370 Commonwealth Ave, 02215 • 617 267 1607 • www.eliothotel.com • $$
Back Bay grace and charm characterize this late 19th-century landmark hotel. Visiting musicians and baseball teams alike enjoy the spacious suites. Uni, the ground-floor restaurant, is one of Boston’s most acclaimed and provides room service for the Eliot’s guests.
250 Franklin St, 02110 • 617 451 1900 • www.langhamhotels.com • $$
The extremely posh Langham occupies a jewel of an Art Nouveau building, the former Federal Reserve bank in the heart of the Financial District. Spacious rooms feature modernized Second Empire decor with rich brocades.
215 Charles St, 02114 • 617 224 4000 • www.libertyhotel.com • $$
Dramatic design has transformed the historic Charles Street Jail into an elegant boutique hotel with a soaring lobby. Basketball and hockey teams stay here, as TD Garden is nearby.
200 Stuart Street, 02116 • 617 428 1800 • www.reverehotel.com • $$
This sleek, hip hotel is two blocks from Boston Common and close to the Theater District. Every elegant room has its own private balcony. The rooftop pool and bar serves lunch in summer. The Emerald Lounge is a local favorite.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 02109 • 617 523 3600 • www.millenniumhotels.com • $$
Rooms run the gamut from tiny to palatial in this elegant and swanky oasis close to bustling Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, but all feature lovely city views. There is also an excellent on-site fitness center.
70 Rowes Wharf, 02110 • 617 439 7000 • www.bhh.com • $$$
To enjoy one of the most beautiful locations in the city to the full, request a room with a harbor view and private balcony. There’s no need to go anywhere else as you will find restaurants, a fitness center, and spa all on site.
200 Boylston St, 02116 • 617 338 4400 • www.fourseasons.com • $$$
Rock stars and visiting dignitaries often select the low-key luxury of this hotel on the edge of the Theater District. The lobby-level Bristol Lounge is a favorite spot for striking business deals, and the indoor pool is an added bonus.
776 Boylston St, 02199 • 617 535 8888 • www.mandarinoriental.com • $$$
Situated in the heart of Back Bay, the Mandarin Oriental has some of the city’s largest luxury rooms, which are furnished with designer linens, huge bathtubs, and state-of-the-art electronics. Many guests stay on site just to enjoy the full-service spa.
10 Avery St, 02111 • 617 574 7100 • www.ritzcarlton.com • $$$
This classy hotel is on the upper levels of the tallest building overlooking the Common. The elegant rooms offer a wealth of high-tech and luxury amenities. Guests can use the fitness center for a nominal charge.
15 Arlington St, 02116 • 617 536 5700 • www.tajhotels.com • $$$
The 1927 “original” Boston Ritz benefits from a great location on the edge of the Common and had a thorough restoration in 2002 to revive its old-fashioned glory. This grande dame epitomizes opulence, decorum, and “old Boston” style. The lobby bar is legendary.
15 Beacon St, 02108 • 617 670 1500 • www.xvbeacon.com • $$$
The design-conscious decor and extraordinary attention to detail makes this chic but cozy boutique hotel in Beacon Hill a favorite with business executives. With just 63 rooms, all with high-tech extras, it is one of the most masculine of the city’s modern hotels.
1 Court St, 02108 • 617 979 8100 • www.ameshotel.com • $$
An elegant contemporary hotel, housed in a landmark building in the heart of Downtown Boston, the Ames often has excellent weekend rates because it is mainly a business hotel. Suites retain their original fireplaces alongside the windows with dramatic Romanesque arches. The contrasting minimalist room design tends toward the soothing rather than the stark.
3 Battery Wharf, 02109 • 617 657 1834 • www.batterywharfhotelboston.com • $$
Situated at the edge of the North End, this luxurious hotel commands the mouth of Boston Harbor. Guests benefit from a well-equipped fitness center and a luxury spa.
1 Bennett St, Cambridge, 02138 • 617 864 1200 • www.charleshotel.com • $$
Extra touches, such as handmade quilts hanging on the walls, personalize the comfortable rooms at this modern hotel on the edge of Harvard Square. There’s an indoor pool, an outstanding jazz club – the Reggatabar – and Henrietta’s Table, serving regional foods.
120 Huntington Ave, 02116 • 617 424 7000 • www.colonnadehotel.com • $$
Often used by upscale tour groups, the Colonnade has some of the largest and most comfortable rooms in Back Bay, as well as the city’s only outdoor rooftop pool.
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, 02141 • 617 868 8000 • www.hotelmarlowe.com • $$
Located behind the Museum of Science, this sleek hotel creates a self-contained world of comfort with internet access, evening wine receptions, and a fitness center.
