This formidable force of a city is actually one of America’s oldest having been founded in 1634. Today the city is a heady mix of the old and the new and its cobblestone streets, historic sights galore, and characterful Boston Brownstones are mixed with forward-thinking ideals and barrier-breaking ideas.
A hip city that has way more to offer than just a place where Cheers was based, its streets are chock full of vibrant neighborhoods, grand boulevards, trendy cafés, excellent museums, and beautifully landscaped public spaces just waiting to be explored. I loved this unique and friendly city!
I also loved its famously sports-obsessed locals who also equally thrive on the arts, music, and culture. The city’s increasingly progressive vibe also ensures that it has a vast collection of unique, hip, and interesting places to stay.
From gorgeous chic boutiques to grand, modern, and opulent, here are my favorite cool and unusual hotels in Boston (in no particular order, they’re all awesome)…
Liberty Hotel is a chic and Instagram-worthy upscale gem, once a historic jail, which now stands as one of the city’s most prestigious hotels. With elegant rooms and suites offering modern amenities and stunning views, it’s a wonderful blend of history, luxury, and style.
Nestled in Beacon Hill, enjoy outdoor fun on the Esplanade and upscale shopping along Charles Street. Explore Boston’s history and culture with nearby attractions like Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the Freedom Trail.
This unique hotel features 298 spacious, trendy, and stylish rooms and suites with original jail features (my favorite part!), high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. From superior king rooms to the Ebersol suite, choose the perfect accommodation.
Five food and beverage venues await, including Clink, a hip bar in the original jail cells, offering cocktails and snacks. Enjoy American cuisine at Scampo, Italian delights at Alibi, or Mediterranean dishes at Catwalk. Breakfast and 24-hour room service are available.
Stay active at the fitness center with sweeping Charles River views. Additional amenities include free WiFi, bike rental, concierge service, valet parking, and airport shuttle. Enjoy live music, yoga classes, art exhibitions, and wine tastings throughout the year.
Overall I loved this exciting and beautiful stay. Here you can embrace modern comfort and exceptional service at this captivating hotel and explore all that the city has to offer in style!
Cocktail Bar inside Jail Cells
24-hour room service
Food is a little pricey
Boston Yacht Haven
Boston Yacht Haven is a unique boat-ique boutique hotel, gracefully floating on Commercial Wharf, encircled by water on three sides. It’s an exceptional gem that exudes nautical elegance and luxury, nestled in an exclusive marina with award-winning architecture.
One of the best and most popular places to stay in the city, it’s perfectly situated on the city’s waterfront, guests can easily access popular landmarks like the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the historic Freedom Trail. Iconic sites such as Boston Common, the Public Garden, and the renowned Museum of Fine Arts are all just a short stroll away.
Yacht Haven offers 10 exquisite rooms and suites, each boasting private balconies with breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and tranquil harbor. I loved the elegant blend of nautical decor and modern amenities, which ensures both comfort and sophistication.
Keeping guest satisfaction at the forefront, Yacht Haven provides a well-equipped fitness center overlooking the picturesque harbor. Additionally, complimentary services include WiFi, parking, concierge service, and laundry facilities.
Throughout the year, the hip hotel hosts engaging and fun events, from wine tastings to live music performances and invigorating boat tours, providing guests with an enriching and memorable experience.
The Captain’s Lounge offers a delightful continental breakfast featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and tea. For added convenience, the hotel extends 24-hour room service.
Overall I thought this was a captivating stay where nautical charm meets boutique luxury!
Prime location on the waterfront
Nautical theme decor and stunning views
In-room breakfast options need a bit of variety
Gets booked up
Moxy Downtown, is an exciting and vibrant destination perfect for fun-loving Millennials and Gen Zs seeking a memorable stay in the US city.
This dynamic hotel is more than just a place to rest; it’s a hub for socializing, partying, and embracing the city’s lively culture.
Positioned in the Theater District, the hotel offers easy access to a plethora of entertainment options, including Fenway Park, Chinatown, art galleries, theaters, restaurants, and nightlife—all just a short walk or subway ride away.
With a night-club ambiance, Moxy Downtown invites you to revel and connect with new friends. I personally loved that when you check in at the Bar Moxy, where you’ll receive a complimentary signature cocktail and your room key – details count!
