Where to Stay in Boston's Most Historic Neighborhood
Staying in a Beacon Hill hotel puts you in a convenient location for exploring Boston's most historic neighborhood, once home to the "Brahmin" elite and still the city's most elegant neighborhood.
With Beacon Hill's superb location overlooking Boston Common and the Public Garden, and only a 5-10 minute walk to Downtown, Back Bay, and TD Garden in the West End, these hotels put you within easy reach top attractions and entertainment.
All of Beacon Hill's attractions will be at your doorstep - boutiques and restaurants along Charles Street, stately mansions around Louisburg Square, and the Black Heritage Trail.
Only a few hotels are located in this special neighborhood, but several others are very close by.
Best of all, you can choose from a wide price range, from budget to luxury hotels, all in and near the wonderful Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Top photo: XV Beacon Hotel located at 15 Beacon Street near the Massachusetts State House & Faneuil Marketplace
Whitney Hotel - Beacon Hill's Newest Hotel
The elegant and luxurious 65 guestroom Whitney Hotel occupies a prime Beacon Hill location on Charles Street near Massachusetts General Hospital, historical Boston landmarks and 21st century attractions, and next to a footbridge leading to the Esplanade, a lovely park along the Charles River with running paths, summer concerts, and sailing.
Top-notch organic amenities, personalized service, plush beds with Frette linens, and an emphasis on comfort make the Whitney an ideal place to stay when you want a hotel experience that feels like your home away from home. Each guestroom features a selection of hand-picked books, and you'll find even more on the shelves flanking the reception desk.
What's special: Complementary chocolates and other goodies in your room sourced from neighborhood gourmet stores, bikes to use during your stay, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and pet-friendly policies.
Have a drink or dine on tasty coastal Mediterranean specialties in Peregrine, the boutique hotel's onsite bar/restaurant created by two awarding-winning local restaurateurs, and enjoy the secluded courtyard garden with its soothing fountain, beautiful flowering plants, and fire pit.
Liberty Hotel's claim to fame is that the 1851 granite building served as the Charles Street Jail until 1990.
Renovations turned it into luxury accommodations while retaining some of the jail's "features" such as a few barred windows.
Although the Liberty Hotel is across Charles Street and thus technically in the West End rather than Beacon Hill, you'll find it perfectly convenient for exploring the neighborhood as well as enjoying the nightlife around TD Garden. It is adjacent to Massachusetts General Hospital.
What's special: Terrific service (such as airport luggage pickup/delivery) and fun ambiance in its lobby and excellent restaurant and bar. Some room offer great views of Boston's July 4th fireworks show over the Charles River. Public spaces such as Clink, the jail-themed bar, attract locals as well as visitors.
Like the Liberty Hotel, the Wyndham Hotel is located across Charles Street from today's Beacon Hill (a century or two ago, this area was considered part Beacon Hill's north slope), and is also close to MGH.
The Wyndham offers moderate (for this neighborhood) rates, comfortable furnishings, and convenient location.
What's special: The rooftop swimming pool. Also, behind the hotel is a Whole Foods with a huge section of freshly prepared hot and cold carryout food, rumored to be the biggest of any WF in the country.
Taj Boston Hotel - Closed for Renovations - Will Reopen as Newbury Hotel
Taj Boston, located at the edge of the Back Bay neighborhood across from the Public Garden, is another excellent choice close to Beacon Hill as it is only about a 2-minute walk away.
The luxurious Taj is a great choice for exploring Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Bay Village, and the Theatre District neighborhoods. If you're planning to do lots of shopping along Newbury Street, you'll appreciate the convenient location.
What's special: Floor to ceiling windows in the bar give you a superb view of the beautiful Public Garden as you sip your drink. But there's a lot more to love here: afternoon tea service, crystal chandeliers everywhere, lovely antiques and art. If you're here between March and November, do not miss the spectacular Sunday brunch on the Taj's rooftop terrace overlooking the Public Garden.