When it comes to hotels Boston is a bit of a puzzle. For whatever reason, there just aren’t as many stylish and innovative options as there ought to be - compare New York, where you’re absolutely spoiled for choice. Here to add one more to the scant supply of well-designed boutique hotels are the hoteliers behind the Ames, who´ve taken over a historic building in downtown Boston proper and given it a thoroughly contemporary makeover.
Constructed in 1893 as the Ames Agricultural Tool Company, the Ames Building has been referred to as Boston’s tallest building from 1893 until 1915, and is still considered Boston's first skyscraper. Ames Boston Hotel is currently the world’s tallest masonry load bearing-wall structure, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior is historic as ever, this landmark building showing every one of its hundred-plus years, its stately brickwork contrasting sharply with the new glass towers of the surrounding district. Once inside, though, it’s a different story, a sleek, fashionably restrained look courtesy of David Rockwell (this used to be a Morgans Hotel), whose buildings and interiors tend to be more swanky than splashy.
There are a few subtle allusions to the 19th-century provenance of the building — an old-fashioned side lamp here, a Federalist-style table there — but mostly the interiors are made of light and space, their surfaces painted snow-white and ash-gray. As you go up the scale, the rooms only get sunnier, and the city views more dramatic. Room facilities include a fully stocked minibar, a cable TV and a private bathroom with walk-in showers and complimentary Molton Brown toiletries.
There are 2 restaurants on site: The Woodward 2 serves a daily continental breakfast and The King St. Tavern is open for a European-style breakfast daily and features a lounge that is open nightly. Room service available.
24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre. Complimentary bicycles.
• 114 rooms
• Hotel opened: 2007
• Interiors: Rockwell Group
• Unique: "Curiosity boxes" are located throughout the hotel, designed by different artists. With a turn-of-the-century European look and feel, these curiosity boxes are sure to spark your interest.
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