The bar is a social haven, featuring a large writing wall, a 56-inch projection TV, a photo booth, and a 24-hour grab-and-go marketplace. For breathtaking views of the city and delightful drinks, head to the Rooftop Bar.
While the rooms exude a more chilled and minimalistic vibe, they remain stylish and comfortable. Boasting ultra-modern furnishings, complimentary Wi-Fi, walk-in showers, and motion-activated LED guidelights, each room offers a relaxing retreat. Guests can choose from a variety of room types, including queen, king, double, or suite.
Overall I thought this a fabulous place to stay where you can embrace the city’s vibrant and social side. Embrace the hip and lively atmosphere while enjoying the modern amenities and service of this one-of-a-kind hotel!
56-inch projection TV
Nearby to major attractions
Fun and funky vibe
Additional tax fares
Slight noise due to outside traffic
Yotel is a futuristic and trendy Japanese design-inspired gem, which graces the city’s innovation district with its unique charm!
Yotel offers an intelligent choice for savvy travelers seeking to experience the best of the city without breaking the bank.
With thoughtfully designed spaces equipped with cutting-edge features like super-fast WiFi, SmartBeds, and ample power points, Yotel ensures a smart and efficient stay.
Guests are guaranteed to love the lively Seaport district, as places them amidst the coolest restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Walking distance from the Convention and Exhibition Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Children’s Museum, the hotel enjoys a prime location for exploration.
The rooms, aptly named “cabins,” may be compact, but they boast modern decor and vibrant pops of color. Some cabins treat guests to floor-to-ceiling windows, offering incredible views of the city.
The fun hotel also boasts a hip rooftop restaurant/bar (my favorite part!), a contemporary weekend brunch spot, and a 24-hour fitness room.
Yotel is an impressive haven of Japanese design and futuristic style. It promises a comfortable and convenient stay in the city, where the high-tech features and amenities of a smart hotel await you.
Overall I thought that this hotel was affordable, impressive in design as well as friendly and excellent service that will elevate their stay to new levels – it’s popular for a reason!
Contactless Check In
Light therapy for better sleep
Cool vibe and plenty of innovative tech
Some cabins can be small
Relatively high parking charges
For anyone seeking a hip, sexy, and very Instagrammable contemporary stay perfect for partying and a place to be seen, then W Hotel has it all.
This partygoer’s celebrity haunt is centrally situated in the heart of the historic central theatre district and set in a super-swish glass high-rise building. It offers vibrant boutique hotel accommodations and innovative interiors.
Enjoy easy access to iconic attractions, from the serene Public Garden to the captivating Freedom Trail and the renowned Museum of Fine Arts. Lively nightlife, shopping, and dining options await in nearby neighborhoods.
With 235 stylish rooms and suites, W Hotel sets the stage for a trendy and seductive experience. Sumptuous suites feature indulgent soaking tubs (my favorite part!) and fitness equipment.
Indulge in the award-winning spa, offering rejuvenating experiences with natural products like argan oil and rose oil. Relax in the hammam, steam bath, and massage facilities.
At W Hotel’s dynamic dining scene, The Gallery impresses with tantalizing dishes fusing American and international influences, crafted from fresh and local ingredients. For glamorous cocktails and mingling, then head to the W Lounge2, where the resident DJ sets the mood with live music.
Overall I was a huge fan, this hotel ensures a spot at one of the hottest parties in town, although Wallflowers might want to give it a miss!
All natural Spa
Trendy decor and a fun vibe
Can be pricey
Wifi is extra
The CitizenM North Station
Experience the vibrant pulse of the city at CitizenM North Station Hotel, where smart style meets city-center convenience. Elevated above TD Garden Arena, home of the Celtics and Bruins, this hotel caters to sports enthusiasts and culture seekers alike.
Wander to iconic landmarks such as the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall, and the North End’s charming Italian eateries, pubs, and shops. Alternatively, hop on the subway at North Station, just across the street, and explore the city’s historic wonders.
Beyond ordinary, CitizenM North Station is a canvas of funkiness, fun, and tech-savvy comforts. Its ingenious design maximizes space with vibrant views, colors, and angles. The inviting lobby feels like a cozy living room, adorned with books, art, and plush Vitra furniture.
