Where to Stay in Boston, Massachusetts

Follow in the footsteps of presidents during your stay in Boston – Americas most walkable city
Follow in the footsteps of presidents during your stay in Boston – America's most walkable city | Courtesy of The Whitney Hotel / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Next stop, Beantown? If you’re planning a trip to one of the most historic yet modern cities in the United States, you’ll need a memorable place to call home for the duration. Thankfully, Boston’s vibrant neighborhoods have plenty of hotels to choose between. From classic luxury near Boston Harbor to quaint suites in the historic Back Bay, here’s where to lay your hat during a getaway in Boston.

1. Boston Harbor Hotel

Hotel

Blue cushioned seating on the rooftop terrace at Boston Harbor Hotel, with a view out over the citys bulidings
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Chances are high that you’ll visit the Harbor during your Boston break, so why rush it in an afternoon when you can stay a while and savor the location? The Boston Harbor Hotel is a beautifully designed luxury waterfront hotel on Rowes Wharf. There’s no better way to embrace Boston’s Revolutionary roots than by reserving the John Adams Presidential Suite. But don’t worry, a lobster roll from the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille tastes just the same even if you’ve booked into one of the hotel’s entry-level superior rooms. They’re bouncily comfortable, and beautiful.

2. The Eliot Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A living room with plush tan-colored furnishings and curtained French doors opening to a separate bedroom at the Eliot Hotel
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A top-hotel winner in numerous publications, the Eliot Hotel exists to swaddle its guests in European-style luxury. Whichever room you’re in – from the affordable deluxes to the two-bedroom suites, you’ll encounter Italian-Carrara-marble bathrooms, fresh ikat fabrics, rich woods and marine colors in the elegant decor. Wrapped in your comfy signature robe you can indulge in liquor, beer, and snacks from your in-room bar, but we recommend heading downstairs instead for nigiri or sashimi at the world-renowned UNI restaurant.

3. XV Beacon

Hotel

A simple bedroom with a bed, armchair, sofa, carpet, framed pictures and a television at XV Beacon
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Stay here and you’re in the heart of Boston: historic Beacon Hill. The property may or may not have once provided a bed for a certain George Washington. While they won’t confirm nor deny the detail, XV Beacon ensures you’re treated with personal service worthy of a president. Rooms have been done out in the classiest stone tones,with cozy gas fireplaces and A-grade bathrooms with dinner-plate showerheads. With such subtle but substantial touches as 400-thread-count Frette linen sheets and CBD bath bombs, XV Beacon delivers excellence down to the tiniest detail.

4. The Kendall Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A spacious and stylish bedroom at The Kendall Hotel with a double bed that has an American flag cushion
Courtesy of The Kendall Hotel / Expedia

If you’re visiting Cambridge during your trip to Boston, consider staying at the Kendall Hotel, in the modern Kendall Square neighborhood. When you clap eyes on the hotel you’ll know it – this is one of the last buildings in the area left over from the 19th century. Whether you sleep in a classic guest room or a luxury suite, you must make your way each night to their rooftop retreat, which features a 24-hour business center, wine tastings and skyline views you’ll never tire of.

5. The Whitney Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A white and spacious bedroom at The Whitney Hotel with two double beds
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The Whitney Hotel may not be as old as its peers, but what it lacks in age this boutique Boston hotel makes up for with elegant cool-toned modernity in its rooms and suites: think sophisticated simplicity and quiet comfort. Luxurious yet never pretentious, the hotel is forever at the ready with complimentary shoe shines, suggestions for in-room dining, and unrivaled concierge services. With special suite packages available both for those on romantic getaways and business trips, you’ll find work and leisure a pleasure at this Beacon Hill beauty.

6. Fairmont Copley Plaza

Hotel

A gigantic, palatial social space at Fairmont Copley Plaza with golden details and large chandeliers
Courtesy of Fairmont Copley Plaza / Expedia
A landmark luxury hotel in downtown Boston, Fairmont Copley Plaza is a century-old institution in the Back Bay. You’ll be as charmed by old-school perks such as a dedicated doorman and bellman greeting you at the entrance, as you will by modern conveniences, including access to a hyper-modern fitness center. Fairmont Copley Plaza is also home to OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, featuring a farm-to-table menu of your Boston favorites, like clam chowder and lobster rolls. Best of all, the minute you step outside of your room, you’re in the heart of bustling Boston.

7. citizenM Boston North Station

Hotel, Chain Hotel

A modern and characterful social space at citizenM Boston North Station with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a terrace
Courtesy of citizenM Boston North Station / Expedia

You’ll be able to squeeze the very best out of Boston, down to the very last drop, when you stay at citizenM Boston North Station. That’s because the North Station transport hub is right opposite so can can be whizzing about the city in minutes. But the temptations to stay put are many: XL king-size beds, soundproofed windows and blackout blinds conspire to create dreamless deep nights’ slumber. You needn’t even get up to switch TV channels, deal with lights and curtains or change the temperature: it’s all done with a finger-swipe.

8. Oasis Guest House

Budget Hotel

A homely and simple bedroom at Oasis Guest House with a double bed
Courtesy of Oasis Guest House / Expedia

Staying in a brownstone of your own is one of the best ways to experience Boston, which is where Oasis Guest House comes in. With its fantastic location in Back Bay, it reminds you that Boston is America’s most walkable city. There are only 31 plain, simple and brick-wall-stylish suites (across two brownstone buildings, in fact) and, as a result, the Oasis feels more intimate than the bigger, busier hotels downtown, with a delicious breakfast (eggs, pastries, bagels, croissants), to get you started each morning.

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