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12 Coolest Boutique Hotels in Boston, MA

Boston offers a wide range of things to see and do, from exploring history and visiting world-class museums to catching a Red Sox game or taking a brewery tour. Visitors will also find many different accommodation options to choose from, including the usual big-name hotels, but for something different than your standard boring room, you might want to consider a boutique hotel. Boutique hotels are known for their more personalized service with a smaller number of rooms and often come with unique perks and thoughtfully crafted amenities.

By booking one of these top boutique hotels in Boston, you’re sure to enjoy a more memorable stay.

XV Beacon XV Beacon
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XV Beacon

If you’re in Boston for sightseeing, the XV Beacon is ideal, just steps from Boston Common, where you can hit the Freedom Trail that travels 2.5 miles through the most historic neighborhoods in the city, including 16 important sites related to the Revolutionary War. It enjoys a leafy Beacon Hill neighborhood setting and sits in a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building, complete with fitness facilities, a rooftop deck with views of the Charles River and Beacon Hill, and even a destination steakhouse. When you aren’t in the mood to walk, you can take advantage of complimentary in-town car service too.

Key Amenities:

  • Destination steakhouse on-site

  • Complimentary in-town car service

  • Rooftop deck with river and city views

The Whitney Hotel The Whitney Hotel Boston
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The Whitney Hotel

The Whitney Hotel sits within a classic 1909 redbrick building at the foot of Longfellow Bridge in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, just over a 10-minute walk from Boston Common. While the exterior may reveal its lengthy past, inside it’s mostly modern, providing an ultra-chic oasis. Beyond the check-in desks there are floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets with books from prominent Massachusetts authors with multiple areas for conversation. Inside of end tables, one uses retro-inspired vintage trunks. The highly lauded Peregrine restaurant is on-site and offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu while complimentary bikes are provided for exploring the area on two wheels. Rooms include options for river views and all come with Nespresso machines, minibars, flat-screen TVs, Frette robes, and room service.

Key Amenities:

  • Popular restaurant on-site

  • Bicycles complimentary for guest use

  • Gym

Hotel AKA Boston Common Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
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Hotel AKA Boston Common

Nestled between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Boston Common, Hotel AKA Boston Common, formerly the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel is highly rated while offering many desirable features. It includes a 24-hour fitness center with weight training equipment and cardio machines and free loaner bikes are available that make it easy to explore the city. Guests also enjoy a complimentary wine tasting every evening and there’s a sophisticated vintage-style lounge/dining space offering flavorful cocktails and shareable plates, with options for private dining experiences. Rooms are pet-friendly and even include water bowls and dog beds, along with flat-screen TVs, minibars, cocktail shakers, robes, and windows that open to let in the fresh air. Book a suite for a striking view and more space with separate living and sleeping areas.

Key Amenities:

  • 24-hour fitness center

  • Free loaner bikes

  • Elegant lounge/dining space offering shareable plates

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The Verb Hotel

The Verb has the feel of a recording studio with a vibe that’s all about celebrating music while being just a five-minute walk from Red Sox games at Fenway Park. There’s a record player, an electric guitar, and a jukebox in the lobby, and guests will also find one of the city’s rare outdoor heated pools. The pool sits on a deck lined with umbrellas and lounge chairs where the staff will bring you free water, and if you want to keep up with your workout routine, guest passes are provided to a gym nearby. When it comes to dining, you’ll enjoy a free continental breakfast in the lobby, while the Hojoko restaurant on-site offers Japanese-style pub fare and specialty cocktails. Rooms have vintage touches that follow a quirky retro theme, amps, and Crosley record players with albums available to borrow from a well-curated library. Keurig coffeemakers, minifridges, and flat-screen TVs are included too.

Key Amenities:

  • Outdoor heated pool

  • Music themed with record players and albums available to borrow

  • Hojoko restaurant on-site

The Kendall Hotel The Kendall Hotel, Boston
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The Kendall Hotel

Perfectly fitting the definition of a boutique hotel, The Kendall sits in a building that was once a Victorian firehouse. Located near lively Kendall Square just minutes from downtown Boston on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, it offers an especially welcome atmosphere that has the feel of an exclusive private club. In the lobby, complimentary cookies and coffee are available and a wine hour is hosted too. There isn’t a fitness center on-site but guests enjoy access to the Cambridge Athletic Club, The Black Sheep Restaurant on-site is a highlight, serving an enticing menu that even includes some mouthwatering vegan options along with everything from ravioli to filet mignon. Rooms include comfortable beds with high-end linens, soundproofed windows that can open, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and luxe bathrobes.