My favorite highlight though was unwinding on the outdoor terrace, and just gazing at the breathtaking skyline, with a drink and snack ordered from the lively bar.
Cozy rooms feature giant beds, rain showers, and smart TVs with free movies. Control your space with an iPad or the CitizenM app, managing lighting and temperature. Enjoy privacy with soundproofing and blackout blinds, ensuring you have a relaxing escape.
Indulge in a hot and cold breakfast buffet, work out at the 24-hour gym, and utilize the business center. Chromecast enables personal content streaming, proving that this hotel is all about the user experience.
Overall I thought it’s a great choice for affordable style in the city. Embrace authenticity, inspiration, and individuality at this vibrant and funky haven!
Tech Savvy Experience
Modern decor and a sociable vibe
Hot and Cold Breakfast Buffet
No tea/coffee makers available in rooms
Some added extras
The Verb Hotel, a funky, colorful, and music-filled boutique gem in the heart of the US city.
Rock-themed with a retro vibe, this lively spot near Fenway Park is perfect for baseball fans and culture enthusiasts. Easily explore top attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Freedom Trail on foot or via the subway.
I loved that you can celebrate the city’s music history in the uniquely designed hotel, adorned with memorabilia and quirky touches. The lobby doubles as a vibrant living room, complete with vinyl records and comfy furniture. The outdoor pool, sun deck, and trendy Japanese tavern, HOJOKO, add to the fun and there is lots of fun to be had here!
The rooms really will leave you feeling on top of the world as they offer giant beds, rain showers, and smart TVs with free movies. Control your space with an iPad or the free Verb app.
Stream your content from Netflix, Prime, or Disney+ via Chromecast. Soundproofing and blackout blinds ensure privacy during your stay here.
Enjoy a continental breakfast and unlimited coffee to start your day. The 24-hour gym and business center cater to your needs. Room service, laundry, and valet parking services are available should you need them!
Overall I thought The Verb goes beyond accommodation – it’s a creative haven that invites you to immerse in the city’s music scene, explore, and be inspired! Just wonderful!
Funky Retro Vibe
Sun Deck with cool outdoor swimming pool
Tasty Continental Breakfast
Style might not be for everyone
Limited parking space
Step into the refined ambiance of The Godfrey Hotel an exquisitely designed modern boutique retreat crafted by a celebrated architect.
Housed within a striking 1908 Gothic revival building in Downtown Crossing, the hotel’s location offers easy access to the city’s finest attractions.
The Godfrey Hotel seamlessly blends classic Bostonian charm with contemporary elegance. Marvel at the marbled walls, preppy checked headboards, and sleek furniture that grace its unique design. I loved that the hotel celebrates local art and culture with curated exhibits and events.
Indulge in spacious and cozy rooms featuring fine Frette linens on large beds, C.O. Bigelow bath & body products, plush bathrobes, and BOSE Bluetooth audio systems. Enjoy serene views of the courtyard or the vibrant Downtown Crossing through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Enhance your stay with a host of amenities. Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at George Howell Coffee, a local roaster specializing in specialty coffee and pastries. Savor innovative dishes and cocktails at RUKA Restobar, a fusion restaurant combining Peruvian and Japanese flavors. The Lobby Bar caters to your cravings, and RUKA ToGo offers classic take-outs.
Embrace the city’s charms as the chic abode stands close to the Freedom Trail, the Opera House, Common, and the Granary Burying Ground. With shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife options within reach, your exploration is limitless.
I loved that this place ideally blends a mix of classic and modern, providing a cozy and chic home in the heart of the city!
Stunning chic design and romantic vibe
On-site Cafes and Restaurants
Central Location-close to main attractions
A little noise due to the busy street
Can get booked up
Welcome to The Envoy Hotel, a chic and sophisticated gem nestled in a historic 1908 Gothic revival building, offering breathtaking views of the picturesque waterfront and iconic skyline.
As part of the prestigious Autograph collection, this 4-star luxury boutique hotel is a perfect blend of classic charm and contemporary flair, providing a memorable stay for discerning travelers.
