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
We enjoyed our stay at the Ames Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton. The location is excellent - close to many restaurants and attractions. The rooms are small but nicely decorated and comfortable. The staff was friendly and welcoming. We would stay here again!
Lovely hotel. Good location. The rooms are big and are well fitted.
The hotel has a nice restaurant and bar in the hotel. Great place to meet for a drink or lunch. Not sure it’s where I’d go for dinner but food is solid and good drinks list.
My husband and I stayed at the Ames last weekend while visiting friends in Boston. First, the good: its a great location if you want to be close to the historic sites and the North End, gym is small but nice, showers are hot, the decor is really beautiful, and the rooms are a great size for a city hotel. The not so good: no coffee in the room (I hate when hotels do this!!!), the breakfast wasn't up to par with other Curio Collection hotels I have stayed in (more like a Hilton Garden Inn or less), we always had to ask for our diamond status free perks like extra water, the sink in the bathroom was too small to hold a blow dryer or makeup, so it was difficult to get ready, and the bed and pillows were too firm for me (thats a preference, I know!). Anyways I would say this is a fine hotel for a quick stay, but I'd probably select somewhere else next time.
We loved the historical (but updated) feel of this property. The rooms are cool and eclectic with high ceilings and history. Each room is a little different. Rooms on the corner have windows on two sides. The staff were very nice, helpful and efficient. The room was very clean; beautiful bathroom features including a large, marble shower with high rain shower head. The location is amazing! Right downtown Boston in government center across the street from the old state house, now T stop. Very convenient to everything. We will definitely stay here again. No complaints except that there is no pool, so not very family friendly that way. There is a small fitness center open 24 hours.
Deluxe double very large room, large closet, large soaking tub with shower. Easy walk to major historic landmarks & Harbor, Aquarium, Carousel, Fanueil Hall. Small reception, limited room service, excellent breakfast. Take ear plugs- walls thin, but rooms super comfy.