Luxury Without Attitude
By Jessica Polizzotti
Boston Local Expert
Every now and again we all need a little escape. What better way to do it than comfortably settled in the lap of luxury. Boston is packed with lavish hotels to conquer that craving. Check into any of these extravagant hotels and sample a taste of the good life. Spoil yourself at a posh hotel in Boston. Whether it's tranquility you seek (a stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Boston is about as laid-back as you can find), or a truly lavish landmark, Boston's high-end hotels are just a reservation away.
10 Hotel Commonwealth
If you're looking to treat yourself and your kids to deluxe family accommodations in a room the size of some studio apartments, book a stay in Hotel Commonwealth's 515 square foot parlor suite. A go-to for those traveling for business or pleasure and wanting a downtown location close to the world famous Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is a top pick. When traveling as a family, you'll beam when you see your kids light up after receiving their welcome gift: a backpack for stuffed with slippers from LL Bean, a bedtime story, flashlight and the hotel's signature Terry bear. Board games and family-friendly DVDs are available. The Hotel for Kids package even includes complimentary overnight valet parking. Situated near Fenway Park, it easy to catch a game or just take a tour.
9 W Boston
The Wï¿½s glass exterior is truly spectacular to see. Offering modern elegance, inside and out, this theater district hotel makes for sweet dreams. Where to eat pre-show? Dine at Market-the Wï¿½s fabulous restaurant. If you find yourself in need of post theater drinks head the W Lounge where the scene will not disappoint. If all that fun has you a little run down, make an appointment at Bliss Spa before heading home; an alternative to the typical (shall I say snotty) spa, this high end escape has a focus on fun. The W is a hip place for a fabulous stay.
8 Nine Zero Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
Nine Zero, sitting steps away from Boston Common and moments from Faneuil Hall, is the downtown boutique hotel of choice for those looking for easy access to all that Boston has to offer. Gorgeous views of Beacon Hill, the Boston Common or the Charles River can be had by request by asking for a Tremont Facing Room on a high floor. Located in the heart of Downtown, it a sightseeing dream! The service cannot be beat, guests can opt for spa services right in the privacy of Nine Zero's pristine guest rooms. Home to KO Prime, a modern Boston Steakhouse; it also makes for an easy choice for dinner. For those who have pets tagging along you will not be turned away.
7 InterContinental Boston
Across from the Financial District sits the gleaming tower of glass that is the Intercontinental Hotel. Overlooking Boston Harbor, within walking distance to the Boston Convention Center, with amenities, restaurants and a bustling bar, it is easy to see why guests are flocking to this fabulous hotel. With outstanding business amenities, those here to work can do so from from the comfort of their room. When looking to get out and enjoy a bit of what Boston has to offer, the location of the InterContinental is key as it skirts the edge of Boston Harbor, with a water taxi pick up right outside your door, taking you to any of the fabulous haunts that make their home in the bustling area that surrounds the InterContinental Hotel.
6 Ritz-Carlton Boston Common
What once was a classic Boston hotel was relocated and remade into a modern opulent oasis. In the heart of downtown Boston, the Ritz allows you easy access to all the city has to offer. A new restaurant, Artisan Bistro, and an entry-level bar, Avery Bar, offers guests the opportunity to stay put and enjoy their night within the confines of the hotel. Hit the bar after a game and chances are youï¿½ll bump into a player, most likely from the opposing team.
5 The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston
A symbol of the city's history since 1912 has allowed this elegant mainstay to be little less than a landmark among locals in the know. Guest rooms were enhanced in a 2012 renovation that brought with it a touch of modern decor. Blues and plum grace each room welcoming guests who like the look of all that is new. book a special package for you and your loved one and enjoy the extras that come with it. Spend your time at the hotel in your room or make your way to their popular restaurant/bar- Oak Long Bar & Kitchen for a drink and food among the fray.
4 Four Seasons Hotel Boston
Boston's Four Seasons Hotel has 273 gorgeous guest rooms and 77 suites where you can you and your loved one can escape your day to day and dive under the contemporary covers for some romantic fun. The style of the Four Seasons reflects the influences of the Boston area and intermingles classic furnishings with modern touches to create an oasis unique to the area. Request a room with a park view and take in the Public Garden, Boston Common and even the golden dome of the State House all from behind closed doors. If you choose to take your romance on the road, simply cross the street for a hand in hand stroll through the stunning Public Garden then cozy up on one the couches in the Bristol Lounge while sipping a glass of something great before heading back behind closed doors.
3 Boston Harbor Hotel
A stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel comes complete with spectacular views and a central location. Here, relaxation is not an option; it is a must. The knowledgeable staff and serene surroundings make it impossible do anything other than enjoy. A five star hotel on Boston's Rowes Wharf; it does not get much better than this. The Boston Harbor Hotel is the ideal place to hang your hat while in Boston. Expensive for sure, but well worth the splurge for the views alone. Add to that top notch service and amenities and you have yourself a home away from home. Just be sure to leave the hotel, with all this luxury you may have to be forced out the door.
2 Mandarin Oriental, Boston
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers enough "zen" to relax the most harried guest. Asian influenced decor allows guests to be transported to a place that encompasses calm. The service is unmatched anywhere within the city. Tickets, reservations and even services can easily be booked through their concierge. And for those in need of a something a bit more hands on to erase what ails, head to the hotel's 16,000-square-foot spa and fitness center for a fantastically serene treat; you can even book appointments side by side. Ideal for those who are looking to romance the one they love, as the Mandarin takes all the work out of your life and let's you focus on one another. A reservation at their on-site restaurant and a night cap at the bar (or sent to your room via room service) will nicely round out your stay.
1 Fifteen Beacon Hotel Boston
A luxury hotel on the edge of Beacon Hill right by the State House puts XV Beacon in a prime location for your Boston stay. With rates starting in the low $300's per night, you'll be sure to enjoy what you've paid for. Top notch service is the norm at XV Beacon where they pride themselves on providing you with the details that make your stay special. Making its home in a landmark building dating back to 1903 the Beaux Arts building is decorated in a manner that is distinguished and offers guests discreet personalized service. You'll enjoy gas fireplaces in your guest room, great for ambiance, especially on a cool winter's night, as well as courtesy Lexus service to get you around town.
About Jessica Polizzotti
Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand. Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. Although Jessica has been a world traveler since her teens, her favorite trip may always be her Italian honeymoon. Living in a city that allows her to experience a change in seasons equals an opportunity to enjoy a shift in activities. As the old New England cliché says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
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