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
The Hotel Commonwealth is a whole lot of luxury near Fenway Park. This award winning hotel hosts Red Sox fans in season and off. Request a Fenway facing room for the best views of the oldest professional ball-field. A stay at the Hotel Commonwealth puts some of Boston's best dining at your doorstep. With Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster and the Hawthorne all right there you could never leave the block all the while enjoying local favorites. Children are welcome at Hotel Commonwealth and they go out of their way to make a family stay fun. If your kids are of the four-legged variety, do not fret because Eastern Standard makes your pets as welcome as you are.
9 W Boston
Standing tall in the theater district the W Hotel's close to the Common location brings you to the center of the city and all of the action. Offering modern elegance, inside and out, this theater district hotel makes for sweet dreams in a space unlike most. Forgoing full walls in favor or curtained areas, you won't be divided form the one you love, instead, you'll truly come together in a space made for sharing. Dine at Market-the W's 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 escape has a focus on fun and inspires whimsical romance.
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
Boston's Ritz Carlton Hotel is known for its chic romantic accommodations. You'll be in the mood for love, from the moment you enter and see straight into Avery Bar where the fireplace and dim lighting make you want to skip check in and take yourself to one of the cozy nooks to canoodle with the one you love over a cocktail. But once you make your way behind closed door you'll be welcomed by beds decked out in ultra lush, deluxe bedding and a bath complete with a "room for two" marble tub. Add 24 hour in room dining and you can draw the blinds unplug the clock, shut off your cell and order sustenance when needed.
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. 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. Just be sure to leave the hotel, with all this luxury you may have to be forced out the door. And if you make it outside you can take the romance to the streets with a stroll the HarborWalk, evening on a Harbor cruise, or a few laps (hand in hand) around skate on the rink under the dome.
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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