Positioned right on the historic Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, this discreet 19-story hotel caters to guests who appreciate both classic architecture and of-the-moment amenities. The building initially became a hotel in 2002; in 2006 the Kimpton chain took over the property and added its personalized boutique touch.
Though the lobby is all dark woods and polished marble floors, the rooms are chic and urbane, with high-back seating, animal-print robes, and skyline views. The whimsical, 650-square-foot Inspired Suites are each decorated in a different theme, from Brahmin to Lodge Nouveau. Kimpton properties also take pride in their pet-friendliness: complimentary dog beds await all four-legged visitors, and pet sitting, grooming, walking, and even massage services can be booked through the concierge.
Guests congregate in the lobby each evening for complimentary wine, and the general manager hosts a daily morning run. The central location also means visitors can easily immerse themselves in the city’s shopping, dining, and nightlife scenes.
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Nine Zero places you in the true heart of the city, with on-foot access to must-see sites like the Public Garden, Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The hotel also offers complimentary bikes, so you can explore the area more widely on two wheels. Among the myriad nearby dining options are French bistro Les Zygomates, throwback institution Marliave (first opened in 1885), and the popular JM Curley, as well as innumerable late-night options in nearby Chinatown.
Need to Know
Rooms: 190 rooms, 5 suites. From $179. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The vintage-coolHighball Lounge, located on the hotel’s second floor, is a popular after-work spot with locals, featuring a nightly DJ and hand-crafted cocktails. Bar snacks include Korean fried chicken nuggets and tater tot nachos. Spa and gym details:There’s no on-site spa, but in-room services are available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include massages and body wraps performed with eco-friendly Kerstin Florian products. The 24-hour fitness center offers free weights, ellipticals, and the hotel’s signature hula-hoops; there’s also a complimentary yoga mat in each room.
Who's it for: Out-of-towners with eclectic tastes. The boutique feel and quirky suites offer a reprieve from more cookie-cutter downtown hotels. Our favorite rooms: The Cloud Nine penthouse suite includes eye scan entrance and stunning modern decor, plus a telescope for nighttime gazing. Good to know: Highball Lounge has an off-menu gourmet hamburger available nightly.