There's big news at the Chandler: it's almost all new thanks to a 2012 update by big-shot local designers Dennis Duffy and Eric Roseff, who redid 40 of the 56 guest rooms in a fresh, contemporary style and with amenities such as iPod docks, plasma TVs, and marble bathrooms with walk-in glass showers. The gay-friendly inn sits on one of the South End's prettiest streets, and is easy walking distance from shops, restaurants, the T, and Back Bay Station. As far as South End
lodging goes, this may be your best hotel bet, despite slightly cramped quarters. Try to snag a sun-lighted corner room with a number ending in 08. Fritz, the in-house bar, moonlights as a brunch spot on weekends.