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
First the positive: XV Beacon is perfectly located, easily within walking distance to the Boston Common, Freedom Trail, the North Side and many central attractions. In addition, the staff that you are likely to interact with is uniformly pleasant, seemingly eager to please and helpful. Our bed, a king, was comfortable, an exceedingly important factor. The adjacent restaurant, Moo, is very good and very convenient. There is a house car available, usually with some advance notice, that will comfortably deliver you to dinner.
On the slightly less positive, the room that costs almost $600 a night will be very small, less than 400 square feet, and dark. Our room had two windows on two walls (a positive) but they both faced brick walls of adjacent buildings. In addition, the decor is purposely very dark, which compounds the feeling of being in a cave. Our bathroom was small, and the shower was over a tub. The fixtures, English in manufacture, require an advanced degree to operate and they are erratic. We had some difficulty in getting consistent hot water. The bath did not drain adequately, requiring a shower in several inches of water. The tile could use a little bleach cleaning - not bad, but certainly not perfect.
We received an advance email from the hotel, asking if we had any specific requirements. I requested only feather pillows, but there were none in our room. I didn’t make a fuss about it, but if you are going to ask, at least act on it. Housekeeping seemed somewhat indifferent. I don’t need an orchid sprig in my bathroom, but if you are going to provide one, at least change the murky water and remove the dead flowers.
We have stayed at this hotel several times over the years and have always opted for the great location over others. However, if you are expecting a luxurious experience with views or space, you may feel more comfortable elsewhere.
My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at Hotel XV Beacon and have nothing but AMAZING things to say from start to finish! When we arrived around 4:30 PM we were greeted by Johnny at the Valet who took care of our car. From here we were guided right inside to the hotel and spoke with Gabriel at the Front Desk. Both gentlemen greeted us with a smile and asked if we wanted any coffee, water, or something to eat. Gabriel mentioned breakfast and that our bags were going to be all squared away if we wanted to head up to our room or wait around. Gabriel also took the liberty of mentioning services they offer, but We were in a bit of a rush so we ended up going right upstairs, got ready quickly and left for dinner. When we left Gabriel was kind enough to ask about a company car, I did advise him that the overnight supervisor Ryan M had already taken care of that but appreciated it nonetheless. When we arrived back to our hotel after dinner, Jose the driver was ready and took us to the Garden. Jose was talkative the entire night and greeted us with a smile which is always great. After the perfect Elton John show, we Ubered back to the hotel and were graciously greeted by Ryan M and Jose. Both had a smile that you couldn't forget and were welcoming from the get-go. Ryan delivered as promised with the company car, explained the overnight breakfast set up, offered to look into anything for the rest of the night, and brought us up to our room. As promised, breakfast was delivered on time and with yet another smile. As we checked out, Gabriel was there again and asked if there was anything else he could do for us. Valir and Ivan were the valet experts who took care of the car and we were on our way. I couldn't have asked for a more flawless execution for my wife and me to enjoy a night out in Boston. Our room was the perfect size with a nice fireplace to ensure the perfect atmosphere, silk but smooth sheets, and chocolates with a note from the XV Beacon staff. The bathroom was spotless. Staff was friendly and helpful throughout. Working for an AMEX concierge for both platinum/centurion members, I now realize that this service start to finish explains why this is a favorite Boston hotel for not only Amex but their high-level cardmembers. It also felt nice being treated like a Centurion Card Member for the evening. Would definitely stay again for our next outing in Boston. FIVE STARS TO RYAN M, GABRIEL, AND THE REST OF THE XV BEACON STAFF!
I have stayed here twice and loved each time. Beautiful rooms with great mini bar and excellent in house laundry service, but all the staff are wonderful. Always helpful when you are travelling! A great concierge service with ideas that we would probably never have found ourselves. Mooo the restaurant attached is great too with the best steak in Boston, much too large for me, but my son absolutely wolfed it down. Great bar staff and all in all a very welcoming experience.
Arrived at XV Beacon for business for my wife and also for our 35th wedding anniversary. Pillows I requested before hand and also an arrangement of flowers for my wife were ready and both exceeded my expectations. Several requests to the concierge were handled quickly. Ride service provided by XV Beacon was very convenient. Fireplace in our room was unexpected and much appreciated. Our dinner at the attached Moo... restaurant was excellent. Given another opportunity we would both stay at XV Beacon again.
This was my second time staying at the XV Beacon. After my first experience with them in April 2018, I decided to return. You can't beat the location - so easy to get to from Logan airport or Amtrak. The size of the hotel is great as is the rooftop space offering nice views of Boston & Cambridge. The rooms are dark, the views are of really nothing, but the fireplace in the room makes up for that.
Mostly everything was great and getting the room through AMEX FH&R always comes with nice perks - especially the late check out. I will say that on both visits the front door men are spotty - sometimes there, sometimes not; sometimes open the door for you, but mostly not.
The person handling check in was great - most attentive and polite. The person handling check out however was not. He seemed flustered and like he couldn't bother. He didn't even ask how my stay was - which was disappointing. I felt like I was being rushed out, but before I went, I notified him that the Harmon Entertainment system wasn't working and how disappointing it was that I couldn't use it during my stay. He told me he'd send someone up to fix it - - good for the person coming in after me, not so much for me.
A strange thing happened during turn down - - I had left a dirty hand towel & wash cloth on the floor before I went out for the night. The wash cloth was wrapped inside the hand towel and was reasonably wet. I mention this detail because upon my return, the wash cloth had been put back on the vanity and the hand towel was draped back on the towel rack. Does turn down service not involve replenishing towels (and removing the dirty ones)? Even the bath mat which I arbitrarily pushed to the side was left as I left it. That was a disappointing thing to see as it brought my experience down a notch. It was disturbing to realize the person who did turn down service went out of their way to touch my dirty towel & wash cloth ...
There are so many choices of hotels in Boston to pick from. I will likely stay at another FH&R hotel next stay.