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Eliot Hotel, Boston

Editor's Pick
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North America
370 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston , Massachusetts
Tel: 800 443 5468 (toll-free)
Tel: 617 267 1607's insider take:

In Back Bay, convenient to Fenway, Symphony Hall, Newbury Street, and especially the Harvard Club, which is next door, the neo-Georgian Eliot is named after Harvard President (1869–1909) Charles Eliot, even though he didn't live to see the building finished. Still belonging to the family that bought it during the Depression, the place goes for traditional comfort with either taupe toile and frills or raw brown silk accented by leopard prints, and framed prints in its suites—yes, suites—there are 79 of them, plus only 16 rooms. Each room also has a touch-pad tablet to connect with the valet, room service, and restaurants, and for free Internet access. The hotel is distinguished by its world-class restaurant, Clio, and its sashimi bar, Uni, plus its uncommon kid-friendliness: Under-18s share your room free, in a crib if required, and there's babysitting on demand (for a fee).

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 92.8
  • Design: 91.4
  • Food: 91.8
  • Location: 96.1
  • Rooms: 93.0
  • Service: 91.5
"It's like an upscale European hotel, with service to match" at this neo-Georgian Back Bay property. In the suites, double French doors separate the bedroom from a full-sized living room; the "tiny bathrooms" are redeemed by "lovely marble tiles," and also by the chocolate chip cookies that await guests. Restaurant Clio offers seasonal creations paired with Old and new-world wines; the modern Uni Sashimi Bar has a library of sakes "that are terrific." Staff are "attentive, professional, and thorough."

(95 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
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