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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel staff was nice along with the rooms. Our shower door had the seal torn halfway off making it difficult to open and close. It was that way when we arrived so it is disappointing they saw it and left it that way. The car service is nice.
Ideally located on Beacon Hill close to picturesque suburbia and Boston Common, but a very short walk to shops and harbour. If you take a right out of the hotel there are yoga studios, brunch options and decent ground coffee. A left out the door and you’ll arrive in the busy mall shopping precinct in minutes.
A well appointed top floor gym.
Very comfortable bed with luxuriously soft linen.
Amazing rain shower.
Small but tasteful room with working fireplace.
We were very happy with our decision to stay.
A funky smell in the elevator was easily overlooked.
We visit Boston often and I have a handful of hotels in which we will stay. We generally want to be close to the Back Bay area. We have probably stayed at the XV Beacon around 10 times. It is delightful. Very comfortable , well appointed rooms—with fireplaces! Not cookie cutter at all. Delicious restaurant downstairs—I love the chicken noodle soup which can feed a small family. The chocolate chip cookies are outstanding (we are connoisseurs). Great bar. Excellent location—next to the Statehouse, around the corner from No. 9 Park, down the block from the Boston Common and the Public Garden, on the edge of Beacon Hill. What sets the XV apart from other hotels is the personalized and warm service. It is a small hotel, so they remember you and treat you warmly. Jeff at the front desk is super friendly. He helped me take care of the details for a quick girls night our before our college reunion. He is there to help you make sure your stay is the best that it can be. Colleen at the concierge desk is super helpful and friendly. All of the gentlemen at the front door are terrific—I am forgetting names but they are the best. Mark drives the complimentary car—super convenient. He has been there for many years, which to me is always the sign of a good hotel. Several of the other people on staff (I think room service?) have been there since the beginning. There is a sweet little rooftop for when the weather is nice. I highly recommend. We look forward to our next visit.