The Best Romantic Hotels in Boston

Blissful Boston makes for the perfect romantic getaway
Blissful Boston makes for the perfect romantic getaway | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Anna Laird Barto
19 November 2020

There’s a lot to love about Boston, from picnics on Boston Commons and tulips in Copley Square, to splurges including yacht cruises and sunset helicopter tours. Even the New England winter has romantic possibilities. Stroll among the holiday-lit trees as snowflakes fall under the gas lamps. Whether you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, or spur-of-the-moment getaway, these romantic hotels will cater to your every desire.

Liberty Hotel

Two beds and a desk with chair in a stylish hotel room at Liberty Hotel in Boston
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More Bonnie and Clyde than Romeo and Juliet, this former 19th-century jail nevertheless has passion dripping from every inch of its whole gothic-industrial being. Lounge romantically on red velvet sofas in the five-story exposed brick rotunda, lit by Medieval-esque iron chandeliers. Or vanish to canoodle in your room: sumptuous and contemporary, they come with brass-riveted, upholstered headboards, red-leather chairs and plush rugs in a cheeky key-and-clock-face print.

Four Seasons Boston

A bed and sitting area in a stylish hotel room at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston
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Luxury and location make for an unforgettable stay at the Four Seasons. Ride the swan boats at Boston Public Gardens, directly across the street from the hotel, or take in a Broadway show two blocks down at the Colonial Theatre. Die-hard romantics note: the hotel is also handy for the brownstone-lined thoroughfares of Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue, modelled after the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Afterwards, enjoy a couples massage or candlelit dinner without leaving the privacy of your room, or watch the sunset from the seventh-story jacuzzi.

The Eliot Hotel

A bedroom and sitting area with cream-colored furnishings in a hotel room at the Eliot Hotel
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Behind its neo-Georgian facade, this intimate boutique hotel embraces privacy and opulence in the heart of Back Bay. The black-and-white marble lobby ushers you into a world of romance – plush, pillow-heaped beds with French étoile canopies and mirrors above the headboards. If you can tear yourselves away from your room, the fashionable restaurants of Back Bay and the South End are mere moments away on foot. That said, you could dine in – the Elliot’s very own Uni restaurant is an epicurean favourite, sizzling with street-food-inspired Asian-fusion treats.

The Whitney Hotel

A fountain, rattan chairs and green plants and flowers in the garden at the Whitney Hotel
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It’s hard to find a more romantic retreat, in a more romantic neighbourhood, than the Whitney in Beacon Hill. Wander the cobblestone streets hand-in-hand or curl up by the fireplace in your luxury suite. The “romance package” includes champagne, artisanal chocolates, and breakfast in bed from the Peregrine restaurant. For a very special occasion, the “unforgettable proposal” engagement deal lays on a picnic on Boston Common, yacht trip or heli-flight above the city.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

A gigantic, palatial social space at Fairmont Copley Plaza with golden details and large chandeliers
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Treat your special someone like royalty at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, which dates from 1912. Star guests have included Frank Sinatra and John Lennon, as well as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (who spent their second honeymoon here). The Gilded Age lives on in the palatial lobby, with Louis XVI-inspired sofas, Italian marble pillars and crystal chandeliers cascading from the gold coffered ceiling. Take a fireside table at the Oak Long Bar + Kitchen: a sort-of speakeasy-meets-French bistro.

The Lenox Boston

A bed, bedside tables with lamps and a table with a chair in a hotel room at the Lenox Hotel Boston
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Make your own history at this turn-of-the-century boutique hotel in Back Bay. Judy Garland once stayed here, in a suite that now bears her name, as well as contemporary movie stars including John Travolta and Anne Hathaway. The Lennox sets the mood with tufted leather headboards, high-ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Some rooms even have wood-burning fireplaces. With its glitzy beaux arts ballrooms it’s obviously an in-demand wedding venue.

The Godfrey Hotel Boston

The stylish restaurant/bar at the Godfrey Hotel, with tables set for dining and pretty chandeliers
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This eclectic boutique hotel opened in 2016, but there’s plenty of history within these walls. An ambitious renovation project merged the neoclassical and gothic revival styles of two adjacent high-rises. The Godfrey positions you in the happening Downtown Crossing (DTX) district, at the gateway to the Theater District. Take in a show at the glitzy, rebooted Paramount Theater, prior to a late-night romantic bite at the Ruka, the hotel’s Peruvian-Japanese “restobar.”

Omni Parker House Hotel

The grand facade and entrance to the Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
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This lovers’ haunt has operated continuously since 1855, longer than any other hotel in the nation. Period romance is everywhere in this Boston hotel, from the mahogany-panelled dining room where JFK proposed to Jackie Bouvier, to the rooftop ballroom with its arched ceilings and crystal chandeliers. It’s the home of the original Boston cream pie, chef-created in 1856. It’s actually a pound cake full of vanilla cream and slathered in chocolate ganache. Romantic or what?

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