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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels In Boston
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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels In Boston

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Updated: 9 February 2017
As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston has an impressive amount of culturally rich hotels within its city limits. With many recently renovated buildings from the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, the discerning traveler has many options in terms of luxurious boutique hotels while visiting this New England town. Here are our 10 picks for cultural hotels in Boston, MA.
The Liberty Hotel, Boston
The Liberty Hotel, Boston | © Matt Kieffer/Flickr
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The Liberty

Built originally as a prison in 1851, The Liberty Hotel in Boston preserves many of its historic qualities, while still standing as a piece of the city’s history. As it was called until fairly recently, the Charles Street Jail held such notable inmates as Malcom X and the Boston Strangler before closing its doors as a prison. After major renovations and conversions, like turning the jail’s exercise yard into a beautifully landscaped courtyard, the Liberty Hotel maintains its 4-star status with its luxury amenities and gourmet restaurants.

The Liberty, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston, 215 Charles St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-224-4000

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Hotel Commonwealth

Located in Boston’s bustling Kenmore Square neighborhood, Hotel Commonwealth provides the perfect picture of Boston without even leaving the hotel. Elegance is central to the experience of this hotel; from the arrangement of its rooms to its popular restaurants – Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar – and even to the views to be had from the windows. As a popular destination for out-of-town Red Sox fans, this one is often packed on game nights!

Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-933-5000

Ames Boston Hotel
Ames Building in Shadow | © A Gude/Flickr
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Ames Boston Hotel

The Ames Boston Hotel, or the building’s former reincarnation, the Ames Agricultural Tool Company, boasts the obscure honor of being the world’s tallest masonry load bearing wall structure to date, and is still proud to have been Boston’s tallest building until 1915. After recently being restored, the space was renovated into the luxury boutique hotel it is today. The hotel keeps friendly service a priority, while relying on a myriad of amenities to keep even the most discerning of clients happy. Being close to the popular Boston attractions like the Freedom Trail and the Quincy Market, the Ames Boston Hotel makes for a memorable stay in town.

Ames Boston Hotel, 1 Court St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-979-8100

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The Eliot Hotel

Amidst the brownstone of the Back Bay, one of Boston’s most beautiful districts, lies the Eliot Hotel, the city’s European-inspired boutique hotel. From its luxurious lobby, with its Italian marble pillars and spacious ceilings, to each individual guest room, filled with ikat fabrics and hospitable charm, this one really is worth the hype. What’s more, the hotel’s two Zagat-rated “best restaurants in America”, Clio and Uni Sashimi Bar, are both excellent options for dinner and drinks.

Eliot Hotel, 370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-267-1607

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XV Beacon Hotel

The landmark XV Beacon Hotel, built in the Beaux-Arts style in 1903, anchors the Beacon Hill area with its signature black-paneled windows and majestic entrance door. The hotel’s inviting, earth-toned décor set off by the lobby’s fine art, presents a casual, refined atmosphere to relax in. Each of the hotel’s 63 guest rooms go to the utmost lengths of comfort, highlighted by their gas fireplaces and surround-sound stereo systems. The XV Beacon’s restaurant, Mooo, offers some of the finest food in Beacon Hill too, and an even finer 24-hour in-room dining service is available from the restaurant.

XV Beacon Hotel, 15 Beacon St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-670-1500

Omni Park House Hotel
Boston 11062006 038, Omni Park House Hotel | © Ciaran Roarty/Flickr
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Omni Park House

2015 marks the 160th anniversary of the Omni Park House, which serves as testament to this boutique hotel’s reputation in Boston. Some of the most famous characters in recent history have stayed or worked here, including Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X, and it is the place where former US president John F Kennedy proposed to his wife, Jacqueline! Also, as the founding restaurant of the legendary Boston treat, the Boston cream pie, this hotel boasts a tradition of culinary excellence few others can even approach.

Omni Park House, 60 School St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-227-8600

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Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston

Situated in Boston’s downtown, Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston offers stunning views of the city amidst a relaxed, boutique atmosphere. Located just above Faneuil Hall, this hotel is popular with travelers interested in sleeping in style and comfort. With views of legendary Fenway Park, the Millennium Bostonian is an essential piece of Boston’s historic downtown.

Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston, 26 North St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-523-3600

Fairmont Copley Plaza
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The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel has been operating in Boston’s Back Bay for over 100 years. To celebrate its centennial anniversary, the hotel recently completed a $20 million renovation project that left much of the hotel’s elegant and original features in tact. The hotel lobby looks fit for a king, adorned with marble pillars, a gold-tiled raised ceiling and a large crystal chandelier, while its amenities hold similar sway, with an award-winning in house restaurant and a brand-new rooftop health club to boot!

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St James Ave, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-267-5300

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Nine Zero Hotel

The Nine Zero Hotel deserves all of its four stars, for being one of Boston Common’s best-known luxury hotels. Popular with honeymooners and getaway travelers, this hotel offers attentive, personalized service few hotels can compete with. Amidst its refined, contemporary décor, relaxation is certain, while with its central location, guests enjoy good proximity to many of Boston’s finest attractions and dining options, although the in house restaurant, Nine Zero, comes highly recommended too!

Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-772-5800

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The Lenox Hotel

Owned by the Saunders family for over 35 years, and in operation for over a century, The Lenox Hotel has been stealing traveler’s hearts for a long while now. Illuminated by the large neon sign at the historic building’s top, a sense of old-school luxury purveys throughout the lobby, in its uniquely decorated rooms and attention to personal service. Their restaurant, City Table, their traditional Irish pub Sólás, and their cocktail bar, City Bar, are some of the finest establishments in the Back Bay too.

The Lenox Hotel, The Shops at Prudential Center, 61 Exeter St, Boston MA, USA, +1 617-536-5300