Just like when you are buying real estate, the place you choose to stay is often about location. While it may not look like it's in a good spot from the front of the hotel, there's a lot around the hotel, and it's not far from a T stop that will take you anywhere in Boston.
The service is great here and you will want to take advantage of the valet parking. Just keep in mind that the 15 minute wait for getting your car is consistent because they park your car off-site and there's simply no way to get it to you faster than that.
This is also a hotel that lets you bring your dog with you. They very cutely have some treats at the front desk with water bowls for your canine friends. While I do not have a dog, I think it's great that they let you bring yours with you. Like smoking rooms, there are dog rooms and non-dog rooms so if you're allergic, don't worry.
Within walking distance from the Onyx are The Garden and Boston's historic North End which is chock full of of Italian restaurants. Also about a block away is Canal St. with a row of terrific pubs that include The Grand Canal and Boston Beer Works. Porters is another great watering hole and it's literally right next door to the Onyx.
The lobby lounge is a comfortable place with low lighting to set the mood for casual conversation and drinks.
The rooms are a little on the small side but international travelers, especially from Europe, aren't likely to be disappointed in their size. When my wife got me a room on New Years Eve here for my birthday last year, they kindly set out chocolates and wine for me upon arrival. My wife did not request them, she just told them that the stay was for my birthday and they did the rest on their own. That's fantastic customer service.
If you're looking for a place to stay for a weekend overnighter in Boston, or you're visiting the city for a while, check out the Onyx. It's really in a great spot and has top notch service.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Onyx Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in historic downtown Boston, offers exceptional service in stylish surroundings. This gem of a hotel is situated on a charming side street within walking distance of the Boston TD Garden (Fleet Center), Bunker Hill, the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and North Station. The notable neighborhood is harmoniously met with the old-world hospitality of this Kimpton Hotel. The mesmerizing Ruby Room lounge adds to the bejeweled ambiance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Onyx Hotel Kimpton