The Downtown Crossing district, teeming with shopping, dining, and attractions like the Freedom Trail and The Common, surrounds The Envoy Hotel, giving guests plenty to see and do.
With a fusion of classic Bostonian elegance and contemporary flair, The Envoy Hotel exudes sophistication. Adorned with marbled walls, sleek furniture, and captivating local art, the hotel hosts curated exhibits and events celebrating the city’s culture and innovation.
Unwind in spacious and comfortable rooms adorned with luxurious amenities. Sink into fine Frette linens, pamper yourself with C.O. Bigelow bath products, and enjoy entertainment with BOSE Bluetooth audio systems.
Gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows frame mesmerizing views of the bustling harbor or the enchanting cityscape, and select rooms feature private balconies or patios for an added touch of luxury.
Indulge in the hotel’s offerings. Breakfast at George Howell Coffee, RUKA Restobar’s inventive dishes, and Lobby Bar delights cater to your cravings while RUKA ToGo offers classic take-outs.
Overall I was a big fan. Here you can experience both elegance and trendiness in a very modern package!
Chic and trendy design
Bluetooth Audio Systems
On-site Fusion Restaurant and Rooftop Bar
Extra Parking Fee
but a good fitness center
Experience the vibrant charm and modern industrial-chic allure of The Revolution Hotel, a boutique gem situated in te trendy South End neighborhood.
As part of the esteemed Autograph collection, this hotel boasts retro-inspired art and design that pays homage to the city’s rich history and culture.
Discover the city’s essence in the South End district, brimming with dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife options. Explore attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the Old State House.
Embracing the spirit of community, the funky abode aims to offer guests a sense of belonging rather than merely being visitors.
The hotel’s unique design incorporates industrial elements, vintage accents, and captivating local art, while also celebrating the impactful professions that shaped the city’s greatness, such as educators and artists, by providing special discounts and programs. This was one of my favorite highlights!
Enjoy elegant and comfortable rooms with large beds, refreshing rain showers, and smart TVs. Some rooms offer city or courtyard views, with select ones boasting private balconies or patios.
Indulge in delightful culinary experiences, and begin your day at Cosmica, a Mexican-inspired restaurant serving mouthwatering tacos, burritos, and coffee.
In the evening, head to The Gallery, a stylish lobby bar that showcases local craft beers and inventive cocktails. Room service is available for added convenience, and valet parking and laundry services cater to your every need.
So, if you’re seeking something sleek and sexy, then this is the hotel for you!
Trendy Industrial Chic decor
Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Lobby Bar with local beers and cocktails
No fridge or tea/coffee makers in rooms
Some rooms can be small
Embrace a sleek, hip, and sexy experience at Revere Hotel, a boutique gem with a captivating rooftop bar offering stunning views.
As part of the esteemed Autograph collection, this hotel is ideally located in the bustling Back Bay area, near transit, theaters, and Boston Common.
Revere Hotel is more than just a place to rest – it’s a gateway to exploring the city. Situated in Back Bay, the hotel is surrounded by dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife options. Stroll to top attractions like the Paul Revere House, USS Constitution Museum, and Old South Church.
Revere Hotel boasts a sophisticated design with a modern twist, beautifully blending the city’s heritage. With sleek furniture, leather accents, and local art, the hotel showcases curated exhibits and events celebrating culture and innovation.
Enjoy spacious and comfortable rooms featuring iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and balconies with superb city views. Pamper yourself with the pillow menu, shoeshine, and turndown service.
Begin your day at Rebel’s Guild, a restaurant serving seasonally inspired cuisine with a rebellious twist, and end it at Rooftop@Revere, where a rooftop bar and swimming pool offer cocktails and captivating city skyline views.
I loved that you can experience the best of both worlds here – an alluring blend of modernity and history, elegance, and vibrancy!
Complimentary Paul Revere House Tour
Contemporary Boston Style Rooms
Rooftop Bar with Seasonal Drinks
Limited TV stations
No fridge in rooms
Aloft Seaport District
Enjoy funky, fun, and reasonably priced accommodation at Aloft Seaport District, a lively hotel perfect for partying Millennials and Gen Zs.
This hotel is part of the prestigious Autograph collection, and it is located in the trendy Seaport District, a hotspot for dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.
