Boston attracts tops scholars, business travelers, and tourists from the globe-trotting set, lending its hotels a sophisticated atmosphere.
The Best Hotels in Boston
Instead of being concentrated in one area, Boston luxury hotels and boutique accommodations are found throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods. We’ve handpicked the best hotels in Boston, so no matter what area you want to explore most, you can find the perfect spot to lay your head.
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The Liberty, A Luxury Collection Hotel
The Liberty originally opened its doors in 1851 as the Charles Street Jail, housing some of the city’s most notorious criminals. It closed as a prison in 1990. You may not file a jail under “Boston luxury hotels,” but The Liberty painstakingly fuses comfortable modernity with preserved historic elements (you’ll find jail cells within the hotel restaurant). The former exercise yard is now a private courtyard.
Ask the hotel concierge for a historical tour. Onsite restaurants like Scampo from Boston-based Lydia Shire provide world-class dining. From the hotel, you’re ideally positioned to explore the Charles River Esplanade and the posh Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Amenities: Sparkling wine welcome beverage, two waters daily, Molton Brown bath products, bathrobes, floor-to-ceiling windows, overnight shoeshine, Wi-Fi, pet beds, morning coffee in lobby, 24-hour fitness center, bicycles and kayaks (seasonal), jogging maps, running concierge (seasonal), Saturday yoga (seasonal), and business center.
Housed in a Beaux Arts building on the National Registry of Historic Places, XV Beacon is steps from the Boston Common and Faneuil Hall. Inside, you’ll find an original caged-glass elevator and museum-worthy artworks, such as an ancient Roman mosaic and works by Gilbert Stuart.
The individually designed rooms are each decorated with pieces especially commissioned for the hotel. In warm weather, visit the rooftop deck to soak in the sun or step outside to stroll along Beacon Hill’s gas-lamp-lined brick sidewalks.
Amenities: Gas fireplaces, rainforest showers, Frette linens and robes, heated towel racks, cashmere throws, evening turndown service, custom bath amenities, complimentary shoe shine and newspapers, free Wi-Fi, umbrellas, pet-friendly rooms with bed and homemade biscuits, 24-hour concierge and room service, 24-hour fitness center, and courtesy Lexus.
Kimpton Nine Zero
Not only is the centrally located Kimpton Nine Zero one of the best hotels in Boston, it also has some of the best views in Boston. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, but opt for a Skyline View Room or Suite for sweeping views of the city.
If you’re traveling with your four-legged companion, you’ll find a plush bed, food and water bowls, a list of pet-friendly area attractions, courtesy bags for walking your dog, and more in your room. There’s no limit on the number of pets and no charge. There are plenty of perks for pet-free travelers, too, like the hosted evening wine hour.
Amenities: Complimentary morning coffee and tea, custom-designed PUBLIC bicycles, Frette linens, bathrobes, complimentary newspaper of your choice, complimentary shoe shine, in-room yoga mat, Highball Lounge, in-room spa services, concierge, 24-hour fitness and business centers, and 24-hour room service.
Ames Boston Hotel
The Ames Building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1893 and is considered the city’s first skyscraper. Now it’s the state’s first Curio, A Collection by Hilton. Oversize windows look out on historic landmarks like the Custom House Bell Tower, Faneuil Hall, and the Old State House. Bruins fans will want to check in to the Bobby Orr Suite, decked out in black and gold, and lined with hockey memorabilia. Pop by Culitvar from Chef Mary Dumont, who uses ingredients from the onsite Freight Farm hydroponic garden.
Amenities: White marble bathrooms, iHome clocks and docking stations, soothing sound machines, Molton Brown bath amenities, in-room spa services, in-room coffee maker, complimentary bicycles (seasonal), free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fitness center, concierge, pet-friendly rooms, decorative fireplaces, and historic Romanesque arched windows.
Boston Harbor Hotel
The Boston Harbor Hotel takes the cake for Boston luxury hotels. Arrive by land or sea at this Rowes Wharf icon. The 60-foot archway leads you between the waterfront and the city’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. Light-flooded rooms are decorated in whites and blues, reflecting the seaside location. The staff, many of whom have been with the hotel since its opening, have thought of every detail. Even if you forgot to pack gym clothes, there are shorts, shirts, and socks available to fitness center guests.
