Best hotels and hostels in Boston

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South End & Chinatown

    Encore

    If you love the theater, or if you love innovative contemporary design, or if you just love creature comforts and warm hospitality, you will love Encore. Co-owned by an architect and a set designer, this 19th-century South End town house sets a stage for both of their passions. Exposed brick walls are adorned with exotic masks, interesting art and theatrical posters; bold colors and contemporary furniture pieces furnish the spacious guest rooms. All four rooms have a sitting area or private deck that offers a sweet skyline view. Continental breakfast included.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cambridge

    Harding House

    This treasure blends refinement and comfort, artistry and efficiency. Old wooden floors spread with throw rugs furnish a warm glow, and antique decor completes the inviting atmosphere. Noise does travel in this old house, but the place is quite comfortable. Other perks: free parking (a rarity), a thoughtfully designed continental breakfast and complimentary museum passes. Families will appreciate the larger `family room', the availability of cribs and cots for little people, the shared kitchen and dining area, and the museum passes for guest use.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kenmore Square & Fenway

    Gryphon House

    A premier example of Richardson Romanesque, this beautiful five-story brownstone is a paradigm of artistry and luxury overlooking the picturesque Charles River. Eight spacious suites have different styles, including Victorian, Gothic and arts and crafts, but they all have 19th-century period details. And they all have home-away-from-home perks such as entertainment centers, wet bars and gas fireplaces. Prices include a continental breakfast. If you're planning to see a baseball game, inquire about the Red Sox special.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South End & Chinatown

    HI-Boston

    HI-Boston sets the standard for urban hostels, with its modern, ecofriendly facility in the historic Dill Building. Purpose-built rooms are functional and clean, as are the shared bathrooms. Community spaces are numerous, from fully equipped kitchen to ground-floor cafe, and there's a whole calendar of activities on offer. The place is large, but it books out, so reserve in advance. Dorms vary in size and with guest gender; prices vary accordingly.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Streetcar Suburbs

    Taylor House

    Sitting pretty pond-side in Jamaica Plain, this gracious Italianate Victorian mansion has been lovingly restored – apparent from the ornamental details throughout the house and the gorgeous gardens outside. Spacious guest rooms have dark polished-wood floors, sleigh beds, bold contemporary art and plenty of sunshine. The suites are in the carriage house behind. Dave is your decorator, designer and amazing host.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Back Bay

    No 284

    This gorgeous guesthouse invites you to make yourself at home in a luxurious Back Bay brownstone. The comfort starts in the delightful common areas – an elegant library and a serene urban courtyard – and extends to the guest rooms, which are equipped with many thoughtful touches, from corkscrews and wine glasses to professionally curated artwork. Prices include a continental breakfast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kenmore Square & Fenway

    Verb Hotel

    The Verb Hotel took a down-and-out HoJo property and turned it into Boston's most radical, retro, rock-and-roll hotel. The style is mid-century modern; the theme is music. Memorabilia is on display throughout the joint, with turntables in the guest rooms and a jukebox cranking out tunes in the lobby. Classy, clean-lined rooms face the swimming pool or Fenway Park.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Back Bay

    Newbury Guest House

    Dating from 1882, these three interconnected brick and brownstone buildings offer a prime location in the heart of Newbury St. The place has preserved charming features like ceiling medallions and in-room fireplaces, but the rooms also feature clean lines, luxurious linens and modern amenities. Each morning a complimentary buffet breakfast is laid out in the attached restaurant.

  • Lodging in Kenmore Square & Fenway

    Hotel Commonwealth

    Set amid Commonwealth Ave’s brownstones and just steps away from Fenway Park, this independent luxury hotel enjoys prime real estate. Spacious Commonwealth suites offer king-size beds and two LCD TVs. The rooms are slightly smaller, but some do offer a view onto the ballpark. All guests can enjoy the amazing amenities, which range from turn-down service to iPods and PlayStations. If you happen to be traveling with kids, there are cribs or rollaway beds available, not to mention complimentary 'baby toiletries'. The unique 'Build a Bed Voluntourism' package give families a chance to spend half a day volunteering to help a homeless child during their time in Boston.

  • Lodging in Streetcar Suburbs

    Bertram Inn

    Brookline’s tree-lined streets shelter this dreamy, arts-and-crafts–style inn, located only a quick jaunt from downtown Boston. A quiet elegance is accented with beautifully carved oak panels, leaded windows and, if you play your cards right, a working fireplace in your room. Amenities and services match those of high-end hotels. The same owners run the Samuel Sewall Inn across the street, an exquisitely restored Victorian with even more rooms. Both places boast tree-shaded patios, a full gourmet breakfast and a location that's just a heartbeat from the Hub of the Universe.