90 Tremont St, 02108 • 617 722 5800 • www.ninezerohotel.com • $$
Marrying sleek steel, chrome, and glass with warm wood and designer furniture, Nine Zero achieves a contemporary look with a soft edge. Its location on the Downtown Crossing corner of Boston Common is convenient.
125 Brookline Ave, 02215 • 617 236 8787 • www.residenceinnbackbay.com • $$
The Residence Inn is an upscale, contempo-rary extended-stay hotel that overlooks Fenway Park. Its suites offer separate living and dining areas and a full kitchen, plus amenities that include luxury bedding and free Wi-Fi. Guests can also take advantage of the complimentary breakfast and lounge. It’s within walking distance of restaurants and shops.
5 Cambridge Pkwy, Cambridge, 02142 • 617 806 4200 • www.sonesta.com • $$
An excellent restaurant, outstanding art collection, and striking riverside location make Royal Sonesta a top choice for aesthetes. Bargain summer family pack-ages often available.
1 Seaport Lane, 02210 • 617 385 4000 • www.seaportboston.com • $$
Connected by a walkway to the World Trade Center, the Seaport was one of the first to pioneer the South Boston Waterfront. Rooms are large and comfortable, and the pool is a bonus, as are regular shuttles to Downtown.
1271 Boylston St, 02215 • 617 566 4500 • www.theverbhotel.com • $$
In the shadow of Fenway Park, this trendy, retro-themed hotel is in demand whenever there’s a big event around the corner. The stylish atmosphere attracts younger crowds looking to celebrate.
296 State St, 02109 • 617 227 0800 • www.marriottlongwharf.com • $$$
The waterfront location means most of the bright, spacious rooms have superb harbor or city views. Waterline, the casual bar-restaurant, is perfect for a cocktail.
25 Charles St, 02114 • 617 723 7575 • www.beaconhillhotel.com • $$
This townhouse hotel is located mere steps from Boston Common. Beacon Hill’s rooms are mostly small but very Euro-chic, and there’s a bistro that serves guests breakfast (included in the rates). There’s also a roof deck.
64 Arlington St, 02116 • 617 426 2000 • www.bostonparkplaza.com • $$
The Park Plaza, built in 1927, is Boston’s largest historic hotel. Sensitive restoration has thank-fully reinstated some of its old glamour. Popular with convention-goers, tour packagers, and business travelers, it is convenient for Back Bay and the Theater District.
107 Merrimac St, 02114 • 617 624 0202 • www.theboxerboston.com • $$
This stylish boutique hotel offers rooms and suites that show off a sleek “industrial chic” design and are equipped with all the latest amenities. The Boxer is centrally located between North End and Beacon Hill, making it ideal for exploring the city on foot.
138 St James Ave, 02116 • 617 267 5300 • www.fairmont.com • $$
This sister hotel of New York’s Plaza has been a Copley Square landmark since 1912. The public areas of the Fairmont are opulent, its rooms are small but very comfortable, and its suites are truly grand.
9 Bay State Rd, 02215 • 617 375 9003 • www.innboston.com • $$
This 1895 brownstone townhouse boasts huge, elegant rooms with fireplaces, wet bars, and high-speed internet. A quiet spot, convenient for Back Bay or the Fenway.
510 Atlantic Ave, 02110 • 617 217 5030 • www.intercontinentalboston.com • $$
This chic waterfront hotel at the edge of Fort Point Channel combines sophisticated architecture with luxurious decor of rich furnishings and textiles. Sumptuous bathrooms include a soaking tub as well as a walk-in shower.
1 Remington St, Cambridge, 02138 • 617 520 5000 • www.thehotelveritas.com • $$
This luxury four-story boutique hotel located near Harvard is ideally sited for families visiting students. Combining luxury with convenience, rooms are intimate and contemporary, while bathrooms have marble finishes. A cozy lounge in the lobby serves cocktails.
61 Exeter St, 02116 • 617 536 5300 • www.lenoxhotel.com • $$
Known for its exemplary service, luxurious modern comfort, historic elegance, and eco-innovation, this Back Bay boutique hotel near Copley Square has served Boston visitors since 1900. Many of the spacious corner rooms have wood-burning fireplaces. Dine at the City Table on New England seasonal fare, or at the Sólás authentic Irish Pub.
350 Stuart St, 02116 • 617 266 7200 • www.loewshotels.com/boston-hotel • $$
This posh boutique hotel in the handsome limestone former Boston police headquarters offers deluxe comfort and services in a convenient corner of South End.
100 Stuart St, 02116 • 617 261 8700 • www.starwoodhotels.com • $$
Seemingly designed as much for the architectural press as for the traveler, this W appeals to visitors who enjoy the convenient location in the Theater District at the edge of Back Bay. A Bliss Spa located in the hotel is the ideal place to relax.
