by Maxwell Barna
When it comes to luxury boutique hotels in Boston, Fifteen Beacon steadily hovers near the top of everyone’s list — and for good reason. Opened in 1903, this historic property is located atop Beacon Hill, in perfect proximity to many of the city’s best and most scenic family-friendly attractions, restaurants and shops.
Gas fireplaces in all 61 rooms, along with complimentary cashmere throws; 400 thread count Frette linens (and Frette bathrobes) on four poster canopy beds; complimentary Wi-Fi; iHome alarm clock radios; full baths with flat-screen TV’s, Italian marble and heated towel racks; 42-inch flat-screen TV’s; surround sound stereo systems and even fresh flowers, places Fifteen Beacon in a class of its own when discussing Boston’s most attentive hotel properties for families. Rooms come arranged with either queen or king beds in one- and two-bedroom suites.
Guests may also delight in complimentary access to the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center. If you’re looking for some fun off the property, Fifteen Beacon offers guests complimentary car service, also. The onsite restaurant, Mooo, is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and offers guests a modern take on the classic steakhouse menu.
There are also pet-friendly accommodations on the property, along with healthy organic snacks for your family’s favorite four-legged friend.
Our Editor Loves
- Pet-friendly accommodations
- Very well-appointed rooms
- Excellent location in historic Boston
We visit Boston often and I have a handful of hotels in which we will stay. We generally want to be close to the Back Bay area. We have probably stayed at the XV Beacon around 10 times. It is delightful. Very comfortable , well appointed rooms—with fireplaces! Not cookie cutter at all. Delicious restaurant downstairs—I love the chicken noodle soup which can feed a small family. The chocolate chip cookies are outstanding (we are connoisseurs). Great bar. Excellent location—next to the Statehouse, around the corner from No. 9 Park, down the block from the Boston Common and the Public Garden, on the edge of Beacon Hill. What sets the XV apart from other hotels is the personalized and warm service. It is a small hotel, so they remember you and treat you warmly. Jeff at the front desk is super friendly. He helped me take care of the details for a quick girls night our before our college reunion. He is there to help you make sure your stay is the best that it can be. Colleen at the concierge desk is super helpful and friendly. All of the gentlemen at the front door are terrific—I am forgetting names but they are the best. Mark drives the complimentary car—super convenient. He has been there for many years, which to me is always the sign of a good hotel. Several of the other people on staff (I think room service?) have been there since the beginning. There is a sweet little rooftop for when the weather is nice. I highly recommend. We look forward to our next visit.
Super location for all the main Boston sights and conveniently opposite Emmets for top end Guinness after a long day sight seeing. If you like identikit homogeneous hotel rooms which work perfectly with perfect shapes, XV might not be for you. Rejoice in interesting rooms and the odd switch or light that might not work properly. Very friendly staff. Only downsides are the noisy street outside and a/c which was a bit rattlely.