Aloft Seaport District is not just a place to rest; it’s a gateway to exploring and enjoying the city. The hotel’s prime location allows easy access to some of the city’s top attractions, such as the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, The Children’s Museum, and Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall.
It boasts a hip and stylish design that blends modernity with the city’s rich heritage. With colorful furnishings, industrial elements, and local art, the hotel offers a unique ambiance that celebrates the city’s culture and innovation.
The stylish and cute rooms are equipped with all the essentials for a delightful stay. Enjoy amenities such as iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and balconies with stunning city views. For a unique experience, choose a voice-activated room (I loved this feature!) and control everything using the Aloft App.
Make the most of the hotel’s facilities and services. Start your day with a quick bite at Refuel by Aloft, a grab-and-go pantry offering sandwiches, salads, and snacks. End your day at W XYZ Bar, a rooftop bar with lively tunes and cocktails served late into the evening.
Overall I thought this is a fun and unique accommodation with a youthful vibe which is a good choice for an affordable modern stay!
Indoor Swimming Pool
Relatively high parking charges
No Complimentary Breakfast
Kimpton Nine Zero
If you are looking for a stylish and fun place to stay, look no further than Kimpton Hotel Nine Zero, an award-winning upscale boutique hotel that mixes classic elegance with quirky charm.
This 4-star hotel has a funky retro bar, a cosy living room, and a superb downtown location across from The Common, America’s oldest public park.
Kimpton Nine Zero is ideally located to explore the city’s historic sights and attractions. You can walk to Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall, Downtown Crossing, Quincy Market, and more. You can also hop on the subway at Park Street station, which is just a few minutes away.
The hotel’s bedrooms are a harmonious fusion of contemporary chic and retro elegance, thoughtfully designed with modern amenities, plush furnishings, and the added convenience of free WiFi.
A focal point of the hotel’s charm is the vintage-style Highball Lounge, radiating playful kitschy vibes. It’s the perfect spot to savor expertly crafted cocktails, indulge in artisanal beers, and savor light snacks amid an atmosphere that exudes nostalgia.
Beyond the lounge, the hotel boasts a feature bar replete with gourmet treats, offers free loaner yoga mats, a 24-hour gym to keep you energized, and even extends a gracious invitation for pets to stay for free, ensuring that every guest’s needs are thoughtfully catered to.
For a heightened sense of relaxation, enjoy the convenience of in-room spa services, embracing a true sanctuary within the comfort of your own accommodations.
Overall I thought it was a cute relaxation haven of relaxation and quirkiness and would definitely recommend!
In-room Spa Services
Loans Yoga mats
Vintage Highball Lounge
The Quirky decor may not suit everyone
Bit Loud due to the downtown location
Hotel Indigo Boston Garden
Seeking a convenient and comfortable place to stay in the city? You will love Hotel Indigo, a trendy contemporary hotel that reflects the city’s history and culture.
Hotel Indigo Boston Garden is ideally located to explore the historic sights and attractions on foot or by subway.
You can walk to the Freedom Trail, the Common, the Public Garden, Quincy Market, and more. You can also hop on the subway at North Station, which is just a few steps away.
I loved the hotel’s quirky-chic decor, which features exposed brick and wood details in the lobby, inspired by the area’s immigrant and woodworking past.
The rooms are spacious and stylish, with artisanal textiles and rugs, leather seating, padded headboards, and modern amenities like free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and coffee makers.
The trendy hotel has a well-equipped fitness center, where you can work out at any time of the day. You can also relax and socialize at Blake’s Kitchen + Bar, the hotel’s restaurant and bar that serves New England pub fare and drinks in a casual and friendly atmosphere.
Overall the Indigo hotel brand is known for both quirkiness and quality and this Boston version offers plenty of both!
On-site restaurant and bar
Modern artisanal textile
No complimentary breakfast
Rooms can be a tad more spacious
The Inn At St Botolph
The Inn At St Botolph is a luxury boutique hotel that offers contemporary all-suite accommodation in a serene residential neighborhood. Set within a beautifully converted 19th-century brownstone house, this hotel is conveniently located near Back Bay station, Prudential Center, Copley Square, and an array of captivating attractions.
