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
- 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
So I came here with a friend for breakfast and my friend has dietary issues and allergies, the host and waitress were super accommodating and attentive! The place is super cute, and the vibe and music were very chilled, loved it! The food was delicious, definitely the best chicken & waffles in Boston!
I am currently staying at the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro under less-than-ideal circumstances: while my husband has major surgery down the street at MGH. I lived in Boston for more than 20 years before moving to northern Massachusetts and am therefore very familiar with the area. This place is truly a gem and is an incredible value -- it is much more reasonably priced than other hotels in the area. The location is central to MGH, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the public garden, the theater district, the meatpacking and financial district, Downtown Crossing, etc. and the rooms are comfortable and modern but with character that speaks to the history of the building and area. Charles Street is quiet at night, and I have always found ample parking there in the evenings. If you can't find parking, there is a huge, well lit convenient garage less than a block away.
Yes, as other reviewers mentioned, the queen room is small, but it is not at all cramped or uncomfortable for two adults. With ample storage space, a writing desk, a firm mattress, soft sheets, plush towels, high end toiletries, a flat screen TV, free wireless, a thermostat that you can control, and common areas to lounge and explore, what more could you really want?
However, in addition to the cosmetics and other amenities, the kindness and hospitality of the staff truly sets this place apart. My husband and I arrived in pretty tough shape -- very worried (me), emotionally needy (me), stressed (both of us) and in pain (him). We had a number of requests ranging from extra pillows and blankets, a room on a lower floor, and dietary restrictions. Although we were apologetic about these things, our situation made these requests unavoidable. The manager and staff could not have been kinder or more compassionate. You know how you can tell if someone is simply being polite versus actually caring about your well being? These people actually seem to care, and obviously view hospitality as a vocation, not just a "job." This sincerity is evident in their interactions with us, as well as those I observed with other guests. It is this added layer of attention -- particularly in a difficult time -- that separates a good stay from a great one.
The food is also incredible.
This place will be my new "go to" whenever I need to be in town early for a medical appointment or meeting...
Having read many of the stellar reviews written about this Hotel, we had high expectations; perhaps too high. The room we had (201) was small, there was no coffee machine and the ‘heater’ in the bathroom made a noise like a DC3 taking off. On the plus side, the location is perfect for Beacon Hill and the Theatre District. The breakfast is good, and the service excellent. Our waiter, Gustavo, was great. Parking is in a public car parking garage about a block away, so you should factor that cost into your budget.
Arriving at the Beacon Hill hotel by car could be a bit intimidating as there is no parking and I wasn't sure how to check my luggage in. As I stopped outside a check shirted young man came out of the door, so I rolled down my window and asked his advice. No problem, he said, took my bags from the trunk and gave me great directions to Boston Commons public parking which was visible on the corner. Turned out he was the bar tender in the Bistro and typical of all the staff; friendly, helpful and excellent. I loved my stay there and would also recommend the bistro on the ground floor where I ate dinner and breakfast
The location of this hotel is great, based on Charles St, in the gorgeous area of Beacon Hill with its red brick streets, and opposite Boston Common.
Staff were really helpful: we checked in quite late, and they only had a small room left, but we were advised to ask for a bigger room in the morning, and they moved us without any problem.
Our second room was a good size, clean, comfy bed, and lovely hot shower. The beds had the softest pillows!! I’d love to know what they were!
Only had breakfast in the bistro, but the food was great, and staff kept our coffee cups filled up!
The only negatives were the rooms got quite cold, the heating was noisy and the traffic was also noisy as we were facing the street. However, it wouldn’t stop me from recommending the hotel.