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 is a quirky place to stay. Lovely old building in a great location but the rooms are on a busy street which makes sleep difficult. The rooms are small but nicely appointed, although don’t expect any frills - just the basic amenities, no robes, water, breakfast or coffee. So for $300+ per night, you can get better value elsewhere
Got there too late for Breakfast :( which Im looking forward to next time! But had an early lunch which was great. Service was friendly and the bistro seating was refreshing.
I loved the atmosphere and it blended well with the rest of Charles St, making one feel like a step back in time to an elegant past. Im looking forward to returning, Thanks!
I rarely write reviews but I feel moved to write one about this conveniently located hotel in a fabulous neighborhood of Boston. I chose this hotel somewhat at random and I have been delighted with my stay. Staying here has the feeling of being in a bed & breakfast with the amenities of a hotel. The staff is small which gives a nice homey feeling every time I enter and exit as they remember me and say hello and they have been incredibly courteous and make you feel welcome and that they are happy to have you here. The restaurant is EXCELLENT and I'd recommend eating here even if you are not staying. The restaurant has a great neighborhood ambiance and the locals frequent it so it doesn't have that hotel restaurant feeling. The location really could not be better. My room is set up more like a guest room in a home rather than a hotel room which I love! I got the queen room which is not huge but more than ample with a small writing desk closet and an amazing view of Charles street. Parking is a bit pricey at the commons garage and street parking is scarce and time limited and that is perhaps the only inconvenience but you really don't need a car if you plan to stay local- there are a myriad of restaurants and shops within steps. There is no exercise room but who needs one with the Boston common park practically across the street! I was also delighted to discover a starbucks just two doors down. I was a little concerned about noise staying on the second floor with the restaurant just below but actually I could not hear a thing. This is the only hotel I will stay in for future trips to Boston.
This has been our favorite hotel in Boston for several years. It is in a great location just off the Common in a great walking section of Boston. It is small, quiet and very comfortable. Breakfast is delicious, too.
We were having to find accommodations quickly for a stay close to Massachusetts general hospital. The staff was very professional and helpful. A decent rate all things considered. Location is great and convenient. The room was really all we needed. We did have a fridge. Nice linens and towels. If you’re looking in a place beacon hill this is fine. Great staff.