  • Lodging in Charlestown

    Green Turtle

    It's not just a B&B, but a floating B&B. If you want to be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping and wake up to the cry of seagulls, maybe you should be sleeping on a houseboat. The two contemporary guest rooms are surprisingly spacious, complete with kitchenettes. Hot coffee and fresh pastries are served in your room. Your hosts, Karen and Jon, also have two 40-plus-ft motor yachts nearby. These luxury liners sleep up to four people in quiet comfort.

  • Lodging in Streetcar Suburbs

    Beech Tree Inn

    This turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian home contains 10 guest rooms, each individually decorated with period furnishings and wallpaper, ornamental fireplaces with hand-painted screens, floral quilts and lacy curtains. Common areas include a cozy parlor and a pleasant patio, where you can enjoy homemade baked goodies throughout the day. It’s a romantic return to yesteryear, located on a quiet residential street. Breakfast included.

  • Lodging in South End & Chinatown

    Clarendon Square Inn

    On a quiet residential street in the South End, this fabulous brownstone is a designer’s dream. Guest room details might include Italian marble wainscoting, French limestone floors, a silver-leaf barrel-vaulted ceiling or a hand-forged iron-and-porcelain washbasin. Common areas are decadent (case in point: roof-deck hot tub); continental breakfast is served in the paneled dining room and butler’s pantry.

  • Lodging in Back Bay

    College Club

    Originally a private club for female college graduates, the College Club has 11 spacious rooms with high ceilings, now open to all genders. Period details – typical of the area’s Victorian brownstones – include claw-foot tubs, ornamental fireplaces and bay windows. Local designers have lent their skills to decorate the various rooms, with delightful results. Prices include a continental breakfast.

  • Lodging in Cambridge

    Kendall Hotel

    Once the Engine 7 Firehouse, this city landmark is now a cool and classy all-American hotel. Its 65 guest rooms exhibit a firefighter riff, alongside the requisite creature comforts. The hotel excels with its service, style, and appetizing breakfast spread. The on-site Black Sheep restaurant is worth visiting for lunch or dinner, too.

  • Lodging in Back Bay

    Colonnade

    There are many reasons to stay at the Colonnade, such as its handsome guest rooms, which are well equipped with both high-tech gadgetry and simple pleasures (like a rubber duck in your bathtub). There's the VIPets program, complete with fluffy beds and walking services. And of course there's the excellent dining and the fabulous location. But perhaps the most important reason to stay at the Colonnade is the rooftop pool, or RTP, as it’s known. A glamorous place to see and be seen in your bikini, it’s also optimal for alfresco dining, yoga, sunbathing and, yes, even swimming. Open to nonguests weekdays only.

  • Lodging in Cambridge

    Royal Sonesta

    Following an upgrade, the Royal Sonesta offers spacious rooms with a modern, minimalist flair and up-to-date amenities. Those facing the river yield some of the most expansive city views around. The hotel also has an incredible contemporary art collection on display throughout the public spaces, including the awesome ArtBar. The Royal Sonesta overlooks the river in East Cambridge, just around the corner from the Museum of Science. That's not the only thing that's great for families though: there are also free bikes for guest use, kid-centered packages and an awesome atrium-style pool.

  • Lodging in Cambridge

    Irving House at Harvard

    Call it a big inn or a homey hotel, Irving House welcomes the world-weariest of travelers. Rooms range in size, but every bed is quilt-covered, and big windows admit plenty of light. There is a bistro-style atmosphere in the brick-lined basement, where you can browse through books or munch on a complimentary continental breakfast. Free parking is a great bonus. Families will appreciate the bunk-bed rooms and the kitchen and laundry facilities, not to mention the proximity to the local library and playground.

  • Lodging in Kenmore Square & Fenway

    Eliot Hotel

    Akin to a small London hotel, the Eliot offers posh quarters, decked out in delicate fabrics and contemporary but classic furnishings, plus Italian marble bathrooms, plush terry robes and down duvets. Service also exceeds expectations, from the warm welcome to the complimentary shoeshines. Ken Orringer's acclaimed sushi restaurant Uni is on the 1st floor. The flexible sleeping arrangements (one- and two-bedroom suites) and on-site babysitting services make this a good option for families with kids.

  • Lodging in Charlestown

    Constitution Inn

    Housed in a granite building in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, this excellent, affordable hotel accommodates active and retired military personnel, but you don’t have to have a crew cut to stay. Somewhat institutional, the rooms are mostly clean, freshly painted, and furnished with cherrywood beds and desks. Some have kitchenettes. Guests gain free access to the Olympic-class fitness center (Charlestown YMCA).