Boston, United States

XV Beacon

Rates from (inc tax)$525.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Stately city stay

Setting

Beside beautiful Boston Common

With an impressive Beaux Arts façade, brass-buttoned bellhops and original cage elevators, Boston’s XV Beacon hotel is traditional in the best sense of the word. It has a lovely setting on a quiet, tree-lined street just off the Boston Common. The high-ceilinged, large and luxurious rooms are decked out in Louis XV-inspired furnishings. The service is impeccable and friendly, and the old-world wine list is stunning.

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Continental breakfast for two ($40 value)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

63, including four suites.

Check–Out

Midday, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $525.00, excluding tax at 14.45 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD600.86), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates are room-only.

Also

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.

Poolside

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.

Packing tips

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.

Also

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.

Children

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.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Mooo may be a steakhouse by vocation, but that doesn’t prevent it offering up a fantastic selection of lobster, stone crab and oysters in its warm mushroom-toned interior. Private dining can be arranged in the Wine Cellar, a vaulted chamber built around the foundations of a 1722 mansion and featuring a 2000-year-old Roman mosaic.

At the bar

Whether you fancy a $17,000 1876 Château d’Yquem, a bottle of Hedisieck bubbly plucked from the wreckage of a Swedish schooner at the bottom of the Baltic in 1907 (a more modest $15,000), or a more economy tipple, lively, jazzy Moo Bar can deliver.

Last orders

Breakfast, 7–10.30am; lunch, 11.30am–2pm; dinner, 5.30pm–10pm. The Mooo bar mixes its last martini at 11.30pm.

Room service

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in restaurant hours and there’s an all-day menu that can be ordered at any time.

Location

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Address
XV Beacon
15 Beacon Street
02108
Boston
United States

Planes

The nearest airport is Logan International, three miles from the hotel. Private car hire starts at approximately US$145.

Trains

South Station is two miles away and the hotel can sort out your transfers for free. Taxis cost around US$7–$10 each way.

Automobiles

The hotel is centrally located in downtown Boston, near Boston Common. There's valet parking for US$42 per day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Newbury Street is the local shopping hub, but more culturally minded visitors can check out the Freedom Trail, a 2.5mile red-brick path that can take you through Boston’s monuments and architectural marvels in the space of an afternoon. To sample Boston’s musical heritage, head to the Beehive (+1 617 423 0069) on Tremont Street for a live jazz session.

Local restaurants

Just steps away from the XV Beacon, Barbara Lynch’s dark and debonair No 9 Park (+1 617 742 9991) is a standard-bearer for Bostonian fine dining, with a fine selection of freshly prepared Mediterranean dishes, together with an exciting seven-course tasting menu. At 774 Boylston Street, L’Espalier (+1 617 262 3023) has bagged countless awards for its New England-inspired French cuisine. There are four dining rooms – the Library is our favourite. A few doors along, Abe & Louie’s is a classic gentlemen’s steakhouse, unfussily decked out with red and black leather booths and banquettes. Sonsie (+1 617 351 2565) on Newbury Street is a classic, moodily lit Italian brasserie at the hub of the city’s trendy dining scene. Bouchée (+1 617 450 4343) on the same street is a more informal and affordable French outfit. For fresh Italian, there’s nowhere better than Via Matta (+1 617 4504343) on Park Plaza, where you’ll find a chunky wooden table down the centre of the dining area laden with delicious foccacia, olives and antipasti.

Local bars

Alibi (+1 857 241 1144) has its fingers on Boston’s pulse right down to the knuckle. Set in a converted jailhouse at the Liberty Hotel, it draws the coolest cocktail crowd in town. Daisy Buchanan’s (+1 617 247 8516) on Newbury Street, is more down-to-earth, but equally popular.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Romantic weekend getaways tend to have a minimum requirement: that two people go on them. Imagine my horror then, when, with bags packed in readiness for our weekend at XV Beacon in Boston, Mr Smith announced he was too ill to travel. Obviously, I was livid. But after a couple of minutes of incandescent rage, I began to see his point. You can’t stay cross at someone with streaming, bloodshot eyes and a voice that lies somewhere between Darth Vader and Kermit the Frog for long. Leaving him with a family-sized box of Lemsip and a couple of bottles of Lucozade on the bedside table, I headed out of the door alone.

