XV Beacon Hotel Review | Boston, Massachusetts

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Name: XV Beacon

Location: 15 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Price: Starting at $425 | Book It


  • 63 Rooms
  • MOOO Restaurant
  • Private Dining Available
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • Exercise Room 

Best Tip: A stay at the XV Beacon includes rides in their Lexus courtesy cars with complimentary service throughout downtown Boston. 

Stay here if…
...you like luxury living and want to be in the center of Boston.

XV Beacon History
I love staying at hotels with history and the XV Beacon has a rich one. The hotel sits on the site of the 1722 Bromfield Mansion built by wealthy Boston merchant Edward Bromfield. The current building was built in 1903 by the architect William Gibbson Preston who is known for the Museum of Natural History (now Louis Boston) in the Back Bay. 

Checking in at the XV Beacon

Lobby of the XV Beacon

Lobby of the XV Beacon

Matt and I planned a very short (and last minute) trip to Boston before I left for Iceland and we both were excited to stay at the XV Beacon in Boston. The small hotel is frequently completely booked and we were lucky to score a room. 

Early Saturday morning, we boarded a Megabus in Manhattan at the literal crack of dawn. In four short hours, we arrived in lovely Boston. I had sent the XV Beacon a quick e-mail the day before letting them know about our early arrival but not expecting a room to be ready at the time of morning. When we walked through the doors at 10 am we were delightfully surprised to find our room was ready! Thankful doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. There is nothing like being able to spend a few minutes relaxing and changing in your room before heading out for a day in a new city. 

Check in was quick and easy, with a very helpful front desk. The hotel's employees told us about some local spots to grab some breakfast before we were whisked upstairs to drop off our bags. Already impressed with the grand entrance of the XV Beacon, my jaw nearly dropped when we boarded the building's original cage elevator. The elevator combined with the hotel's rich mahogany walls transported me back to "Old Boston" and infused me with energy for the long day of sightseeing ahead. (I know - hard life I live)

Read on: Full Travel Guide for Boston - where to eat, stay, and what to see

Rooms at the XV Beacon

Fireplaces in the rooms at XV Beacon

Fireplaces in the rooms at XV Beacon

All guestroom at the XV Beacon are individually designed so no two are alike. The hotel was recently refreshed in 2009 and renovated in 2016, and you can clearly see the modern design running through the hotel. Each room comes with a fireplace perfect for cold nights in Boston or for a more romantic setting. A large flat screen TV, built in stereo system, and new furniture are found in every guestroom.  Our room, an executive classic, was spacious and elegant with a queen canopy bed and a large lounge area. The bathroom was crisp and white with marble furnishings. Also, I loved seeing green efforts and a new recycle soap program was recently implemented. 

Acorn street (the most photographed street in America) is right around the corner from the XV Beacon

Acorn street (the most photographed street in America) is right around the corner from the XV Beacon

XV Beacon Location

The location of the XV Beacon is one of the biggest draws. Sitting in Boston's landmark district you are a short walking distance to some of the most amazing sites. The Freedom Trail is easily accessible starting at the Boston Commons only one block away. Shopping and downtown nightlife are just as close. You can't beat the hotel's prime location. 

Read on: How to walk the Boston Freedom Trail on your own

Wifi at XV Beacon

WiFi is always what guests are most concerned about, myself included. I usually work from the road and plan as I go so a properly functioning and efficient WiFi is key. No complaints here. XV Beacons WiFi was easy to access and free throughout the hotel. I streamed music, watched Netflix and answered e-mails from my room, and the rooftop as well, with ease.

Pet Policy at XV Beacon

I wish we had booked a longer stay at the XV Beacon so we could have brought Zelda along. The XV Beacon is incredibly pet-friendly and welcomes any sized well-behaved dogs to their hotel. Zelda could have been pampered with complimentary biscuits (you know she loves those) and a plush bed. Walks can also be scheduled if you are busy during the day. There is a $25 fee for dogs which is donated to local animal charities in your dog's name. I will definitely be coming back to Boston, with Zelda, so she can experience the luxury of XV Beacon for herself - also think of how cute the pictures would be. All I request is that Zelda gets a dog bathrobe so we can match!

Rooftop of the XV Beacon is a must do - gorgeous sunsets and cocktails a great combo

Rooftop of the XV Beacon is a must do - gorgeous sunsets and cocktails a great combo

Extra Touches

XV Beacon has one of the best turn down services I have experienced. When we arrived back in our room after a long day exploring Boston light music was playing from the stereo and chocolates were on our pillows. I think the stereo with built in speakers throughout the room is a wonderful extra touch.

Plugs next to the bed included USB outlets which I always appreciate. Such a simple upgrade goes a long way.

Of course, the best extra touch is the fireplaces in every room. You turn them on with a click of a button next to the bed and although Matt and I experienced an unusually hot day in Boston (temperatures reached over 90°F) we utilized the fireplace everytime we were in our room. Technically, we were celebrating our one-year wedding anniversary in Boston before I headed to Iceland without him for 10 days. We sipped wine and ate chocolates next to the fire as our one night in Boston came to an end. Despite the fireplace making the room very hot, I loved the ambiance and didn't want to turn it off. What can I say, the Floridian in me gets excited at fireplaces! Enjoy the little things people. 

Dining at XV Beacon

While the XV Beacon is walking distance to the famous North End try and plan time for a dinner at MOOO their onsite steakhouse that is critically acclaimed. Below MOOO is a stunning wine cellar that can be booked for private events. 24-hour room service is also available. 

Read on: 10 things you can't on your next trip to Boston

The verdict?

The XV Beacon is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Boston. I haven't even gone into the numerous awards it has won because the hotel and experience itself speaks volumes. If you are coming to Boston don't miss staying here!

Pictures of XV Beacon

Final Thoughts

...even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. I recommend the Lonely Planet Pocket Guides - they are awesome, and obviously fit in your pocket. But here are some other travel guide books I recommend:

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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One of the best hotels in Boston is the XV Beacon - you can't miss it and here's why

One of the best hotels in Boston is the XV Beacon - you can't miss it and here's why

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