The XV Beacon hotel, in Boston, offers an enchanting, fuss-free approach to boutique city luxury
The XV Beacon Hotel— or Fifteen Beacon, as it’s pronounced—represents the best in luxury boutique hotels in the city of Boston, USA. The city itself is one of the most historic in America, thanks to it being the location of the tea-dumping frenzy that kick-started the American War of Independence (though its historical cap has plenty more feathers to it). And the XV Beacon exemplifies that history with aplomb, while at the same time delivering a relaxed, modern experience away from the hustle and bustle of the towering metropolis that is Boston today.
Centrally located at 15 Beacon Street (hence the name), the hotel is ideally situ-
ated for the executive traveller or tourist. The historic neighbourhood features quaint black sidewalks, authentic federal and Greek revival row houses, and evocative gas-lit streets. Culture, history and posh shopping distinguish the area—the hotel is only steps away from the gold-domed Statehouse, the legendary Boston Common and the Public Garden.
The turn-of-the-century beaux arts building features two cast iron storeys adorned with guilded shields. The third storey features a limestone band, which supports five storeys of Roman brick. The ninth and tenth floors, meanwhile, are limestonefluted columns with mosaic inserts capped
by an opulent, oversized copper cornice. Interestingly, the hotel occupies the site of the former Bromfield Mansion, built in 1722 by wealthy Boston merchant Edward Bromfield Jr. The present building was built in 1903, and designed by renowned Boston architect Williams Gibbons Preston, whose other work includes the New England Museum of Natural History and the International Trust Company Building.
Through its doors, the XV Beacon offers a distinguished and personalised service. The interior is a haven of serenity, with sleek, earth-toned décor providing a grounding for the popping colours of the works of art that adorn the walls. Indeed, antiques and modern art play a large role in the overall feeling of past-meets-present that the hotel creates. The classic but contemporary décor bears this out, but it’s most obvious in the art. For example, the lobby is dominated by a piece by Russian-born, post-painterly abstractionist Jules Olitski called Green Dot. While in the Wine Cellar of the hotel’s Mooo restaurant, a magnificent Roman mosaic depicts two deer among flowers, amphorae and fish. That piece dates back to the fifth century.
The hotel features 63 guest rooms, which are immensely comfortable—uncluttered but fully equipped with everything you’d expect of a modern hotel. The gas fireplaces are a particularly nice touch— what else could be more romantic than coming in from the bitter cold of a Boston winter to a real fire? The colour scheme is taupe, cream and espresso – a palette that marries furniture and furnishings, including the Frette linens, which provide visually crisp, tailored lines and are pure luxury to tuck into. Indeed, the rooms provide the perfect, luxurious retreat from the noisy
For dining, the XV Beacon’s Mooo is well celebrated, and with good reason. With attentive service, swanky yet sophisticated décor and a contemporary take on the classic steakhouse menu, the restaurant is the perfect choice for breakfast lunch, Sunday brunch or just a quick bar snack. Chef and owner Jamie Mammano has garnered rave reviews for his steakhouse dishes.
On the lower level of the hotel sits Mooo’s private dining room, the aforementioned Wine Cellar. With a vaulted ceiling, stone floors and walls lined with dazzling collections of rare and fine wines, the Wine Cellar makes for the perfect venue for a formal get together.
In terms of services and amenities, you get everything that you could reasonably expect of a modern luxury hotel. There’s everything from ipad rentals and compli- mentary Wi-fi to a daily ice delivery and customised bath amenities. A superb touch is the complimentary in-town Lexus courtesy transport service—a real cherry on the top that hotel definitely wouldn’t have to offer to be highly thought-of, but which makes the stay that much easier. Indeed, the hotel has a satisfaction-oriented approach to service—what makes the guests happy makes the staff happy. What’s more, the concierge staff are well prepped and resourceful—they know Boston and can fulfill any request within reason.
The XV Beacon is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, a collection of independent hotels and experiences. The service’s iprefer loyalty programme offers exclusive upgrades, points that can be redeemed, as well as services like early check-in and late check-out.