Hipsters and romantics who'd rather spend their cash on a great meal than a hotel bill have put this late 19th-century former residential row house on the map. The 40-room spot has rooms that go for as low as $119 in the off-season, an almost unheard of price for Back Bay lodging. Guests can relax on the outdoor patio and check out passersby—or the Boston Marathon (the hotel sits on the finish line). Smallish guest rooms have contemporary custom-made oak furnishings, plus surround-sound stereo, new flatscreen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. You can order Thai food in the cocktail lounge, or walk to one of some 40 nearby restaurants. Rooms with queen beds have kid-size sleeper sofas.