A team of Oyster reporters spent weeks exploring 48 top hotels in Boston. We slept in the beds, ate in the restaurants, tested the service, and scoped out the neighborhoods, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here’s a list of our favorite romantic hotels.
This luxury boutique surrounded by hidden gardens, antique shops, and the gorgeous brick Federal-style homes of Beacon Hill, is the perfect choice for couples looking to heat things up on a cold New England night. Every spacious but cozy room has a gas fireplace. And the phenomenal, highly personalized service includes an evening turndown that transforms the rooms into soothing relaxation dens -- dim lights, a crackling fire, and soft classical music.
If there's anything more romantic than a summertime swan boat ride in Boston's Public Garden, it's gliding hand-in-hand around the ice-skating rink in winter -- ideally at night, with a dusting of snow falling around you. Either way, this historic Beaux Arts hotel is right across the street. If you ask for one of the four standard Deluxe Rooms that come with fireplaces and park views (for no extra charge), or splurge on one of the suites, the free fireplace butler can build a blaze to greet you on your return.
If your idea of romance is being locked up together, book a room in this former prison turned stylish hotel located on the western edge of Beacon Hill. The hotel bars -- Alibi and The Liberty Bar -- and restaurant, Clink, are desinations in their own right, drawing a young and trendy crowd. When the evening winds down, couples can ensure privacy in the cozy, contemporary rooms by hanging a "Solitary" key ring on their doorknobs.
The recently opened Mandarin is a good pick for honeymooners, or couples planning to spend a lot of time in their room: Its understated, contemporary accomodations are the largest and arguably the most luxurious in the city. Doting service ensures couples will get pampered from the second they arrive. And the 16,000-square-foot spa on the 4th floor is the city's most spectacular.
The romantic angle here is the extraordinary views of -- you guessed it -- Boston Harbor. An upgrade guarantees a stunning vantage point. And the rooms are so huge you'll never have to leave.