In Boston’s upscale Back Bay neighborhood, you’ll find a number of stately old buildings. Foremost among them, and a landmark in both architectural grandeur and public service, is the Boston Public Library. Whether you’re visiting Boston specifically to explore this 19th-century bastion of learning and knowledge, or simply keen to stay in the pleasant Back Bay locale, these excellent hotels, all of which are bookable with Culture Trip, are worthy of your attention.
City living with rural chic is available at the Newbury, which overlooks the Boston Public Park and Common. Located four blocks from Boston Public Library, this contemporary hotel has everything needed for a comfortable stay, including an espresso maker, luxury bathrobes and linen, a fitness center and a library and fireplace. The design gives art deco a modern, minimalist makeover, while artwork from the illustrator Veronica Lawlor adorns the walls.
One of the top places to stay in Boston, the Charlesmark is in the Back Bay neighborhood, overlooking the Boston Public Library. The snug rooms do a lot with limited space, fitting in a reading chair, mini-fridge and good reading lights. A complimentary continental breakfast is included in the room price. For all other meals, there are scores of restaurants and cafes nearby.
It wouldn’t feel like Boston without mention of a revolution somewhere along the way, and at the Revolution Hotel, the spirit of ingenuity and change is not taken lightly. As such, the property starts with a modern, elegant design then layers smatterings of bold design choices on top, such as street art murals in the reception, bright carpets in the corridors and period paintings depicting 18th-century Boston Harbor in the rooms. Cósmica, the hotel restaurant, offers upscale Mexican dining and cocktails.
So close to Fenway Park that it’s practically inside the stadium is the Verb, with its upbeat and youthful character. Music is a big part of the life of this hotel, with LP players and jukeboxes keeping the tunes coming and where corridors are emblazoned with pithy phrases such as “if the music is too loud, you’re too old”. Rooms overlook the central sun deck, where the building’s pop art-colored windows reflect off the glassy surface of the communal pool.
In the main shopping district of the Back Bay neighborhood is the Colonnade Hotel, where busy lifestyles are catered to with modern amenities. Rooms are clean and the crisp white and gray tones are brought to life with natural light by floor-to-ceiling windows during the day and warmed by modern lighting fixtures in the evening. There’s a full-service fitness center with plenty of machines and free weights here. The highlight though, is the rooftop pool and bar (open from late spring to early fall).
For a stay in a slice of Bostonian history, look no further than the Omni Parker House Hotel, one of the city’s top-notch accommodations. The building opened in 1855 and is only two blocks from the Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party used to meet. This hotel sits in between the harbor and Boston Public Library, making it ideal for anyone planning to explore the city extensively. The atmosphere and decor are sophisticated.
Across the Charles River in the Kendall Square neighborhood, you’ll find the bustling campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Kendall Hotel sits amid buildings where the future landscape of our technological lives is being dreamed up. Inside this lovely red brick hotel, your own dreams are helped along by clean, comfortable beds dressed in the red, white and blue of the American flag and walls painted cheerful shades of blue and yellow.
For more excellent places to vacation in Beantown, see where to stay in Boston and the best apartments in town. Make your booking through Culture Trip today. Read this guide on how to spend seven days in Boston, or, if you’re strapped for time, here’s how to fill up 72 hours. If you want to unwind without breaking the bank, check out the best spots for a cheap cocktail.
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