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
Our agent booked this hotel for us based on the location and indeed this is probably the only bonus. It is an easy walk to most things and right by the subway to get to Fenway Park and to the shopping district.
We had requested early check in prior to arrival as arrived from New York at midday. When we got there we were told nothing until 4pm as the hotel had been full the previous night. A room takes 20 mins to clean so we could not understand why not even one would be available before then.
Dassy on reception promised to get in touch if one became available and we headed out into town.
She was unable to call as could not call a UK number (really???) so e mailed at 2pm to say one ready but my husband didn’t pick up the mail until 3pm so in the end we checked in near enough to 4 in the end. But nice of her to try for us.
Room was clean and absolutely fine although the bed not the comfiest. Products in room were nice and the coffee fine. Charming view of offices and a air con unit from our window. Delightful. We were on 7th floor and couldn’t really hear the subway but interesting that ear plugs were provided! I would advise going high.
Breakfast was very poor for a 4 star hotel. Not enough space to sit down. Staff not controlling it. Groups of people spread out and not asked to move. Tetra Pak juice. No a la carte. Just a very entry level buffet. In fact despite it being included in the price we decided not to eat it on the second day and went out.
Didn’t eat in the bar or restaurant as Pride was on that weekend so it seemed to be on a private hire or if not was very loud and not my scene.
Check out was also a bit chaotic. Reception desk too small and can’t cope with more than one guest. People coming in off the street to use the toilets.
I wish we had stayed on the water or in Back Bay.
Conveniently located, smartly appointed hotel. Online booking was easy via Hilton website. I enjoyed a very comfortable two-day stay, plenty of room. Staff helpful and friendly. Great view of the Customs House!
Mr. David Archer, the concierge at this property was racist and extremely unhelpful. This chain of hotel should be ashamed to employee people like him. I’ve travelled all over the US and the world and have never experienced this type of treatment. He should be ashamed and fired.
Recently spent a night at the Ames Hotel. As noted in many reviews, the location is perfect for touring Boston and an easy subway ride from Logan. The room had a modern and tasteful vibe with quality finishes, comfortable bed, and was very quiet. The amiable staff went out of their way to be helpful including upgrading our room to a high floor with a view of the Old State House and harbor. Highly recommend this hotel.
This hotel has the friendliest staff. From the valet, front desk to the restaurant staff. The quality was amazing. I don't expect anything less from a Hilton property. The location is a plus. If you can catch a sweet deal on a room, please don't hesitate!