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Lose yourself in the charming streetscapes, historic buildings and village-like atmosphere of Boston’s oldest and wealthiest suburbs.

Historic Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s smallest suburbs, but it sure packs in a lot of charm. Streets are lined with cobblestone sidewalks and flickering gas lamps. Federal-style row houses are dressed with pretty flower boxes and wrought iron fences.

The Beacon Hill area was settled in 1625. Most homes were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and are lovingly preserved. They range from narrow row houses to grand family residences. Look for polished brass door knockers, which have become the unofficial symbol of the suburb. Don’t be content just to browse the exteriors of Beacon Hill’s stately homes; pay a visit to the Nichols House Museum. Built in 1804, this four-story town house showcases the original furnishings, crafts and day-to-day objects of the early 1900s.

Delve deeper into Beacon Hill’s history and join one of the many paid or free walking tours offered by local tourist agencies. You can even take an online tour before going. The suburb is also a wonderful place to discover on your own. Pick up a coffee from one of many cafés and wander the cobblestone streets at your leisure. Acorn Street is one of the area’s most picturesque and frequently photographed streets. Additionally, look out for Mount Vernon Street and Louisburg Square, two of the most exclusive addresses in Boston.

Pick up that perfect Boston memento from one of the many antique and craft shops on Charles Street, Beacon Hill’s main thoroughfare. Pull up a bar stool in Cheers Beacon Hill, the pub that provided the inspiration for the hit 1980s TV show “Cheers.” Bibliophiles will want to check out the Boston Athenaeum, an exquisitely decorated and furnished private library that overlooks the Granary Burying Grounds. Just across Beacon Street is the domed State House, the home of Massachusetts state politics.

Christmas is considered one of the loveliest times to visit Beacon Hill. Just when you think the neighborhood can’t get any prettier, a thick blanket of snow covers the cobblestones and adds another layer of magic.

The Beacon Hill area is located just north of Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. You can get there by subway, bus or car.


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Fifteen Beacon
Fifteen Beacon
5 out of 5
15 Beacon St, Boston, MA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £309 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in Beacon Hill, this luxury hotel is steps away from Suffolk University and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Boston Opera House are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (275 reviews)

"Great location and car service was a great perk. However, did not enjoy coming back to my room at 5:00pm and no house cleaning service. When asked at front desk they said I never requested it which wasn't true at all."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Fifteen Beacon
The Whitney Hotel
The Whitney Hotel
4 out of 5
170 Charles Street, Boston, MA
The price is £154 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

Located in Beacon Hill, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Common and TD Garden. Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Massachusetts ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (65 reviews)

"Nicely designed and decorated in a neutral & black and white palette, with lots of paintings. The original brick, arched windows lend an authentic feeling to the rooms. The king size bed was very comfortable with very nice linens and comforter. The bathroom is black & white with a large glass door ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

The Whitney Hotel
Sonder - Hancock Suites
Sonder - Hancock Suites
3.5 out of 5
40 Hancock Street, Boston, MA
The price is £158 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Located in Beacon Hill, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Massachusetts State House and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Massachusetts ...

4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)

"Great apartment even better staff! So helpful and nice !!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Sonder - Hancock Suites
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
3 out of 5
25 Charles Street, Boston, MA
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Located in Beacon Hill, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boston Public Garden, Boston Common, and The Freedom Trail. Newbury Street and Emerson ...

4.4/5Excellent! (123 reviews)

"Great location, nice people, clean. Needs some updates"…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2019

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Beautiful Sunny Two Bedroom in Historic Beacon Hill
Beautiful Sunny Two Bedroom in Historic Beacon Hill
14 Chestnut St, Boston, MA
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Located in Beacon Hill, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Freedom Trail, Boston Common and Boston Opera House. Boston Public Garden and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)
Beacon Hill Charmer

"Our daughter’s 18th birthday coincided with the long Thanksgiving weekend. We needed a way to make it special in spite of the quarantine. She suggested we find a vrbo in the Back Bay (one of her favorite places) to move our bubble to. This was the perfect setting. Just a block from the Boston Commons, ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2020

Beautiful Sunny Two Bedroom in Historic Beacon Hill
Clean Studio Apt, Near Mgh, Perfect for Isolation
Clean Studio Apt, Near Mgh, Perfect for Isolation
144 Bowdoin St, #63, Boston, MA
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Located in Beacon Hill, this apartment building is steps away from Suffolk University and The Freedom Trail. Boston Common and Boston Opera House are also within ...

Clean Studio Apt, Near Mgh, Perfect for Isolation
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