Next to Theater District, and less than a block from Boston Common
Tons of great dining and drinking options all around
Charming lobby-level bar with bespoke cocktails and a fireplace
Sharp rooms with bright, contemporary style and eclectic artwork
Marble bathrooms feature separate showers and bathtubs
Many rooms have direct views of Boston Common
Cozy Club Lounge with dedicated staff and free breakfast for club-level guests
Equinox gym on-site with discounted day rates for guests
Restaurant hosts popular theme nights and draws a pre-theater crowd
Lovely ballroom with walls of windows and Boston Common views
Dedicated concierge and seated check-in
Free Wi-Fi throughout the property (by joining free loyalty program)
Not all rooms have coffeemakers
No spa or pool
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston provides a refreshingly contemporary counterpoint to the city's many stuffy, old-school luxury properties. It also has a boutique-inspired style thanks to contemporary decor and intimate extras. The 193 rooms are coastal chic, with pops of gold and dusky blue alongside eclectic artwork and handsome wooden pieces. The best units have direct vantages onto Boston Common. There's an Equinox gym on-site, though it's only free for higher category bookings, and the hotel's Club Lounge has a posh living room vibe. We loved the fireside Avery Lounge with its bespoke cocktails, and the Artisan Bistro is a pre-theater destination for guests and locals alike. If you'd prefer a Back Bay setting over Boston's downtown, check out the Fairmont Copley Plaza instead, though rates are far higher.
Intimate luxury property with sharp contemporary interiors and a low-key vibe
Unlike some of the more overtly luxurious properties in this brand's portfolio, the Ritz-Carlton, Boston maintains a far more intimate vibe than its sister hotels and is all the better for it. In fact, the hotel's almost boutique-like vibe makes it feel entirely appropriate for quaint Boston. That relatively demure stature doesn't mean that this hotel is any less luxurious, though, and from the moment the doormen greet you to the attention of the dedicated concierge and the seated check-in, the hotel does make sure to hew closely to Ritz-Carlton's brand ethos. Common areas aren't too numerous, though the bar that sits just off the lobby -- the Avery -- is a handsome space with a fireplace and bespoke cocktails that are readymade for curling up with during Boston's long winters. It's a fairly tranquil property, and the downtown buzz that's just outside the hotel feels far away. However, check-out time can be a bit busy. Guests here are generally in town on business, though we saw plenty of couples and tourists as well.
In downtown Boston, essentially next to Boston Common and the Theater District
For travelers who want to base themselves in the hub of The Hub, this Ritz-Carlton's location is hard to beat. The Theater District is essentially next door to the hotel, while Boston Common is right at the end of the block. Downtown is Boston's most urban area, though the historic sights around Faneuil Hall are only a 15-minute walk from the hotel, while the Back Bay and Newbury Street are 10 minutes in the opposite direction. Passing through Boston Common, it's less than a 10-minute walk to the State House and charming Beacon Hill. The Boylston Street T stop is the closest, just around the corner, while Park Street, on the Red Line, is less than five minutes away on foot. South Station is a 10-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride, while Logan Airport will take 10 to 20 minutes to reach by cab, depending on traffic.
Bright and contemporary, with subtle local touches and some featuring fantastic Boston Common views
The rooms here are particularly attractive after a 2017 overhaul that added plenty of contemporary style to what was once a staid property. Now, expect coastal-chic colors like blue-gray, gold, and sand all coming together alongside light wood furniture and eclectic art grouped in eye-catching clusters on the walls. Some rooms add quirky local details, like wallpaper inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." Big windows mean lots of natural light, and the best rooms look out right onto Boston Common. Despite the city-center location, though, expect nothing but silence at night -- the soundproofing is excellent.
There's plenty of space, even in entry-level rooms, where Deluxe Rooms have stylishly patterned love seats right next to the windows. Given the hotel's business clientele, work space also factors here, with large desks and multiple charging points strategically placed throughout the rooms. Bluetooth radios, extensive minibars, free Wi-Fi (by joining free loyalty program), individually controlled air-conditioning, and large flat-screen TVs with streaming services all come standard. However, only higher-category rooms have Nespresso machines -- the rest of the rooms lack coffeemakers. Turndown service is also offered across all categories. Marble bathrooms are a delight, and all units have separate bathtubs and showers, plus upmarket bath products.
Suites feature separate living rooms and bedrooms -- both spaces are massive and add to the luxe feeling here. Of course, the Presidential Suite is the most posh, with a telescope, wraparound views, and a gorgeous home-away-from-home style (if home was a high-end pied a terre).
Cozy bar and sharp restaurant for pre-theater dining, great Club Lounge, plus an on-site Equinox
Unlike other Ritz-Carltons that we've visited, the list of extras here is relatively restrained. Don't expect a pool or spa. However, additions like the Avery Bar, where a fireplace warms the evenings, help give this luxury outpost its cozier vibe. The bespoke cocktail list also adds to the exclusive atmosphere, while Artisan Bistro focuses on local, seasonal fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's a reasonably popular venue for pre-theater dining, especially on promotional nights, with themes like raw oyster bars and the like.
Direct access to an Equinox gym is a definite plus. However, unless you're in club-level rooms or other higher category units, you'll have to pay a daily fee. The Club Lounge is a cozy and attractive space with intimate spots for taking care of some work, as well as food, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. Breakfast is free for guests who opt for Club Lounge privileges. It's fully staffed, so service here is especially personalized.
The hotel has an attractive ballroom that looks directly onto Boston Common and is lined with massive windows. It's a popular wedding venue. There are also several smaller meeting and event rooms that can be booked. A dedicated concierge is incredibly helpful with local advice, and valet parking service is available. Wi-Fi is free by joining the hotel's free rewards program.
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