I recently spent one night of a business trip at the Nine Zero, one of the Kimptons in Boston. It was my second stay at this hotel. This is the typically nice, well-maintained Kimpton, a boutique chain I stay at fairly often for its eclectic decor, clean, well-appointed rooms, friendly, professional staff and trendy, but not intrusive ambiance. However, the team responsible for property location really got it wrong with this one.
The hotel is shoe-horned into an alley fronted by Tremont Street and abutting a building behind it. At 4:30 every morning, a garbage truck backs up into the alley (beep, beep, beep) to load and haul away the trash. Then, when you think its finally over, the glass bottles are picked up and emptied into the truck. Being awake, you will then hear at least one other garbage truck doing the same thing nearby. It is after 5:00 by the time the trucks leave.
The first time I stayed at the hotel, my room was on the 9th floor facing the alley, which amplified the noise. This time, I requested a room as far away from the alley as possible. I was given a 7th floor room in the far corner of the hotel away from the alley and the street. Despite this, I was still woken up by the racket. Conclusion: regardless of the room, it is likely you will hear the garbage trucks - even if you are a sound sleeper; only the volume will vary. As such, while a fan of the Kimpton concept, I cannot recommend this hotel due to its unfortunate location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The elegant Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in downtown Boston is consistently named one of the world's best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler, and was recently voted Boston Magazine's Boston's Best Boutique Hotel. Nine Zero Hotel features impeccable service, sophisticated 4-star style, the new Highball Lounge and the perfect launch pad for exploring this historic city. The central location means easy access to Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 9 Zero Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel
- Nine Zero Hotel Kimpton