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
While many things about the hotel are excellent, the “bunk bed” room is simply unacceptable. Was told it was the only available room and that room type not guaranteed. But a room of this size and type is neither acceptable nor part of the normal range of room types one can expect at a top end “hip” hotel.
I felt comfortable and happy during my two-night stay. Attractive well-designed room with street view, king bed, good desk, air conditioning easy-to-adjust and not too noisy, good number of powerpoints, ihome player, large marble sink top, good shower and towels, L'Occitane toiletries. Coffee maker with instructions (yay, in some hotels I had no idea how to use the coffee maker), tea as well as coffee, tv channel guide listed the channels that were actually available, recycling bin, cotton robes, umbrella, well-stocked mini bar. Cute girl and boxer illustration on wall. I had a room service evening meal and breakfast in the restaurant - both were delicious. Staff were helpful, pleasant and professional. Hotel is in or perhaps next to the Italian Quarter where there are lots of places to eat and shops. Also near Paul Revere's house, the water and parks, a food market (different specialities) and Faneuil Hall marketplace. There's a subway station near the food market. It's an easy 15-20 minute walk to downtown, Boston Common and many historic buildings/sites and other points of interest. I used the subway to visit Harvard and the art museums which were further afield.
Our family stayed here for the Northeastern University commencement that took place at TD Garden. It made the event completely stress free. We arrived early and Jay at the desk let us have one of our two rooms early. Check in was a breeze. Danielle (or Camille?) at the front desk made sure our second room would be near our first. I loved the room decor. Neat, clean, updated. For being downtown, the rooms were surprisingly quiet. There was a Celtics game the night before commencement and it was great to experience the vibe around the area due to the game. Graduation was a breeze, our graduate was able to leave early and walk across the street. My 80 year old mother had no problem walking over to the Garden either. Great restaurants nearby. Tavern on the Square for one and the North End with all the Italian restaurants is about a 10-15 minute walk or quick Uber ride. After I got home, there was a minor billing issue which was so painlessly taken care of by a quick call. The person at the desk who answered (Danielle) helped me with it immediately and I even got a call back by another staff person to confirm that a refund was sent to my credit card as well as an updated email invoice. I completely recommend the Boxer and will definitely stay there again the next time I am in Boston! The staff was excellent!
Great room decor-wise. As others have mentioned, rooms are a little small but they really use their imagination and make them interesting. Great staff and a really comfortable bar to hang out at (provided no game at TD Gardens from what I saw the afternoon after checking out). Quirky without trying too hard.
Great hotel stay for four nights July 2017. Room was small but entirely adequate. The hotel is slightly away from attractions but very easy to walk to and consequently fairly quiet. Boston is wonderful and great to explore for several days, plenty to do and see and fantastic places to eat. A nice hotel in a fantastic city.