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 hotel was perfectly located for our two night stay in Boston. Two blocks from Boston Public Market and 5 from Quincy Market/Fanueil Hall. We also ate in the North End/Little Italy both nights which is an 8 min walk.
The room was more than adequate and pleasantly funky with its black and red decor. The hotel provides free coffee and tea every morning and even a yoga mat in each room. My daughter especially appreciated the daily riddles displayed by the lobby elevators. The only negative is that it takes a while for hot water to come through the pipes early in the morning and even when it does, it’s not hot enough.
The staff is very friendly. I found Lauren to be especially helpful. I definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again next time we’re in Boston.
Had a fantastic stay at this hip, clean and friendly hotel. Very nice rooms, super helpful staff. Great communication with the staff prior and during the trip as needed. Super close to TD Garden and North Station and walking distance to a lot of what Boston has to offer (Fanueil Hall, etc...). The cost will keep some people away but if you have to choose and it fits within your budget, you can't beat the location. Once the construction is done (my lifetime?) on Causeway and at the North Station, this hotel will be even tougher to book.
There really is a pillow in the room that says, "Wicked Smart". Really. This is a very nice, classy, and hip hotel. The staff were very friendly. The location is great; it's only a short walk to Quincy Market. But it is almost impossible to drive to if you don't know the city and all the one way streets. We were quite happy to do the valet parking just to be able to say, "Pawk the caaw" to the guy. There are excellent pubs in the neighborhood for meals. Of course, the Black Rose is the best Irish pub close-by with live music (if your wife is not a stick-in-the-mud, stay- in- the room kind of gal. If you want to stay downtown and you're not on an expense account, this is your place.
The hotel was very accessible to Boston landmarks and more importantly my conference. The hotel lobby was unexpectedly small but the staff made up for everything. Not only are they very professional, they are also super friendly and helpful (shoutout to Sydney and Jojo). As a bonus, they offer free bikes at the lobby.
I cannot speak highly enough about this hotel. I've stayed in Boston many, many times, but chose the Kimpton Onyx for it's location to TD Garden. The little touches this hotel provides make you feel welcome. Fruited water in the lobby, treats for travelling with pets, wine time out front and even bikes to use. JoJo at the front desk was awesome. He still had a smile on his face hours after we returned for the night! Sydney helped check our bags so we could stay after check out to explore the city. She even texted me to let me know my daughter had forgotten her wallet in a drawer. So appreciated and happy to know there are honest people out there. As far as our stay, it was exceptionally comfortable. The room was clean, cool and dark for sleeping. The shower had the best shampoo and body wash to use. We found it quiet, even though our room was right off the elevator. I honestly do not have one negative from our stay. As for the reason to book the Kimpton, TD was a 3 minute, very safe walk to the concert. Everything else was in walking distance too. To the Kimpton...thank you for an absolute wonderful stay!