Fodor's Expert Review Ames Boston Hotel

1 Court St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02108, USA, Boston, Massachusetts 02108, USA See on Map

Located in the iconic Ames Building, which was originally built in 1893, the 15-story Ames Boston Hotel is now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. A blend of modern style and old-world sophistication, the recent renovations embraced the building's original features to create a true fusion of innovation and history. Considered by many to be Boston's first skyscraper, don't miss the architectural beauty of its blue slate and red sandstone exterior, adorned with with intricate carvings.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Guests who are members of AAA or AARP receive a 5% discount.


Contemporary-style rooms have hardwood oak flooring, platform beds, and luxurious down bedding. Each has a 55" HDTV, iHome clock and docking station, and a soothing sound machine. Suites are accented by dramatic, Romanesque arched windows and decorative fireplaces, with soaring views of downtown Boston.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Kids under 17 stay free in existing bedding when accompanying an adult.


Beautiful bathrooms have white marble walk-in showers or soaking tubs, oversized mirrors, stainless steel fixtures, and rain showerheads. Don't miss the Molton Brown products perched on the white sink.


The lobby’s tiled mosaic arched ceiling and a marble staircase are absolutely beautiful. Check out the Library, an inviting space off the lobby, where historic books line the shelves in a peaceful environment ideal for breakfast or getting some work done.


There is no on-site spa, but in-room spa treatments are available.


The is a 24-hour fitness center on the second floor, equipped with ellipticals, treadmills, free weights, medicine balls, and multipurpose weight stations.

Bicycles are complimentary during the warm weather.


Breakfast is served in the Library, a community space right off the lobby. The new on-site restaurant, Chef Mary Dumont’s Cultivar, is a beautiful spot serving sustainable cuisine that opened in June of 2017. The 88-seat dining room combines rustic materials with a high-end aesthetic.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a “Rise and Shine” package that includes a continental breakfast but it’s not included with every room.


There is a 12-seat bar made of live-edge wood in Cultivar.


Getting Around

The closest MBTA stops are State on the Orange or Blue Line, and Government Center, on the Green or Blue Lines. The downtown location is great for accessing Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, and the North End on foot, though it may be a bit too far a walk for some people all the way to Newbury Street.


Most restaurants in the area are quite casual, catering to downtown-area employees. For good bar food and salads, try Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge (3-minute walk), but keep in mind that it gets crowded with thirsty young professionals later in the evening. For a fine-dining experience, head toward Beacon Hill to try Barbara Lynch's acclaimed No. 9 Park (8-minute walk).


For a chic cocktail spot, try Yvonne's (8-minute walk), but be ready to wait in line if it's later in the evening. If you're looking for more of a typical bar, head to Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale (8-minute walk).


The Ames is absolutely beautiful. The best rooms provide views with an amazing contrast of architectural styles, highlighting the Old State House and 53 State Street, where the Boston Globe is now located. Take a few minutes to browse around the Library, where you're find some fascinating old books.


Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Valet Parking


Phones: 617-979–8100, 888-697–1791

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