Key Amenities:

  • Black Sheep Restaurant on-site

  • Passes to nearby gym

  • Complimentary coffee, cookies, and a daily wine hour

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Sonder 907 Main

Located in the heart of Central Square in Cambridge, five minutes from Harvard University or Fenway Park, Sonder 907 Main sits in a historic building that dates to 1871, carefully renovated to maintain its historic character while offering a unique and luxurious stay. It was designed to honor 19th-century author Margaret Fuller, a pioneer of the transcendentalism movement, with numerous references to the period throughout. The Blue Owl Rooftop Bar is a popular hangout spot serving light bites like parmesan rosemary fries while the Dial can be found downstairs offering patio seating and American-style fare. All rooms come with king-sized beds that have pillow-top mattresses, workstations, 55″ TVs, and Bluetooth-enabled alarm clocks.

Key Amenities:

  • Rooftop bar

  • Full restaurant on-site with patio seating

  • Concierge services

The Godfrey Hotel Boston Youthful, open-minded, snazzy, and sophisticated
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The Godfrey Hotel Boston

Just steps from the Theater District and Boston Common with the Downtown Crossing shops across the street, The Godfrey Hotel is a gem, located in two historic buildings that date to the early 1900s. It offers quintessential boutique amenities like complimentary loaner bicycles and even yoga mats. There’s a cafe on-site offering items like coffee, pastries, and sandwiches, while some of the city’s best restaurants can easily be reached on foot. Rooms come with all the modern essentials, including large flat-screen TVs with smartphone-to-TV media streaming, Keurig coffeemakers, comfy beds, and soft robes.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site cafe

  • Loaner bikes and yoga mats

  • 24-hour gym

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The Boxer Boston

A beautiful boutique hotel set in a 1904 building in the heart of Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle Historic District, The Boxer provides a prime location for walks by the Charles River and strolling Beacon Hill’s cobbled streets, but if you prefer exploring on two wheels, it offers free loaner bikes too. You’ll find a 24-hour fitness room on-site along with a New England-inspired brasserie, Bulfinch Social. It’s a great spot for pre-dinner drinks and serves a tasty selection of local, seasonal, and farm-to-table cuisine. Due to the building’s triangular shape, every room is unique yet all include workstations with ergonomic chairs, comfy beds with stylish tufted bedframes, Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and luxury marble baths.

Key Amenities:

  • 24-hour fitness room

  • Loaner bikes

  • Bullfinch Social on-site for dining and drinks

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The Newbury Boston

Located right across the street from the Boston Public Garden, The Newbury boasts a sweeping staircase that winds to the beautiful residential-style rooms and suites many of which offer views of the park and downtown, like the Park View King, a huge suite with panoramic vistas, a dining room for six, and a luxe marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub, rainforest shower, and premium bath salts. All include Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, robes and slippers, and high-end toiletries with either park or Back Bay views. There’s a 24-hour gym, a glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant, a speakeasy-style bar, and a salon for afternoon tea.

Key Amenities:

  • 24-hour gym

  • Enclosed rooftop restaurant and speakeasy-style bar

  • Library and salon for afternoon tea

The Lenox Hotel The Lenox Hotel, Boston
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The Lenox Hotel

Located in Boston’s historic Back Bay area in Copley Square, the Lenox Hotel sits in a classic 1900 building and offers some impressive amenities in a charming, walkable neighborhood. Guests enjoy a warm welcome and personalized concierge services, along with a state-of-the-art gym. There’s an award-winning eatery serving contemporary American dishes and an authentic Irish pub on-site, while numerous famous shops and restaurants are only a few blocks away on Newbury Street. Rooms feature high ceilings, mahogany furniture, wood-burning fireplaces, and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and large workspaces.

Key Amenities:

  • Personalized concierge services

  • State-of-the-art gym

  • Award-winning restaurant and Irish pub on-site

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Hotel Commonwealth

Just across the road from Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is a popular pick for baseball fans, with an ideal location and many cool baseball-related features, including a suite with an impressive collection of trading cards, classic baseball memorabilia, a DVD library with over 40 classic baseball films, and a 50″ Smart TV. All come with Smart TVs, Nexus tables with Google Chromecast, and pillow-top beds with Italian linens. The hotel also has an exercise room, a restaurant serving New England-influenced fare, a posh oyster bar, and a cocktail bar.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site restaurant serving New England-influenced fare

  • Oyster bar and cocktail bar

  • Exercise room

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The Eliot Hotel

The Eliot Hotel is an award-winning boutique property in historic Bay Bay, set along a gorgeous boulevard just a short stroll from Copley Place, Newbury Street, Fenway Park, top cultural attractions, art galleries, and nightlife venues. Set in a 1925 building, it’s been named among the world’s best by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, while offering the award-winning UNI restaurant on-site, available for breakfast and dinner, while late-night service on Fridays and Saturdays includes the hotel’s famous ramen. 24-hour room service and in-room massage are available, and guests also enjoy access to a nearby Boston Sports Club. Rooms and suites come with luxurious down bedding, minibars, and flat-screen TVs.

Key Amenities:

  • In-room massage

  • Access to a nearby Boston Sports Club

  • Award-winning dining on-site + 24-hour room service

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