What We Love
- Free Lexus sedan service throughout Boston (airport transfer is an additional $40)
- Excellent location in the Beacon Hill neighborhood
- Intimate vibe, thanks to 63 spread-out rooms
What To Know
- Gym is small, but guests can access the Boston Sports Club, a two-minute walk, for $15 per day
- Only some rooms have views of Boston Common
- Pets are allowed for a fee of $25, which is donated to the MSPCA
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Fifteen Beacon is the kind of place where the new only enhances the old. The 1903 Beaux-Arts façade still stands — the Roman brick, gilded shields and fluted limestone columns are in pristine condition — but the interiors are contemporary, with lots of thoughtful details (heated towel racks) and up-to-date amenities (iPad rentals). The lobby sets a soothing and distinguished tone, and the original cage elevator, cast brass railing and sharply dressed staff bring to mind images of Old Boston.
Bed and Bath
All 63 rooms (there are seven per floor, which gives the Fifteen Beacon a residential feel) have a fireplace and a small bar, as well as original artwork, Frette linens and a queen- or kingsize bed. Thanks to a face-lift in 2009, there’s new carpeting, plus tech amenities such as stereo systems and 42-inch flat-screen TVs.
Mooo…. (the aptly named on-site steakhouse) draws locals for dishes such as New England littlenecks and dry-aged New York sirloin. The restaurant’s private dining room, the Wine Cellar, has a vaulted ceiling, stone floors, an eye-catching Roman mosaic and a collection of vintages said to be one of the country’s most extensive.
In the Area
Of course, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the surrounding city, and guests can make use of the free chauffeured pickup service, which drops you off in the downtown area. Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts to view its encyclopedic collection, then take a stroll along busy and historic Newbury Street, which is lined with boutiques and open-air cafés. Stop for a bite at Savenor’s, a neighborhood gem since 1939 that stocks an excellent selection of produce and meats, or nibble your way through the cobblestone streets of the Italian North End or Chinatown on a delicious market tour with knowledgeable local guides.
How to Get There
We had a wonderful stay during our first ever trip to Boston. After researching 4- star hotels this came up our top choice. The location was perfect...a walkable distance to many Freedom Trail sights and also Beacon Hill. For the places that were too far, the House Lexus was a special treat. We were upgraded in rooms, and loved the large front windows and fireplace. The front desk service/concierge was nice, but not overly exceptional. The room service and housekeeping were consistent and took the time for special touches that were noticed...wrapping my cell phone cord, laying out slippers by the bed, etc. I would definitely stay here again.
From the moment that we checked to the moment we checked out the hotel and it’s team were amazing.
The rooms are of a good size and the gas fire is a great touch, it’s makes the room feel warm and cozy.
The mini bar is the most comprehensive I have ever seen!
The staff were great from the concierge, reception and bar team.
The restaurant Moo great menu and quality of food was sublime. The cocktail and wine list was very comprehensive.
Loved this hotel and Boston!!
The good bits. Hotel is in a very good position by Boston common and easy to walk to all the sights, restaurants and bars. The staff were amazing. I had been in contact with the concierge a fair few times prior to our arrival. They booked a hire car for us which was brought to the hotel and gave us quite a bit of pre arrival information. The room had a fireplace which was lovely and cosy in the evening.
The bad bits. We were given a room on the first floor which faced an area used as a rubbish dump. At 4 am we were woken up by a very loud truck which was filling fuel (or some other substance) into a building until 6am. My husband video this and in the morning complained to reception as we had been kept awake during that whole time. We were upgraded to a suite immmediatly which was very nice and had no further noise issues. But I don’t understand why the bed in the suite is a regular double while the bed in the room we moved from was a king size?! Breakfast was a la carte and we were charged for every orange juice (no refills) and coffee. The beds are firm which was not to our liking but that’s a personal thing. Fairly small bathroom.
More good bits. They didn’t charge us for our first night at the hotel and gave us a complimentary ride to the airport at the end of our trip.
I would recommend this hotel for the service alone but beware not to stay in the rooms facing the rubbish dump. Also take note you are not given drink refills at breakfast.
My Wife and I stayed at XV Beacon recently and would recommend this hotel to anyone. Check In was a breeze and we were up in our room in no time. We stayed in a Beacon Hill Studio which was plenty big enough for the two of us even when ordering room service. I had mentioned ahead of time that we were just celebrating a Holiday weekend and they put us in the room that had the Christmas Tree out the window. The look on my Wife's face seeing that she had a fireplace and a Christmas Tree to look at was priceless. We scheduled the courtesy car a few days ahead of time as we were going to a show at the Wang which was really nice. The driver gave us his card so we could call for a pickup if available, but just cabbed it home. While we were at the show they came in for turn down service and put the local Christmas station on the sound system (room and bathroom) so when we walked back in my Wife was again floored. We ate downstairs at Moo which was very good and the menu is available for room service as well. It was a great experience.
I have stayed three times over period of 4 months each time with a different room type. Two out of three visits one of the two lifts was not working. The Classic room is quite small. I've written before the layout makes it smaller than the stated space. Last time I ordered room service dinner and realized you either have your dinner in the hallway at the desk or off the tray on your bed. Neither is very optimal. The Double Contemporary Classic is very good size though two double beds take quite a lot of space. I think it was one of the Studio rooms I was upgraded on one occasion. This was a seriously nice room. Plenty of space. Very functional. Only problem was it was facing the street, and starting at 4am there were plenty of truck traffic outside. Not great if you are jetlagged - ask for room facing back. The room service food is very high quality and they provide a very nice selection. Now I have also visited the gym few times. It's small and the low ceiling makes it feel even smaller. That said, it is enough to get in a reasonable workout. For me the main thing is the location is super convenient for our office, and in that area it is the nicest property. Still wondering why the visits don't show up in my iPrefer account even after I pointed it out to the front desk.