Need to know
63, including four suites.
Midday, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $395.00, excluding tax at 14.45 per cent.
Rates are room-only.
Rather than the conventional ‘do not disturb’ door hangers, XV Beacon has opted for a much more civilised system of deterring unwelcome intrusions – a little dial by the doorway can be set to ‘privacy’, ‘service’ or ‘off’ with a twist of your wrist.
At the hotel
Gym, CD library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In-room massages can be arranged through the concierge. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD player with iPod dock, gas fireplace, minibar, Fresh toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The suites are great for size, sights and sofas, but we were drawn to Room 907 and its fellow Executive Classic Rooms, which are spaciously arranged and beautifully decorated, with Louis XV-inspired furniture, floor-length hanging mirrors and antique desks. All XV Beacon’s rooms are classically styled with high ceilings and art deco flourishes complemented by techy touches – huge flatscreen TVs and iPod alarm clock docking stations. Studios and suites have whirlpool bath tubs too.
There’s no pool, but the XV Beacon is crowned with a landscaped rooftop garden that comes complete with a hot tub – prime position for watching the Fourth of July fireworks.
All you really need to have stashed in your baggage is two names: Jack Mahoney (the doorman) and Mark Aloisi (the driver). Between them, they know everything there is to know about Boston and its surroundings.
Dogs are welcome; the hotel asks only that guests sign a pet's letter and donate to charity (optional). XV Beacon offers all its guests a Lexus chauffeur service around town, as well as a set of personalised business cards for use during their stay.
Extra beds are US$35 a night. There are high chairs available in the restaurant and babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged (US$40, plus US$15 an hour, with a three-hour maximum), with 24 hours notice.