Kimpton Onyx Hotel
What We Love
- Nightly lobby wine hour
- A block from Celtics games, Bruins matches and rock concerts at TD Garden
- A dedicated pet floor (with doggie treats at check-in)
What To Know
- Valet parking adds an extra $47 per night, but two T stations are within a five-minute walk
- History lovers look elsewhere: There are no gaslamp streets in the industrial West End neighborhood
- WiFi is free if you sign up for Kimpton’s Karma Rewards program
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Among the Irish pubs and offices that front TD Garden — the iconic arena that’s home to the Bruins and Celtics and host to traveling rock stars — the Onyx stands alone with its bold, contemporary interiors. The Ruby Room martini lounge takes the place of a traditional lobby. Encircled by a crescent wall and veiled windows, its various patterns of checks and houndstooth feel eclectic, but they’re coordinated within a red-washed palette. On the other side of the wall, the front desk welcomes guests more quietly in neutral tones.
Bed and Bath
At 280 square feet, Deluxe guestrooms are on the small side, but strong patterns and cherry-red accents give them a big personality. Playful pieces dominate, from the oversize-checkered carpet to the animal-print bathrobes, and they find balance in the simpler dark wood headboards and white Frette duvets. As with most Kimpton hotels, it’s the little extras that make all 112 rooms so comfortable here: iPod docks, chenille throws, down pillows, strong water pressure and C.O. Bigelow bath products. And if you forget anything, from shaving cream to a cell phone charger, a bellhop will deliver it to your door.
For dinner, the lounge’s à la carte menu features creative bar food, such as flatbread pizza with chorizo and goat cheese (also available by room service), along with a martini list that lures post-concert revelers. While the business center isn’t much more than a small computer alcove in the basement, the front desk staff will print boarding passes for free. And if the five-machine fitness center on-site doesn’t fill your cardio needs, your room key gives you free access to the nearby Boston Sports Club — including classes.
In the Area
At the Onyx you’re steps from the Celtics and Bruins at TD Garden. While the surrounding West End neighborhood doesn’t offer much curb appeal, it’s sandwiched between Beacon Hill, the North End and the Faneuil Hall area, placing you in a walking radius of the city’s top attractions. Stroll over to the North End, Boston’s Little Italy, to visit the landmark-turned-museum of Paul Revere’s House. Then stop into homey Assaggio for Boston-style classics, from veal parm to chicken marsala. Or try something new at Taranta, where a Peruvian chef uses South American ingredients in Italian standards (think cassava gnocchi). Continue on to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for shopping and multilevel bars, such as Ned Devine’s. On Fridays and Saturdays don’t miss browsing the Haymarket, an open-air produce market that’s been a city tradition since the 19th century.
How to Get There
a small boutique hotel, that feels cozy. rooms are small, but unique and warm. amenities are simple. restaurant is a bit below average, which is probably a result of being small and not justifying higher quality fare. but everyone is alwasy very nice.
We stayed at the Onyx for three nights. I found the hotel on a last minute deals site. When we arrived we were given a twin room but told we could move to a king the following night, which was fine. The twin was an accessible room, and I do have to say in the spirit of constructive criticism, this room was a bit disappointing. The shower was very weak and the temperature was very inconsistent, there were few plug sockets and they were very inaccessible. It was also noisy from the ventilation shafts below. However, when we moved to the king room, it was just lovely! Really nice room, powerful and adjustable shower, comfy bed.
The staff at the front desk were excellent, in particular Lauren and Sydney. Great recommendations and warm service.
It was fine. It was mostly clean. It is in an awesome location if you're in town to do something at the Garden.
There are no bells or whistles. If Kimpton had a baseline, this would be it. I knew it wouldn't be the Everly or Vero Beach or even the Palomar, but there was nothing that felt any different than, say, a Holiday Inn. It just is.
One note to management, though: EDUCATE YOUR FRONT DESK STAFF AND CHECK YOUR MINIBARS
As a Kimpton member, we're usually given WiFi information upon check-in. We were not. We are usually given a mini-bar credit. We were not. Even the text message the hotel manager/front desk sends out to make sure things were cool was a run-on sentence with no grammar. I couldn't even make sense of it. Then we go to use the minibar; and every beer (I cannot vouch for the other containers) were emptied and filled with tap water with the tops reattached. I was disgusted. Likely the person who stayed in the room before us wanted something free, but Kimpton, you need to do a thorough check. As a bit of a germaphobe, I was gagging, envisioning where the water originated from, whose lips were on the bottle before mine, how long the stagnant water had been sitting there waiting for bacteria to thrive...
In conclusion: a fine place to crash for the night if you don't want to travel after a game or event at the Garden, but definitely not an experience.
The Kimpton Onyx Hotel is centrally located for walking to Faneuil Hall and the Celtics game and has parking, which was the reason we decided to stay there. Over all the staff was friendly and the property was clean.
The location of this venue is awesome for an event at the TD Garden. It also is so close to everything that you could possibly want to see and do. The staff is always warm and friendly. Valet is quick and easy to use. Love this place. Have stayed here at least 15 times.