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
Stayed at Ames Boston for a late work night. My room was incredible. It was a large corner room with a giant soaking tub. (Too bad they didn't include bubble bath with that room!) Staff was nice, lots of good lighting options in the room, and easy in/out. They even comped me a free breakfast buffet in the morning when I told them my shower was draining very slowly (which was more to help them out than for me to complain).
My Fiance' and I came in from Texas for a late Christmas present to see the Boston Celtics play. The hotel was able to check us in early without a hitch. The room was gorgeous with a gorgeous view of Downtown Boston. The Hotel is in a GREAT location, we were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go without any problems...given we never have been to Boston before. Besides being able to hear other guests in their rooms, a super loud shower head and unaware that breakfast was provided...the trip and hotel was great!
Great location staff very friendly David Archer concierge was over the top good very knowledgeable.Bellman best ever. Front desk very attentive. Parking was good car came in 5 mins, we will be back again.
This was my 2nd stay here and it was great once again. I specifically looked forward to coming to this hotel on the Boston leg of a long holiday travel journey through the northeast, and it was exactly as I had remembered it from about a year ago. Wonderful navy blue blackout curtains, very large windows for nice views of the downtown area, walking distance to historical attractions, super comfortable bed, great bathroom and toiletries, and welcoming, courteous staff. Looking forward to coming back again to this relaxing and modern hotel later in the year.
Easy access to everywhere... very walkable. The nice furnishings and attention to quality was great to see. The room was quiet, although the large TV monitor made it a little hard to do work as it was directly above the desk.