway Park and the bars of Kenmore Square, and into the Old World-charm of the Hotel Commonwealth. This boutique hotel offers 149 plush rooms to relax in, with personal touches like fresh bath amenities and a guest book collection (featuring Boston authors of course). And you won’t go hungry here: dine fancy at Eastern Standard Kitchen or kick back and relax with the hotel’s feel-good spot Island Creek Oyster Bar, where you’re guaranteed to find a good drink and a meal to go with it.
If Alice and the white rabbit created a hotel together, the Ames Hotel just might be their brain child. The mix of Old- and New-World styles makes for a setting that is funky and fun, without the pretension high-style hotels often exude. Inside Beacon Hill’s historic Ames building, vibrant furniture, Romanesque arched windows, and vintage fireplaces fill 114 luxurious rooms. And while there are plenty of restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, Chef Mark Goldberg at the hotel’s Woodward Restaurant makes just the kind of brunch we want to dig into—fluffy sourdough pancakes packed with blueberries, and seared tuna with fennel and preserved lemon.