Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
What We Love
- Boston Common location, two blocks from Beacon Hill
- Iris Scan Technology — guests are scanned at check-in for the ultimate in high-tech security
- Green Seal certification — one of the first hotels in Massachusetts to get this eco-award
- Nightly lobby wine hour from 5 - 6 p.m.
What To Know
- Modern and design-oriented, this hotel is for contemporary art lovers, not New England traditionalists
- 24-hour in-room dining is available
- Highball Lounge serves craft cocktails and small bites
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With its modern, design-forward interiors and hip Miami vibe, it’s easy to forget that Nine Zero is in the heart of historic Boston, directly across the street from Samuel Adams’s grave. In contrast to the city’s cobblestone streets just outside, Nine Zero’s lobby is full of oil paintings, bronze sculptures, hand-blown glass chandeliers and rows of limestone coffee tables.
Bed and Bath
Down the street from the state house and Beacon Hill, Nine Zero has hosted the who’s who of Hollywood and Washington, from Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera to Presidents Clinton and Obama. Guestrooms offer the requisite comforts — flat-screen TVs and custom-designed beds — plus welcome design flair in the bright fabrics, faux fur throws and marble and chrome bathrooms. Good for groups, Queen Queen Rooms can sleep four (for an extra free), while King Premier Rooms offer a touch more space and city views.
Executive Sous Chef Peter Hagerty whips up contemporary American dishes in the hotel’s restaurant, while Highball Lounge serves craft cocktails and light bites. And in classic Kimpton fashion, there’s a nightly lobby wine hour each evening, perfect for setting the tone for a night on the town. When it’s time to unwind, there’s a 24-hour fitness center and slew of in-room spa treatments available.
In the Area
Shopping fiends should hit Charles Street in Beacon Hill for antiques and boutiques. Two favorites: Moxie, a designer shoe boutique, and Twentieth Century Limited, which sells vintage and custom jewelry, from Brahmin’s pearl earrings to rhinestone clutches. Or stop in at the central building of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, which showcases a quarter mile of 18 restaurants and pubs, 44 pushcarts and 35 food stalls serving everything from lobster rolls and clam chowder to Boston cream pie. Get a culture dose with a visit to the Boston Athenaeum, a membership library dating back to 1807, which houses first-class exhibition galleries open to the public. Afterward tuck into the Brattle Book Shop, an antiquarian bookseller on West Street. Or get your revolutionary history where it really happened — inside Boston’s historic pubs. You’ll hit Bell in Hand Tavern, Green Dragon, Union Oyster House, and the Point for some tasty eats and four sample-size Sam Adams beers.
How to Get There
Trendy and modern Kimpton property that is in a great central location if you plan to explore the city ~ close to Boston Common Park and Gardens and walkability to Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Waterfront and Financial District and Chinatown. Rooms are small but modern. The gym has dated equipment and is extremely small/don't stay here for the hotel amenities.
Happy to have tried the 9-0 last winter and may go back when the weather is warmer. I had a large suite and used the bar and restaurant as the weather was below zero. The prices fluctuate so use a travel website to book and then ask the hotel to match it.
The hotel accommodations are good, it’s in a great location and the staff is friendly. But the fact that we were woken out of sleep and forced to leave our rooms in two consecutive nights was very irritating, particularly since:
(1) the reason for the alarms kept changing — bad circuit originally cited for both events (which made sense) but then the staff later said that a hotel guest had smoked in his room on Night 1 and another hotel guest leaned against the alarm on Night 2 — an unlikely coincidence, and
(2) we were told that we would be given a discount on our room due to these disturbances but they refused on our final morning, saying that none of the staff had triggered the alarms so they were not at fault. True, but maintenance of a faulty circuit would be the hotel’s fault.
Also, the breakfast buffet was OK but there were no hot meal options and it was identical all three mornings. We were ready for a change of pace by the third day.
If the hotel had stepped up to the plate and even give us a token $50 discount, I would have given them a very generous 5 star rating. However, I departed with a bad feeling about the hotel which warranted a lower rating.