15 Beacon Street, Boston Massachusetts, USA US PRESIDENT John F Kennedy always thought of Boston as his hometown. This is the city that propelled him to greatness and it was here, in historic Beacon Hill, the well-heeled address of promi- nent Bostonian families, that the six-year-old made his first politi- cal speech, standing on a table at his grandfather’s birthday party. With its stylish dark wood interiors, stately Beaux Arts façade, spot-on location and top-drawer service, there are many reasons why XV Beacon has a tradition of winning top honours as ‘Best Hotel in the USA’ (including taking a ‘No 1 Dog-Friendly Hotel in the USA’ title, so they must be proper chaps). The Beaux Arts ho- tel mixes old-school charm with modern luxury and high-class service to stellar ef- fect. That’s clear in XVBeacon,Boston every detail, from the brass-buttoned bellhops, original brass cage elevators and antique brass fixtures, the 63 high-ceilinged rooms and suites with antique four-poster canopy beds, gaslit fireplaces and specially commissioned artwork. Rooms are beautifully, indi- vidually designed in taupes and coffee hues, with pure cashmere throws, Frette linens and robes, and princely marble bathrooms sporting rainforest showers. Wifi is free and stereo is surround- sound. Even the mini-bar is interestingly different: alongside Krug Champagne and Château Lafite Rothschild are regional treats like Boston Baked Beans and Cape Cod potato chips. And at the highly rated destination steak restaurant, Mooo, options include Boston’s favourite lobster bisque, deliciously rich with Cognac and butter. Around this delightful hotel, Boston awaits: filled with insider interest, history and pleasures—and of course Boston’s Fall foliage blazes across the city from late September through October. ¶ Read the full feature on countryclubuk.com and call 020 7399 2960 for full details and to check availability and best Club rates for your dates. Our Members can save up to 70% off rack rates. Exclusive Club savings and free room upgrades:For the full range ofTop 100 Hotels,visit countryclubuk.com 198