Hotels in the Downtown Area of Boston

by Patrick M. Lind
The sun sets over downtown Boston.

The sun sets over downtown Boston.

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Picturesque and historic, downtown Boston is truly where the past meets the present. Colonial-era houses stand among skyscrapers and famous parks; among all this you will find a selection of hotels where you have a choice between larger luxury facilities and historic hotels that reflect all aspects of Boston's character.

Ames Hotel

The exterior of the Ames Hotel dates back to the 19th century, while the interior was designed by the Rockwell Group, the set designers for the 81st and 82nd Academy Awards as well as Cirque de Soleil at Walt Disney World. The 114 guest rooms have a sleek, minimalist design and come with flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, designer bath products and wireless Internet access. Woodward, the on-site restaurant and bar, serves regionally inspired dishes like New England chowder and seared Atlantic salmon. The hotel is located in downtown near the Old State House and Boston City Hall.

The Langham

The Langham was built within the shell of Boston's former Federal Reserve Bank building back in 1981. The 1920s Renaissance Revival style has changed little since its original construction in 1922; much of the interior remains the same as well, like the two original murals by N.C. Wyeth and the ornate ceiling and wall designs in the restaurant. Guest rooms reflect a 1920s style and design and feature Internet access and iPod docking stations. Guests also have access to a luxury spa, fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Its downtown location puts its across the street from the Norman B. Leventhal Park.

Marriott's Custom House

Marriott's Custom House puts guests at the edge of downtown within walking distance to Boston Harbor and Christopher Columbus Park. The hotel exclusively offers one-bedroom suites with a separate living room and fully equipped kitchenette. All suites feature two televisions with DVD players, free Internet access and openable windows. The hotel does not have a restaurant but a selection of American, French, seafood and Asian restaurants lie within walking distance. Guests can look out over the city and harbor by way of the open-air observation deck on the 26th floor. This is a Marriott Rewards category 7 hotel.

Omni Parker House

Located just one block from the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza, the Omni Parker House has stood at the heart of downtown since 1855. The hotel underwent a $30 million restoration in 2008, updating all 551 guest rooms to give them a modern appeal without losing their historic character. Plush robes, flat-screen TVs and MP3-compatible alarm clocks come standard in all rooms. Guests can enjoy nostalgic Boston-area dishes like baked Boston schrod and Nantucket scallops in the restaurant's classical setting. In fact, the restaurant claims to be the birthplace of the Boston cream pie. The hotel allows pets under 25 lbs.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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