What are the best places to stay in Boston?

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For such a historic city, Boston has a wealth of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels, many of which are housed in newly constructed buildings rather than historic structures. If you want to live like the upper reaches of Boston society does, check into the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Boston (which has an adjacent residential tower where said society does, indeed, dwell). The prime location overlooking the Public Garden and Boston Common means that if you're lucky (or persistent enough at check-in) your room will offer superb views of the park and Beacon Hill beyond. Those in town for business, or who prefer water views with their pillow-top beds, stay at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel, which is perched on Rowes Wharf in the city's Financial District and offers an impressive list of amenities, such as car detailing and dog walking.

If you're looking for a more modern hotel in the city's traditional Back Bay area, book a room at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Its in a freshly constructed building on a high-traffic slice of Boylston Street, and it features more than 16,000 square feet of space for pampering, plus men's and women's lounges with crystal steam rooms and vitality pools. Business travelers and boutique hotel lovers should book one of the only 63 rooms at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star XV Beacon, which features amenities perfectly suited for guests in town for work. If your tastes are as classic as most Bostonians, you'll love the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Taj Boston, a hotel housed in a landmark 1927 building overlooking the Public Garden that features details (fireplaces and butler service) most new hotels don't. For a more contemporary Boston stay, check out The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, located almost a straight shot across the two parks from the Taj Boston but worlds away in style with sleek, streamlined rooms, a trendy street-level bar packed with twentysomethings and the city's hippest health club, the Sports Club/LA. In town for parents' weekend at one of the area's many universities? Check in to The Charles Hotel, a comfortable, cozy hotel in Harvard Square that offers great service and homey touches.

In addition to the award-winning service and state-of-the-art accommodations and amenities, the central and beautiful location of Four Seasons Hotel Boston in the heart of Back Bay is the ideal neighborhood from which to explore all that the city has to offer. From the hotel’s front door, travelers can access the city’s most notable attractions including Newbury Street, the Theatre District, the Public Garden, the Freedom Trail, the Charles River Esplanade — and more — all just steps away.

Jonathan Nicholson

The best place to stay in Boston is XV Beacon. We offer the best service and amenities, and the hotel is centrally located.

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I think my first choice would be XV Beacon because it’s just cute, quaint, beautiful location. Second I would have to say Four Seasons; and third, I would say InterContinental.

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