What We Love
- TD Garden, the Museum of Science, Faneuil Hall and the historic North End are all within walking distance
- Keurig coffeemakers in every room
- Free WiFi and bicycle rentals
- L'Occitane bath products
What To Know
- Most rooms are on the small side, and the building is triangular, so some have unusual shapes
- Only one room per floor has a bathtub; all other units have showers
- The fitness room is tiny, but guests also have free access to Boston Sports Club in Beacon Hill
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Steps from Boston’s North Station, in a triangular nine-story building dating to 1904, the Boxer confidently walks the line between past and present, matching a contemporary aesthetic and modern amenities with tasteful reminders of the city’s history. In the lobby a vintage key rack behind the concierge desk and an antique map projected on the ceiling are a nod to days gone by, while a computer kiosk snaps the focus back to the here and now. And one floor down, the fitness center features a wall-size black-and-white photo of runners in the Boston Marathon, reminding visitors that the country’s oldest organized footrace started here.
Bed and Bath
In keeping with guestrooms’ understated decors, rooms are done up in a muted palette of gray, blue and brown. Gold metal pendant lamps cast a warm glow over beds dressed with crisp white linens, and in place of a closet there’s an open armoire with a single drawer. Bathrooms are small but bright, with marble countertops, glass shower stalls, Egyptian cotton towels and eco-friendly Pharmacopia bath products.
Start the day with breakfast or grab a simple evening meal at Finch, the Boxer’s casual first-floor restaurant. Eclectic furnishings, high ceilings and a wall of windows lend a spacious feel, while made-to-order omelets, flapjacks and New England staples like clam chowder and lobster mac and cheese keep bellies full after a day of exploring the sights. Alternatively, relax in the bar with craft beer by the bottle or an inventive cocktail like the Finch Garden: Bulldog gin, rosemary syrup, dry vermouth and a candied carrot garnish.
In the Area
Bordering the North End and Beacon Hill, Boston’s West End is an easy base for exploring the city center. Pick up the Freedom Trail and follow it to the Common or the Bunker Hill Monument, grab last-minute tickets to a Bruins or Celtics game at TD Garden, or wander over to the North End to cast your vote for the best cannoli in town: Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry. For some retail therapy, head to Charles Street to browse the latest styles at such boutiques as Crush and Moxie, then stop at the Tip Tap Room on the way back to refuel with appetizers including boar meatballs, fried goat cheese and prosciutto cracklins or grilled avocado with lobster.
How to Get There
We booked this hotel for the Boston leg of a wider tour around New England. When exploring options we were surprised by how expensive Boston was for accommodation generally. The Boxer was reasonably priced and significantly under most of the big names.
The hotel itself is ideally situated for most of the historic sites in town, you’re looking at 10 minutes walking in any direction for most things. It’s also not too far away from the metro so places like Harvard are in easy reach too.
The rooms are well designed and the bed was super comfy, slept like a log most evenings.
We only used the restaurant for breakfast on a couple of the mornings. The meals we had there were good and the wait staff were really attentive with coffee etc.
We were really pleased with our stay here and would definitely use the hotel again if we ever find ourselves in Boston in the future.
Great location close to Subway and Quincy Market.
Helpful front desk staff
Well equipped rooms
Very small room- barely able to walk around bed
No wardrobe and very limited hanging space - unable to unpack for the 3 days we were there
Nowhere to put cases/bags
View of carpark from room
Valet/ bellboys frankly rude!
This hotel is truely something special. The check in staff were friendly and perfessional and were truly accommodating. Our room did not appear to be ready upon check in however the agent who checked us in and the room was just cleaned and ready for us to begin our stay. The in room dining was a great deal and also is a block or so away from TD Garden which was perfect for the show we attended that night. This is not only an amazing deal for the money spent but in a beautiful location that makes it easy to get around.
Our room was the junior suite as they call it. Great bed and triangle shape of room was roomy and unique. Upscale amenities and nice bar on first floor. The staff was very professional. They didn’t seem to have a bellman but the guy that checked us in did that job without me even asking. Of course the location is great so you are a short or cheap Uber ride to almost everyplace in the north end, like I really could tell both from west anyway. We booked through the hotel directly for two night at a high but good value rate however when I inquire about extending the stay the price had more than doubled because of an convention so be ware.
In the old West End and within short walking distance of the common and central common (found a short way on our last day!), easy access to most areas. Warehouse/Utility style decor, lovely features. Friendly helful service, well appointed rooms, good bar and breakfast area. Nice place to chill out for a drink/bite to eat. Yes worth a stay over the bigger chain hotesl. Would stay again on next visit. Than You Boxter we had a great time in Boston!