Generally, when we post about our "Let's Go" picks, we gravitate towards more exotic locales: the cobblestone streets of Paris, London's central stopping point, the white sand beaches of places far away. We get so carried away with getting away that we forgot that our beloved East Coast has plenty of great travel spots of its own. One such spot? Boston's XV Beacon, an amazing luxury hotel located in the most historic city in America. As natives of Massachusetts (Kathy is a Boston girl, Sarah's from the western part of the state), we've got a whole lot of love for Beantown.
There's nothing like New England in the fall, and Boston exemplifies this better than any city we know. Freshly swept sidewalks offer that perfect autumn crunch as toasted leaves shuffle beneath your feet. The crisp, clean air of the Charles River carries out from the water and onto cobblestone streets that have been around since American declared its independence. Sunshine dapples the green spots of the city (of which there are many), while gorgeous Beaux Arts buildings dot the streets of downtown. XV Beacon is one such building; a landmark space built in 1903, it sits at the crest of Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill is a historic neighborhood known for its quaint brick sidewalks, authentic Federal and Greek Revival row houses, and evocative gas-lit streets. Many parts of Boston feel like stepping into a historical film, and such is certainly the case with the beautiful Beacon Hill area. Culture, history, and amazing shopping set the neighborhood apart from the rest; XV Beacon is only steps from the gold-domed Statehouse, the legendary Boston Common, and the city's Public Garden.
Through its doors, you'll find distinguished and discreet personalized service alongside sleek, refined decor. Luxury accommodations are sophisticated but homey, all earth-tones and lush fabrics. Rooms feature gas fireplaces, custom Frette linens, and state of the art technology, including iHome alarm clock radios, surround-sound stereo systems, complimentary wifi, and 42 inch flat screen televisions. As a bonus, the hotel is pet-friendly!
In-room amenities include:
- Gas fireplace in every room
- Cashmere throws
- Custom 400 thread count Frette linen
- Four poster and canopy bed in many rooms
- Three telephones, including cordless phone and 2 line speaker phone
- Private bar with premium spirits and (half-bottle) wines, including Ketel One, Bombay Sapphire, Opus One,
- Château Lafite Rothschild, Krug Champagne
- Complimentary wireless Internet access
- 42-inch flat screen television
- iHome alarm clock radio
- Surround sound stereo system with five disc CD player and CD library
- Pet friendly accommodations; with welcome amenity and turndown water
- Rainforest shower head
- Italian marble bathroom, including heated towel rack
- Flat-screen television in bathroom
- Custom-packaged signature bath amenities
- Frette bathrobe
- Lighted vanity mirror
- Fresh flowers
- Commissioned artwork
- Windows that open
- Individually controlled thermostat
- Complimentary newspapers
- Evening turndown service
- In-room privacy safe with charger
- Complimentary overnight shoe shine
- XVB signature umbrella
- Nespresso machines upon request
The hotel offers 24-hour in-room dining, a 24-hour workout room, and an award-winning on site restaurant, Mooo. Mooo is a culinary twist on the traditional steakhouse, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The spot also serves an all-day bar menu, for those who are just popping in for a bite. Meanwhile, XV Beacon also features the Wine Cellar, a private dining room with a collection of rare and fine wines – an ideal venue for intimate parties, business meetings, and special events.
The goodness, however, does not stop there. Fifteen Beacon employs a green policy that practices water and energy conservation; the hotel recycles paper, glass, and bottles, and utilizes non-aerosol cleaning supplies as well as eco-friendly products throughout.
We've stayed at XV Beacon many a time; it's our favorite spot in Boston. Trust us: next time you head to Beantown, make sure you book here. You won't regret it!