Boston: 5 Places to Stay

XV Beacon

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One of Boston's first modern design hotels when it opened in 2000, the surprisingly homey 60-room XV (call it "Fifteen") has a stylish, bold decor that contrasts nicely with its 1903 Beaux Arts building. A svelte scheme of dark wood, brushed steel, and cream-colored fabrics prevails, but it's punctuated by bold abstract paintings and vintage touches like a cage elevator, marble busts and canopy beds in every guest room. The rooms are spacious — some as large as 900 square feet — and all have gas fireplaces, 42-inch flat screen televisions and mini bars that might tempt you to snuggle in on a cold night. Venturing out? Take the complimentary car service around town.

Room to Book: Any of the Corner Studios on floors 8 through 10, for Boston Common views and lots of natural light

Insider Tip: The hotel provides two complimentary Lexus Sedans to take guests to downtown Boston destinations.

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