Who: XV Beacon
What: The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star boutique hotel looks appropriately Bostonian from the outside, with its historic Beaux-Arts façade. But on the inside, the 63-room XV Beacon is more modern, with a black mahogany lobby filled with plush furnishings and an impressive multi-million-dollar contemporary art collection. Despite the hotel’s fashionable look, old-world charm and warmth ooze through the public spaces and guest rooms, where four-poster beds and gas fireplaces complete a palette of dark wood and steel.
When: Boston is a year-round destination, but we particularly love visiting XV Beacon in the fall, due to its proximity to Boston Common and the Public Garden. The parks are transformed into vibrant showcases of fall colors, and there’s a palatable sense of energy that permeates the city.
Where: Located in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, XV Beacon is ideally situated for those who want to indulge in some of the city’s best culture, history and shopping. It’s on the edge of Boston Common and about a block from the Freedom Trail; cultural powerhouses such as Wang Theatre and Boston Opera House are nearby, as is posh, boutique-laden Newbury Street.
Why: The guest amenities here rival any big-city luxury hotel, regardless of XV Beacon’s smaller size. A driver will chauffeur you around town in the hotel’s Lexus sedan, the bath products are from local (but internationally known) brand Fresh, rooms have cashmere throws, and iPads are available for rent. Another perk? Mooo, the hotel’s trendy steakhouse, features excellent cuts of meat, a lively atmosphere and an incredible wine list.
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