Whether you’re a newlywed on your honeymoon having just taken vows in the Public Garden, or a veteran of the romance trade celebrating 50 years of marriage and still going strong, there’s a place for you in Boston to sit with your sweetie and feel like the only two people in the world. Hit the town hand-in-hand to dine out at intimate eateries, or sip cocktails at cabarets with live jazz. You can even satisfy a sentimental cliché and enjoy a horse and buggy ride through the city’s charming streets. One of my favorite date ideas is always a walk around an art museum, like the massive Museum of Fine Arts, or even the Thayer Street galleries in the South End. You can wander for hours, chatting, and learning a lot about the lovely person you’re with. Oh, and about art too, of course. After all that, head back to hotel—I recommend the following five for romance.
Read T+L’s Guide to Boston Hotels for more hotel ideas.
Based out of a renovated 1846 shipping warehouse, this modern, nautical boutique makes for a trendy couple’s retreat. Hallways are bathed in aquarium-blue, and each room is soft and comforting, dressed in Teak woodwork and hanging gas lamp lanterns. For a change of pace, head downstairs to the Harborside Lounge for an electric light dance party on Boutique Fridays.
Sleek and sophisticated with views of the Charles River, the Royal Sonesta boasts a prominent, 750-piece collection of conceptual, minimal, and pop art works—some created exclusively for the hotel. Check out ArtBar, the hotel’s on-site restaurant with riverside patio dining, world-class art, seasonal American cuisine, and an extensive wine list.
The spacious luxury suites at this quaint, French-inspired hotel are an entire romantic getaway wrapped in one package. Each room is stocked with everything you could need, including a minibar and in-room touch-screen to order 24-hour room service. Leave the suite at least once for an evening at the hotel’s acclaimed French restaurant, Clio.
A night at this 31-room Harvard Square hotel would be well-spent lingering in the lobby, known as The Simple Truth Lounge. A quiet nook with plush sofas and an infinity fireplace, it only serves cocktails mixed with spirits made from local distilleries. Rooms are equally intimate, decorated in warm earth tones with intricate molding details.
The Taj Boston
On the more upscale end of Newbury, this extravagant hotel comes fit for royalty, ornate and adorned in tasseled draperies, lush fabrics, and custom-designed furniture. Don’t miss the rooftop Sunday brunch overlooking the Public Garden; it’s an opulent buffet spread, complete with chilled seafood, Mediterranean charcuterie, and chocolate-covered strawberries to finish.