Ames, A Morgans Original Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Downtown and Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Housed in a historic building, considered Boston's first skyscraper
  • Stylish David Rockwell design throughout
  • Gorgeous rooms feature sleek design and modern technology
  • Good location near Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill
  • Small, but well-equipped, 24-hour fitness center
  • Excellent meeting spaces
  • In-room spa services available

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant
  • No pool or spa
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

Bottom Line

This high-design property from the hip Morgans Hotel Group exudes sophistication. Period details -- the building, Boston's first skyscraper, dates back to 1889 -- are juxtaposed against sleek David Rockwell design. Rooms are gorgeous, with a black and white motif, comfortable beds, and modern technology. Bathrooms are similarly stylish, with Malin + Goetz toiletries and rain showerheads. The fitness center is small, but well-equipped, and meeting spaces are pleasant. There aren't any other features, but the service is solid and the location near Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill is great. It's a first-rate choice for business travelers, trendy singles, and couples.

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A modern property with a rich history in Beantown.

Period details mix with modern design.
Period details mix with modern design.

The Ames has a rich history in Boston. The building opened in 1889 and is considered the city's first skyscraper; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The building was converted into the 114-room boutique hotel we know today by Morgans Hotel Group in 2009, following a $40-million renovation. Interiors were designed by the famed David Rockwell, and the modern aesthetic throughout blends with period details surprisingly well, creating a sophisticated and sexy vibe.

But while the hotel is aesthetically pleasing, it does lack on-site features. Its 24-hour fitness center is well-equipped, but small, and its meeting rooms are expectedly attractive. But there is no restaurant, pool, or spa. Still, it's a great choice for business travelers and stylish 20-somethings.

 Location

Great location near Beacon Hill and Faneuil Hall.

Ames is situated in the heart of downtown Boston, just outside Beacon Hill, a historic, wealthy, residential neighborhood known for its Federal-style rowhouses, brick sidewalks, narrow streets, and more than 40 antique shops. The blocks surrounding the hotel are lined with bars, Irish pubs, and restaurants that characterize much of Boston's food scene -- steakhouses and seafood joints.

  • 10-minute walk from the Boston Common, the country's oldest park and the start of Boston's 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, which passes through 16 historic landmarks
  • One block from the Park Street Station on the T (Boston's subway), running both the green and red lines
  • Less than a five-minute walk from Faneuil Hall, a historic marketplace and modern-day mall
  • Five blocks from TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics
  • 10-minute walk, or eight-minute subway ride, to the North End (Paul Revere's house, Little Italy)
  • 13-minute T ride to Harvard Square and Harvard University
  • 10-minute walk (half a mile) to the New England Aquarium
  • 11-minute drive (two miles) or a 20-minute ride on the Green Line, to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox
  • 10-minute cab ride to Boston's Logan International Airport, or 20-minute subway ride

 Rooms

Stylish rooms were desinged by David Rockwell.

The Deluxe Corner King Room at Ames.
The Deluxe Corner King Room at Ames.

Rooms are sleek and sophisticated, and mirror the black and white motif that runs through the rest of the property. The spaces blend the hotel's 19th-century architecture with David Rockwell's modern design aesthetic very well.

  • Flat-screen HDTVs and iPod docks in every room
  • Comfortable beds with down bedding
  • Gorgeous bathrooms with rain showerheads and Mailn + Goetz toiletries
  • Well-stocked minibars
  • Free newspapers
  • In-room spa services, for a fee
  • Fee for Wi-Fi

 Bottom Line

This high-design property from the hip Morgans Hotel Group exudes sophistication. Period details -- the building, Boston's first skyscraper, dates back to 1889 -- are juxtaposed against sleek David Rockwell design. Rooms are gorgeous, with a black and white motif, comfortable beds, and modern technology. Bathrooms are similarly stylish, with Malin + Goetz toiletries and rain showerheads. The fitness center is small, but well-equipped, and meeting spaces are pleasant. There aren't any other features, but the service is solid and the location near Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill is great. It's a first-rate choice for business travelers, trendy singles, and couples.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 113
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown and Waterfront, Boston
Address: 1 Court Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108
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