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
- 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
Location is perfect. Very near Quincy market, T and downtown. The restuarant in ground floor is good and has nice outside. The service by the staff was okay. For cost you might one a little more intensity. Room is really cool looking and comfortable for most, but people that are over 80 or have some physical challenges my find it harder to operate - bed is lower, shower is sort of open air, elevators very small. I would stay here again. Also cool that it is a Hilton property, but use of this gorgeous old building gives it a boutique feel.
Faneuil Hall, Beacon Hill, Downtown Crossings, North End and Back Bay - all easily accessed from this location. Staff from bar to bellhop was 5 Star. I will stay here again. Third time in 5 years. Rooms are clean and modern and have everything you need. Bathrooms are nice, with good products.
Perfect location for a trip to Boston. We live on the Cape and came up for a celtics game. The hotel was literally 2 minutes from the garden. Finding a spot to pull up is a little tricky, had to circle around but once you arrive with your luggage they take care of your car. Staff was very friendly! Room was clean. Cool hotel! Will definitely be back.
I stayed at this hotel for the first time and was impressed by the overal feel for this property. The check in was efficient although I did not see a bellman. My room was very clean and well appointed. The shower worke like a champ and most of all the bed was very comfortable.I am a Hilton Diamond member and this is one of my best Hilton proper experiences.
Best hotel in Boston to stay at. Great location, rooms are up to date and clean, and excellent service. Very reasonable price as well. A hidden gem in Boston right across from one of the most historic locations in Boston.