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
This hotel is in a perfect location. Staff is friendly and they have a cute little roof deck too when the weather is good. It can be a little loud at times with trucks, but it could be dependent on what room you have. We will be back.
The Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro is in a wonderful location. The staff is very attentive. However, for the price, the rooms are minimal. Nice bed, two nightstands and lamps, but no desk, no chair, no frig/microwave (if that matters to you), no coffee maker (though coffee is available downstairs in the morning), .... oddly, in my room, no washcloths?. But an iron? Who wants an iron when you have no flat surface other than the floor? It was ok for one night, but I probably would not go back again. I did not eat there, so have no review on the Bistro though it looked charming.
Our first time in Boston made better by staying at this little gem. The hotel portrays a fairly inconspicuous presence from the street which is in keeping with the chic, unassuming but genuine ambience once you step inside. Hotel reception staff were very friendly and seemed interested in our travels, making us feel very welcome. The bar is at best bijou, but again, this adds to the more intimate and personal experience of staying at the BHHB that can be lost at a larger venue. Our room was surprisingly and pleasantly larger than we expected with a nice sized en suite bathroom, super comfortable bed and very fast and efficient Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves a small but effective menu in keeping with the hotels presence. Breakfast was a pleasant experience, completely unrushed to set us up for the day. The hotel location in Charles Street was far enough away from the noise of the city but close enough to walk in, on the doorstep of both Boston Common which covers a perimeter of around 1.2km if you fancy putting on your running shoes and a stones through away form the legendary Cheers bar. All in all, a very nice hotel that we will recommend to friends travelling to the city.
Breakfast was so good we decided to have dinner here as well. Fresh fruit bowl was perfect and generous as were the portions of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes. Potatoes were particularly tasty, crispy and spiced perfectly.
Early dinner of Cobb salad and a burger turned out to bed be another good meal. Green goddess dressing was tasty and just the right amount, though there was way too much blue cheese and red onion. Focacio was soft and warm and chewy, perfect to drag through peppery olive oil. Burger was great, though messy, slathered with "secret sauce" and loaded with tomatoes and pickles. Bun could hardly contain it all. Fries were fresh russet potatoes, crispy with good flavor.
Service in the morning (Dimas) was perfect. Service this evening was a little distracted and inefficient. Both were very pleasant people. Environment was bright with good lighting from large Windows reflected in the wall of mirrors opposite. Many thanks for a nice experience. Prices were reasonable, too.
Great location.......Charles St. Boutique hotel and reasonably priced compared to the big name hotels. Our room was small but very functional. Queen mattress comfortable. Bathroom big...for the size of room with tub/shower. It was a corner room with nice window views. No elevator to 3rd or 4th floor so plan your bags accordingly. I brought ear plugs because of Charles st...but didn't need.