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
The staff really makes this place incredible. We received early check-in, incredible restaurant recommendations and a lovely breakfast at the Better Sorts Social Club located in the hotel. The wine hour is a lovely touch and the location was easy walking distance to everything!
I was very excited to arrive at this hotel as we had our trip planned for months! To be honest I was underwhelmed with the room. It was tiny and I was really disappointed with the view. I thought maybe since we asked for a higher floor and was our first time here, we could somewhat of a view. We are 3 traveling adults and the room was very small with only double beds. Also has a minibar but a fridge to use would have been nice. Staff were very nice and friendly though
I have stayed here a few times, mainly because it is close to TD Garden. The front desk people are so helpful always! They really know the city and give great advice, besides arranging rides and such. You never have to wait in a long line to get help. I also like the restaurant for a drink after the game or breakfast, everything is good. It’s a clean, cozy and friendly place to stay.
We stayed here for a long anniversary weekend. It is a great location. Super close to the Garden arena. We went to a concert and a basketball game and only had to walk half a block. It is also within walking distance to the public market and Fanueil Hall. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They even sent us up sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries for our anniversary. It is a smaller boutique hotel and is best for travelers who will spend most of their time out and doing things. Would definitely stay here again if we are in the area.
I often stay at a Kimpton when I travel for work so we decided to stay at the Onyx when we went to the Bruins game. From the minute I walked in, I knew this Kimpton was not as nice as the others I have stayed in. The lobby was small and cluttered. The staff was very nice. Room was smaller than most hotel rooms I have stayed in when in NYC. After the game, came back to the bar for a drink. Bartender didn’t seem overly excited to see us. He told he next group that came in us that the bar was closed (10:30). This hotel is underwhelming and average at best.