Check-in: Ames Boston

- Megan Montenaro, Kiwi Collection's Director of Communications

As the United States prepares for another presidential election, I was excited about a trip to Boston where many events that would eventually shape the nation took place. And what better place to stay than the Ames Hotel? Housed in one of Boston’s oldest buildings, and steps from the Old State House that served as the seat of the British Government until the Revolution, it’s historic and modern all at once.

We arrived well after dark in the pouring rain and drove right by the discreet entrance. The next morning, I was able to admire the building’s architecture and was surprised to learn that at just 13 stories it was considered Boston’s first skyscraper. While the view from the outside is quite nice, it was the view from our room on the ninth floor that’s worth noting. On the other side of the curved windows was a generously sized room with 14-foot ceilings, stylish Malin and Goetz bath products and charming touches that include bedside lighting fashioned as the whale-oil lamps of days gone by.

On our way to dinner at the on-site Woodward we were invited to a party later that evening to celebrate Fashion Week. As we sat down to eat, it was apparent that Boston’s fashionable crowd had no trouble finding the hotel as a parade of models and other well-coiffed revelers entered the hotel. Dinner included seared diver scallops, short rib tortellini and libations from the lengthy cocktail menu. The party was on the second floor, also where a complimentary daily breakfast is served among a cozy fireplace, comfy chairs and quirky décor courtesy of David Rockwell.

The next day was reserved for sightseeing, walking the Freedom Trail, which begins blocks away from the hotel, and mulling over the dinner options that Concierge Charles recommended. We also made a visit to Beacon Hill to stroll through the gorgeous Boston Public Gardens. From there, we headed back to the hotel through the winding, steep streets lined with charming row houses. We met back up with Charles who managed to wrestle a dinner reservation at the hip Sportello, where we dined on tagliatelle with Bolognese, corn agnolotti and polenta topped with porcini—making my Grandma Montenaro proud I’m sure.

As we drove away the next morning I felt more in touch with American history, but more importantly, relaxed and refreshed from a great weekend spent at a stylish hotel.

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