Best Hotel in Boston

2015 Best Hotel Bar

The Hawthorne

Boston

For years now the Hawthorne, nestled inside the Hotel Commonwealth, has set the agenda when it comes to cocktails and ambiance. From the long main bar to the elegant, residence-style…Read More

2015 Best Hotel, General Excellence

The Liberty Hotel

Boston

Built into the former Charles Street jail, the Liberty was designed to cleverly highlight the original building’s mid-19th-century monumentality. Despite its jailhouse origins, the hotel’s rooms are captivating (in a…Read More

2014 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Ames Boston Hotel

Boston

While we appreciate Boston’s cobblestone streets, we’re also progressives. This chic hotel is just like us: a little bit of both. Built into the skeleton of the city’s first office…Read More

2014 Best Hotel Scene

The Liberty Hotel

Boston

Scenesters flocked to the soaring lobby of this former prison seven years ago when it was transformed into a sleek hotel. While most assumed the jail-themed venue wouldn’t have staying…Read More

2013 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Liberty Hotel

Boston

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2013 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Mandarin Oriental

Boston

Connected to the bustling Prudential Center, the Mandarin is a Zen refuge from the moment you enter. Modern museum-quality paintings and sculptures encourage thoughtful reflection. And don’t get us started…Read More

2013 Best Hotel Bar

The Hawthorne

Boston

This swanky spot in the Hotel Commonwealth combines the comforts of a hotel bar—plush chaise lounges, velvet armchairs—with the top-notch libations and luxurious snacks of a craft-cocktail den. Unwind with…Read More

2012 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Mandarin Oriental

Boston

There’s something formulaic about high-end hotels these days. Marble vanities + giant flat screens + bazillion-thread-count Frette sheets = the right to charge upward of $500 per night for a…Read More

2012 Best Hotel Bar

Avery Bar

Boston

Perhaps because of its proximity to turndown service and plush robes, the luxury hotel bar is expected to be both swish and discreet. This formula is executed just so at…Read More

2011 Best Hotel Bar

The Oak Room

Boston

Some hotel bars are trendy watering holes with rooms upstairs; others are mediocre places for conventiongoers to pickle themselves. The Oak Bar is another species entirely: an escape that’s equal…Read More

2011 Best Hotel Resort, Cape Cod

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Harwich

Based solely on the coolness of its bayside pool, Wequassett would swim away with this prize. But it also excels in every other way: The cozy cottage accommodations feel like…Read More

2011 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Mandarin Oriental

Boston

Even the most basic guest rooms at this Back Bay behemoth overflow with amenities: luxe slippers, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, rainforest shower. But what stands out is the way staffers treat…Read More

2010 Best Hotel Bar

The W

Boston

The W Lounge strikes a balance that can please just about anyone. It’s hip but not exclusive, crowded but not cramped, loud but not obnoxious. Most important: It has a…Read More

2008 Best Hotel Bar

KO Prime

Boston

Gazillion-thread-count sheets aside, a hotel is really only as good as its bar. And chichi steakhouse KO Prime has admirably elevated the one at downtown’s Nine Zero Hotel over the…Read More

2008 Best Hotel, Debut

The Liberty Hotel

Boston

When the Liberty opened last winter in the old Charles Street jail, following a $150 million building renovation, it was met with the requisite jokes about white-collar inmates and doing…Read More

2007 Best Hotel, New

InterContinental Boston

Boston

Considering the onslaught of just-opened and recently renovated hotels, it’s a good time to be a guest in Boston (if a somewhat less good time to be a hotelier). How…Read More

2007 Best Hotel, Berkshires

The Porches Inn

North Adams

Fleeing the city seems an idyllic notion, until you find yourself bunking down among doily-strewn antiques and overpowering potpourri at a B&B advertising bucolic “charm.” A rare exception is the…Read More

2007 Best Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Beach Plum Inn

Menemsha

You are not a Kennedy. Your chances of getting asked to the family’s up-island compound are, frankly, slim. So what? You can still live like American royalty at the nearby…Read More

2007 Best Hotel, Nantucket

Hotel Green

Nantucket

With two hotels, an art gallery, and an upscale shoe salon to her name, Nantucket transplant Vanessa Noel practically is the island. Her 10-room Hotel Green manages to make “environmentally…Read More

2007 Best Hotel, Cape Cod

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham

Had Fitzgerald created Jay Gatsby today, he might have installed his debonair protagonist at the Chatham Bars Inn. The 1914 hotel’s foyer alone, with its polished wood floors and stately…Read More

2006 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Four Seasons

Boston

When a local institution undergoes a renovation, we take notice. As part of this year’s stunning Four Seasons makeover, lumpy old armchairs, timeworn furniture, and outdated décor were tossed to…Read More

2006 Best Hotel, Cape Cod

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham

Letting go of your inner Griswold in favor of a genuine vacation can be a challenge, but the Chatham Bars Inn makes taking it easy a breeze. The oceanfront resort…Read More

2006 Best Hotel Bar

City Bar, The Lenox

Boston

It has overcome the hotel bar stereotype—that of the elevator music-themed nightcap—and regularly packs in a crush of yuppies and guests. Dim lighting and Azure chef Robert Fathman’s specialty liquors…Read More

2006 Best Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Winnetu Oceanside Resort

Edgartown

Staying here is like weekending at your rich best friend’s seaside retreat. Except your best friend isn’t rich, and she certainly doesn’t have a seaside getaway. But you both do…Read More

