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Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton 4.0

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
  • Daily continental breakfast served in the Library (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No on-site restaurant (Cultivar by Mary Dumont is opening in April 2017) 
  • No pool or spa

Bottom Line

This high-design property 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, a continental breakfast is served daily, and meeting spaces are pleasant. There aren't any other features (a restaurant is planned for April 2017), 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.

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. The hotel re-opened under Hilton's Curio collection in September 2016 following a multi-million dollar renovation that preserved several of the lobby's historical features, including the mosaic arched ceiling and marble staircase, while adding a new check-in stations and new seating. A new "Library" area provides communal workspace and a daily continental breakfast.

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 (yet), 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.

Map of Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

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 designed by David Rockwell.

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
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Things You Should Know About Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Address

1 Court St, Boston, Massachusetts 02108-2615, United States

Phone

(617) 979-8100

Also Known As

  • Ames, A Morgans Original Hotel

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