The Inn At St Botolph boasts an idyllic location for exploring historic landmarks on foot or by subway. Walk to the Public Library, Trinity Church, Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and more. Conveniently access Prudential Station or Back Bay Station, situated just minutes away, to further explore the city.
I was a huge fan of the New England charm that exuded from the whole hotel including chic four-poster beds, luxurious accessories, and elegant fireplaces in select suites.
Enjoy the convenience of complete kitchenettes, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and plush bathrobes available in every suite, ensuring a delightful stay.
For self-sufficient travelers seeking privacy and convenience, The Inn at St. Botolph offers keyless entry and self-check-in. Indulge in a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the inviting communal lounge, accompanied by Nespresso coffee and Tea Forte selections available throughout the day.
Maintain your fitness routine at the well-equipped fitness center, accessible at your convenience. Take advantage of the hotel’s services, from soothing massages to efficient laundry and dry-cleaning options, along with attentive concierge assistance.
Overall I thought this was a great option for a stylish and romantic couple’s break in the city!
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Discounts at nearby Restaurants
Vintage and Dated Vibe
No 24-hour Concierge
Aesthetics may not suit everyone
The Copley Square Hotel is a hotel you cannot ignore! This is a unique boutique retreat housed in a historic building dating back to 1891, this hotel is nestled amid the iconic red brick structures and tree-lined streets of Back Bay, setting the stage for a captivating city escape.
Copley Square Hotel is perfectly positioned to explore historic landmarks on foot or via nearby subway stations. So, you can expect to explore Fenway Park as well as other areas of the city.
Step into chic interiors adorned with classic furnishings, fine art, and inviting fireplaces that exude timeless elegance. Savor fine dining and bars at XHALE restaurant, where local cuisine delights, while Minibar offers cocktails and snacks, and Storyville nightclub hosts live music and DJs for vibrant nights (my favorite hotel highlight!)
Swish and comfortable rooms feature fabulous city views and modern conveniences, including free WiFi, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and plush bedding for a restful stay. Opt for a suite or penthouse upgrade to enjoy additional space and amenities like separate living areas, wet bars, and whirlpool tubs.
Maintain your fitness routine at the in-house fitness center, ensuring a health-conscious stay. Benefit from convenient services such as valet parking, laundry, dry cleaning, and attentive concierge assistance.
Overall I honestly think this place is up there as being one of the most distinguished and elegant boutique hotels in the city!
DJ Night Club
On-site Fine Dining Restaurants
Minibar local cocktails
Prices are a bit steep
Bathrooms feel a little small
Uncover the allure of The Boxer, a hip boutique haven residing within a landmark building dating back to 1904, offering a unique and stylish retreat. Nestled in the West End, between the historic North End and the charming Beacon Hill, this hotel grants easy access to a plethora of city attractions.
The Boxer’s prime location is perfect for exploring historic treasures by foot or subway. Stroll to TD Garden Arena, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, and beyond. North Station or Bowdoin Station, mere steps away, facilitates further city exploration.
Enjoy comfortable and spacious rooms boasting stunning city views and modern amenities, such as Keurig coffee machines and iPod docks.
Immerse yourself in retro-chic decor, embracing industrial details, vintage furnishings, and captivating local art that define The Boxer’s charm. Revel in the fine dining experiences and vibrant bars, with Finch restaurant serving American cuisine with an innovative twist, and Lobby Bar crafting cocktails and delectable snacks within a cozy ambiance.
The hotel’s fitness center ensures you stay active and energized throughout your stay, while valet parking, laundry, dry cleaning, and attentive concierge services enhance your comfort and convenience.
Overall I thought this was one of the city’s most hip and historic boutique hotels where you can immerse yourself in charm and culture.
Fusion American Cuisine
Vibrant Lobby Bar
Limited parking space
Some rooms can be small
Can get booked up
Discover the lively allure of Kimpton Marlowe, a chic boutique hotel in the heart of Cambridge celebrating the city’s innovative and adventurous spirit.
Housed in a historic building overlooking the Charles River and Lechmere Canal, this fun and funky destination captivates guests with retro-chic decor featuring steampunk-inspired sculptures (loved this!), telescopes, globes, and captivating local art.
