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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Centrally located across the street from north station which houses the Boston Garden and one of the main public transportation hubs for the city. Short walk to north end eateries, Faneuil hall, public garden, etc. hotel is on the small side which gives it a much more personal feel than some of the bigger chains. Staff is super helpful and friendly. Room was bigger than most in the city center and very comfortable and soundproof.
We recently stayed here for 4 nights and found the service, welcome, and location to be spot on. We had considered numerous other hotels in Boston before going for this one, and based on location we are very pleased we chose the Kimpton. I would say that if you want to be in an area with a good choice of bars and restaurants nearby, and that in no more than a ten to fifteen minute walk to most of the tourist things then stay here. Our room was kept very clean and had a comfortable bed. Free coffee and tea available in the lobby every day, and a free wine hour at 5pm with nibbles. We were on the second floor facing the street but the outside noise was minimal and did not disturb our sleep. We saw everything we wanted to see in Boston so unlikely to return, but if we did we would be happy to stay here again.
We only spent a night , we were in Boston for a Bruins hockey game . It was a clean comfortable hotel with very little views but we were there for a hockey game . A 2 minute walk from TD garden which was great after the game . Sorry didn't try any bars or restaurants at the hotel .
We had a great 3 night stay here, great location, and lots of great restuarants and nearby food markets on your doorstep.
Really comfortable room and great bed. Lovely touch serving complimentary wine between 5-6, and tea and coffee at breakfast.
Staff on reception very helpful especially Timothy, who looked after us so well, would love to go back some day.
The Docherty's, Scotland
Cute design hotel that's well located. First attempt they put us in a room, was a crazy amount of fan noise, we called frond desk, and they put us in another room. The guy that came to see us said, I'm not surprised, very noisy room. Makes me wonder why they tried to put us in there in the first place, but then out new room was very nice, and the hospitality of staff was excellent.