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The Whitney Hotel

Hilary Sheinbaum, Contributor

Boston has something for everyone: a rich history with unique attractions, impressive sports teams, prestigious schools, and delicious fare spread throughout the city — all in a setting specific to New England. In a place that offers an infinite amount of activities, your trip preferences can (and should) reflect where you stay. If you’re looking for a quaint Boston experience in a historic neighborhood, full of boutique shops and local businesses, Beacon Hill is for you. Take a walk down Charles Street (or read on) to find out why The Whitney Hotel is the place to stay.

Overview

Location is everything when you’re visiting town. Much like the Beacon Hill neighborhood, The Whitney Hotel has a history. Named after Boston Industrialist Henry Melville Whitney (who once owned the site), the sophisticated and charming venue opened in Beacon Hill in 2019. It’s within walking distance of bookstores, bakeries, clothing shops, a Dunkin’ (yes, they are everywhere in Boston) and Boston Common. There is no shortage of window shopping (and actual shopping). 

No idea what to do first? No problem. The hotel offers packages— ranging in interests from skincare to romance to museums — for guests to experience during their stays.

The hotel is pet friendly, with treats (pun intended) for dogs — and their owners. For human guests: one of our favorite amenities (on every floor) is a rotating snack selection —just in case you’re looking to nosh in between meals.  Tate’s Gluten free cookies, apples, and Fever Tree beverages were available during our stay.  

The Whitney Hotel Rooms, Photo credit: James Baigrie

 

The Rooms

The boutique hotel’s charming and romantic vibe extends past the lobby and common spaces, into each of the 65 rooms. King, double queens, suites, and ADA guest rooms and sweets are available. If the decor, artwork, and ambiance doesn’t win you over on its own, the soft, plush beds and pillows will help achieve ultimate R&R. Warning: The beds may inspire you to recreate the same sleep experience at home. Grown Alchemist bath products, sweets with turndown service, and views of Beacon Hill or the Charles River solidify The Whitney Hotel as the place to stay.

The bar at The Whitney Hotel’s Restaurant: Peregrine, Photo credit: James Baigrie

 

Dining

The Whitney Hotel’s restaurant, is Peregrine. Here, you can dine on coastal Mediterranean fare.  More specifically, Sardinian and Sicilian dishes, influenced by Corsica and Catalonia, are served during breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. (There’s no shortage of pastas, sandwiches and salads here!) An inclusive cocktail menu offers garden and floral-inspired beverages for individuals who drink, and there are nonalcoholic options for teetotallers, too. We recommend sitting at the beautifully designed bar, or in the dining room with the hotel’s courtyard garden in view. If your plans are packed (we get it!), you can order delicious meals for room service, takeaway (or delivery if you aren’t staying at the hotel). 

Activities

Fitness fanatics can hit the hotel gym (equipped with a Tonal machine and a rower). That said, even without weights: the city itself has endless high-energy activities. So, when you’re looking for something that’s more low-key, The Whitney Hotel is the perfect setting for reading leisurely by a modern outdoor fireplace in the hotel’s private courtyard garden. Or, you can tour the neighborhood by bicycle (the hotel has complimentary bikes for guests). Not into cycling? That’s perfectly okay! We highly recommend exploring Charles Street’s boutique businesses by foot. When you make a purchase, present your room key for exclusive (10 to 20% discounts) at select vendors including an ice cream shop (J.P. Licks) and a home goods store (Grady Home). 

FAQs

Q: Are there dog-sitting and dog walking services available?

A: Yes. Contact the concierge to discuss. 

Q: Is parking available onsite?

A: Valet parking is $65/night for guests.

Q: Are there cribs available for little ones?

A: Yes. They are complimentary upon request. 

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