500 Commonwealth Ave, 02215 • 617 933 5000 • www.hotelcommonwealth.com • $$$
Right by Kenmore Square, this suave 245-room hotel has all the high-tech essentials but with the architecture and decor of France’s Second Empire.
777 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, 02139 • 617 492 7777 • www.marriott.com • $
Large desks and great views are highlights of this riverfront hotel. Amenities include a fitness center and a pool. The location isn’t ideal unless you have a car to get around town.
54 Berkeley St, 02116 • 617 482 3450 • www.chandlerstudiosboston.com • $$
This hip boutique hotel in a South End brown-stone offers studios with ultra-modern furnishings, kitchenettes, and high-tech features. There’s a daily maid service but no on-site staff.
655 Boylston St, 02116 • 617 247 1212 • www.charlesmarkhotel.com • $$
Set in an 1892 Back Bay townhouse, the compact but ergonomic rooms of this boutique hotel feature custom-made furniture, light-toned woodwork, and smart Italian tilework. Breakfast is included in the astonishingly low (for the area) rates.
275 Tremont St, 02116 • 617 426 1400 • www.marriott.com • $$
Located at the edge of the city’s Theater District, this 1920s tower hotel underwent restoration to give fresh glitter to its dramatic public spaces (think crystal chandeliers and marble columns). The rooms are small but boast first-rate amenities.
215 Monsignor O’Brien Hway, Cambridge, 02141 • 617 621 1999 • www.fairfieldbostoncambridge.com • $$
This contemporary hotel is just across the Charles River from Downtown. Rooms feature sleek design including an ergonomic workstation. There’s free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, and 24-hour fitness and business centers.
185 State St, 02109 • 617 723 7500 • www.harborsideinnboston.com • $$
This modest boutique hotel is set in a historic (1858) spice warehouse. Rooms have wood floors, exposed brick walls, oriental rugs, and traditional furnishings.
99 St Botolph St, 02116 • 617 236 8099 • www.innatstbotolph.com • $$
Perfect for a romantic getaway, this redbrick townhouse boutique hotel near Symphony Hall has the finest in contemporary design. The sunny rooms have queen-size beds.
350 Main St, Cambridge, 02142 • 617 577 1300 • www.kendallhotel.com • $$
An artist-architect couple transformed this century-old Cambridge firehouse into a boutique hotel. The 77 rooms are decorated with an Americana folk art theme. Don’t miss the Rooftop Retreat.
16 Garden St, Cambridge, 02138 • 617 547 4800 • www.sheratoncommander.com • $$
Harvard Square’s original (1927) hotel has elegant contemporary decor. Some rooms are small, but public areas are pleasantly clubby, and the Cambridge Common location is enchanting.
425 Summer St, 02210 • 617 532 4600 • www.starwoodhotels.com • $$
Connected to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, this huge property serves business travelers well. Rooms offer great city views.
9 Bowers Ave, Somerville, 02144 • 617 680 6828 • www.bowershousebnb.com • $
The rooms in this friendly B&B are modern and individually decorated. The house is located in the hip Davis Square and is just a short subway ride away from all the main sights in the city.
1673 Cambridge St, 02138 • 617 547 7851 • www.afinow.com • $
This Queen Anne-style house is just steps from Harvard Square and the museums. The great location, gracious hospitality, and all mod cons, including internet access, make this a very popular hotel, particularly with visiting scholars and prospective students.
198 W Brookline St, 02118 • 617 536 2229 • www.clarendonsquare.com • $
Comfortable, spacious, and sophisticated guest rooms and luxury suites are housed in a six-story South End Boston townhouse built in 1860. They offer designer fabrics, private bathrooms in limestone and marble, and the latest technology.There is no elevator.
288 Harvard St, Cambridge 02139 • 617 876 2888 • www.harding-house.com • $
Set in a quiet Cambridge neighborhood, this remodeled 1860s Victorian home is now a popular B&B. The 14 guest rooms are spacious and bright. Book direct for free parking.
22 Edgerly Rd, 02115 • 617 267 2262 • www.oasisgh.com • $
Close to Berklee School of Music, the Hynes Convention Center, and Symphony Hall, Oasis offers rooms in a town-house located on a quiet one-way street a little removed from the hub-bub of Massachusetts Avenue. Guests can make use of a small, shared outdoor deck.
14 Union Park, 02118 • 617 236 6961 • www.14unionpark.com • $$
Set on the most famous street in the South End, this 19th-century town-house has been carefully restored with attractive, period detailing. The modern rooms are all elegantly furnished and feature stone en-suite bathrooms, walk-in closets, and Nespresso coffee makers.
