Boston skyline at night

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Steeped in history and brimming with charm, Boston is a city that is definitely worth a spot on your travel bucket list. Whether you’re a history buff wandering the Freedom Trail, a die-hard Red Sox fan catching a game at Fenway Park, or a curious foodie savoring the freshest seafood chowder, Boston has something to offer everyone. But after a day of exploring, you’ll need a comfortable and stylish home base to unwind. From luxurious waterfront retreats to cozy boutique hotels steeped in local character, Boston boasts a diverse hotel scene to suit every taste and budget. So, unpack your bags and get ready to explore – here’s our curated guide to the best hotels Boston has to offer based on the consensus between 10 expert reviewers!

Top 5 Hotels To Book In Boston, According to Visitors and Locals

1. The Mandarin Oriental

Situated on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, this hotel is close to many major attractions. And if you feel like spending a little more money (this hotel isn’t cheap), the shops on Newbury Street are only blocks away. But there’s a chance that once you check into this hotel you may not leave.

Picture this: you step into the lobby of this Boston hotel and are immediately blown away by the sparkling elegance. Time Out assures us it’s not just a grand entrance – the suites are equally impressive. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the city’s jaw-dropping skyline in all its glory, transforming your room into a private viewing platform for Boston’s beauty.

But this hotel isn’t just about the views. Thrillist raves about the property’s 148 plush rooms and suites, each designed for ultimate comfort. However, if you’re truly looking to indulge, don’t miss the spa. This isn’t your average hotel treatment room – we’re talking about a sprawling 16,000-square-foot sanctuary, the oldest Forbes Five-Star spa in the entire state of Massachusetts! From classic Himalayan salt stone massages to cutting-edge millennial posture therapy, this spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments designed to melt away your stress and leave you feeling pampered and rejuvenated.

To top it off, once you’re done being pampered in the spa, you can let the kitchen pamper you with a plate of Beef Wellington. And it’s not just any kitchen, it’s Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant.

2. Boston Harbor Hotel

Ahoy, Boston explorers! Looking to stay on the water? Boston Harbor Hotel offers views of both the water and the city. Look no further than this 5-star gem located at Rowes Wharf, according to Luxury Hotel Guru. Picture waking up to the Boston Harbor sparkling outside your window – the perfect way to start your day of adventures.

And the best part? This hotel isn’t just about the stunning location. Luxury Hotel Guru also likes the property’s award-winning restaurants, so you can tantalize your taste buds after a day of sightseeing. Need to squeeze in a workout? No problem – they’ve got a modern gym to keep you on track with your fitness goals, even while you’re on vacation.

Because the hotel is situated on the Harborwalk, The Telegraph says you can easily explore the city on foot. Head north for a mile and you’ll find yourself at the renowned New England Aquarium or enjoying the delicious offerings of the North End, Boston’s historic Italian district. Feeling more contemporary? Walk south for just 0.7 miles and discover the Institute of Contemporary Art or explore the vibrant South Boston Waterfront. With so much within walking distance, this hotel is the perfect launching pad for your Boston explorations.

3. Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston

This is the newer of the two Four Seasons hotels in Boston. The older location is simply called Four Seasons Hotel Boston. With that being said, Boston’s skyline just got a whole lot more luxurious! Condé Nast Traveler reports that the city has joined the ranks of major players like New York and Miami with the unveiling of the 61-story One Dalton. Imagine soaring up to your room and gazing out at the breathtaking cityscape – that’s the kind of experience that awaits you at the One Dalton.

But the luxury doesn’t stop at the views. When your feet are tired from all that shopping, you can head to the spa on the Wellness floor. Yes, floor. Planet Ware raves about the hotel’s absolutely stunning spa. Think of it as a pampering paradise where you can indulge in a variety of treatments designed to melt away your stress. And don’t forget your swimsuit! The spa boasts a curved infinity pool with spectacular city views – the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring or indulging in a rejuvenating spa treatment.

If you decide you just can’t leave, in addition to the hotel rooms, there are also residences for purchase. You can choose between two-bedroom and three-bedroom options, or, if you need more space, a penthouse.

