We were kind of put off by the mixed reviews but decided to spend two nights at the Ames because of the great location.
It aspires to be a trendy hotel: hipper-than-thou clientele, stark uncomfortable lobby, modern room furniture, etc.
The strangest surprise was the clear glass floor-to-ceiling wall that separated the bedroom from the bathroom. It provided an excellent view of the sink and toilet through the open shower. Fortunately, there was a semi-opaque curtain you could close. But, really?
The location is perfect. You can walk to too many sights to mention.
Our room was spacious and bright thanks to beautiful, arched windows that provided a great view of the Old State Capitol across the street.
There is a 24-hour fitness center as well as a business center.
There’s free Wi-Fi.
Some of the reviews we read complained about the service as rude. Most of the front desk people were helpful, We did, however, encounter some clueless rather than rude experiences. When we asked someone who looked like the guy in the Sprint commercial (“It’s pronounced Gor-DON”) how to get to the closest “T” station he said something like, “Walk down Tremont to Park”. Huh? Since that was no help, we asked him to show us on a map. Instead of a street map, he pulled out a “T” map and circled the station. Rude? No. Kind of clueless? Yes.
There was a stocked refrigerator with extra room, however, the refrigerator didn’t cool anything.
There was no ice bucket in the room and we couldn’t find an ice machine.
There was only one drawer for clothes (other than a small drawer in each nightstand).
The walls were thin. Our neighbor watched TV until 3 AM and we could tell which programs she was watching. Perhaps that’s why the hotel provided ear plugs (we found them in one of the nightstand drawers).
The “T” runs under the building and we could hear and feel the rumble whenever a train went by (our room was on the 4th floor).
Parking was expensive. We valet-parked because it was easier but did notice there is a less expensive garage across the street.
The Bottom Line:
If location is the most important factor in choosing a hotel in Boston and you don’t plan to spend much time there, the Ames is a practical choice. If not, I’d look for an alternative. If you stay at the Ames, check out Archie’s (located in a walkway near the hotel) for a quick, inexpensive breakfast. No matter where you stay, make sure you make your way to Mike’s in Little Italy for a great cannoli!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ames, located in the beautiful and historic Ames building, inspires both modern style and old world sophistication. An experience rich with elegant interpretations, Ames is ideally located near historic Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill. Boasting a vibrant restaurant and bar offering an atmosphere that is at once refined and playful, a state-of-the art fitness center and suites accented by dramatic, Romanesque arched windows and original fireplaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ames - a Morgans Original Hotel Boston