Tucked away in the best Boston neighborhoods, you'll find small luxury boutique hotels loaded with charm, romance, and exceptional personal service.
If you want to really pamper yourself - or someone special - choose one of these unique Boston luxury hotels and savor the difference.
Don't be surprised when you're greeted by name when you arrive. Visit more that once, and the staff will remember you and your preferences for a comfortable stay.
Almost all of these boutique hotels are either individually owned or belong to small hotel groups specializing in unique luxury accommodations.
What's special about these small but luxurious hotels and inns?
Actually, quite a lot. Complimentary town car service, in-room fireplaces, high-quality furnishings, cutting edge design, plush bedding, cool electronics, and the best luxuries of all: personalized service and real comfort. Most important: once you find your favorite, you'll want to make it your "home away from home" every time you visit Boston.
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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 historical landmarks and attractions. A 5-minute walk brings you to the Esplanade, a river-side park 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 feel like your home away from home. Enjoy your guestroom's a selection of hand-picked books and "welcome" chocolates and other goodies, complementary bikes to use during your stay, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and pet-friendly policies and amenities.
Relax with 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.
Fifteen Beacon Hotel
From luxurious Italian linens to fireplaces to complimentary car service, you'll find every amenity you can imagine at Fifteen Beacon, a 60-guestroom and suite boutique hotel occupying a landmark 1903 Beaux Arts building in Boston's historic downtown/Beacon Hill area.
The 10-floor hotel's private roof terrace provides you with the ultimate luxury...the ideal spot to relax up among the leafy tree tops, enjoy the Boston skyline - or perhaps fireworks on the Fourth of July.
With top-notch personalized service, a superb location, and plenty of luxuries small and large, Fifteen Beacon offers the ultimate in personalized comfort when you're away from home.
With 95 guestrooms and suites, the Eliot Hotel occupies a corner on a mansion-lined stretch of Commonwealth Avenue.
This family-owned hotel exudes elegance when you walk into the white and black marble, gold-accented lobby centered by a stunning chandelier - but it's renowned for providing warm, personalized service that makes guests feel at home.
In addition to top-notch service, you'll enjoy the muted but luxurious decor . . . toile and raw silk in tones of cream and taupe, comfortable furnishings, down comforters and designer throws, curtained French doors between rooms in your suite, and white marble bathrooms.
More to enjoy: The Eliot's convenient location near Newbury Street shopping and Fenway Park.
Every suite in Gryphon House, a luxurious inn/B&B in Back Bay occupying a spectacular Victorian-era brownstone mansion overlooking the Charles River, offers gas log fireplaces with beautiful original marble or carved wood mantles.
The grand curving staircase under a skylight, panoramic "El Dorado" wallpaper murals by Zuber & Cie, crystal chandeliers, ornate millwork, a gorgeous onyx fireplace in the comfortable book-filled lobby - all original to the 1895 home - let you experience the feeling of living in one of Boston's gilded mansions 100+ years ago. To make you feel even more at home, a delicious continental breakfast is served, and fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea are available all day.
Gryphon House's location near Newbury Street boutiques, Copley Square, and Fenway Park puts you in a great location to explore Boston - but with a fireplace, comfortable seating, and wet bar with refrigerator (perfect for chilling a bottle of champagne) in your spacious suite, you may feel no desire to venture out.
Battery Wharf Hotel
With 150 rooms and suites, the waterfront Battery Wharf features sleek, contemporary decor, spectacular views, and a wonderful location in Boston's North End.
You'll enjoy plush bathrobes, pillow top mattresses, high-quality linens, windows that open, and large screen TVs. Get free internet access when you join the Fairmont President's Club.
The fitness center offers a variety of cardio machines, and Harborwalk is just outside the door if you feel like a run.
Also located at the hotel is a top spa featuring zen-inspired services.
More to enjoy: The Battery Wharf's proximity to all the North End restaurants, and to the TD Garden sports/entertainment center.
A water taxi stop is right outside the hotel.
Boston Insider Tip: Want to Experience Boston's Luxury Boutique Hotels for Less?
Rates at Boston's luxury boutique hotels can be more affordable than you might expect, especially if you avoid the busiest season (mid-May through mid-October) when all Boston hotel rates soar.
Visit during Boston's "off-season" - January through March and you'll find the lowest rates of the year. Our weather may not be at its best, but it's actually the perfect time of the year to visit if you love museums, concerts, and pro hockey and basketball. Ice skating on the pond in Boston Commons is also lots of fun.
For milder weather and only somewhat higher rates, plan your visit for April through mid-May when every flower in Boston bursts into bloom, or November - December when the festive holiday season lights up the city.
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