Bea­con lux­ury

The XV Bea­con ho­tel, in Bos­ton, of­fers an en­chant­ing, fuss-free ap­proach to bou­tique city lux­ury

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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

city out­side.

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.

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