And that’s how I’ve ended up on the ninth floor of an elegant turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building completely on my own, making star shapes on the enormous bed and contemplating how many other people staying in the hotel that night are here without their partners. What can a girl do in Boston by herself? I toy with the idea of running a bath and then, catching sight of the shiny plasma-screen TV set above the traditional gas fire, found myself wondering whether I should treat myself to an evening of shameless screen-gawping instead. Whatever I choose, it’s going to be all about me this evening. The city will have to wait.

My growling stomach won’t though. The only thing I’ve eaten today is the slightly sweaty packet of cheese and crackers I was given on the plane, so I take a deep breath, throw open my bedroom door and head downstairs in search of food. Walking into Mooo, the hotel’s stylish, upmarket steakhouse, I am met with a hubbub of noise. It’s strange how loud the sound of other people really enjoying themselves is when you’ve got no one to talk to.

The restaurant throngs with people chattering, clinking glasses and waving cutlery over sizzling plates, and I suddenly feel ridiculously conspicuous. Luckily, a waiter takes pity on me and leads me to a table set discreetly at the back of the room, from where I can watch the comings and goings without feeling too exposed. I order a leek chowder and, while I wait for it to arrive, I find myself admiring the attractive and well-dressed clientele, and the classic cream-and-brown décor of the dining area, amid which wooden tables and regal high-backed seats sit on a shabby-chic exposed brickwork floor, in equal measures. I particularly love the way that the enormous lightshades cast a golden glow on the diners below, making even the most ardent steak-chewers look like those holy light-bathed figures in Renaissance art.

I follow the simple and tasty chowder with a more complicated but equally delicious fillet of grilled salmon served with whipped potato, brussel sprouts and pieces of fresh, succulent Maine lobster. I struggle to finish it though. Even after my day of abstention, the portion sizes defeat me. Completely full, I ascend slowly to my room in one of the hotel’s exquisite original cage elevators. Once I reach the ninth floor, I’m tempted to go back down, just for the pleasure of coming up in it again. With their brass-bordered, glass-fronted doors, exposed mechanics and letterbox-red leather interiors, the lifts are a potent symbol of this most historic of US cities.

The next morning, thanks to blissful, uninterrupted sleep and jetlag’s natural alarm clock, I wake early and decide to head out to explore the city. My day flies by in a frenzied whirl of shopping – this Mrs Smith is now a firm fan of the vintage boutiques in the streets around Harvard University – and eating, though I do make an effort to burn off the calories accrued by all the carbs I’ve eaten by walking the city’s famous Freedom Trail. Following the red line incorporated into Boston’s pavements and pathways, and passing heritage sites such as Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere’s house and other great symbols of American independence, I feel like a modern-day Dorothy, on my own yellow-brick road adventure. I arrive at Boston Common just as it starts to get dark, and spend an enjoyable 20 minutes or so with a take-out coffee, admiring the beautiful luminous white glow of its ice-skating rink against the crisp darkness of early nightfall.

Back at XV Beacon, I stop for a while to talk local history with Jack, who has to be the friendliest doorman in Massachusetts. He makes a sad face when I tell him I’m here on my own, and then starts listing all the great restaurants and bars I should hit when I come back to Boston with Mr Smith in tow. His favourite, it seems, is the sceney bar Alibi, which is housed in a former jail. I tell him that, so long as I’ve got no one to go there with, there’s no way I’m going in, mate.

I’m too full of cupcakes and lobster rolls from my day of wandering Boston’s streets to even think about dinner, but I figure that, as I’m on a break, I should treat myself to a glass of champagne in Mooo before disappearing into my room. Sitting quietly at the same discreet table that the lovely waitstaff gave me yesterday, I savour the sensation of bubbles fizzing against my tongue and realise I haven’t given that much thought to poor Mr Smith, the sick man of Europe, all day long. Who can blame me? XV Beacon, it turns out, has been the perfect weekend partner – stylish, charismatic and ridiculously good-looking – but, hey, all good things have to come to an end. I resolve to head upstairs and call Mr Smith. Once I’ve had another glass of Veuve Clicquot, that is… 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in XV Beacon’s Guestbook below.

