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Mini Guide to Five Cool Hotels in Boston, MA

Buff Strickland Mini-bar Cosmopolitans at Nine Zero, in Boston.

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For ages, Boston's hotel scene called to mind that old restaurant joke: not only were the properties outdated and uninspired, there weren't enough of them. But hold up: in just six years, the city has acquired more than 30 new properties. For now, the buzz centers on five newcomers, each with a distinct character, locale, and target clientele.

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Inspired by: Boston Uncommon — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published May. 2006

Hotels (5)

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    Hotel Commonwealth

    Near Fenway Park in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood, the 149-room Hotel Commonwealth resides inside a French Empire-style building. Shades of red

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    Back Bay Hotel

    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 I

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    Nine Zero

    With its sleek, minimalist décor, Nine Zero brings modern chic to the historic area around the Freedom Trail. Yes, connecting to Wi-Fi from your er

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    Onyx Hotel

    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 Fane

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    Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

    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’

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