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Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
Ranked #21 of 83 Hotels in Boston
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“Perfect location in Boston”
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We spent 4 nights at Nine Zero during a recent trip to Boston. We choose this hotel based on its location and the fact it was a Kimpton property. We arrived at Logan Int. and took the free shuttle (bus 66) to the water and then rode a water taxi across the harbour to Long Wharf. We walked about 10 minutes to the hotel (cost $10 each), a nice way to arrive. When we left we walked 5 minutes to the blue line subway to the airport stop then boarded a shuttle bus to the terminal (cost $2.50 each). Door to door about 25 minutes or less!

When we arrived at Nine Zero we were pleased to have a great corner room with a view of the Park Street Church and historic burial ground. Quite nice. The room was large with a King bed and lots of windows (which opened). The bathroom was very nice, but had no tub (walk in shower). The decor was cool and funky as was the entire hotel. As Kimpton members we had free wifi and a $10 coupon to 'raid the mini-bar' (had some kettle chips and chocolate chip cookies). We also took part in the free wine reception each night from 5-6. They had white sangria, a dry red wine and super sweet white dessert wine. This was a nice way to 'kick off' our evening, before we headed out to dinner.

The location of this hotel is perfect. It is centrally located (Boston Common) so everything was within an easy walk. Hotels in Boston seem to be expensive in the summer so this hotel was about average in terms of value compared to others.

As others have mentioned there is no coffee maker in the room, however, it was available in the restaurant on the 2nd floor. My husband was able to get our coffee as early as 6:30 a.m. and it actually tasted good, compared to those cheap home 'brewers' you usually find in hotel rooms.

The staff, particularly the concierge, Andy, were helpful. Only complaint was that we were lead to believe there were plenty of complimentary bikes available, however when we wanted to get them we learned they only had 2 and 1 was out for repair. We had to change our plans accordingly. The next day we used the bike-share system (Hubway) and biked around the Esplande and the Charles River. This worked out better because we didn't have to ride our bikes through city streets to the river. We continued to use the various bike locations within our 24 hour membership including a bike tour of the Harvard campus.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Boston.

Room Tip: Corner room on a high floor provides the best views of the city
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 20 August 2012
Dear FrequentflyerToronto,

The trip from Logan is always surprisingly fast. I love the 1 if by land, 2 if by sea approach. Very Boston. All of our corner rooms do feature the stand alone showers, as does about 45% of the rest of the hotel.

The coffee in the 2nd floor lounge in the morning is definitely better than any coffeemaker I have ever encountered - although we do have Keurigs for request - which make a mean (and fast) cup of joe.

Sorry about both bicycles not being available during your stay. We are pretty meticulous with their maintenance. You definitely need all the gears (and brakes!) given how many hills are around here. Luckily, as you mentioned, there are a couple of great alternatives if ours are "in the shop" or "out on the town" with another guest.

Regards,

Mark
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

Not much more to add here, the title says it all. This was our second time in a year staying here at Nine Zero. Location is great, and we were able to experience more in the area this time around than last year based off of our familiarity with the area. Getting to and from the airport was super quick this time, with not much of a cab ride at all. Didn't need a car; everything we needed to reach was within walking distance or short cab fare distance.

The staff was great and helpful as always. The orange and lemon water in the lobby were a staple of our frequent ins and outs of the hotel. Always refreshing after baking in the summer sun. We had a(nother) great time here. This time, we had a room with not that good of a view, and we were on the 15th floor, so it all depends on where you are placed. Our room location was very quiet and we hardly saw and definitely did not hear any other guests. Very comfortable room. Definitely recommended!!! Thanks for providing us with great accomodations for the second time around...

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
Dear dragonOL2,

Twice this year...only 13 more stays and you'll qualify for InnerCircle member status! Okay - maybe you're not quite at that pace, but signing up for the Intouch program is half the battle.

For views I always recommend our queen rooms - the majority are on the Tremont side of the building which is a little more open than the rooms on the the other three sides.

Until we meet again,

Mark
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Reviewed 13 August 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay at Nine Zero in mid July. The staff were extremely helpful, the location was great, right on the Freedom Trail and the rooms were 'trendy'. We stayed at the beginning and end of our holiday. Both rooms had a limited view, a room on the higher floorsay have helped this!! I would definitely stay here again!! Loved it!