We loved

We arrived at 6:30 in the morning and the room was ready. Staff very polite and attentive. Yvonne's cocktail bar and restaurant in Winter Place is tricky to find but well worth it. The food was absolutely delicious. I am still thinking of it now! Wired Puppy coffee shop in Newbury Street

Don’t expect

The roof terrace is lovely but the air-conditioning vents mean it is very noisy. The breakfast was delicious but..HUGE.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Aug 2016

We loved

The location is brilliant, the bedrooms are really spacious, the breakfasts are excellent, the courtesy car is a real bonus, the doorman is fantastic - a really great service from all the staff in the hotel - all really helpful. Hillstone (restaurant) is excellent. The Boston Duck Tour was great fun. Legal Sea Foods (restaurant) was brilliant and a fantastic location. Fenway Park - going to a baseball game was a brilliant experience. Boston Common and Frog Pond (if you are travelling with kids) Mike's Pastry - legendary and incredible to see queues out the door at 9pm on a Monday night! Pizzeria Regina (Little Italy/Northside) was such fun - you can't book so you may need to queue but well worth it.

Don’t expect

Any extra facilities such as a spa, pool, outside area or a lively bar.

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Stayed on 25 Jul 2016

We loved

Our studio was so clean and comfortable, we loved it. The shower and bath tub were both amazing, especially with the addition of the complimentary bath salts provided by the hotel. The staff were friendly and extremely helpful throughout our stay. Location is great, right near the Boston Commons.

Don’t expect

To have a bad stay. Not possible here!

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Stayed on 31 May 2016

We loved

The fireplace in the room. Didn't want to leave it! The room as a whole was very nice and spacious. The house car; travel to the sights or the restaurant - and back - in style. The staff - helpful and very friendly. The location - the whole of Boston is within walking distance. The complimentary shoeshine was a nice touch! Recommend Row 34 for seafood.

Don’t expect

A lounge area or quiet hotel bar where you can sit and relax or have a drink outside of your room

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Stayed on 23 Mar 2016

We loved

The greeting on arrival, the room and room service, cleanliness, the food at Mooo restaurant, the chauffeurs, and most of all Deborah the concierge, who couldn't do enough for us and made our stay very special.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed, but remember it is a relatively small boutique hotel.

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Stayed on 30 Dec 2015

We loved

The location, the service, our room and Moo restaurant. Our hotel was just superb! You must try the steak at Moo Restaurant. It's the best we've ever had.

Don’t expect

The breakfast in bed to live up to the standards of the breakfast at the Moo restaurant downstairs.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Dec 2015

We loved

The very spacious, comfortable room (a contemporary classic), which was really gorgeous; the location is absolutely perfect for walking anywhere or catching the T. The delightful drag queens  who were doing an event – we bumped into in the lift and had a hilarious few floors with.

Don’t expect

A main communal or public area, but our room was so lovely we didn't need one.

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Stayed on 12 Dec 2015

We loved

Friendly staff and warm welcome. Breakfast - especially the Blueberry Pancakes! Excellent location, close to great restaurants and Boston Common plus only a 15minutes walk to the Wharf.

Don’t expect

Large communal areas or a lounge.

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Stayed on 22 Oct 2015

We loved

Great location. Catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is quite something.

Don’t expect

Water! Hotels always make you pay for it, even when you're forking out huge sums for your stay! Also, in our room most of the space was in the hallway rather than the bedroom.

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Stayed on 20 Sep 2015

We loved

Good location. Nice room.

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

Hotel location. Breakfast deal. Free hotel car to local places.

Don’t expect

Nice location for the hot tub.

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

The concierge was very friendly, helpful, and personable.

Don’t expect

Much beyond a boutique hotel experience, although their prices suggest full service luxury.

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Stayed on 11 Jun 2015

We loved

Super concierge, amazing little touches, could not compliment this hotel enough!

Rating

Stayed on 15 Oct 2014

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