Eliot Hotel

370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, USA

One of the city's best small hotels is on posh Commonwealth Avenue, modeled after Paris's epic Champs Élysées, and it expertly merges the old blue-blood Boston aesthetic with modern flair (like zebra-print rugs mingling with crystal chandeliers); everyone from well-heeled Sox fans to traveling CEOs to tony college parents has noticed. The smallish rooms are smart, not stuffy, and feel a bit French country and a bit Soho chic. The majority of rooms are one- or two-bedroom suites; all have marble-topped bar areas and flat-panel TVs. In most rooms, there are Italian marble walk-in showers. Rooms ending in 02 have views of Commonwealth Avenue; those ending in 04 and 08 are larger corner rooms. Downstairs, the fine-dining Clio, helmed by chef Ken Oringer, garners rave reviews for its contemporary French-American cuisine. Not to be outdone, Oringer's next-door sashimi bar, Uni, also in the hotel, regularly plays host to Boston's glitterati.

PROS

  • super location
  • top-notch restaurants
  • pet friendly
  • beautiful rooms

CONS

  • very expensive
  • some complain of elevator noise

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 617-267–1607 | 800-443–5468

HOTEL DETAILS

16 rooms, 79 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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