Fodor's Expert Review Kimpton Onyx Hotel

155 Portland St. 02114, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA See on Map

This contemporary Kimpton hotel goes for the sexy, supper-club atmosphere. Located a block from North Station, it's great for travelers who want to check out the nearby North End and Beacon Hill. If the Celtics or the Bruins are in town, you'll get a lively, sports-loving crowd.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The neighborhood can get a bit rowdy on game nights, so expect a bit of noise.


The rooms conjure up a modern gentlemen’s quarter with a palette of cool gray textures and finishes, mixed with bright accents of red and warm metal. The result is refined distinction with classic comfort. All have plush linens and flat-screen TVs.

If you're a light sleeper, ask to be put in a room farther away from the lobby or elevators.


Bathrooms are small, but well equipped with Atelier Bloem bath products and plush bathrobes.


The Onyx's very small lobby isn't much of a place to hang out, and it leads directly into the bar/restaurant (which is also tiny). But the complimentary coffee every morning is certainly appreciated.


There is no spa, but in-room spa treatments are available upon request.


There is a small gym with cardio machines, yoga mats, jump ropes, and free weights. If you'd like to borrow a bicycle to take a ride around town, just ask!

Every room comes with its own yoga mat.


The Ruby Room is the Onyx's small bar and restaurant that's open for breakfast and dinner. However with tons of options for food and drink in the area, you might find better options outside.


Sip an ice-cold martini and nibble some tapas in the Ruby Room, the hotel's small bar.


Getting Around

The Onyx is just a block from the North Station MBTA stop on the Green and Orange Lines, which makes it a good location for catching a sporting event or concert at the Garden. It's also within walking distance of the North End, Beacon Hill and Financial District.


If you're willing to wait in line, head to the original Regina Pizzeria (6-minute walk) in the North End. The Onyx is also near the wonderful Boston Public Market (6-minute walk), a year-round market with stalls from popular businesses like Mother Juice, Taza Chocolate, and Nella Pasta. For a high-end Italian experience, try Bricco (10-miniute walk) on Hanover Street in the North End.


The TD Garden area is filled with sports bars, many of which are populated by those watching or attending games nearby. If that's your thing, try The Fours (4-minute walk) or Sports Grille (4 minute walk). For vintage-inspired cocktails and a sleek marble bar, stroll over to Ward 8 (4-minute walk).


The extremely pet-friendly Onyx welcomes dogs of any size, which is rare for Boston hotels.


Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Only free for IHG Rewards members
Valet Parking


Phones: 617-557–9955, 866-660–6699

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