Hotels in Boston
Boston’s hotels are widely varied to accommodate travelers on all different types of budgets. Luxury hotels like the Revere Hotel (named for Boston’s most famous midnight rider) and the Hotel Commonwealth offer premier locations and 5-star amenities, while recognizable chains like Best Western and Embassy Suites start at lower price points. Small bed and breakfasts are also a nice option to look into. One to consider is the cozy, four-room Encore B&B, which is located in the South End neighborhood and within walking distance of Copley Square and Back Bay.
If you’re looking for a low-key hotel in Boston, try A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square. Here, experience the picturesque New England town of Cambridge while still having access to the T (Boston’s metro) that’ll take you into downtown Boston. If you’re planning on sightseeing, The Constitution Inn is a great option. Located in downtown Boston, it’s situated right at the start of the Freedom Trail—a 2.5 mile-long route with 16 historical museums, churches, cemeteries, and meeting houses. With 143 rooms, a fitness center, pool, and convenient location, the Constitution Inn is one of the best 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.
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.
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.
With its sleek, minimalist décor, Nine Zero brings modern chic to the historic area around the Freedom Trail.
Located just across the Charles River from downtown Boston, Hotel Marlowe is a boutique-style Kimpton property with a quirky-meets-chic design.
Established in 1900 by hotelier Lucias Boomer, owner of New York’s Waldorf=Astoria, the Lenox is located in the Back Bay, within walking distance of Newbury Street and Boston Common. Former guests include Jeff Bridges, Steve Martin, and Judy Garland, who lived in suite No.
Small and traditional without being stuffy, this elegant Back Bay hotel welcomes guests like they were family—fitting, since it’s been owned and operated by the same clan for more than 70 years.
The hulking 294-room Charles, on the eastern edge of Harvard Square, is the best reason to stay north of the river.
Starwood's first LEED-certified hotel has 123 rooms that look standard at first glance. Oversized windows make use of natural light, the pantry is stocked with treats from the farmer's market; hybrids get prime spots in the parking lot; and the gym overlooks a solar-heated indoor pool.
Tucked away on a side street in the downtown area, the Onyx is a Kimpton Group boutique hotel located within 1.5 miles of city highlights like Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill, and TD Garden.
Overlooking Norman B. Leventhal Park, the Langham Boston resides in the former Federal Reserve Bank. Completed in 1922, this Renaissance Revival structure features an elegant main entrance trimmed with gold molding and two N. C. Wyeth murals hanging in their original spots in the lobby.
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.
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.
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.
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.