The Whitney Hotel Boston might be a youngling by Beacon Hill’s standards, but it captures the city’s spirit with its red-brick top coat and townhouse-esque interiors. A stone's throw from the river on historic Charles Street, the hotel is in the part of the city that calls to mind the Founding Fathers: iron gas lamps and Federal-style homes line the cobbled streets, and the words ‘oldest’ and ‘first’ crop up a lot. In the lounge, the high ceilings, open fire and French-oak floors mimic the neighbouring townhouses – but in the rooms, the design has a more modern lean. Restaurant Peregrine evokes the city’s Italian connections with a menu that tours Sicily and Sardinia, pandering to the Bostonian appetite for pesce e pasta.
Boston’s historic heart
Soulful Italian cuisine
A Continental breakfast for two in Peregrine; GoldSmiths also get a bottle of wine
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All of the public areas are accessible for wheelchair users, and the hotel has three types of specially adapted rooms.Every floor has a pantry with ice and mixers, saving you from making late-night trips to the bar.
Bring a book on New England history, which will make your strolls around Beacon Hall all the more enlightening.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hotel in Boston and unpacked their tomes from legendary bookstore Brattle, a full account of their Beacon Hill break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Whitney Hotel Boston…
Travel back in time to the America of the Founding Fathers with a trip to Beacon Hill, the Boston neighbourhood where the Whitney hangs its hat. Here, you don’t have to walk very far before you pass buildings, shops and public parks attached to adjectives like ‘first’, ‘oldest’ and ‘original’. The streets themselves look like relics from another time, lit with gas lamps and lined with boxy townhouses in fiery red brick. At nearby Faneuil Hall, none other than Samuel Adams once took the stage to make an independence-urging speech. There’s no doubt about it: this is the old soul of New England, and the Whitney is right at the heart of it.
Unlike many of its neighbours, however, the hotel is no museum piece. The influence of the Federal townhouse can be seen in the boxy, red-brick exterior, but open-plan layouts and vast windows ensure the common areas feel fit for 21st-century travellers. Velvet armchairs, leather banquettes and French-oak floors introduce the trappings of fine living to the restaurant and lounge, but there’s no danger of stuffiness or over-formality. In the rooms, chintzy curtains and floral patterns have been eschewed in favour of a restrained palette of dark blue, white and black, allowing the modern artwork to provide the finishing splash of colour. Even the most contemporary pieces riff on Bostonian themes, however, proving the Whitney always has one eye on Beacon Hill’s history, and the other on its bright present.
170 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, United States
0.7 mi / 1.2 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
Peregrine whisks diners to sun-bleached Sicily and Sardinia, both favourite hunting grounds of the namesake falcons. The influence of Corsica and Catalonia is also apparent, with breakfast having a particularly Spanish lean. Of course, the ocean-crossing menu also tells a story about Boston, which has more than its fair share of delis, trattorias and brasseries, many of them family-owned and in business for several generations. Start with a spread of antipasti – try the pickled Gulf shrimp, serrano ham and herb and garlic baked oysters. For main, go for the hake or the wild mussels and local clams, served with tomato, olive oil and mint.
Request a seat next to the windows that look into the garden.
Breakfast is available from 6.30am to 10am; lunch from 11am to 2pm; and dinner from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
The full menu is available to order up while the restaurant is open.
The bar is part of Peregrine. Ask for something from the owner’s personal wine selection, chosen to complement the food. In summer, take your drinks onto the terrace, where you’ll be able to bask in the evening sun.
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