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.
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Tiny!!!, dated hotel room not worth the $400/night ( including taxes).
The towels stank from some unidentifiable odor.
We had to be in this location, but we will work real hard next time to find something better. But...the hotel is survivable.
My wife and I stayed 3 nights. Boston is expensive and this is a lower cost option. Very nice hotel, very clean, steps from the Commons with lots of nice dining options. Rooms are a little small though. We only had one meal at the Bistro. Very good, not great and like Boston in general the menu was pricey. $32 for a lobster roll and $14 for a glass of okay wine. On balance, we would recommend and will stay again.
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.