David Rockwell–designed interiors have a sleek, minimalist style
High ceilings make the rooms feel more airy
Live, local music and DJs at King Street Tavern
What To Know
24-hour fitness center is small but well-equipped
No pets allowed
Parking on site
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Hip sleep in a 19th-century building near Boston’s Faneuil Hall, with spacious guestrooms and minimalist interiors
Design gurus and novices alike can appreciate Ames Boston Hotel's incredible attention to detail. The 19th-century downtown building strikes a balance between bold, innovative design and classic Boston sensibilities. From the two-story lobby to the spare but sleek guestrooms, interiors are a seamless mix of old and new with such playful details as plates adorned vintage illustrations and quotes from Picturesque America giving a nod to Boston’s history.
Bed and Bath
The 114 rooms are minimalist crash pads that feel more like homey studio apartments than impersonal cookie-cutter units. Award-winning designer David Rockwell led a 2009 renovation, creating rooms in muted gray and purple tones that give everything an understated elegance. Molton Brown amenities and rain showerheads make the bathrooms feel luxurious.
The King Street Tavern nods to the city's revolutionary heritage, serving small bites, plates and suds (with nightly entertainment). Elsewhere, there's a 24-hour fitness center for keeping up your workout regimen. When you do wander off to explore historic Boston or look for great food and entertainment, you’ll immediately realize that one of Ames’ best amenities is its location. Near sightseeing activities, like historic Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, and close to public transportation (two major subway stops are within walking distance), the hotel is a great base for exploring the city at large.
In the Area
Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts to view its encyclopedic collection, then take a stroll along busy and historic Newbury Street, which is lined with boutiques and open-air cafés. Stop for a bite at Savenor’s, a neighborhood gem since 1939 that stocks an excellent selection of produce and meats, or nibble your way through the cobblestone streets of the Italian North End or Chinatown on a delicious market tour with knowledgeable local guides. For eclectic jazz in the city’s coolest venue, hit the Beehive in the South End, where trumpet player Phil Grenadier, who tours with John Scofield, frequently plays. The upstairs restaurant shows silent films, or you can head for the bee-line small room directly in front of the stage. Or go for a stroll along Newbury Street where you’ll find some of the city’s best boutiques, including iconic New England music shop Newbury Comics.