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.
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.
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).
The Royal Sonesta looks over the Charles River from the Cambridge side, with views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston.
Located along the waterfront, InterContinental Boston features two dramatically curved towers of reflective blue glass and sleek polished granite.
Boston’s only Ritz (the Taj chain bought the famous Back Bay property in 2006) is an 12-story glass-and-steel monolith that looms above the Common’s greenery.
Occupying the Romanesque former headquarters of the Ames farm-tool company, the 113-room downtown property is the very chic result of a collaboration between David Rockwell and the Morgans Hotel Group—the New York-based founding fathers, so to speak, of the boutique hotel.
This 1860 Beacon Hill inn—hidden on a cobbled street fittingly lined with gas street lamps—is an enchanting urban refuge. The town-house property was once a "show-home," where the monied Brahmin set could ogle 19th-century architectural styles.
One of Boston’s first modern design hotels when it opened in Beacon Hill in 1999, the surprisingly homey 63-room XV (call it “Fifteen”) has stylish, bold interiors that contrast nicely with the 1903 Beaux-Arts building.
With its unmistakable archway and domed rotunda, the 16-story building, set on the main swath of Rowes Wharf, is a city icon.
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.
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.
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.
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.