From historic charm to luxe amenities, 165,000 Travel + Leisure readers voted on the best hotels in Boston for the annual “World’s Best Awards.” Hotel rooms, location, service, food, and overall value were assessed by the readers to determine the final list of the top hotels in Boston.
Readers cast 685,000 votes across 8,500 unique properties according to Travel + Leisure. Performance in each category ranged from a criterion of “excellent, above average, average, below average, to poor,” and the average sum determined the overall ranking of the hotels.
The Newbury hotel took the number one spot for the second consecutive year.
Best hotels in Boston according to Travel + Leisure readers “world’s best” awards
According to Travel + Leisure many readers praised the “top-notch” hospitality at these Boston hotels. Some, so pleased with the service and experience, that they chose to host return and host their wedding. Boston hotels were also praised by many readers for their maintained history.
1.The Newbury Boston
Originally opening as the world’s first Ritz-Carlton in 1927, The Newbury Boston offers no shortage of class layered with history. It’s home to the popular rooftop restaurant, Contessa, which even reeled in The Avengers for brunch. “The hotel’s sophisticated refresh never feels stiff, but rather comfortable and inviting,” notes the publication.
The skyscraper in Back Bay known to house the Celtics and visiting competition is the epitome of luxury and exactly how a Four Seasons should be. Guests have the best in food, service, and amenities all on one property. The pool overlooking Back Bay, eucalyptus steam room, and comfortable dining options at Trifecta, One+One, and Zuma make for a delightful visit or staycation.
3. XV Beacon
This 63-room luxury boutique hotel in Downtown Boston is a landmark. Some claim George Washington once stayed here, but the hotel’s “lips are sealed.”
4. Four Seasons Hotel Boston
The premiere Four Seasons, also in Back Bay, offers a front-row-seat to the Boston Public Garden. It has an older, more historic feel compared to the new sister property at One Dalton.
5. Mandarin Oriental
At the heart of Back Bay, Boston’s Mandarin offers an ideal location to explore the city. You’re just steps from the Boston Public Library, MBTA, Charles River Esplanade and dozens of great dining options. Ramsay’s Kitchen from Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay sits just downstairs, and the Prudential Center is your backyard!
6. The Langham
The notoriously grand and notoriously pink hotel is delightful and elegant. You might think you’ve stepped onto the set of a Wes Anderson film from the vintage bubblegum pink car to the ornate decor at Grana. The Langham was also recognized by U.S. News as one of the best hotels of the year.
“We were treated extremely well, and the Langham is proper luxury where you feel elevated,” noted one guest and voter for The Langham.
7. Hotel Commonwealth
Enjoy the perfect balance of quiet luxury and the competitive Boston spirit at this timeless hotel on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. It’s just minutes from Fenway ballpark, with many suites overlooking the field. There are also dozens of great dining options nearby including the newly reopened, Eastern Standard.
8. Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
What could be better than a rooftop pool and a universe of restaurants to explore all on one property? This massive hotel is home to two of Seaport’s most chic restaurants, Coquette and Lifted Rooftop. It’s also close to Seaport and a short drive or bus ride from Logan Airport.
The former Charles Street Jail does not hide its historic past, but rather embraces it. Guests love the lock-and-key motifs and jail cell preservation throughout that makes it feel equal parts exclusive hotel and “night at the museum.”
10. Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf
You can’t quite beat the views at the Boston Harbor Hotel which overlooks the stunning Rowes Wharf. The waterfront sanctuary offers incredible dining and high-tea options, top-notch service, and an ideal location nearby Boston Seaport, Downtown, and North End.