Hotels in the Boston Common

by Marina Martin

Boston Common, known simply as "the Common" to locals, is a 50-acre park in the heart of downtown Boston. The oldest park in America, it marks the beginning of the Freedom Trail and is the center of the Emerald Necklace, a series of intertwined parks throughout Boston. Staying around Boston Common means you'll be within walking distance of the Massachusetts State House, Downtown Crossing shops and restaurants, and numerous subway stops for traversing the city with ease.

Four Seasons Boston

The Four Seasons Boston is across the street from the southwest section of Boston Common, with clear views of the Public Garden. The hotel offers in-room therapeutic and hot stone massages, with an on-site steam room and sauna for additional relaxation. For the younger ones, the hotel provides child-sized robes and toiletries upon request. In addition to cookie-making classes on Saturday afternoons and a selection of children's toys, you can book an in-room visit from the Ice Cream Man for your child.

Beacon Hill Hotel

Situated at the corner of Charles and Branch streets, Beacon Hill Hotel is just one block away from the northwest corner of Boston Common. This hotel is also just two blocks away from Cheers Boston, a restaurant modeled after the TV series "Cheers." Every guest room has at least two windows that open onto a view of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. For an even clearer view, take a drink from the attached bistro up to the rooftop deck.

Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common is less than one block away from the eastern side of the Common. Named one of the world's best hotels in 2009 by "Travel + Leisure" magazine, the hotel is adjacent to the SportsClub/LA, a 100,000-square-foot fitness facility available to guests. Business travelers can also use the nearby 19-screen Loews Theatre for videoconferencing. The Ritz-Carlton, which underwent an $11 million renovation in 2008, has two restaurants, a grand ballroom and a $1 million art collection on site.

Nine Zero Hotel

The Nine Zero Hotel is on the northeast corner of Boston Common, next to Suffolk University and a block from the Boston Athenaeum, a library dedicated to the city's cultural history. The attached restaurant, KO Prime, is a modern steakhouse with prime beef and contemporary decor. To let out some steam at the end of the day, attend the hotel's daily hosted wine hour for a glass of red and the company of fellow guests. This hotel is Green Seal Certified, an environmentally friendly rating due to its all-natural cleaning products, low-flow shower systems and other green features.