The Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- Great location near many of Boston’s main sights
- David Rockwell–designed interiors have a sleek, minimalist style
- High ceilings make the rooms feel more airy
- Live, local music and DJs at King Street Tavern
What To Know
- 24-hour fitness center is small but well-equipped
- No pets allowed
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Design gurus and novices alike can appreciate Ames Boston Hotel’s incredible attention to detail. The 19th-century downtown building strikes a balance between bold, innovative design and classic Boston sensibilities. From the two-story lobby to the spare but sleek guestrooms, interiors are a seamless mix of old and new with such playful details as plates adorned vintage illustrations and quotes from Picturesque America giving a nod to Boston’s history.
Bed and Bath
The 114 rooms are minimalist crash pads that feel more like homey studio apartments than impersonal cookie-cutter units. Award-winning designer David Rockwell led a 2009 renovation, creating rooms in muted gray and purple tones that give everything an understated elegance. Molton Brown amenities and rain showerheads make the bathrooms feel luxurious.
The King Street Tavern nods to the city’s revolutionary heritage, serving small bites, plates and suds (with nightly entertainment). Elsewhere, there’s a 24-hour fitness center for keeping up your workout regimen. When you do wander off to explore historic Boston or look for great food and entertainment, you’ll immediately realize that one of Ames’ best amenities is its location. Near sightseeing activities, like historic Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail, and close to public transportation (two major subway stops are within walking distance), the hotel is a great base for exploring the city at large.
In the Area
Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts to view its encyclopedic collection, then take a stroll along busy and historic Newbury Street, which is lined with boutiques and open-air cafés. Stop for a bite at Savenor’s, a neighborhood gem since 1939 that stocks an excellent selection of produce and meats, or nibble your way through the cobblestone streets of the Italian North End or Chinatown on a delicious market tour with knowledgeable local guides. For eclectic jazz in the city’s coolest venue, hit the Beehive in the South End, where trumpet player Phil Grenadier, who tours with John Scofield, frequently plays. The upstairs restaurant shows silent films, or you can head for the bee-line small room directly in front of the stage. Or go for a stroll along Newbury Street where you’ll find some of the city’s best boutiques, including iconic New England music shop Newbury Comics.
How to Get There
my friends and I loved the Ames Boston. The rooms were perfect and clean. The bathroom was exceptionally nice, which is my main concern whenever i’m at a hotel. My friend said they also had a nice breakfast downstairs. The valet parking was also great because i would have had no idea where to park.
We stayed here in April and we needed a little help obtaining some things as a gift for my sick mother. The concierge was immensely helpful and we were able to have a wonderful visit with my mom. We also appreciated the cool modern design vibe of the hotel. And the central location is great -- right be the Gov Center T stop. The only thing I didn't love was that that street was a little isolate at night and there were a few sketchy people wandering around that block past 7 or 8pm.
Perfect location for business in Boston or Cambridge. Easy walks to lots of sights and restaurants too. Room was good. Didn’t particularly like the shower setup. Staff was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good but somewhat limited in selection.
Had to pay for two nights, that I did not use, just because the hotel did not want to be a bit flexible. All this when they were ripping me off with a tariff that far exceeded the rates on which the hotel was available on internet. An absolutely great example has been set by the manager of this hotel on my last day of stay.
The exterior of this building is beautiful, and the room we had faced the Old State House which was nice. They appeared to have updated this hotel 5-10 years ago, as the room had a transitional feel to it with hardwood and marble tile floors. But it clearly needed refreshing. The bed frame was fabric, and was worn down to the color underneath. The nightstand had chips in it, and so did the tub. The shower and tub were generally nice, the shower had excellent water pressure which seems to be a rarity with hotels these days. (We ladies just want to wash our hair properly!) It clearly needed a deep clean to get rid of calcium/lime deposits because the spray was crooked and we got the bathroom floor wet every use because of it. There didn’t seem to be a working bathroom fan, and because this was an old building the windows couldn’t be opened. So we steamed up the whole room every time someone showered. The room was once beautiful I’m sure, with a high ceiling, hardwood, and floor to ceiling curtains, but felt like it hadn’t been maintained well for a while. We expected some age, with it being an old building, so street noise was expected. But not fixing things like chips in the tub and worn out bed frames seems a bit neglectful. We loved the location of this hotel being right on the freedom trail and so close to little Italy as well as the park. The subway was also just a block away, which was really convenient. The staff was polite and helpful when we asked how to get somewhere, as well as opening the doors for us and greeting us upon entry and exit. I would recommend someone stay here based on location, and the price was decent. But I would also say not to expect a pristine hotel.