Getaways: Boston’s XV Beacon Is a Modern Study In Traditional Refinement

For Luxury Boston Hotels, the XV
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* Located steps from the Boston Common
* Complimentary Lexus chauffeur service
* No need to leave Fido with the pet-sitter: pets welcome at the XV Beacon

Sure you can park your car in Harvard Yard, but to get an indulgent night’s rest? Cross the Charles and head to Boston. There, tucked on a picturesque, tree-lined street next to the Boston Common, lies the XV Beacon. A hotel ready to charm you with old-school tradition and new-school glamour, enter to an impressive Beaux-Arts façade and be relieved of your luggage by brass-buttoned bellhops. Glide up to your room in original cage elevators, where soaring ceilings and a lit fire beckon.

Beautifully appointed with Louis XV-inspired furniture, floor-length hanging mirrors and antique desks, the XV Beacon oozes traditional, genteel grace without sparing a single 21st century luxury. All 63 rooms feature huge flatscreen TVs, iPod alarm clock docking stations and free WiFi; a few even have whirlpool bathtubs.

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The experience continues beyond the hotel as well — downstairs, find Moo and Moo Bar, the establishment’s restaurant and wine bar. In possession of an oenophile’s dream cellar, find a wine list that includes a $17,000 1876 Château d’Yquem and a bottle of Heidsieck bubbly salvaged from the wreckage of a Swedish schooner at the bottom of the Baltic in 1907.

And though it may be hard to leave with so many sybaritic pleasures so close to home, exploring the sites of this classic city is a surge-priced free treat: chauffeur service in the hotel’s fleet of Lexus vehicles is complimentary for guests. A perk not always found in luxury Boston hotels, and essential to avoiding those parking tickets in Harvard Yard.

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