The location is going to make it easy to get around on foot or by subway. Stroll to the Museum of Science, Kendall Square Cinema, MIT Museum, and more, or take the subway from Lechmere Station or Science Park Station, just steps away
Indulge in fine dining experiences and vibrant bars, with Bambara Kitchen & Bar serving Mediterranean cuisine with a twist and the Lobby Bar crafting cocktails and delectable snacks within a cozy setting.
Relish comfortable and spacious rooms with stunning river or city views, offering modern amenities like free WiFi, iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and Keurig coffee makers. Opt for deluxe rooms or suites for additional space and conveniences, such as separate living areas, mini-fridges, and plush bathrobes.
You can stay active at the fitness centre while comfort is enhanced with valet parking and concierge services.
Overall I thought this was Cambridge’s most playful and sophisticated boutique hotel where you can immerse yourself in the city’s charming culture and character!
Mediterranean fine dining
In-room yoga programs
Free kayak and stand-up paddleboard
Limited breakfast menu
Room lighting is a little dark
The Alise Staypineapple
Unveil the unique charm of The Alise Staypineapple, a delightful European-style boutique hotel nestled in the vibrant South End neighborhood. Offering a clean and comfortable stay, this hotel exudes a quirky chic design and a warm, welcoming vibe that promises an unforgettable experience.
Discover the city’s rich history and attractions with ease, as the hotel’s prime location allows you to explore Boston’s iconic sights on foot or via nearby subway stations like Arlington Station and Back Bay Station. Wander to the bustling Back Bay area, home to the Prudential Center, Copley Square, and Newbury Street, immersing yourself in the city’s vibrant energy.
Step into a world of playful elegance, where pineapple-themed decor sets a whimsical tone with vibrant colors, plush bedding, and delightful touches. Cozy Scandinavian duvets, plush bathrobes, and comfy slippers beckon you to “dare to bare” in style.
Delight your taste buds at The Trophy Room, the hotel’s fantastic restaurant and bar, serving up delectable American bistro cuisine and craft cocktails in a casual and fun atmosphere. While the lively South End neighborhood, where numerous restaurants, shops, and galleries await your exploration.
As a guest at The Alise Staypineapple, you can take advantage of convenient services like valet parking, laundry, dry cleaning, and a dedicated concierge ready to assist you in making the most of your stay.
Overall I thought this was a great place for an affordable and funky boutique break!
Complimentary Pineapple Shortbread
Quirky decor with bright colors
Some might find the decor too quirky
Rooms can be a tad small
Sonder 907 Main
Experience the convenience and comfort of Sonder 907 Main, a trendy upscale aparthotel offering fully furnished apartments in the heart of Cambridge. Nestled at the crossroads of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street, this historic building exudes charm with its brownstone facade, large windows, and exposed brick walls.
Set out to explore Cambridge’s historic sights and attractions on foot or by subway, as Sonder 907 Main’s prime location puts you within reach of the Central Square Theatre, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and more.
I thought it was great that you could take the subway at Central Square Station or Kendall Square Station, mere minutes away, for seamless city exploration.
Embrace the hotel’s thoughtful amenities, which include free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and coffee makers, ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Choose from a selection of fully equipped apartments, ranging from studios to one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, each offering different features and views.
Savor classic American fare and enjoy outdoor seating at The Dial, the hotel’s fantastic restaurant and bar. For an elevated experience, head to The Blue Owl rooftop bar, offering delightful cocktails and street food alongside stunning city views.
Overall I thought this is a great choice for modern extended breaks in the city!
Eleveated food with an amazing city view
Trendy upscale vibe
Full furnished apartments
No microwaves in rooms
The stylish atmosphere of Kimpton Onyx, a 4-star boutique hotel will leave you feeling as though you are in heaven! It boasts a central location and a welcoming ambiance that you’ll truly love.
The hotel’s ideal position gives you access to historic sights and attractions. Stroll to the North End to savor Italian cuisine or admire Beacon Hill’s charming architecture. Access the subway at North Station or Bowdoin Station, just steps away.
I stepped in and admired the sleek design of the hotel, featuring classic accents, luxury linens, and quirky artwork that adds a touch of personality.
