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The 6 Best Hotels in Boston: Winter 2011

December 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM | by | ()

For over six years now, we've been chronicling, photographing and filming the best and the worst in hotels around the world. And now it is time to impart our PH.D-like hotel wisdom on you in rankings form. You wanted the best and you got the best, the hottest hotels in Boston...LIST.

Our one criteria? All hotels on these lists must be HotelChatter tested and approved and in no way have these rankings been bought or influenced by eager hoteliers and/or pr reps.

Now, the rankings can and will change which is why our aim is to let you know who is moving up and down the charts on a seasonal basis.

In this Winter 2011 Best Hotels in Boston edition, we looked for hotels worthy of putting up with wind chills and black ice where you could enjoy the wonderfully low tourist count that Boston possesses in the winter. Yet while the winter can bring easy access to excellent chowder and pubs, thanks to hospitals, colleges, and corporations, rates in Boston don't fall as much as we would like.

We found sample price quotes using the HotelChatter booking engine and searching for rates between January 14 - January 17. Of course, rates are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

  • 1

    The Liberty Hotel

    Best hotel in town and one of our favorites in the US. The MGH/Red Line location might not work for everyone, but Beacon Hill and the T are at your doorstep, and the hotel scene trumps any location apprehension. Do yourself a favor and check out a "jail room" if you can.

    Room Rates start at $248 a night
  • 2

    The Ames Hotel

    Just around the corner from Faneuil Hall, The Ames impresses with its convenient location and sexy rooms. The breakfast hash menu at Woodward, downstairs, didn’t hurt either. A fun place in the otherwise quiet financial district.

    Room Rates start at $123 a night
  • 3

    XV Beacon

    Turn-of-the-century federalist meets modern hotel. This Beacon Hill institution is the hotelfather to mixing old/new in a boutique that now dominates Boston's hotel scene.

    Room Rates start at $350 a night
  • 4

    Nine Zero

    Freedom Trail location, spitting distance from Boston common. The friendly top notch service, comfy beds, and great rates makes up for the fact that some of the rooms are a touch on the worn side.

    Room Rates start at $157 a night
  • 5

    Mandarin Oriental Boston

    Huge rooms, on site spa, a block from Newbury Street, hotel is attached to the Pru Center. Oh, and the service is second to none.

    Room Rates start at $387 a night
  • 6

    Fairmont Battery Wharf

    Super secret new Fairmont on the Harbor that is spitting distance from the not-always-easy-to-get-to North End.

    Room Rates start at $220 a night

Over the next few months we will roll out HotelChatter's Hotel Rankings for several other major cities so stay tuned. And if you have hotels you want us to check out, or questions on the list, you know where to leave comments.

HotelChatter editors, contributors, and tipsters all contributed to this report.

Archived Comments:

Boston Hotels

The absence of http://www.colonnadehotel.com/ is a big miss in my opinion. I have stayed there numerous times and it is now the only hotel I would choose in Boston! Great room, restaurant and the staff is wonderful.

Great post, I just think The Colonnade deserves to be there too.


Knowing abut Mandarin Oriental's WiFi policy, which is pricey, probably means I'll never stay there. Instead my bets are on #2, because I always see them on Jetsetter and it's tempting me a bit too much.

Copley Square Hotel!

I was very dissapointed not to see The Copley Square Hotel on the list! www.copleysquarehotel.com

Located in the heart of Copley, adjacent to The Prudential Center - it is the ideal spot for visitors to our great city of Boston. The rooms are immaculate & spacious, the hotel staff delivers first class service, and you can not beat the cocktails at Mini Bar.  On top of everything, in this tough economy, I find the pricing to be the best.  I direct my out-of-town guests to The Copley Square time after time because each stay there has been exceptional. I highly recommend The Copley Square Hotel & hope to see it on the next "best of Boston" list - as it most certainly deserves to be there!

Copley Square Hotel

With free wifi and wine reception, as well as a more desirable location than nearly all of the 6 hotels on the list, Copley Square Hotel definitely deserves some consideration.

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