There is something inspiring about visiting the oldest cities in the United States. The period architecture, rich history, and cobblestoned streets all contribute to making us feel like we've landed in another era. Boston is one of those cities. The crisp ocean air brought in from the Atlantic, the nautical influences of yesteryear, and the Federal-style brick homes that line the streets give us a sense of what it was like to live in New England decades ago.
But Boston is much more than just a city rich with history. Its food culture is vibrant, its art scene is thriving, and its campuses are quaint and serene. Are you planning a trip to Boston this summer? Start packing your cobblestone-friendly shoes. These are the best areas to stay in Boston (and the best hotels to book in each).
In Fenway/Kenmore: The Verb
What better reason to visit Boston than to go see the Red Sox play at famous Fenway Park? If your Boston getaway includes a baseball game, stay in Fenway/Kenmore, known for its buzzy restaurants and sports bars. You'll also find the Museum of Fine Arts there, so your trip can be part culture, part sports.
Stay: At the Verb. This hip music-inspired hotel attracts a bustling crowd of locals and tourists alike. The colorful design is youthful and vibrant, and bonus—there's a pool in the inner courtyard that's open in summer months.
In Beacon Hill: Nine Zero
Boston's prettiest enclave hands down, Beacon Hill is famous for its cobblestone streets, Federal-style and Victorian brick row-houses, and antique lanterns lining the streets. It's quintessential New England charm at its best.
Stay: At Nine Zero, a Kimpton hotel. Located on the edge of Beacon Hill, it's central to most downtown Boston areas. The hotel's clean midcentury vibes will make you feel like you've stepped back in time.
In Seaport: The Envoy
This relatively new bustling neighborhood is nestled between Boston's waterfront and the historic Fort Point district. The area is filled with young creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs, giving way to bustling restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Stay: At The Envoy, a modern hotel overlooking the harbor with unobstructed waterfront views. Have a drink at the rooftop bar, sink in the views, and enjoy the nautical flair.
In North End: The Boxer
The North End, otherwise known as Boston's Little Italy, is rich with history and culture. The streets are lined with some of the city's oldest buildings, like the 1680 Paul Revere House. Try out the various coffeehouses, pastry shops, and old-school delis that are quintessential to the area.
Stay: At The Boxer, at the intersection of the North End and Beacon Hill. Located in the historic triangular Flatiron building, it was recently renovated with a midcentury meets industrial flair.
In Financial District: The Langham
If you're in Boston for work, chances are you'll want to be around the financial district. Centrally located near Downtown Crossing and the West End, it's a convenient walk to most of what Boston has to offer.
Stay at: The Langham, one of Boston's most luxurious hotels. Treat yourself in this landmark property in the former Federal Reserve Bank. The classic charm and unabashed luxury will make you feel pampered.
Next up: The best things to do in Boston this weekend.