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
We loved everything about our stay. The room was spacious with a very comfortable bed and a great view of Old State House from our window. We found the location to be very convenient to all of the sites we visited. It was a 10 minute walk from the North End and we enjoyed walking to dinner there each night. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!
The location is awesome, everything in walking distance. The staff are all very nice., and the only reason for the three. The property seems to be in disarray and not well apportioned. The on site restaurant shut down with a week notice of arrival so no way to switch last minute. This means no outside patio, no room service, etc. The buffet breakfast is similar to a small Hampton Inn with poor rubbery eggs, The coffee machine even broke and apparently they only have one, so pot coffee for everyone or nothing. The bathroom is so dark, rooms filled with cheap furniture and light switches that didn’t seem to turn on anything. If there was supposed to be more light we couldn’t find a source. On top of it all the in room safe was Broken. Seems someone forgot about this place. Shame.
My husband and i have planned a trip to take in 4 nights in Boston, in June 2019, we booked through booking.com to stay at the Ames Boston Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton for 4 nights in September. The hotel took a booking deposit of €442.13 to secure the room. We thought it was a little unusual but went with it. However, i received an email Mon Aug 19th, letting me know my booking was cancelled, there was no reason given and as yet no refund of the money. I spent 40 minutes on hold to the US from Ireland, trying to speak to a hotel representative but no joy. I phoned Hilton worldwide customer services to only go on hold for 30 minutes, at no stage did i get to speak to a human. After sending several emails, i received a reply this morning, asking if we enjoyed our stay !!! Also included was a final statement, with no refund received. Clearly i am very upset by this and have yet to hear from Booking.com or the hotel. I don't look forward to my husband visiting this hotel in September.
I will keep you posted, but please if booking this hotel, be very careful,they steal your money !!