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.
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.
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.
The Royal Sonesta looks over the Charles River from the Cambridge side, with views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston.
Housed in three interconnected brownstone townhouses, including a main building constructed in 1882, the Newbury Guest House is an independent hotel on Back Bay’s fashionable Newbury Street.