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Travel September, 5 2011

Ames Hotel Boston, MA U.S.A.

A little bit of local love from me. While currently reside on the Cambridge-side of the Charles, there are certain locales which I must frequent on the other side of the river – the Boston side. It just happens that  Government Center (or Downtown Crossing to some) is home to one of Boston’s finest “new” hotels. The Ames Hotel, built inside the old Ames Building, just steps from the Old State House, was renovated by the Morgans Hotel Group back in 2009.  Today, it is a much needed hotel destination in this area of Boston. Washington Street which connects Government Center to the Theatre District, is a frequent shopping haunt for many. The Ames places a drop-pin on the far end of Washington, for both accommodations, dinner, and night life.

Photography: Jeff Carvalho/Selectism.com

Read more on the Ames Hotel, Boston after the click.

A stay at the Ames will be a pleasant and central experience for all Boston visitors. The location of the hotel is central to most T lines (your best bet for getting around the city) as well as walking distance to Old Faneuil Hall and, of course, the Old State House.

The 114 room Ames was designed by the Rockwell Group and sticks to the heritage of the building by keeping the design as clean and elegant as possible. Not surprisingly, Boston is a slightly conservative city with Democratic leanings. The interior design plays upon this history by remaining restrained in the sleeping rooms but letting loose inside the hotel’s Woodward Restaurant. Explore the back walls and private second floor lounge/bar. There you will find “Cabinets of Curiosity” filled with everything from busts of J.F.K. to taxidermy and beyond.

Look up and examine the original ceiling tiles, in their lobby, mixed in with new works.

More importantly, the rooms offer strong views of downtown Boston and beyond. Visitors will also find their own “curiosities” in each room. The sandstone of the original building pulls together both new and old features in this modern offering in Boston from the Morgans Hotel Group.

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