Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
What We Love
- Rate includes breakfast in the Bistro
- Ideal location steps from Boston Common and Public Garden, in the heart of historic Beacon Hill
- Fun fact: The hotel is around the corner from the famous Cheers bar
- Spacious roof deck
- Foodies, delight: Market-driven ingredients are incorporated heavily in a contemporary menu by executive chef Lucas Sousa at the Bistro
What To Know
- Check-in happens at a desk in the hotel’s bistro
- The restaurant is popular with locals, so it's best make a reservation
- Downtown location near several subway stops means going car-free is easy
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Housed in a 19th-century townhouse in Boston’s charming Beacon Hill neighborhood, this sleek boutique property has a distinctly European flavor that’s crafted by both the American-Swedish owners and the area’s old timey charm and streets filled with independently owned “shoppes” and pubs. Despite the historic surroundings, the interior comforts are decidedly modern. Following a 2011 top-to-bottom refurbishment, guest rooms pop with rich colors, funky patterned upholstery, and handsome plantation shades. This is an urban hotel, so the sleeping quarters are compact but comfortable, their smart layout including queen beds, study nooks, comparatively commodious bathrooms and small closets. For those who like to lounge, the second-floor common room has a sofa, books and magazines, while the third-floor roof deck fills up with couples chatting over wine and travelers kicking back with a good book. The hotel’s small size means a highly personalized experience (the staff often remember guests’ names) and service that’s efficient (though, thankfully, not fawning). But locals are drawn here, too. On weekend mornings, the bistro buzzes with happily brunching crowds, and in the evenings preppy Beacon Hill residents sip artisanal cocktails and warm themselves around the glowing fireplace. And why not? The Beacon Hill Hotel achieves that hard-to-strike balance of hip and cozy. Plus, it’s just steps from the city’s verdant heart—sprawling Boston Common.
In the Area
Cheers, a Boston basement bar made famous by the TV show, is right around the corner and well worth a visit. The place looks just as it did back when Sam and Woody manned the bar, and the selection of local beers is excellent. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile brick path through some of Revolutionary America’s most famous sites, begins at the Boston Common, just half a block from the hotel. It’s the quintessential walking tour of Boston. Those who make the effort to get to the top of Beacon Hill will find it’s well worth the trek. You’ll have excellent views of Downtown and the Boston Common, the gold-domed Massachusetts State House, and glimpses of some of the area’s Victorian-era residential alleyways. Mike’s Pastry, in the North End (aka Little Italy), is famous for its crunchy-creamy ricotta-filled cannoli. The mile walk to get there is pleasant (it goes through historic Downtown), plus, it helps burn those pastry calories.
How to Get There
Staff was great, service was good and the menu was awesome. Was busy, but service did not disappoint, fairly reasonable prices as well. Definitely a must stop if you are in the area. Best part was staff was in Bruins attire. Go Boston.
Great centralized location on Beacon Hill "Flats", conveniently located between two metro stops on historic Charles Street. Boston Common and Acorn Street lie one block in either direction. Pricey for a three star hotel, the rooms are clean, updated, basic and small, but painted in rich historic colors with updated vintage style bathrooms. We relocated to the upper front corner room #402, after the first night on level three in the rear corner room under the roof's air conditioning unit(?), prevented a good night's sleep. Room #402 was modestly adorned, offering a wonderful view down Charles Street and its lovely and historic architecture. I should mention, we had difficulty on several occasions throughout our stay with the television cable going out. Breakfast was not included, although we did dine in the downstairs Bistro on one occasion. Alternatively, we discovered a Starbucks down the block, and grabbed a latte and a bite to eat there. Further, I would recommend Toscano, just a short walk from the Inn. This Italian restaurant was superb with a romantic atmosphere; we dined there on twice. This location cannot be beat, and we were comfortable with our stay following our room change. We would definitely return. An outdoor seating area is located on the 3rd level, which tends to be a popular spot for drinks with guests and non-guests. Restaurants, sites and shopping are within walking distance. Should you need to travel further, take the metro or Lyft, as Uber was unreliable.
Stayed here with 5 best friends (three rooms) for three nights. PROS: location perfect in Beacon Hill; very friendly welcome in small lobby; rooms very clean; restaurant excellent for dinner (we did not have breakfast there); bathrooms small but clean with excellent towels.
CONS: mattresses fine but not great; hot water comes and goes; room furnishings pretty basic; elevator only to 3rd floor, so inquire if that matters to you-the rooms are over 5 floors. Amenities differ - some rooms have a fridge and others don’t.
We liked this spot a great deal but know that it is an adaptive use of an older building with all the good and less good that entails. If you want all the bells and whistles go elsewhere but this has character and location.
We stayed for the marathon weekend and our requirements were - we wanted to be close to the action, but not so close we were overrun. This hotel was just the right choice. Cute property, nicely appointed, great staff. Our room was on the 4th floor so we had to take something like a fire escape ladder to get up. No problem for us, but might want to check where your room is if you have trouble getting around. The room was about the size of a small home bedroom. But it worked really well for us. We will be going back for sure!
I arrived at midnight and I must sat the staff was very friendly and helpful. Great location with a restaurant and a fun bar and close the tons of nice restaurants and of course th Boston Garden. Only wish would have been coffee in the rooms. Great stay!