21 E Concord St, 02118 • 617 206 8049 • www.aisling-bostonbb.com/ • $$
Housed in a 19th-century redbrick rowhouse on a tree-lined street in Boston’s South End, this Victorian-style home features two comfortable en-suite guest rooms, central air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The two rooms have access to a shared kitchen.
92 Sewall Ave, Brookline, 02446 • 617 566 2234 • www.bertraminn.com • $$
Set in a quiet residential neighborhood, this B&B began life as a private, Tudor-Revival-style home. Its rooms and small suites are all tastefully decorated with styles varying between Arts & Crafts, late Victorian, and just downright eclectic.
24 Irving St, Cambridge, 02138 • 617 547 4600 • www.irvinghouse.com • $$
An older rooming house turned B&B, Irving House is tucked away in a leafy neighborhood next to Harvard. Rooms vary from tiny to spacious and some share bathrooms.
8 Salem St, Charlestown, 02129 • 617 953 4853 • www.moroccansuitesboston.com/ • $$
This gorgeous Moroccan-themed B&B, housed in an 18th-century town-house, features warm, comfortable rooms and suites with plush colorful furnishings, and a lovely garden courtyard.
261 Newbury St, 02116 • 617 670 6000 • www.newburyguesthouse.com • $$
Several Back Bay homes have been linked to create this 32-room guesthouse. Rooms vary in size, but tend to be cozy with eclectic furnishings. Good value for the location.
40 Trinity Pl, 02116 • 617 933 7700 • $
One of the best-kept secrets of Back Bay, this once-private club offers cozy but comfortable rooms at relatively bargain rates. Some single rooms are available, and there are good discounts in low season.
Columbia Point, Dorchester • 240 Mt Vernon St, 02125 • 617 822 3600 • www.doubletree3.hilton.com • $
This recently renovated hotel is located near the HarborWalk and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. There’s a free shuttle to the airport and local restaurants.
191 Monsignor O’Brien Hwy, Cambridge, 02141 • 617 494 5300 • www.hamptoninn3.hilton.com • $
This chain hotel features high-speed internet in all rooms as well as free underground parking. Rooms are modest but include a good-sized desk area, making it popular with business travelers on a limited budget.
250 Monsignor O’Brien Hwy, Cambridge, 02141 • 617 577 7600 • www.hiecambridge.com • $
All of the rooms in this roadside motel have good work areas, microwaves, and refrigerators. There’s limited free parking and it’s only a short walk to the Lechmere “T” stop.
19 Stuart St, 02116 • 617 536 9455 • www.bostonhostel.org • $
Set downtown, a short walk from popular sights, this modern hostel offers single-sex dorms with bunk beds, or private en-suite rooms with TV. Continental breakfast is included, and a communal kitchen and laundry rooms are available.
23 Cummings St, Somerville, 02145 • 617 625 5300 • www.lq.com • $
This motel is a short walk from the MBTA Orange Line and offers an airport shuttle service. Spacious rooms and suites have tasteful decor and offer cable TV and internet.
26 Chandler St, 02116 • 617 482 3450 • www.chandlerinn.com • $$
A popular choice for business travelers on a budget, this hotel in the South End is a short walk from Back Bay “T.” All the rooms are comfortable, with TVs and phones.
44 Commonwealth Ave, 02116 • 617 536 9510 • www.thecollegeclubofboston.com • $$
This private club, which is devoted to the promotion of higher education, also has guest rooms available in its sophisticated Back Bay townhouse. Several smaller rooms share bathrooms: these are only suitable for solo travelers.
150 3rd Ave, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, 02129 • 617 241 8400 • www.constitutioninn.org • $$
This 147-room facility in Charlestown Navy Yard serves military personnel, but welcomes all. Rooms are clean and modern, and guests can use the fitness center with pool and sauna free of charge.
342 Longwood Ave, 02115 • 617 731 4700 • www.innatlongwood.com • $$
This is an attractive, comfortable 144-room hotel in the Longwood Medical Area. Families of patients get the best rates but it is open to all travelers.
140 Clarendon St, 02116 • 617 585 5600 • www.hotel140.com • $$
Just around the corner from the Back Bay Amtrak station, this budget hotel has refurbished the rooms of the country’s first YMCA into neat examples of how best to use small spaces.
220 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, 02138 • 617 491 8000 • www.freepointhotel.com • $$
Situated near the Alewife “T” station on the edge of Cambridge, Freepoint boasts chic style that suggests luxury, but with budget prices.
For a standard, double room per night (with breakfast if included), taxes and extra charges.
$ under $250 $$ $250 to $450 $$$ over $450