Modern amenities are highlighted, including free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and yoga mats. Join fellow guests for complimentary evening wine or indulge in American and Mexican fare or cocktails at the Ruby Lounge.
Choose from comfortable and spacious rooms offering different bed types and views, or upgrade to a suite or penthouse for added space and amenities like separate living areas, wet bars, and whirlpool tubs.
Maintain your fitness routine at the hotel’s on-site fitness center, available for use at any time. Take advantage of convenient services such as valet parking, laundry, dry cleaning, and concierge assistance.
Overall I thought this was one of the sleekest and most eco-friendly boutique stays in the city!
American and Mexican Culinary Expedition
Yoga Sessions and Fitness Center
A little bit noisy
Air Conditioning can be temperamental
Top-rated Unique Hotels in Boston Compared
The following table compares the Top 21 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Boston across multiple attributes.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Liberty Hotel||215 Charles Street||$497-$762||Yes||0.85||3|
|Boston Yacht Haven||87 Commercial Wharf||$1063-$1121||No||0.80||3|
|Moxy Downtown||240 Tremont Street||$296-$390||No||1.1||3|
|Yotel||65 Seaport Boulevard||$293-$390||No||0.95||3|
|W Hotel||100 Stuart Street||$459-$692||Yes||1.1||3|
|The CitizenM North Station||80 Causeway Street||$284-$350||No||0.80||3|
|The Verb||1271 Boylston Street||$508||No||0.75||3|
|The Godfrey||505 Washington Street||$389||No||0.55||3|
|The Envoy||70 Sleeper Street||$453-$639||Yes||0.85||3|
|The Revolution||40 Berkeley Street||$238-$313||Yes||0.90||3|
|Revere||200 Stuart Street||$344-$532||No||1.2||3|
|Aloft Seaport District||401-403 D Street||$291-$420||No||1.1||3|
|Kimpton Nine Zero||90 Tremont Street||$351-$404||No||0.50||3|
|Hotel Indigo Boston Garden||280 Friend Street,||$313-$446||No||0.75||3|
|The Inn At St Botolph||99 St. Botolph Street||$247-$321||No||1.3||3|
|Copley Square||47 Huntington Avenue||$331-$383||Yes||0.95||3|
|The Boxer||107 Merrimac Street||$284-$374||No||0.70||3|
|Kimpton Marlowe||25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard||$329-$590||No||1.6||3|
|The Alise Staypineapple||26 Chandler Street||$320-$341||No||0.80||3|
|Sonder 907 Main||907 Main Street||$256-$345||No||1.1||3|
|Kimpton Onyx||155 Portland Street||4286-$313||No||0.70||3|
Where do tourists usually stay in the city?
Boston is filled with interesting neighborhoods, but most first visitors want to base themselves more centrally. Downtown – being the heart of the city – is a popular choice and is filled with popular attractions as well as the waterfront. Other popular areas include North End which is otherwise known as “Little Italy” and the newly regenerated Seaport District which is filled with modern eateries and stunning waterfront views.
Which are the coolest districts in Boston?
The whole city has a cool vibe, but some stand-out trendy areas include South End, which is filled with Victorian brownstone architecture, hip restaurants, and art galleries galore, the upscale Back Bay neighborhood with independent boutique stores and funky cafes, and both Davis Square and Union Squares in Somerville for their buzzy youthful vibe.
How much are the hotels in Boston?
Boston is a pretty expensive city, but still cheaper than New York! There’s a diverse range of places to stay in the city, and some of the lower-priced hotels and those offering the best deals start from around $150 a night.
How to get there?
Most people travel to the East Coast City by flying into Boston Logan International Airport, which is around 4 miles northeast of the city. Alternatively, you can arrive by train (Amtrak), buses like the Greyhound or by car (major highways connect the city).
Becky Moore – Owner, writer and photographer
My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I’ve lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up visits to over 40 countries. I’m a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian – from cloudberry liquors to Nordic noirs. When not wandering the world and running Global Grasshopper, you’ll find me walking my ex Athens street dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Lanes on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about my favourite places; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Borneo, Finland, Greece, Berlin, Laos, California and the surreal and beautiful landscapes of a wintry Iceland.
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