Hotels, TravelBostonian Weekend: XV Beacon

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I have a deep-rooted sentimental love for Boston, the city where I met my hubby in school, courted, and went to the chapel to get married! The picturesque city holds such historic charm and beauty that a nostalgic sheen seems to embrace the whole city. Every time we go back for a visit, we gleefully revisit old favorites and discover new ones to add to the list. This past visit brought us to the refined and elegant XV Beacon Hotel, which won us over with how well it nestled its way into our perfect Boston experience. The location could not be better for exploring the city and its best neighborhoods, and is an easy ride from the airport on the T. Within minutes of checking in, we were walking (skipping, almost) down the hill to Charles Street for shopping and coffee.

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Upon entering the intimate lobby, I imagined it would be likened to having enormously wealthy friends with impeccable taste inviting us to stay at their mansion for a weekend. The dark rich colors and textures were calming and immediately invoked a feeling of luxury. Our room, a corner studio on the ninth floor, was decorated with soothing tones, sumptuous textures, and bathed in just the right amount of light to negotiate an afternoon nap. Even at the dawn of summer, we just couldn’t resist turning on the gas fireplace just for ambiance, and because Boston’s fickle weather can mean a 50 degree day in the middle of June. I’m particularly finicky about bathrooms, so I loved the open space complete with beautiful Lefroy Brooks fixtures for an antique look. The rainshower and large tub were incredibly welcoming after a long day of walking, shopping, and eating (tough life, heh heh). The minibar deserves mentioning for oenophiles considering a stay: a demi bottle of Opus One graced the fridge, as well as a choice of champagnes including Krug. Not your average selection by far, and it certainly brought on the temptation to come straight home after dinner.

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The roof garden was also full of quiet charm, made cozy with a few red chaise loungers and a small wooden table to rest some charcuterie and drinks. We loved bringing a glass of wine up to enjoy the view in the late afternoon, and again for a breath of night air upon returning in the evenings. The rooftops of Boston dot the sky in a panoramic shot, and there is a clear view of the historic steeple of Park Street Church. Not another soul was in sight, and there was ample shade if desired from a few flowering trees. One of my favorite afternoons was spent resting my weary feet and perusing the Boston Globe, intermittently dozing off.

The crowning jewel of the establishment is the complimentary stellar Lexus car service. For every guest in the hotel, you have a dashing chaffeur and a gorgeous Lexus sedan or SUV waiting to take you wherever your heart desires around town. I felt so pampered and spoiled as we simply walked out the front door and whisked in luxury to dinner, brunch, anywhere! The absence of any of the typical hailing-a-cab hassle was almost palpable as we melted into the leather seats for the smooth and quiet ride, and dual temperature control to boot. Mark, our chauffeur, gave us his business card for us to call after dinner to deliver us to our next destination if so desired! The flawless service elevated the level of luxe to a whole new level, and I’m afraid I’ve been too spoiled to consider staying anywhere else in Boston.

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