Expensive Hotels in Boston

by Edwin Thomas

As one of America's largest cities, it should come as no surprise that Boston comes endowed with a selection of expensive, highly regarded hotels. However, Boston's upscale hotel scene has seen a collective makeover to the extent that even the classy bastions of old-fashioned Boston are now often sporting modern, minimalist decor or posh, luxurious style, with updated amenities to match.

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Location

Neighborhoods in Boston are small, so locational labels can be misleading. A hotel set in the waterfront is probably within walking distance of the Financial District, while a hotel near Boston Common is convenient to most of downtown Boston. On the other hand, a hotel within sight of Harvard Yard in neighboring Cambridge will be at least two miles from MIT. Visitors to Boston who do not know the city well should therefore not make any assumptions regarding locations and consult a map to determine where a given hotel is relative to specific points of interest.

Back Bay Hotel

Owned by an Irish Doyle Collection chain, Back Bay Hotel boasts a convivial atmosphere and a Fodor's Choice award. Guest rooms feature a modernist design with some traditional touches -- a decor where a smooth-lined, dark-wood night table with a marble top might have a hip, retro-inspired lamp atop it. The rooms are not lacking in substance, however, with comfortable features like thick comforters, as well as thoughtful extras such as free bottled water. Rounding out the experience is a hotel bar with a reputation as an outgoing -- if somewhat crowded and noisy -- watering hole.

Four Seasons

Fodor's describes Boston's Four Seasons as "the gold standard of Boston's ultra-posh hotels." Guest rooms are so large they sometimes seem like suites, and come with a discreet sense of style, out-sized working spaces, big bay windows and modern amenities, such as 42-inch plasma TVs with DVD players. From its location, luxuries and sense of style to its elegant restaurants, fitness club and host of amenities, no other top-end, expensive hotel in Boston has quite the same balance of features as the Four Seasons.

Ritz-Carlton

Endowed with its own LA Sports Club, the Ritz-Carlton is the choice for physique-conscious celebrities passing through Boston. In contrast to other more traditionally oriented Ritz-Carltons, as well as some of Boston's starkly modernist hotels, this hotel sports a chic, contemporary sense of style. All guest rooms enjoy ample space, marble bathrooms and deep tubs, and some have outstanding views of Boston Common. Overall, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the top hotels of Boston, with Frommer's labeling it the "chief rival" of the Four Seasons.

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