Visit Beacon Hill, one of the first districts in Boston, now a stately part of town, with a selection of independent stays, boutique hotels and sophisticated chains, both in and near the neighborhood.
Named after a beacon once used to warn residents of an invasion, this area, which dates to the late 1700s, bubbles with history. Walk along cobblestone streets, past redbrick townhouses and majestic period buildings, before hitting Charles Street to browse boutiques and antique stores. Pay homage to more recent history by stopping at the gold-domed Massachusetts State House (in which gay marriage was legalized) and the Bull & Finch Pub, inspiration for the sitcom Cheers.
Created by prolific Bostonian architect Charles Bulfinch during the emergent period of the district, the Flatiron building housing the Boxer has a fetching triangular shape. Rooms come with a Keurig coffee maker, mini-fridges stocked with cool drinks, L’Occitane bath products and cell chargers. Specialties at the Finch restaurant include New England clam chowder, crab cakes, fried chicken, and pan-roasted cod, with breakfasts taking on an Asian twist.
This Beacon Hill outpost of the Kimpton brand sits opposite the TD Garden arena, home of the Boston Bruins ice hockey and Boston Celtics basketball teams. The vibe here is seductive, yet playful – rooms are decorated in bold reds paired with sleek grays and accented with slogan cushions. Kids are made especially welcome, with gifts, cribs, nightlights and even their own pet goldfish for the duration of the stay.
While the Whitney blends into the surroundings with an unfussy redbrick façade, the inside public areas dazzle with high ceilings, roaring fires and oak floors. The 65 rooms have organic Grown Alchemist bath products and are geared toward adults rather than family groups. If you bring a pet, your room will also come with a Lion + Wolf bed, drip module bowls and a monogrammed Whitney coat for walkies. Tuck into Sardinian and Sicilian fare at Peregrine, the Italian hotel restaurant.
The 551 rooms in this traditional hotel range from petite to executive, with multi-room family suites providing bunk beds, chalkboard walls and beanbags with a private connecting master bedroom. The Freedom Trail is right outside, as are a multitude of jogging and biking routes. Inside, there’s a gym, plus you can get in-room fitness kits on request. Don’t miss the nostalgic Parker’s Restaurant, the birthplace of the Boston cream pie, Parker House roll and Boston scrod.
Forward-thinking and international, the Godfrey is ideal for the laid-back, younger traveler. Nikkei cuisine is presented at the Peruvian-Japanese Ruka Restobar, with estate coffees and local snacks available at the George Howell Coffee bar. Simple modern bedrooms come with Frette linens, Bose Bluetooth speakers, media-streaming capabilities, Starbucks coffee, Bigelow tea and Heeley of London bath products. Running Mate Guided Tours allow you to see the city while keeping fit, and with valet parking, you can ditch your car for the duration of your stay.
The Hyatt Centric is a 5-minute walk from Faneuil Hall, located in the Financial District, close to the attractions of Downtown Crossing. The 12-story Newport Building was previously an office block, undergoing a bright and airy refurbishment in 2018 – request one of the higher rooms to enjoy the best views. Dining is relaxed, with craft cocktails, charcuteries and mezze served in the trendy onsite Bar Mercato.
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