Over the past 40-plus years, this venerated Back Bay hotel has hosted all manner of visiting stars, from Ronald Reagan to Frank Sinatra. The present owner, Ronald Druker, is a third-generation hotelier; his father, Bertram Druker, originally built the Colonnade in 1971, and the familial attention to detail shows in the personal feel of the space and the friendliness of the staff.
A $20 million renovation in 2009 morphed the hotel into an edgier space; today the 285-room hotel offers gorgeously contemporary rooms (think modern art), floor-to-ceiling windows with unparalleled skyline views, and an overall high-end condo feel. In 2014, the hotel also renovated its rooftop pool—the only one in the city—to add a 12-seat bar, bamboo flooring, and luxury private cabanas. In the warmer months, guests and locals alike can take morning rooftop yoga classes.