What are the best hotels in Boston?

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Plan a trip to Boston and you’ll want to stay somewhere that puts you close to the action of the city — whether it’s the historical sights, the fabulous restaurants, the sports culture or more. These hotels are the best in Boston and provide you with proximity and the service, style and amenities you’d expect from Forbes Travel Guide Star-Rated hotels.

Grab one of the rooms looking onto the Public Garden and Boston Common at Four Seasons Hotel Boston and you’ll be one of the best spots with a view in the city. Add the exemplary service, a 44-foot indoor pool, 7,000-square-foot fitness center and an abundance of special activities for kids — think a hotel-wide scavenger hunt and a cookie making class — and you, and your youngster, are guaranteed to love the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.

While there is plenty of shopping to do near the perfectly positioned Mandarin Oriental, Boston on Newbury and Boylston Streets, you might find it hard to leave. Not only is it home to the Five-Star The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel offers spacious rooms and deep-soaking tubs in the large bathrooms fit for your own private relaxation experience.

Staying at Boston Harbor Hotel means you’re staying next to history as the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is on one of the oldest wharfs in the country — Rowes Wharf, with shops and restaurants to explore. Pull yourself away from your room’s city or gorgeous harbor view for a meal at the Four-Star Meritage for a wine-focused dining experience you won't forget.

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel for your stay in Boston, stop your search at XV Beacon. Situated in the prestigious Beacon Hill neighborhood, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is close to plenty of shops and restaurants and the Statehouse, all of which are along the area’s cobblestone streets and gas-lit lamps. Complimentary transportation around town (in the hotel’s Lexus no less), laptops being available to borrow and a 24-hour gym are just some of great amenities you’ll find here.

Taj Boston is an experience high on style and service. Enjoy the art collection throughout the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel filled with pieces like 19th century engravings, ship portraits and landscapes as well a 1750 Aubusson tapestry. And if you check in here, prepare to be served splendidly — and in a variety of ways including a butler for your bath (and an accompanying menu), a technology butler and even a fireplace butler.

Like the name suggests, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common sits right on the park and only three minutes from the Boston Public Garden. Its location will impress you as much as the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel’s itself does. Expect 24-hour room service, marble soaking tubs with bath butler and a weekday morning limo service, which is complimentary, to take you to and from wherever you need to go around the city. As a guest you’ll also have access to excellent The Sports Club/LA, a 100,00-square-foot complex connected to the hotel that also features an accompanying spa, so you can easily rejuvenate after a hard workout.

Melanie Nayer

One of the first things you'll need to consider when you book a trip to Boston is where you'll stay when you get here. With so many hotels to choose from, it's hard to know where to begin. Some of the best hotels in Boston include:

XV Beacon: The Forbes Four-Star hotel is located on Beacon Hill just steps from the Boston state house, the Boston Common, Public Garden and endless restaurants and shopping. Each room has a fireplace, and guests can make use of the hotel's town cars for service to and from the airport and within a few miles from the hotel.

Mandarin Oriental, Boston: One of the newer hotels in Boston, the Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston, sits in the heart of Back Bay and is the preferred hotel for the fashion elite. It's connected to The Shops at Prudential Center and just one block from the designer-clad Newbury Street.

Four Seasons, Boston: One of Boston's grand dams, the Four Seasons Boston isn't just a Five-Star hotel, it's an institution. The hotel has welcomed generations of guests to its location on Boston Common, and today remains one of the top destinations for locals and guests, alike.

Boston Harbor Hotel: If you've ever seen a photo of Boston's waterfront, you've likely seen the Boston Harbor Hotel. The arched Five-Star hotel sits directly on the water and is an iconic fixture on the Boston harbor landscape. Guests staying here will love the hotel's proximity to downtown attractions like Faneuil Hall and Boston's Little Italy (the North End).

Taj Boston: Old-school luxury is the defining feature of a stay at this Four-Star hotel. The hotel was built in 1927, and a sense of timeless elegance is reflected in each guest room. High tea is a must-do here; it's served each Saturday and Sunday in the French Room, overlooking Newbury Street.

The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Commons: Situated between Chinatown and Downtown Crossing, this Four-Star hotel is a prime location for visitors who want to experience Boston's best dining, take in a show at the theater district, explore Boston Common and Public Garden and shop 'til they drop — all without having to move the rental car or take a cab. 

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