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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Best value of any of the Boston hotels. The staff is warm, friendly and efficient. The layout of the rooms is unusual but works remarkably well. The bathrooms are the best in any hotel I've stayed in in Boston and they were all higher priced hotels. It is not splashy. You will walk in and perhaps be underwhelmed. But if you're like me, you will return and return to this lovely boutique hotel.
We stayed here for my husband’s birthday. It is a convenient location to the T which makes traveling in the city easy. The staff was all very friendly and couldn’t do enough for us. The bed was comfortable and we had a great view from our room.
Stayed here for 2 nights for a weekend getaway. Was a short uber from the hotel, short walk from T, Bost9n Market, port, etc. Room is modern and everyone very friendly!
They even have bikes to use in the city which I didn't see advertised anywhere.