Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf
With its unmistakable archway and domed rotunda, the 16-story building, set on the main swath of Rowes Wharf, is a city icon. Ideal for first-time Boston visitors, the 230-room waterfront property is within walking distance of familiar attractions (Faneuil Hall, Boston Common) and new landmarks, such as the glass-walled Institute of Contemporary Art. Rooms are detailed with nautical accents (handcrafted teak furniture, historic maps) and offer views of either the harbor or the city skyline. During the winter, the hotel hosts the annual Boston Wine Festival (founded by chef Daniel Bruce of the property’s three restaurants); in warm weather, the harborside patio transforms into an outdoor theater with live performances and film screenings.