  • Stayed July 2012
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
Dear issy1Coleraine,

Thank you for bookending your holiday with us. I love the term 'holiday' much more than 'vacation' - it just sounds more relaxing. And longer - which helps too. Glad we could be a help to you during your stay. If you need any help in the future staying with us, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Happy Holiday,

Mark
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Nine Zero is a great hotel. Looks good, great location, terrific staff, good value for the price. The rooms are contemporary and, for lack of a better description, luxuriously sexy. Dark wood, textured fabrics, fuzzy throw on the bed and zebra print bathrobes. Amazingly soft towels for a hotel. The lobby design is funky. Best advice on room selection: if you can, get a room above the 12th floor for a view. Corner rooms all end in 05 and the best ones seem to be floors 15, 16 and 17. We had a corner room facing Boston Common. Quiet, except for lots of church bells and some very strange renditions of America the Beautiful played from the church spire. Can't say enough nice about the staff. Especially the concierge who managed to get us a table at great seafood restaurant on a Sat night. Seems it's pretty hard to do same day reservations at the best places, but he pulled it off and sent us to a place we hadn't considered but was outstanding. The only very very minor criticism: no coffee in the room and the restaurant that does offer free coffee to guests doesn't serve until 8 am. Had to get fully dressed and make sense every morn to go to the Starbucks to bring coffee back to bed! Small thing, but coffee in the lobby at 7 am would really help. Sign up for Kimpton's free loyalty program and you get free WiFi and a $10 credit on the mini bar. Seemed a good deal!

Room Tip: avoid anything near the ice machine. It's loud when used.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
Dear Indiana1000,

We're blushing with your "luxuriously sexy" - which I suppose would be the antithesis of that description. Needless to say we are flattered that you took the time to write a review on your experience.

The bells actually just began tolling again in the last year after being quiet for some time. I guess even centuries old bells need a rest every once and a while. And "My Country 'Tis of Thee" was actually written on the steps of that church. Truly nothing in Boston is untouched by the mark of history.

From history to the future - next time you stay, you should know that we do offer morning coffee for our guests on the second floor in the lounge. The lighting is a little softer and the noise a little quieter up there to help everyone adjust to the day before the caffeine has kicked in.

Best,

Mark
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

The Nine Zero has a great location, nice view, and an interesting contemporary decor. We got a clean and spacious corner room (805). They offer a happy hour with surprisingly pretty good wine @ 5pm. The room temperature did not go lower than 72 even though the thermostat would go down to 62. My guess is that the a/c does not have the adequate capacity for the room. Bed and pillows are fine (could be better), perhaps is about time to get new ones. Not too bad but if you want a cool room to sleep this particular one would not do it. We had breakfast at their restaurant one morning and the food was simply ok. Spent $38 for breakfast for ONE person including tax and tip! We did not have a car so did not have to worry about parking. If you are thinking about renting a car in Boston, think again, it is almost impossible to find a parking spot without paying a fortune. I would definitely stay here again and skip their restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
Dear Xmaspr,

Sorry to hear about the A/C not being sufficient for cooling your room. I have noticed the corner rooms tend to warm a little more than others - probably because they have so many windows absorbing the sun all day long! But we have noted your comment and engineering has inspected to the room to ensure everything is operating as it should. I was also disappointed to hear about breakfast in KO. Usually it is outstanding. Brioche French Toast!

Thank you again for staying with us and we hope to see you back with us soon.

Mark
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

I stayed at Nine Zero for a workshop in June at Suffolk Law School. You cannot beat the location if you want to be near Suffolk Law; it is a short two blocks walk down Tremont Street.

The hotel was very nice for the conference rate; I don't know if I would pay some of the higher room rates described in other reviews given the other hotel options in the area. It seemed like a low-key W Hotel, but probably not the "happening" and "hipster" vibe it. The lobby and reception area is very small. And although they advertise a "wine hour" I did not see many people gathered for it.

Overall, I think it is a great choice if you need to be around Suffolk but you will want to step out on the town for any type of socializing.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
Dear lalagirl22,

We are so close to Suffolk and Emerson College that we would probably be wise to open up a college bookstore somewhere on property. We certainly have seen our fair share of college families stay with us from parents' to almuni weekends.

We will pretend we didn't read the comparison between us and our friends from end of the alphabet. It is true that there are areas of the city more densely packed with nightlife options - but as far as being central to everything, it doesn't beat 90 Tremont!

Safe Travels,

Mark
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

We stayed two nights and had rooms on the 7th and 8th floors, which were not quite high enough to not hear the morning traffic. Rooms are nicely furnished and comfortable. Reasons it is not rated five stars:

Valet parking only at $42 a night. Very difficult to get street parking as most of the surrounding streets are street cleaning every night. A couple of nearby lots have overnight parking for $13 but the car has to be moved very early.

No coffee maker in room.

Noisy unless high up.

Cheers!

Marius

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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DirectorofOps90, Manager at Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
Dear Marius40,

We really want those 5 stars....let's see if I can help!

Valet parking is $42 an evening - but that gets you unlimited in and out privileges, an indoor spot, the chance to interact with our super friendly door staff, and so on!

Coffee makers are available by request in all rooms - we just like to free up as much space as possible for you guys.

Traffic...to be continued.


Safe travels,

Mark
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Property: Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
Address: 90 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108-4101 (Formerly Nine Zero Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel)
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Downtown
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#6 Spa Hotel in Boston
#10 Business Hotel in Boston
#13 Family Hotel in Boston
#14 Green Hotel in Boston
#15 Luxury Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 190
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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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