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Boston's Best Accommodations Combine a Bit of History with Modern Amenities



You'll find great hotels all over Boston and Cambridge. Many are family friendly, in the heart of the city, and some are even pet friendly. You'll find excellent dining options within most, and some, located amongst fine dining institutions, will inspire you to leave to enjoy a great meal nearby.  

If you want to stay with the rich and famous check into the Ritz Carlton or Charles Hotel where you'll find your share of famous faces on a daily basis. 

Those looking to be central to everything will enjoy a stay at the Taj Hotel where you'll be on the edge of it all. 

While travelers seeking to enjoy a waterfront view along Boston's booming harbor should not miss out on a stay at the hospitable Seaport Hotel.

Sandwiched between two stunning natural areas is the luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel where one side provides guests with a view of Boston Harbor and the other of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. 

When you require high-end accommodations close to Fenway Park, check into the Hotel Commonwealth. 

Book your stay in the heart of Back Bay where shopping, dining and attractions come together while either splurging on the Copley Plaza Hotel or saving at the Sheraton Boston. 

Wherever you choose to rest your head, you can do so knowing that you've booked one of Boston's 10best.

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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The location of the Boston Harbor Hotel on Boston's waterfront is enough to woo even the hardest to impress.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hi end modern digs with lots of luxury in Downtown make the Ritz-Carlton a go-to for many famous faces.

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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For those seeking the ultimate luxury experience without regard for cost, the Mandarin Oriental offers an exclusive Back Bay stay.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Fairmont Copley Plaza is a luxury Boston hotel with rich history, elegant rooms and an enviable bar scene in center of Copley Square.

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Located in Copley Square, The Sheraton is a solid choice for a stay in hotel with a great location. You'll find updated, clean and well cared for accommodations from a name you can trust- Sheraton. Well suited for those planning to spend most of the day on the go. Connected to the Hynes Convention Center and the Prudential Center, this right off Newbury Street location makes for the perfect place to stay to enjoy your surroundings. Kids can happily splash away in the pool. Small pets are welcome, but must be leashed at all times outside of your room. On a wet day, you don't even have to go outside-use the entryways to take you from your hotel, through the Prudential Center and even into Copley Place where some of the city's best shopping and dining await.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Skip the sky high rates of a luxury hotels without sacrificing location, book a stay at the Sheraton Boston in the heart of Back Bay.

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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel Commonwealth is the closest luxury hotel to Fenway Park making it ideal for the discerning guest who wants a Fenway stay.

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W Boston
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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.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The W's modern decor and hip vibe are a perfect fit for the Theater District where you'll be surrounded by lots to do.

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The Taj Hotel is known for its luxurious accommodations. The classic elegance invites guest on a journey to romance of the highest level. Whether checking in for the night or something a bit more long term, you'll find yourself swept away by the service at the Taj. Golden tones surround you, allowing you to relax in your well-appointed rooms, where you can escape the big city and enjoy a bit of quiet with you're with. Rooms overlooking the Public Garden will make you want to open those blinds for a bit and take in the scene below while you are tucked away above it all. Order an in room massage then sink into your marble tub and enjoy the bath bar menu offered at the Taj before heading back to bed.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Taj sits at edge of the Public Garden, corner of Back Bay's Newbury Street, between the Theater District, Beacon Hill & Downtown Crossing.

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From the outside the Charles Hotel does not look like anything special step but inside and become a part of the discreet hub of VIP activity. The Charles Hotel has provided lodging for Presidents, politicians, world renonwned entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, and fashion industry titans like Vera Wang. Yours may not be a household name, but fear not, you'll be just as welcomed as those who are at the Charles Hotel where you can get in on the action at Henrietta's Table where guests, locals and tourists comingle while dining on award winning farm to table fare next to the nation's major power players. Bookworms will be enticed to check in to take advantage of the Hotel Book Club where authors congregate with guests to discuss their current releases. This family friendly Hotel does its best to make even the littlest guest happy offering superior services geared to entertain children.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The choice of power players from around the world, the Charles discreetly hosts their clientele in style.

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Seaport Boston Hotel
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The Seaport Boston Hotel is a heart of the Seaport District dwelling that offers guests a retreat from the everyday, yet is a mere few minutes walk to the Cruise Port or Boston Convention Center allowing less travel time and more time for exploration. If you'd like the ease of being close to the Convention Center, and cruise port yet the ability to explore on foot, this hotel is for you. Surrounded by excellent eateries, fun bars, and things to do, you'll have no shortage of entertainment during your off hours. Far from inexpensive, it is worth the money you'll spend for the convenience you'll have. For those who want to stay inside you'll enjoy the indoor pool, spa Harbor views, and award winning restaurants all live within these walls.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Stunning views, spectacular service, reasonable rates for luxury accommodations, and so much to do in the surrounding area makes the Seaport Boston Hotel shine.

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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. 

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