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. Board games and family-friendly DVD's are available Plus,with a Kenmore Square location your little sports fan is close to major league action. Situated near Fenway Park, it easy to catch a game or just take a tour. While Boston University's perch a few blocks away allows you to take in a college sporting event like on of the school's popular hockey games. Enjoy access to the MBTA which makes seeing the sites of Boston simple.
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
Leave it to Boston's Ritz Carlton to pamper even the youngest of guests. Kids are treated like royalty, starting at check in, when they receive a special welcome gift. If that's not enough to make your little ones feel like a million bucks, the Ritz offers a scavenger hunt throughout the hotel. Adjoining rooms or suites allow families to spread out and have a little more space. Top it off with complimentary infant toiletries, child-proofing kits, cribs, high chairs and strollers upon request, and a Boston Common location where kids can run about, and you'll be just as happy as they are.
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
Kids love presents, and the Four Seasons is one hotel that knows their clientele! Kids get a gift when they check in, plus child sized bathrobes (yup, your little one can lounge in the luxuriously soft Four Seasons robes), complimentary toiletries, milk and cookies before bed, toys to use and movies to watch. But that's not all, the Four Seasons is across from the Public Garden, close to the theater district and the Freedom Trail. They offer babysitting services, an excellent children's menu, and easy access to lots of family friendly (and fancy) restaurants. Plus, the Four Seasons has many room options to allow your family to be at ease while staying there.
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
Indulge your child's inner diva with a stay at the Mandarin Oriental. Watch your kids strut their stuff in the child-sized robes after their bath stocked with the hotel's bath toys. Kids will love the welcome gift, the use of Sony Playstation 3 and the movies they can borrow. Forget something or just don't want to lug any extra? The Mandarin Oriental can help you out with strollers, cribs and playpens. Room service even offers a 24 hour children's menu, in case your little ones need to eat a little early. The Back Bay location allows you the chance to stay inside and still explore the city with direct access into the Prudential Center, and from there, Copley Place. Looking for few adult hours? Take advantage of the babysitting services that the hotel can arrange.
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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