Seamlessly blending historic charm with a refined, understated luxury, The Whitney is a stylish oasis located just on the edge of Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. If you’re looking to stay somewhere in the city where you can be relaxed and comfortable while being immersed in the stately character of this New England metropolis, this is the place for you.
The 65-room boutique property is named for Henry Melville Whitney, a prominent Boston industrialist who once owned the site. That attention to the area’s past can also be found in design details throughout the property, including its classic brick townhouse style that reflects the surrounding homes of Beacon Hill and the light-filled courtyard just outside of the hotel’s lobby with a peaceful garden and tranquil fountain.
Designed by Boston-based Hacin + Associates, the welcoming rooms feature amenities including WRIGHT mattresses, Frette bed linens and Grown Alchemist bath products. Many of the rooms feature large windows with stunning views of the Charles River, Beacon Hill and Cambridge. (Those staying at the hotel can also take advantage of the river through the on-site “Whitney on the Water'' program which offers the option to rent sailboats or yachts. Bicycles are also available for guests to take out for the day.) The only main amenity missing is that some of the rooms don’t have fridges.
Whether you’re walking down the art-filled hallways or putting up your feet next to the fireplace in the lobby, you’ll be able to feel the chic and meditative energy that pervades the hotel’s common areas. The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the area and quick to provide recommendations and local spots to try for drinks, coffee and more.
A stay here would be incomplete without a reservation at the hotel’s coastal Mediterranean-style restaurant Peregrine. The second outing from Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri, the duo behind the lauded Juliet in Somerville, the establishment serves locally-sourced cuisine influenced by Catalonia, Sardinia and Sicily in a casual lounge setting with views of the courtyard. The delicious Pasta Pomodoro ($18) is perfect for a cozy night in and the Caesar salad ($12) is spectacularly done with crisp kale and cabbage and lightly crunchy croutons. The wine list here is also wonderful and the service is impeccable.
Overall, The Whitney is a great homebase for your next trip to Boston and a solid option for solo travelers, couples and families.