Address: 15 Beacon St.
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
The pioneer of Boston’s boutique-hotel boom is the city’s go-to address for luxury-lovers who like their hotels on the smaller, more personal side, but don’t want to sacrifice extravagant extras common to larger properties. Housed inside a 1903 beaux arts building on the National Register of Historic Places, XV Beacon underwent an interior makeover for its 10th anniversary in 2009. All 63 rooms gained sleek furnishings, custom Frette linens, and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Guests here can expect to be treated, with services like complimentary chauffeur-driven Lexus sedans (available 7am to 11pm) on hand to jet them around downtown. All of the rooms have an at-home feel (if you live in, well, the coolest house in your neighborhood), with fireplaces and remote-controlled everything (seriously). Anybody who really wants to feel like they own the place should book a night in a suite and invite friends over for a dinner catered by Mooo, the hotel's steakhouse. XV Beacon’s stellar location, just steps from the Boston Common and the gold-domed State House, is just icing on the cake.
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