US President John F Kennedy 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 prominent Bostonian families, that the six-year-old made his first political speech—standing on a table at his grandfather’s birthday party. Boston is a keen celebrator of JFK’s own birthday, making this a great time to go to Boston—and to stay at what Condé Nast Traveler readers consider to be one of the best hotels in the world as well as the No1 hotel in Boston—the superb Beacon Hill hotel XV Beacon (sometimes called Fifteen Beacon), which recently celebrated its own major anniversary.
With its stylish dark wood interiors, stately Beaux Arts façade, spot-on location and top-drawer service, the awards don’t stop there for XV Beacon. Every major travel critic, from Travel + Leisure to the New York Times and Huffington Post has named XV Beacon ‘the best’ and this elegant hotel just across from the august Boston Athenaeum private library and steps away from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, is in the centre of it all.
There’s many reasons why this hotel continues to win top honours (including taking the recent No 1 Dog-Friendly Hotel in the USA title, so they must be proper chaps!): the Beaux Arts building mixes old-school charm with modern luxury and high-class service to stellar effect. That’s obvious in 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, individually 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 special: alongside the Krug Champagne and Chateau Lafite Rothschild are regional treats like Boston Baked Beans and Cape Cod potato chips. And you should not miss the highly rated destination steak house restaurant Mooo, with options including Boston’s favourite lobster bisque, deliciously rich with cognac and butter. On the move? Take advantage of the fleet of chauffeured Lexus saloon cars for complimentary trips around downtown Boston and tap into the wisdom of the concierges, who expect to work small miracles on your behalf.
Around this delightful hotel, Boston awaits: filled with insider interest, history and pleasures—and of course the city is about to enter its favourite season, Fall. Dressed in its coat of many colours, Boston’s Fall foliage blazes across the city from late September through October—and often well into November. Yes, you can see plenty of gorgeous leaf-colour panoramas on the famous New England fall foliage tours—most of which start in Boston—but you can also enjoy spectacular leaf colour and much else by simply wandering around the city on your own. It makes a personal, inspirational, and luxuriously comfortable holiday.
The attractions of Boston’s legendary (and sometimes lesser-known) century-old establishments are in easy walking distance from XV Beacon, and of course from the fleet of Lexus courtesy cars: stately Georgian architecture, Ivy League charm, old-school preppy shops, fine dining restaurants, oyster bars and chowder shacks, wonderfully under-the-radar museums and quirky collegiate book shops. In just a few days you can get a sense of both Boston’s old-school history and its vibrant, up-and-coming neighborhoods—including Beacon Hill itself.
Red brick Federalist façades, old cobblestone streets, charming gaslit lamp posts, quaint little shops—Beacon Hill is one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in America, and it’s easily navigable by foot—including the famous Public Gardens, where you can take a Swan Boat—one of the few touristy things in Boston that even locals like to do.
Then there is Bow Street, where you’ll pass the infamous Harvard Lampoon Building, its facade resembling a face, and its domed roof topped with a 4ft copper ibis, a Prussian helmet. And the JFK Footbridge, where the view of the Charles River and surrounding Boston skyline is one of the most scenic in the land. Along Memorial Drive, check out the Weld and Newell Boathouses and see the rowers out on the river.
Then it’s back to your luxurious hotel to relax and prepare for dinner at Mooo, feasting on lobsters and steak dishes dreamed up by award-winning Chef Jamie Mammano, who gets rave reviews for his exquisite creations—think classics with a twist, beautifully prepared—West Coast oysters, dry aged bone-in sirloin and tenderloin of beef Wellington, Maine lobster and gourmet snacks such as Four Cheese Maine Lobster Pizza, decadent Devil’s food cake and blueberry tart.
We love this haven of serenity and refined luxury in America’s most historic city. XV Beacon combines the intimacy of a private residence with outstanding personal service, and we think it will be just up our Members’ street—particularly with your advantageous Club rates.
Members receive exceptional advantageous rates at this super smart hotel, saving up to 70% off rack rates. We have guaranteed Club rates in every room category, including the luxurious Beacon Hill Studio. For full details, call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below.
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