I had to travel to Boston on business and all I my usual spots were booked. Since I've had good experiences with small, boutique hotels in the past I decided to give this a try. My overall impression is that this is a nice hotel which is convenient to Faneuil Hall and a T line, but the noise outside made it hard to relax.
This is a somewhat hip hotel with modern rooms and touches. However, being that the building it's in was completed in 1889 there are flaws. 1.) it took some time to get water to come out of the shower, but once it came out it was strong and hot. 2.) these probably aren't the original windows, but they let in a lot of noise. There was construction going on around the block (Government Center perhaps) and I could hear dump trucks and jackhammers into the wee hours. Plus the walls are relatively thin and the lady in the room next to me was having a very interesting conversation that I could hear clearly.
I had the continental breakfast once, but really missed something heartier. What was offered was good, but a hot breakfast would have been better. It looks like the restaurant used to be a bar. I don't think there is a bar onsite, but that shouldn't be a problem in downtown Boston. Can't stumble 4 steps without running into a bar.
The location is very convenient to a T line - the State Street station is right across the street. This brings me back to this hotel being in an 1889 building. I could tell when the T was running because you could feel the vibrations and the distinct sound of a train on tracks. I was up on the 6th floor and could feel and hear it. When I ate downstairs for breakfast I could really hear it.
If my usual places are booked I would probably stay here again. Don't think this would be appropriate as a romantic getaway, but it is good enough for a short business stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ames, located in the beautiful and historic Ames building, inspires both modern style and old world sophistication. An experience rich with elegant interpretations, Ames is ideally located near historic Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill. Boasting a vibrant restaurant and bar offering an atmosphere that is at once refined and playful, a state-of-the art fitness center and suites accented by dramatic, Romanesque arched windows and original fireplaces. Our hotel is now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and features Hilton HHonors benefits and rewards. ... more less
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