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
Had no idea that the bar/restauant was closed. Very disappointed. This is a must have at a Hilton property in the heart of Boston. Should have been offered a complimentary beverage from the room, not the name of the nearest bar. Very poor customer service. The manager who decided that, when someone calls the front desk from their room, and asks if the bar is open, just tell them to ask the concierge, where is the nearest bar, is woefully inept as a customer service manager, and you should not be able to get away with this.
Better than good place to stay but I am not sure I would say Very Good. Location is great. Staff is nice enough - some more than others. Some furniture in the room was very old and very dirty looking - gross. The cost of the room per night was ridiculous for what it is. Overall, being a Hilton Honors Member didn't mean anything other than a free water and free wi-fi.
Great location, easy walk to the T from the airport. Staff was friendly and professional. Lots of local bars and restaurants within walking distance. Room was spacious. Stately hotel, not like staying in a cookie cutter chain, a European vibe
Small lobby, weird breakfast deal. Certain honors levels get free and it’s $18 for others. Supposedly free coffee all day, but it’s in the breakfast room in a machine that’s usually out of milk or whatever so it’s awkward to get coffee among other paying customers. Not particularly helpful or friendly front desk girls. Corridors dark and narrow. Our room was fine and had somewhat of a city view, big tv, glass shower but very noisy. Airplanes, sirens, slamming doors all night long.
Otherwise, you can walk easily to Quincy market, other places to eat and the Freedom Trail. Housekeeping was great. Is lost a ring and she had it back on my night stand the beat day. Everything clean and amenities resupplied.
The building is centrally located within walking distance of the T station, Faneuil Hall and the function hall I needed to go to.
Employees are all friendly and knowledgeable
Rooms are beautifully furnished and have great amenities
Love the coffee, tea and fruit available all day too
Great breakfast on the morning too!