Smart and sophisticated Boston is a great city for romance, and its best hotels roll out the red carpet for couples. You'll find a wide choice of grand and suite hotels in Boston proper as well as a variety of great destinations nearby—including in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
However, one thing that isn't romantic in Boston is driving. Motorists are notorious free spirits and parking is a challenge in both Boston and Cambridge. If you drive and stay at one of the Boston hotels with a parking garage, it's advisable to use it and walk or use public or hotel-supplied transportation to get to your destination, but be prepared to pay a high rate for convenient hotel parking.
Best Romantic Boston Hotels
America's four leading hotel companies—Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont and Mandarin Oriental—all maintain Boston properties, and India's luxury Taj hotel chain is also represented. They are all expensive, but if you're going to splurge in a city, you can't do better than these hotels:
- Four Seasons Hotel Boston: This hotel represents modern luxury; although it's a favorite with business travelers, romantic couples appreciate the type of top-level service the staff here provides.
- Mandarin Oriental Boston: The coolly elegant Mandarin Oriental Boston is located in Back Bay, close to the shops of Newbury Street. It boasts a casual Daniel Boulud restaurant and charcuteri, as well, which makes it perfect for a romantic retreat you won't have to leave for the night.
- Ritz-Carlton Boston: If you want to experience a contemporary classic hotel, try this hotel, which is just a half block from the park and half a block from a T station.
- Taj Boston: Occupying the site of the former Ritz-Carlton hotel—a Boston institution for weddings, formal events, and business travelers since 1927—the Taj Boston now offers park-view suites overlooking the Boston Public Garden, where swan boats gracefully sail.
- Fairmont Copley Plaza: This historic hotel began receiving guests in 1912, and a renovation in the 2010s burnished this landmark's patina. Talk to older people, and you may find them getting starry-eyed about this hotel, which contains two romantic Boston landmarks: the elegant Oak Room for dining and the adjacent Oak Bar, a chic spot to sip a martini or make a proposal. It also boasts one of Boston's best raw bars.
- Fifteen Beacon: This non-affiliated hotel is at the top of the game in luxury, independent hotels in the city. Escape in elegant style at this unique destination.
Couples may also get a kick out of staying in the Liberty Hotel, which is located in the former Charles Street Jail and is now a sexy place with a storied past.
Romantic Cambridge Hotels
To be honest, the best Cambridge hotels don't quite match Boston hotels in caché. But if you want to stay on the other bank of the Charles River, consider:
- Hyatt Regency Cambridge: Ask for a room with an outdoor balcony at this pyramidal-shaped hotel, and you may be awakened to the sounds of a scull team coaxing, "Stroke... stroke... stroke." (Not a bad soundtrack for a romantic getaway!) Zephyr on the Charles restaurant on the hotel's second floor offers views of the Boston skyline and Charles River. Travelers in the know commend its copious breakfast selections. At the end of the day, unwind with cocktails in the Zephyr Lounge.
- Kimpton Marlowe Hotel: This hotel maintains the brand's reputation for whimsical contemporary design and pet-friendliness.
Farther afield, find all-season hotels and resorts in the Berkshire Mountains or by the Cape Cod seashore, both a nice drive from Boston.
Traveling to Boston
The best way to reach Boston from the East Coast is by Amtrak. If you can't catch the train, consider flying to Boston's Logan Airport or driving yourself by car.