These Buzzy New Hotels Are the Reason to Head to Boston


Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, also in Back Bay, is the second Four Seasons in the city, and aims to cater to travelers who want a contemporary ambiance combined with luxury. The sleek setting includes a muted grey palette, hints of metallic, and an impressive collection of artwork by international artists. The hotel also has a Wellness Floor with a spa, gym, and indoor swimming pool and an outpost of the buzzy Japanese eatery Zuma.

The lobby at The Whitney, located inside a classic brick brownstone. 

Another newcomer is The Whitney, a 65-room property in Beacon Hill, north of Boston Common. Located in a brick town house, it offers understated luxury and has an almost residential feel. The restaurant, Peregrine, serves Sicilian-inspired dishes, and the plant-laden courtyard garden is the place to enjoy a pre or post dinner drink any time of the year—there’s a firepit to keep guests warm on those cold winter nights. The Whitney Wags program welcomes dogs with their own beds and treats.

We’re also adding three renovated hotels on our list of Boston’s choice places to stay.

The Langham, in downtown Boston, reopened in late June following a two-year multi-million-dollar renovation. Dating back almost a century, the hotel is located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and has a new lobby with jewel tones and guest rooms with New England-inspired decor. The two-story Loft Suites with brass-embossed windows are the rooms to get, but big spenders will likely go for the Chairman’s Suite, which has a baby grand piano and a dining room that seats eight.

The charming lobby at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

A perk for all guests is the daily free heritage tours where they can learn about the building’s history.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston, in Back Bay, also got a reboot and debuted it last September. As with The Newbury, Champalimaud Design was in charge of the interiors that incorporate elements of both Chinoiserie and early New England design. The redone guest rooms feature contemporary plaid carpets, leathers, and Chinese-inspired accent wallpaper, and the 16,000-square-foot spa—with its range of Eastern and Western inspired treatments—is a standout.

Our last pick is the Boston Harbor Hotel where all of the 232 guest rooms feature harbor or city views. The showpiece is the John Adams Presidential Suite, spanning 4,800-square-feet and with a large terrace overlooking the waterfront. The property has a seafood restaurant, Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, which serves excellent lobster rolls, and a new boutique, Home at Rowes Wharf, that sells fashionable decor, gifts, and textiles.

A lavish and scenic suite at the Mandarin Oriental. 

From big brands to boutique names, Boston’s reinvigorated hotel lineup has an option for every kind of traveler.

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