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The Eliot Hotel

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What You Need to Know

Just like the city it calls home, The Eliot Hotel is a perfect balance between old and new, historic and modern. The timelessly elegant hotel is housed in a Neoclassical Georgian building built in 1925 — which becomes apparent as soon as you walk through the intricate wrought iron gates into the high-ceilinged, art-filled, marble-clad lobby. With a prime location in the heart of the city, the 95-room boutique hotel sits right next to the Harvard Club, just blocks from the swanky stores of Newbury Street, and within walking distance of the Prudential Center and Hynes Convention Center.

The Look of The Eliot Hotel

It's All in the Details

While the amenities are modern, the interiors are old-world. The Eliot Hotel exudes a discreet elegance that is opulent without being over the top. Think lots of sleek marble, gleaming gold accents, and dark, polished woods in common areas, while rooms are decked out in tasteful shades of cream and gray, with pops of dark damask-patterned fabrics.

The Vibe of The Eliot Hotel

Old-world European. The Eliot Hotel might make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and been transported across the Atlantic. In fact, the hotel’s website even describes it as “a touch of Paris in Boston.”

Who Will Love The Eliot Hotel

Business travelers love the proximity to the Hynes Convention Center as well as amenities like free overnight shoe shines and the on-site business center. However, anyone who loves understated elegance, a sense of old-fashioned grandeur, and attentive, personalized service will enjoy a stay here. The fact that all but 16 of the 95 rooms are suites also attracts a certain space-minded guest.

Who Might Not Love The Eliot Hotel

Families with young children might be more comfortable elsewhere as there aren’t a whole lot of kid-focused amenities, and the overall vibe can be a little hushed. However, the hotel does have interconnected rooms and suites all feature double sofa beds.

Best Amenity at The Eliot Hotel

Uni, the Eliot Hotel’s restaurant, just so happens to be one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city — it’s won James Beard Awards and was named the #1 Restaurant in Boston by Boston Magazine. The best part? Guests can order the restaurant’s street food-inspired small plates, nigiri, sushi, and sashimi straight to their rooms.

Another perk is that while the hotel doesn’t have its own gym, guests can get free passes to the expansive Boston Sports Club right around the corner (and it has a sauna!).

Money Matters

What’s Included at The Eliot Hotel

A stay at The Eliot Hotel comes with complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as the aforementioned access to the Boston Sports Club and free overnight shoe shines.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at The Eliot Hotel

There aren’t any surprise fees, though valet parking will set you back $59 per 24 hours.

How to Get a Deal at The Eliot Hotel

You can check the hotel’s Special Packages page for, well, special packages. The Romance Package, for example, includes one night in a one-bedroom suite as well as Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, breakfast for two at Uni, and a guaranteed dinner reservation there, among other perks. There are also group discounts, corporate discounts, and deals for AAA members.

Sweet Season

Boston is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but summer is your best bet for avoiding the many college kids that call the city home during the school year.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of The Eliot Hotel

The Eliot Hotel enjoys a prime spot in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, which sits at the heart of the city. You’ll find that the famous Fenway Park, the scenic Charles River Esplanade, Newbury Street’s many restaurants and boutiques, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony Hall, and the Prudential Center and Hynes Convention Center are all nearby.

Nearest Public Transportation to The Eliot Hotel

The Eliot Hotel is located around 7 miles from Logan International Airport and less than a mile from the Back Bay Amtrak station. The Hynes Convention Center subway stop (Green Line) is also only a block away. 

The Bottom Line

Anyone seeking a nostalgic experience filled with a European-like charm that’s far from a cookie-cutter, big hotel-chain stay will appreciate this elegant but unfussy hotel’s prime location and spacious suites.

It's All in the Details