From the outside, you might not suspect this hulking concrete structure to house one of the city’s loveliest hotels. But then again, you know the old adage about deceiving appearances. A $25 million renovation back in 2008 turned the hotel into an edgy yet residential-feeling respite; rooms look more like perfectly appointed city condos. Eames furniture and modern art decorate each room, many of which offer skyline views from oversized, plate-glass windows (book a space on the south side if you want to gaze over South End’s brownstone rooftops). The hotel puts you smack in the center of all the Back Bay has to offer, from the chichi Copley Place Mall to the even more chichi shopping and people watching of Newbury Street. But you’re golden if you stay in, too: Brasserie JO, the lobby-level restaurant, is a French brasserie in the Old World style (think duck l’orange and coq au vin), and the hotel’s renovated rooftop pool includes a bar and private cabanas as well as regular events with local chefs and yoga teachers.
120 Huntington Ave
|Cross street:||at West Newton St|
|Price:||Rates $199-$599 double.|