Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Boston’s only Ritz (the Taj chain bought the famous Back Bay property in 2006) is an 11-story glass-and-steel monolith that looms above the Common’s greenery. Opened in 2001, the hotel transports you—oddly—to 1985; the glitzy marble lobby, filled with giant potted lilies and a 10-foot fireplace, is pure Trump Revival. Thankfully, the 193 guest rooms are a bit more subdued, with velvety earth-toned upholstery, feather beds, and Frette bathrobes—appealing amenities after a workout in the adjacent 100,000-square-foot Sports Club/LA (where $15 gets you near-round-the-clock access).
Tip: Keep an eye out for baseball’s best: Red Sox super-hitter Manny Ramirez frequents the bar, and the Yankees stay here when they’re in town.
Room to Book: Any room above the ninth floor; these have the most direct views over the Common.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.