Amenities: Harbor or city views from every room, marble bathrooms, twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown, Lorenzo Villoresi Firenze bath amenities, in-room illy coffee machine, Frette linens, in-room tablets, spa with 60-foot lap pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center with complimentary fruit and beverages, saunas and steam rooms, choice of newspapers, three onsite restaurants and bars, 24-hour concierge services and business center, 24-hour in-room dining, gift shop, free Wi-Fi, children’s amenities, water taxi service, and complimentary transportation within a two-mile radius.
The Langham, Boston
Once home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, The Langham Boston is still located in the Financial District. The hotel offers glimpses into its 1920s past, but modern amenities keep you firmly rooted in the present. Each room has views of either Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square or the Boston skyline.
Amenities: Twice-daily housekeeping service, bathrobe and slippers, complimentary newspapers upon request, Italian marble bathrooms, Chuan Spa bath amenities, Chuan Body + Soul spa, heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, whirlpool, sauna, three onsite restaurants and bars, free Wi-Fi, iHome docking station, 24-hour private kitchen, and in-room coffee and tea.
Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront
Located in Boston’s North End neighborhood along the Harborwalk, Battery Wharf Hotel embraces its seaside locale. Visit the onsite Maritime Museum or take in the fleet outside your windows from the 24-hour observation deck. Rooms overlook the neighboring U.S. Coast Guard Base, waterfront, or North End. Part of Leading Hotels of the World, Battery Wharf is also home to Aragosta Bar + Bistro, offering a twist on New England classics.
Amenities: Granite bathrooms, spa with hammam and sauna, Zen lounge, discounts at Exhale Spa, use of Battery Wharf bicycles (seasonal), 24-hour health club access, use of universal chargers and travel adapters, in-room dining, fire pits, in-room water bottles, water taxi service to airport, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary outdoor yoga (seasonal).
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
One of the top Boston luxury hotels, the Four Seasons overlooks Boston’s Public Garden in the Back Bay. The 273-room hotel exudes status. From the moment you walk up to the door, you’ll likely spot a few cars worth a double-take. A 15-million-dollar renovation in 2017 has further leveled up the luxury standard. Rooms offer soaring windows and proprietary mattresses designed in partnership with experts and consultations with guests.
Amenities: Marble bathrooms, L’Occitane bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers, daily bottled water, twice-daily housekeeping services, complimentary coffee and pastries, newspapers delivered upon request, 24-hour fitness center with running shoes and clothes available for loan, heated indoor pool and whirlpool with complimentary fruit and flavored water, steam room, sauna, 24-hour business center, concierge, movies, Bristol restaurant and bar, complimentary house car drop-off within two miles, complimentary cookie-making classes, complimentary amenities for teens and children, board games, overnight shoe shine, and babysitting services.
High ceilings, crystal lamps, wood-burning fireplaces—it’s this attention to detail that makes the Lenox one of the best Boston hotels. That attention applies not just to the furnishings, but to you, too. The hotel prides itself on personalized one-on-one service that allows you to make the most out of your Boston visit.
Amenities: Complimentary bottled water, complimentary newspapers, Beekman 1802 bath amenities, in-room mini fridges, 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service, complimentary morning coffee and tea, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, three onsite restaurants and bars, pet-friendly rooms, Cue radio with Bluetooth, 24-hour fitness center, in-room spa treatments, bike and helmet rentals, and filtered water stations on every floor.
Overlooking the Fort Point Channel and the Rose Kennedy Greenway at the start of the hip Seaport District, InterContinental Boston places you in the ideal location for exploring this walkable city. The Boston Tea Party Museum is visible from the hotel, and the North End, Chinatown, and Quincy Market are all within walking distance. But what makes it one of the best hotels in Boston is the waterfront and skyline views from each room.
Amenities: Marble bathrooms, Agraria bath amenities, in-room coffee, complimentary newspapers, indoor heated lap pool, steam room, SPA InterContinetnal, 24-hour fitness center concierge services, gift shop and newsstand, limo and town car service, notary public service, 24-hour in-room dining, health club, three full-service restaurants, water tax service, and a 24-hour business center.
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– Original reporting by Kate Sitarz