2006 Best Hotel, Nantucket

Union Street Inn

Nantucket

Steps from Main Street, this island retreat goes to great lengths for its guests: Bathrooms brim with Fresh toiletries, Matouk robes hang in closets, a basket of umbrellas waits by…Read More

2005 Best Hotel, General Excellence

The Charles Hotel

Cambridge

Few hotels can boast politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities among their clientele. The Charles can. The Harvard Square hotel houses jazz and martini bars, a renovated presidential suite, a multimillion-dollar art…Read More

2005 Best Hotel, New

Jurys Boston Hotel

Boston

Thanks to a two-year, $68 million renovation of the former Boston Police Department headquarters, Jurys’s wall of trickling water, sparkling elevators, lavish suites, and stunning marble bathrooms (with heated towel…Read More

2005 Best Hotel Bar

Cuffs—An Irish Bar

Boston

Most Boston hotel bars are party playgrounds for visiting movers and shakers. But for those jaded by the jet set, there’s Cuffs at the Jurys Boston Hotel, where the scene…Read More

2005 Best Hotel, Martha's Vineyard

Mansion House Inn

Vineyard Haven

Vineyard Haven may be a dry town, but you won’t need any spirits to lift yours at the Mansion House Inn. The newly renovated inn has roof-deck views of tall…Read More

2005 Best Hotel Bar

Cuffs—An Irish Bar

Boston

Most Boston hotel bars are party playgrounds for visiting movers and shakers. But for those jaded by the jet set, there’s Cuffs at the Jurys Boston Hotel, where the scene…Read More

2004 Best Hotel, Cape Cod

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham

Even overcast days at Chatham Bars Inn feel sunny. First, there’s the setting: a graceful, 1914 building overlooking the Atlantic, surrounded by quiet, individually decorated (and kitsch-free) cottages. Second, there…Read More

2004 Best Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Cape Cod

Land’s End Inn

Provincetown

Only Philistines and acrophobes could fail to fall in love with this, the most rapturous among Cape Cod’s many small inns. Part oasis, part museum, the property perches high above…Read More

2004 Best Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Boston

Boston

After a $60 million facelift, all 17 stories of Boston’s grande dame gleam as brightly as they did in the 1920s. This Ritz has spent more than 75 years perfecting…Read More

2004 Best Hotel Bar

Oak Bar

Boston

There could be a raging nor’easter outside, but inside this legend in the Fairmont Copley Plaza, it’s always 70 degrees, with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean and the…Read More

2003 Best Hotel, General Excellence

Fifteen Beacon

Boston

When the in-laws come to town for a visit, send them straight to Fifteen Beacon, a hotel so classically elegant (and subtly opulent) they’ll never want to leave. The staff…Read More

2003 Best Hotel Bar

Oak Bar

Boston

Given the weather, there’s seldom much call in New England for ceiling fans. Even so, the whirring hum beneath the Oak Bar’s carved mahogany ceiling adds a touch of airiness…Read More

2002 Best Hotel, General Excellence

The Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston

This 230-room palace has bragging rights locked up, thanks to its flawless waterfront view from Rowes Wharf. The whole scene—billowing sails, bright blue slices of sky and harbor, and a…Read More

2002 Best Hotel Bar

Bar 10

Boston

Enough with the stuffy, starched-napkin lounges that have for years dominated hotel cocktail scenes. The Westin Hotel’s Bar 10 is dedicated to taking it easy in style. At lunch and…Read More

2001 Best Hotel, General Excellence

XV Beacon

Boston

Paul Roiff’s much-hyped Beacon Hill hostelry actually qualifies as a boutique hotel, with only 61 rooms and the hushed luxury of a truly exclusive property. But the attention to detail,…Read More

2001 Best Hotel Bar

The Oak Bar, Fairmont Copley Plaza

Boston

The Oak Bar is, quite simply, everything a hotel bar should be: sexy, formal, and mysterious. It’s a place to wallow in grandeur, where, even if you live right down…Read More

2000 Best Hotel, General Excellence

The Charles Hotel

Cambridge

Perhaps the best answer to what defines the Cambridge experience, The Charles Hotel is the epitome of understated elegance. Sure, The Charles has all the amenities one would expect from…Read More

1998 Best Hotel, Intimate

The Eliot Hotel

Boston

If you want blinking neon welcome signs, uninspiring neutral furnishings, and tasteless room service in an anonymous structure, don’t come here. The four-star Eliot is an intimate and cozy home…Read More

1998 Best Hotel, Celebrities

Lenox Hotel

Boston

During the Boston Film Festival next month, the Lenox will have more celestial density than a black hole. If you manage to catch that director’s eye, proceed to Anago to…Read More

1998 Best Hotel Bar

Ritz-Carlton Boston

Boston

Dark, woody, and intimate, the bar at the Ritz is exactly the sort of watering hole weary travelers and high-end drinkers demand. The martini menu is extensive and intriguing, and…Read More

1997 Best Hotel, Intimate

Eliot Suite Hotel

Boston

From the smiling doorman who greets you to the freshly redone interiors, the Eliot boasts a European charm. The lost art of the small hotel has been reborn here with…Read More

1986 Best Hotel Restaurant

Le Marquis De Lafayette

<p>The first few months, recalls maître d’hôtel Pietro Valentini, were discouraging. Although the kitchen, under the direction of consultant Louis Outhier and head chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, was turning out…Read More

1985 Best Hotel Restaurant

Seasons

Boston

One of the city’s best, although the service could stand improvement at times…Read More

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