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The on-site restaurant, Mooo...., offers classic steakhouse dishes with modern twists. It's not cheap, but if you're looking to splurge you won't be disappointed. Chef Jamie Mammano grows an herb garden on the roof of the hotel, and there's an in-house bakery.

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 The on-site restaurant, Mooo...., offers classic steakhouse dishes with modern twists. It's not cheap, but if you're looking to splurge you won't be disappointed. Chef Jamie Mammano grows an herb garden on the roof of the hotel, and there's an in-house bakery.
The on-site restaurant, Mooo...., offers classic steakhouse dishes with modern twists. It's not cheap, but if you're looking to splurge you won't be disappointed. Chef Jamie Mammano grows an herb garden on the roof of the hotel, and there's an in-house bakery. The on-site restaurant, Mooo...., offers classic steakhouse dishes with modern twists. It's not cheap, but if you're looking to splurge you won't be disappointed. Chef Jamie Mammano grows an herb garden on the roof of the hotel, and there's an in-house bakery. The on-site restaurant, Mooo...., offers classic steakhouse dishes with modern twists. It's not cheap, but if you're looking to splurge you won't be disappointed. Chef Jamie Mammano grows an herb garden on the roof of the hotel, and there's an in-house bakery. The 95-room Eliot Hotel peddles in a certain old-money Boston grandeur. Originally built in 1925 as a home for semiretired Harvard professors, the stately brownstone still shares a wall with the next-door Harvard Club. Like an elegant old Parisian hotel, there's a wrought-iron gate and brass room keys kept in an old-fashioned key cubbyhole cabinet behind the front desk. Decorated in a pretty, feminine style, the 79 suites and 16 guest rooms feature either a French toile print or brown silk fabrics with azure-blue accents. There's an in-room touch-screen to order room service and extra amenities, schedule a turndown, research bars, restaurants, and attractions, or just make a reservations at the in-house restaurant, Clio. James-Beard-Award-winning chef Ken Oringer helms Eliot Hotel's two restaurants: the upscale French-American restaurant Clio (seen here) and the smaller and more casual sashimi bar, Uni. The 148-room Commonwealth couldn't exist anywhere else -- it is the hotel embodiment of aristocratic Boston. Every detail suggests affluence and tastefulness (or, depending on your point of view, austerity and priggishness). Like the hotel itself, the Commonwealth's rooms are at once modern and marked by understated Bostonian grandeur. A dark wooden desk and curvaceous wooden chairs look like they were taken from an old parlor. An iron luggage stand is a major upgrade from the typical folding stand most hotels hide in the closet. Lamps, side tables, and a bureau are as anachronistic as they are charming. The Commonwealth boasts the renowned restaurant and bar, Eastern Standard, a popular American brasserie with a clientele that's hardly limited to hotel guests. You can expect a wait at lunchtime, when the business crowd files in. Tradition has been largely cast aside at the 143-room Copley Square in Back Bay, which completed a thorough, $18 million renovation and "rebranding" in 2008. The black-suit-wearing employees who sit behind desks mounted with flat-screen monitors in the lobby aren't receptionists but "intuition experts." And their stations aren't check-in desks -- they are called "intuition pods." Rooms renovated in 2008 have comfy beds with 300-thread-count sheets, flat-screens, and iHome iPod-docking alarm clocks. The hotel's sleek martini lounge, Minibar, just off the lobby is a fun place to meet friends for drinks. Occupying a former jail, the 298-room Liberty Hotel is truly unique, with a playful design that incorporates the incarceration theme in fun ways. Large bathrooms, with unusually spacious showers, Molton Brown bath products, bathrobes, slippers, and a lighted makeup mirror add a little pizzazz to the Liberty's slightly boring guest rooms. Scampo, under the direction of noted chef and Boston native Lydia Shire, serves contemporary Italian food. The restaurant's name, in a nod to the jail theme, means "escape" in Italian. The hotel's cocktail bar, Alibi, is located in the "drunk tank" of the former Charles Street Prison, where those arrested for public intoxication were kept overnight -- a unique place to relive a little Boston history (hopefully on better terms). Thick brick walls with cell doors and windows, original stone floors from the jail, mugshots of celebrities like Sinatra, Morrison, and Nolte hanging on the walls, and jail-themed cocktails like "Doing Thyme" are unsubtle reminders of the bar's theme.
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