4. XV Beacon

Location is everything, so the saying goes. Dive straight into the heart of Boston’s historic charm when you stay at XV Beacon, according to the hotel’s website. This perfectly situated retreat places you right in the thick of things – national landmarks, the bustling downtown area, renowned hospitals, the energy of TD Garden, world-class shopping, and prestigious universities are all just steps away. XV Beacon ensures you’ll experience the very best Boston has to offer, from iconic sights to modern conveniences.

But XV Beacon isn’t just about location. Boston Magazine describes it as a beacon (pun intended!) of modern luxury housed within a stunning Beaux Arts building. Imagine a beautiful facade of brick and iron giving way to a lobby graced with a historic cage elevator, a charming nod to the building’s past. Step inside and you’ll find 63 modern guest rooms, each one an intimate oasis. With only seven rooms per floor, these havens feel more like private apartments than typical hotel rooms. Think cozy sitting areas, plush canopied beds, and spa-like bathrooms with rainforest showers – pure relaxation awaits!

And here’s a fun fact for the history buffs: Time Out reveals that XV Beacon was once a private mansion! This rich heritage is evident in the elegant design. Each guest room boasts a sophisticated cream and espresso color scheme, adorned with specially commissioned art. Imagine curling up by a crackling gas fireplace in your own private sitting area – the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring Boston’s vibrant streets. Plus, XV Beacon spares no expense when it comes to pampering its guests. Expect luxurious cashmere throws, exquisite linens, and fresh flowers to add a touch of delightful surprise to your stay.

5. The Newbury

If you are planning to shop while you’re in Boston, though, there’s really no reason to stay at another hotel. Fashionistas, rejoice! According to Forbes, this hotel puts you right in the heart of Newbury Street, Boston’s most iconic shopping district. Step out your front door and prepare to be dazzled by a world-class lineup of luxury stores, all within a stone’s throw of your room. Think Chanel, Valentino, and even a Tiffany & Co. on the ground floor – the perfect place to treat yourself (or add a special something to your suitcase)! Notice I didn’t say bargain shop.

But The Newbury Boston caters to more than just your designer desires. Culture Trip raves about Contesse, the hotel’s chic rooftop restaurant. Imagine indulging in delicious Northern Italian cuisine while gazing out at stunning Back Bay views – pure bliss! And when hunger strikes in the morning, there’s no need to wander far. The Street Bar serves up fancy breakfasts, like Lobster Benedict, to kickstart your day, and their evening cocktail menu, featuring a signature martini, is the perfect way to unwind after a day of shopping or exploring the city.

This hotel offers rooms with great views of the Public Garden and just on the other side of that is the Boston Common. While staying here you can take a short walk to Copley Square, where you can check out The Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and the Museum of Fine Arts. If you’d prefer your own library, we hear there is a private, guest-only library right in the hotel.

Notable Mentions:

  • The Ritz
  • The Eliot
  • The Lenox
  • The Langham
  • The Envoy
  • The Liberty


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  1. Chris C says:

    You state “ the South End, or “Southie,” as it is affectionately known, appeals to you.”

    The South End is NOT the same as Southie.

    Southie refers to South Boston across fort pointe channel from the South End, which is south of the Back Bay. Two VERY different neighborhoods.

  2. Capecodlindsey says:

    Agree….mixing up Southie and the South End is unforgivable. And no one would go to the Seaport — the coldest, unfriendliest, concrete junglest, elitist “feighborhood” in Mass. All the charm of the Everett Encore.

  3. rob reed says:

    Staying at the Seaport area is a far cry from downtown Boston. Plus do not go out at night. Dangerous area. Can vouch for the Newbury, having stayed there when it was the Ritz, and then the Taj, and finally the Newbury. Great location and central to everything Boston.
    Doubt if the author ever visited Boston from the sound of his article. He overlooked the Fairmont on Copley Square, perhaps the pen ultimate historic hotel in Boston; and the center of the upscale singles scene for young professionals.