Cozy Accommodations in Boston

One of our favorite ways to travel is to stay in small inns, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. We feel this is a great way to further steep yourself in the cultural fabric of a city and neighborhood. Not only is the architecture usually more interesting (and sometimes historically significant), but the proprietors are locals who value the cultural heritage that surrounds them and make it part of their daily mission to share it with visitors, while providing a homier, personalized lodging experience. Boston is the perfect city to take advantage of such accommodation. Below are some of our favorite places to stay in the city:

Boston’s South End is the perfect neighborhood to experience the city’s 19th century charm with its tree, brick and brownstone-lined streets. Encore B & B offers the beauty of a Victorian facade and the interior comforts of the present day in its four guest rooms.  For those who love the arts, this lovely brick townhouse is just a short walk from Symphony Hall, the Theater District, and the MFA. 116 West Newton Street, Boston

La Cappella Suites is located in the heart of the North End in a pre-war chapel originally built in 1941 by Italian immigrants belonging to “La Societá di San Calogero di Sciacca.” The current family owners renovated La Cappella and have since added four floors to the building. The top two floors are comfortable suites offering great views of both the city and the harbor. The North End is the perfect  home base for exploring the history of early pre-colonial Boston and, of course, enjoying some of the best food in the city. 290 North Street, Boston

From exterior architecture to interior decor, the Charles Street Inn in Beacon Hill reflects the golden age of 19th century Boston Brahmin society. Its nine luxurious, antique-appointed guest rooms are even named after the famed writers, artists and patrons who once lived on the cobblestoned streets of this neighborhood. 94 Charles Street, Boston

Green Turtle Bed & Breakfast is a unique floating b & b, located right on the water in the Historic Charlestown Navy Yard. While you may get harbor views from some of the larger high rise hotels in the city, the gentle sway of the water as you relax at the Green Turtle is unmatched.  The Freedom Trail is only steps away to lead you into the North End or downtown Boston. Shipyard Quarters Marina, 13th Street, Charlestown