Boston

Hotels in Boston

Masculine yet cozy, the 225-room Back Bay Hotel is laden with history: the 1925 limestone edifice with ornate friezes fronts one of Boston’s last Italian Renaissance Revival buildings, which was police headquarters for 70 years.

Opened in the Back Bay in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza is a seven-story Beaux-Arts building—complete with a spacious lobby decorated with Italian marble columns, a gilded ceiling, and crystal chandeliers. Every U.S.

With its unmistakable archway and domed rotunda, the 16-story building, set on the main swath of Rowes Wharf, is a city icon.

A group of Boston real estate developers challenged Campion A. Platt (the designer responsible for New York’s MercBar and the Park Avalon) to re-create this historic 1900 building in an up-and-coming neighborhood a few blocks from Beacon Hill.

Situated inside a historic 1892 residence as well as the renovated adjacent building, A Cambridge House is a quiet bed-and-breakfast located four miles from Harvard Square.

Tucked along a quiet row of Victorian town houses in the arty South End, this 1868 brownstone has been meticulously reinvented as a three-room B&B.

To stand out in the fashion-forward Back Bay, interior designer Frank Nicholson approached the hotel as if it were a gallery. Everything has an artistic touch, from the blond-wood contemporary furniture to the masterpieces by Frank Stella and David Hockney.

Check-in at Aloft is via a circular Aloha kiosk reminiscent of the e-ticket machines at airports—only staffed. You also have the option of using smaller, unstaffed kiosks, which will not only check you in to the hotel but also print out airline boarding passes.

The epitome of Boston sophistication, the Taj Boston, formerly the Ritz-Carlton, is perfectly perched in downtown Boston overlooking both the Public Garden and the Frog Pond at Boston Common. The hotel, originally opened in 1927, feels like a luxurious, opulent private residence.

With its sleek, minimalist décor, Nine Zero brings modern chic to the historic area around the Freedom Trail.

It sounds like a setup for a joke—landmark Boston jailhouse converted into luxury hotel. While the property does make all the requisite big-house puns—room service is "solitary dining," the bar is in the former basement drunk tank—it’s more than a gimmick.

This hip, Back Bay hotel on Huntington Avenue enjoys an envied location near boutique-filled Newbury Street. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2008, travertine marble floors, polished wood and contemporary furnishings now characterize The Colonnade Hotel’s public spaces.

Located just across the Charles River from downtown Boston, Hotel Marlowe is a boutique-style Kimpton property with a quirky-meets-chic design.

This contemporary brick landmark offers a truly prime location: it’s literally across the street from the glittering and meandering walking paths of the Public Garden (Newbury Street’s shops are also just a few blocks away).

Occupying two adjacent, refurbished 19th-century town houses on Beacon Hill’s best antiquing street, this hotel is a great choice if you prefer cozy inns to slick high-rises.