Best Boutique in Boston


Burn Fitness


This South End powerhouse hosts more niche classes than many larger gyms, manna for the indecisive athlete. Rowing, Broga, Pilates fusion, kickboxing, TRX, and Tabata—they’re all here. We also go…Read More

2015 Best Boutique, Martha's Vineyard

Pandora’s Box


For the sweetest shopping on the Vineyard, head up-island to the fishing village of Menemsha, where a row of funky storefronts line the road to the area’s best sunset view....Read More

2015 Best Boutique Hotel

The Verb Hotel


This former HoJo is now a stylish hotel with a rock ‘n’ roll soul. Its rooms feature pop artifacts like backstage passes for the J. Geils Band, old Phoenix covers,...Read More

2014 Best Boutique Hotel

Inn at St. Botolph


The fanny pack and walking shoes may mark you as a tourist, but your digs definitely won’t. Tucked away in the Back Bay, this brownstone inn blends in with its...Read More

2013 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


Hip enough for Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, yet sophisticated enough to attract the likes of Bill Clinton, Nine Zero treats all its guests like celebrities—even the penguins en route...Read More

2012 Best Boutique Hotel

XV Beacon


Once the big chains got wise to the fact that people like to stay in quirky, independent places when they travel, the term “boutique hotel” started to get watered down:...Read More

2011 Best Boutique Hotel, Nantucket

Union Street Inn


Set inside an old whaler’s mansion, this classic inn gets high points for service and design. Owners Ken and Deborah Withrow boast boutique-hotel and retail backgrounds (they’ve worked with Ian...Read More

2011 Best Boutique Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Hob Knob


Set back from the hubbub of downtown Edgartown, this eco-friendly, 17-room manse is quiet, unpretentious, and posh. (JFK himself once stayed here after an exhausting regatta.) Eat your made-to-order breakfast,...Read More

2011 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


While not entirely indie—it’s part of the Kimpton hotel group—Nine Zero is a singularly splendid place to lay your head. All rooms boast robes, European linens, and windows that open...Read More

2011 Best Boutique Hotel, Cape Cod

Harbor Hotel Provincetown


Shady motor inns might be quintessential Cape Cod, but we don’t have to like ’em. So we’re thrilled to see the old Cape Inn reborn as the Harbor Hotel, with...Read More

2009 Best Boutique, Clothing


Chestnut Hill

While most specialty clothing boutiques are inviting enough, it’s increasingly hard to find ones that risk stocking merchandise that is, in fact, special—that is to say, not all over Barneys,...Read More

2008 Best Boutique, Debut



In our fantasies, we while away our days in a Parisian café, composing flowery prose over café au lait. In reality, we’ve got desk jobs and are lactose intolerant. So...Read More

2006 Best Boutique Hotel

Eliot Hotel


Austere lobbies and high-tech doodads certainly make an impression, but too many new luxury hotels try to conceal poor service behind flashy interior decorating. The Peter Niemetz-redesigned Eliot, outfitted with...Read More

2005 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


The city is smitten with Nine Zero. And what’s not to love? Travelers embrace its classic contemporary elegance, streamlined design, and central downtown location. The spacious in-room workstations and Louis...Read More

2004 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero Hotel


Nine Zero is at once international and approachable: Its rooms are trendy but luxurious, the service hip but not obnoxious. Amenities include Mario Russo bath products and expansive in-room work...Read More

2003 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


Posh boutique hotels have been sprouting up with Starbucks-like ferocity. But for the ultimate experience in luxury and style, nothing in Boston compares to Nine Zero. Credit the staff’s unerring...Read More

2002 Best Boutique Hotel

Nine Zero


It may be the newbie on the block, but Nine Zero has swiftly wooed the city with its soft contemporary design and sleek sense of comfort. The posh small hotel...Read More

2001 Best Boutique Hotel

The Eliot Suite Hotel


Spending a night at the Eliot feels like lodging at a well-run, luxurious hotel on the French Riviera. This hotel prides itself on its European feel, from a staff that...Read More

2000 Best Boutique Hotel

Fifteen Beacon


Paul Roiff’s $21 million hotel project in Beacon Hill is the ultimate in modernity. The boutique atmosphere extends to the rooms themselves, which feature an incredible roster of amenities in...Read More

1982 Best Boutique



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