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A Back Bay icon since 1900

Boldly laying claim to the title of "Original Boutique Hotel", this 214-room Boylston Street institution since 1900 was once proclaimed to be the "The Waldorf-Astoria of Boston", and blends historic charm with European style right in the middle of the Back Bay.There's only one way to describe this lobby, and that's "stately". Maybe also "warm", as there is a fireplace.You didn't come all the way to Boston to not drink at an Irish Pub, did you? Well good, then after checking-in grab a pint and park yourself here.With thirst satiated, head upstairs and lay eyes on the "uber-chic apartment-style" Back Bay Suite, which's designed to help you "mix business with pleasure", and pleasure with canopy beds.Ah, there's a well-apportioned cupboard of booze. Old-fashioned cast iron keys affixed to engraved leather chains. Replacement cost: eleventy billion dollars. Maybe.If you didn't know about Thrillist, maybe you'd have to ask this concierge where to get a drink...but they'd just tell you about City Bar, their stylish 65-seat cocktail den that has a carefully curated selection of cognacs, single malts, and......classic cocktails like this one encrusted with an inordinate amount of ice.And across the lobby lies City Table, where you can enjoy a handsome bowl of bouillabaisse.