Luxury and service without pretense makes this hip spot a solid choice—no wonder rumor has it that Bono and the Boss have walked the hallways of the Hotel Commonwealth, as have a host of local celebs and visitors intent on branching out of the downtown Boston hospitality scene. Rich color schemes enhance the elegant lodgings, and king- or queen-size beds are piled with down pillows and Italian linens. All rooms have marble baths, floor-to-ceiling windows, separate work
areas, and flat-screen TVs. The wildly accommodating staff and chauffeur are added bonuses. Eastern Standard and the Hawthorne serve up some of the best old-school cocktails in the city. The Island Creek Oyster Bar, an upscale seafood restaurant that doesn't hide its fish shack roots, is already winning high praise from diners and the national press alike.