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.
On the western side of Beacon Hill, a little away from the main drag, lies this ex-jailhouse, repurposed as a 298-bedroomed hotel. Two hip – and very lively – bars, plus three eateries, make it the place to be for spirited nights out (Scampo is known as one of the best restaurants in the area.) Summer days bring outdoor yoga classes, and there’s a year-round weekly program of events, including a Yappier Hour, in which you can take your dog along as you enjoy cocktails.
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.
A grand Beaux-Arts frontage flanked by uniformed bellhops gives way to sultry Art Deco interiors with original elevators and inspired by Louis XV. Climb to the landscaped rooftop garden for a dip in the hot tub, and take advantage of the free Lexus chauffeur service to tour the city. There’s an onsite gym, and in-room massages can be arranged at the concierge desk.
Situated in the Ladder District, this Beacon Hill hotel is a convenient starting point for the Freedom Trail. While away an evening with negroni cocktails at the onsite Better Sorts Social Club, explore the sights with complimentary bikes for hire, and work out any time of the day or night at the fitness center. Dark hues with striking artworks give the Nine Zero a classic Bostonian feel.
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.
Be sure of a high-quality stay at this four-star hotel with a full-service spa. Next door to Faneuil Hall, it has an indoor-outdoor restaurant, North 26, offering innovative dishes created from natural, seasonal produce. Built in 1982 and part of the Millennium Hotels group, the Bostonian has European-style accommodation set across eight floors, with Juliet balconies and fireplaces.
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.