The hippest kid on the block has risen from the most unlikely of origins: the Fenway Motor Hotel, a run-down mid-century relic that once housed all manner of misbehaving musicians. Today the hotel feels more like an of-the-moment Los Angeles enclave, with mid-century furnishings, floor-to-ceiling Mondrian stained-glass windows, and upscale bathrooms. Local music and pop-culture memorabilia decorate the rooms and foyers, from framed Boston Phoenix covers (the city’s now-defunct alt-weekly) to vintage speakers and '70s-era phones.
In keeping with the rock-and-roll theme, both the lobby and the outdoor pool area regularly host live music. Lansdowne Street, home to legendary clubs like House of Blues, is just steps away, and of course no visit to Boston is complete without a stop at next-door Fenway Park (tours of the ballpark are available daily and year-round).
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An area once known solely for its ballpark and club scene has seen a resurgence in recent years, with new restaurants and bars opening on a regular basis. Just down the street is Sweet Cheeks, the upscale-casual barbecue restaurant from former Top Chef contestant Tiffani Faison; other hot spots include Church, Citizen Public House, and sushi spot Basho. Cocktail aficionados should walk over Kenmore Square to hit up sibling establishments Eastern Standard and the Hawthorne.
Need to Know
Rooms: 290 rooms, 10 suites. From $399. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 10 a.m. Dining options: The Verb Hotel currently offers breakfast service from Farmer Horse Coffee, an independent café specializing in single-origin Ethiopian coffees. Slated to open at the end of 2014 is Hojoko, a high-end izakaya (Japanese pub) from James Beard Award–winning chef Tim Cushman and wife Nancy of Boston’s hot restaurant, O Ya. Spa and gym details: The small fitness center includes a treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, weight bench, yoga mat, balance ball, and chilled towels.
Who's it for: Young travelers looking for easy access to the city’s club scene, and baseball fans who want easy access to Fenway Park. Our favorite rooms: Baseball fanatics, take note: several rooms face the players’ entrance at Fenway Park. In-house resource: The Verb Hotel doesn’t have front desk staff. It has front office producers—in-the-know locals who will share their favorite hot spots around town if you ask.