The Best Spa Hotels in Boston, Massachusetts

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26 January 2021

Boston played a significant role in America’s revolutionary history, and today is home to many quality universities and colleges, not to mention Boston Common – the United States’ first public park. But it also plays host to some fantastic high-end spa hotels, giving you the perfect excuse to focus on your health and wellness when you’re next in town.

Boston Harbor Hotel

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Boston Harbor Hotel, Financial District
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Guests are welcomed into this luxurious hotel by a rather majestic stone archway – an omen of the decadence to come. Rooms have a sophisticated maritime theme with city or waterfront and harbor views, all with Frette linens and La Bottega bath salts for the soaking tubs. In the 24-hour fitness center, you’ll find Peloton bikes and a 60ft (18m) lap pool, plus a soothing eucalyptus-infused steam room. Relax in the spa with tailored facial treatments and finish off with a mani and pedi for the ultimate pamper package.

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Battery Wharf Hotel

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Battery Wharf Hotel, North End
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The award-winning Exhale Spa should be your first stop upon arriving at this modern waterfront hotel. Along with facials and massages, the spa offers scrubs guaranteed to leave your body glowing, as well as stress-releasing acupuncture, if you’re so inclined. If you’re in the mood for a workout, take part in either barre, cardio or yoga classes to get your heart pumping, then slow it down in the Zen lounge, sauna or hammam. Dine on freshly caught seafood at the Battery Wharf Grille before ending the evening swaddled in cloud-like European bedding.

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The Charles Hotel, Cambridge

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The Charles Hotel, Cambridge
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New England-style decor welcomes guests to The Charles Hotel, located a five-minute walk from renowned Harvard University and across from Harvard Square. The rooms are tech-forward with Bose wave radios and an in-bathroom TV mirror. Get squeaky clean with CO Bigelow bath products and snuggle up in waffle robes, then head for the French-influenced Corbu Spa to indulge in organic, farm-to-spa treatments with ingredients from local gardens and luxury Parisian products. The spa includes a full salon for hair care, nail care and make-up application.

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Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Back Bay

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Four Seasons Hotel Boston, Back Bay
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Found in sophisticated Back Bay among Victorian brownstones, the Four Seasons is perfect for a romantic few days away. Start with a couple’s massage in the calming neutral-toned rooms, then slip into the soothing warm waters of the eighth-floor indoor pool, overlooking Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill. Perhaps finish with a reflexology or reiki treatment before heading off to a meal in the Aujourd’hui Lounge, or a dreamy evening in with room service.

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Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Back Bay

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Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Back Bay
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Four Seasons One Dalton Street has an entire wellness floor dedicated to pampering. Work out in the state-of-the-art gym with Precor equipment chosen by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, or swim laps in the 64ft (20m) indoor pool while taking in the city views. Treat yourself to a massage or facial, or practice mindfulness during the must-try Meditation 22 experience. Dine at the chic Japanese izakaya-inspired Zuma before admiring the night sky from the floor-to-ceiling windows in your room.

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Seaport Hotel, South Boston Waterfront

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Seaport Hotel, South Boston Waterfront
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The hotel bills its rooms as “residentially inspired” and the comfortable quarters are just that, overlooking Boston Harbor and the Seaport District. Hotel guests have access to Wave Health and Fitness, which is open 24/7. Focus on health and wellness with fitness classes such as yoga, pilates and barre, or ease sore muscles in the heated pool or steam room, and then finish off with a massage.
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  • The Westin Copley Place, Back Bay

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    The Westin Copley Place, Back Bay
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    The contemporary Westin Copley Place, in historic Back Bay, is home to the refined Gretta Cole Spa. Spoil yourself with a signature custom facial or delicate eye treatment, deep-tissue massage or keratin hair treatment. Along with free weights, strength training and cardio machines, the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio offers guided run groups, Barry’s Bootcamp and various Wellness Wednesday activities such as healthy food demonstrations and yoga. Your spacious room will boast city views and a Westin Heavenly Bed for a night of sweet dreaming.

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    Mandarin Oriental Boston, Back Bay

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    Mandarin Oriental Boston, Back Bay
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    Home to the only Forbes five-star awarded spa in Massachusetts, the traditionally stylish Mandarin is the ideal choice for the upscale traveler. The spa combines Eastern traditions with a holistic experience to rejuvenate even the most tired soul, delivered in a private suite. We’d opt for Millennial Posture Therapy, a combination of treatments designed to alleviate stress. Along with workout equipment, the fitness center offers yoga, pilates and a guided morning running club.

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    The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, Theater District

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    The Ritz Carlton Boston, Theatre District
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    The Ritz-Carlton, Boston offers its guests a unique partnership with the adjoining upscale Equinox. Patrons over 18 can utilize the state-of-the-art equipment, group classes and indoor pool, followed by personalized massages, deep-cleaning facials and body wraps at the Equinox Spa. The light-filled rooms come with deep soaking tubs, walk-in showers, luxurious Asprey bath products and comfy Frette linens, while upgraded rooms have views of the city or the fabulous Boston Common.

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    XV Beacon, Beacon Hill

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    Fifteen Beacon, Beacon Hill
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    Housed in a Beaux Arts building, XV Beacon has a harmonious combination of old and new. Deluxe amenities include rainforest showers, Frette linens, cashmere throws from Milan, gas fireplaces and herbal bath salts. The hotel boasts its original 1903 marble staircase and caged glass lift. The in-house gym is open 24-hours with weights, treadmills, an elliptical trainer and a Peloton bike. For those who prefer to be outdoors, running trails are blocks away in Boston Common.
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