Boutique Hotels in Boston, MA
Want to feel like a Boston Brahmin, if only for a night? This chic hotel is located on Charles Street, on oh-so-posh Beacon Hill. Two 19th century townhouses were renovated to create the property, but there's nothing antique-y about it--rooms are coolly minimalist, with plush linens, neutral hues, and natural light. The hotel's streetside bistro offers updated French fare, and there are plenty of other places to grab a bite along Charles Street, plus boutiques galore. Boston's lush Public Garden (swan boats in summertime, ice skating in winter) is a short stroll away, and Back Bay's shopping and dining zone (including Newbury Street) is just beyond that.
Fresh, modern, and oh-so-chic--there's nothing cookie-cutter or corporate about this Back Bay gem! The 143 guest rooms are done up in tones of champagne, cream, chocolate and heather grey, but what really makes this one the quintessence of cool are the on-property bars: minibar (a martini bar), and Saint, a swanky music lounge that's popular with locals. The downside is, if you're not an up-all-night party girl, the location can be noisy. Quietest rooms face away from Huntington Avenue and are up a few floors. Nice touches include free wine in the lobby from 5-6 p.m., and a nearby grocery store--great for late-night snacks.
It's Boston-meets-Paris at this Euro-style boutique hotel, set on the broad boulevard of Commonwealth Avenue. If you're in need of some serious pampering, this is the place. Digs are ooh-la-luscious, done up in brown silk, taupe and toile, with poufy mattresses and Italian marble. No wonder this Back Bay property has won a slew of awards, including four diamonds from AAA and top ratings from Travel & Leisure. The on-site restaurants win kudos, too; both Clio (contemporary French) and Uni Sashimi Bar are helmed by James Beard award winner Ken Oringer. What's nearby? Newbury Street, Kenmore Square, and Fenway Park. Alas, luxury comes at a price, but the Eliot offers some enticing packages.
Sacrifice style to get value? As we say in Boston, nevah! This hipster's haven is the perfect match if you'd rather spend your hard-earned bucks on a fab meal than a fawning doorman. The Copley Square location is fantastic, if you don't mind being surrounded by shopping, restaurants, clubs, and Newbury Street. (Fun fact: It sits on the finish line of the Boston Marathon.) The outdoor patio is a great spot to watch the passing parade; indoors, the 40 snug guest rooms have been designed by hotshot Dennis Duffy. There's a bar in the front of the house, and a good free Continental breakfast; for dinner, order from the Thai place next door, or 60-some local restaurants. It doesn't get bettah than this!
There are lots of big chain hotels near the Boston waterfront, and then there's the Harborside, a former 19th century mercantile warehouse-turned-boutique hotel. Looking for a bargain? Rates are excellent (typically 20 percent less than neighboring hotels.) Into architecture? The Harborside has unique, maritime-Boston feel, thanks to exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, teak accents, and art prints of Boston Harbor. Rooms are spacious, but a little quirky, given the design of the building; some rooms overlook the city, while others face an interior atrium. The location is fantastic, especially if you're looking for nightlife--a lively bar scene are just outside your door, and Quincy Market is a block away.