Stay of the Month: The Whitney Hotel, Boston
This redbrick beauty, a reimagined 1909 townhouse in Boston’s most desirable district, pays tribute to its historic surroundings—without remaining a relic.
With its flickering gas lamps, cobblestone lanes, and black-shuttered brownstones, Beacon Hill in Boston is America’s oldest urban neighborhood. It comes as no surprise that the latest property to occupy these iconic alleyways celebrates its stately Massachusetts backdrop. We’re talking, of course, about The Whitney Hotel, a hidden gem on the corner of Charles and Cambridge streets.
The past is the present at this intimate, 65-room escape just a stone’s throw from the Charles River. A sliver of the former building’s brick façade is still visible from the lobby, which is now cozied up with backlit bookshelves, sink-worthy settees, and soaring ceilings. An original 20th century fireplace spruces up one of the four suites, while stylish residential accents including sailboat art along interior corridors invoke the property’s legendary waterfront address.
Another water-inspired offering at the hotel is Peregrine, the hotel’s buzzy all-day eatery. Influenced by a trip to the Mediterranean, chef Joshua Lewin and wine maven Katrina Jazayeri serve up Italian island cuisine in a swish lounge setting. Here, guests can tuck into wild-harvested mussels in a garlicky tomato sauce and tagliatelle with clams and black truffles and be whisked away to coastal Europe for the night.
One of the more perfect spots to soak in the hotel’s quiet comforts is its clandestine interior courtyard, where a fountain and fire pit set the backdrop for an evening cocktail. When the temperature drops, head indoors and take advantage of the WHIT Pantry on every floor (read: no pesky mini-fridges in your room) that are stocked with gratis cookies, fruit, water, and mixers. Then, it’s off to your room—a quiet refuge awash in a newspaper-inspired palette of charcoals and whites where expansive windows offer meditative Charles River vistas and organic bath amenities are by Australian beauty label Grown Alchemist .
Come morning, hit the fitness studio’s in-home Hydrow rowing machine to get your heart pumping. Alternatively, hop aboard one of the property’s complimentary bicycles to explore the city. On the way, stop by Charles Street’s antique emporiums (ask the hotel concierge about Passkey, an exclusive shopping partnership with area shops) or pause for a photo op by the gilded dome of the Massachusetts State House—you’re in Boston’s most postcard-worthy pocket, after all.
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