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Award-winning sophistication adjacent to Boston Common
The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common hotel offers luxury in the heart of Boston. Boston Common, the oldest city park in the USA, is just a few minutes' walk away, while Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall, Massachusetts State House and other historical sites are nearby. Guests also have access in-house services, such as same-day laundry and dry cleaning, 24-hour room service and free overnight shoeshine service. The hotel also employs a professional masseur, and offers babysitting service. Pets are welcome (fees apply).
3 Reasons To Stay:
Avery Street location in downtown Boston
Access to The Sports Club/LA health and fitness center
Excellent dining and cocktails at the Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common Rooms
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common is a fully appointed modern hotel, which underwent an $11 million refurbishment in 2008. The hotel has 193 rooms and 43 suites, some at special Club Level with extra facilities, including concierge. Rooms come in Deluxe Room, City View and Park View sizes, all with 37-inch flat-screen television, BOSE radio and marble bath with separate shower. Both city and landscaped terrace views are available, while Park View rooms have superb views of Boston Common. Rooms at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common are well equipped with a safe, iron and ironing board and hair-dryer.
Artisan Bistro serves as a gathering point where guests can mingle during or after work and reconvene post-theater over cocktails while enjoying approachable artisanal cooking. As for the food, it’s aimed squarely at offering fresh local and seasonal dishes, using native ingredients and uniquely sourced products with subtle bistro influences.
At Avery Bar, furnishings are sumptuous in leather that instantly molds and melts to your body as you lounge and sip classic and modern craft cocktails, including ten signature martinis dubbed “the Avery Ten” to pay homage to the bar’s address at 10 Avery Street. Dry, dirty, sour, sweet, and Russian are just some of the “Avery Ten” showcased on the cocktail menu; along with an impressive wine list, beers on tap and cocktails that call to mind pre-prohibition and early 1950’s classics while boasting their own modern style and taste.
Things To Do:
Massachusetts State House (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
Faneuil Hall Marketplace (1 mi/1.5 km)
Beacon Hill (1.1 mi/1.7 km)
Back Bay (1.2 mi/2 km)
New England Aquarium (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
North End (1.4 mi/2.3 km)
TD Banknorth Garden (1.6 mi/2.5 km)
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A modern and inviting restaurant with a classic bistro look and feel will feature fresh, local seasonal dishes that present artisanal cooking in an approachable way.
retro style cocktail lounge featuring 1950s and Prohibition-style cocktails with a modern twist
Terms and conditions
Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.
The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.
The bathroom was most memorable -- big, perfect and immaculate. But every inch of that space came at the expense of the room, which was not quite the size offered by a Holiday Inn. But it too was squeaky clean. The staff was terrific (except for
the maid who entered as she knocked). But the hotel is compromised by being part of a large residential project. The residents get all the best views; the hotel guests are on the bottom. The location isn't quite as good as The Four Seasons or even the Taj. Understandably, the Fairmont Copley Plaza and The Parker House have far more genteel charm.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Long walk from hotel
Enjoyed Bricco, an Italian restaurant on the North side, enough to go back on consecutive nights.
The hotel itself lacked the charm of the Ritz. The hotel rooms were clean but were lacking the feel of a top rated hotel that I remembered. I was surprised that there was no area for fine dining but rather a small restaurant that was largely
seafood oriented. Rooms were clean and the staff was wonderful. I would be hard pressed to recommend this hotel based on the cost and what was delivered.
The staff, front doorman to housekeeping make you feel so welcome. Even upon checkout, we were offered a bottle of water...a very nice gesture. There is valet parking and on-site self park, which be pricey. Consider carefully if you need a car -
Boston roads are very confusing anyway. The location is a very short distance from Boston Commons and many theaters; a perfection location for both.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Download an "ap" on a smartphone that will help you navigate around town (walking or driving) and guiddance for nearby restaurants (I used Mapquest and Yelp).