If you have never visited a Kimpton hotel, add it to your bucket list! They are the most amazing chain of boutique hotels, and each one is more unique than the next. The first Kimpton I ever stayed at was in Savannah, Georgia. The Brice was one of my favorite places and I have been hooked on Kimptons ever since. The central location and laid back atmosphere of the lit up courtyard was so awesome. At first, it was hard to believe that such a swank hotel would be so dog friendly. I did not have my dog with me on this trip, but as soon as I visited, I knew I would have to take him. There is no charge for pets and no limit on how many you bring. They say that as long as they fit through the door, they are welcome.
If you sign up to receive emails from Kimpton Karma Rewards, you will get a weekly email of last minute deals. It also scores you free internet, so I would recommend it. One week I was feeling especially frazzled by the kids and in need of a break. I saw a great deal for the Kimpton in Boston. I paid $125 for the night! They also give AAA discounts.
There are three Kimpton Hotels in Boston. I stayed at the Nine Zero Hotel which is right on Boston Common. The park was a huge plus for the pooch. When we checked in, my pup had his own fluffy bed waiting, as well as dishes and treats. Get this- they had framed pictures of my kids in the room! It was such a nice touch, because even though I was away from the little buggers for one night, I miss them the second I am gone. You just email them any picture you would like in your room before hand. One of my other favorite parts about staying at the Kimpton is the FREE wine reception every day between 5-6 pm. Founder Bill Kimpton wanted guests to “feel a sense of community and inclusion, and relax at the end of the day.” And yes, that includes your pet. Wine and dogs? Yes please!
The best part about this little getaway is that we did NOTHING and it was amazing. We got Starbucks and strolled through the park. I took a hot bath and ordered room service. We watched Dateline and I didn’t even have to listen to Calliou’s voice for 24 hours. It was heavenly.
The next morning, I flipped through my little Fodor’s Citypack and picked out a few places I wanted to see in the area. I love these little books, because they list the top 25 sights. They are short but informative guides that can fit in your purse.
Boston is such a great place. There is so much history around every corner. I wandered through the Granary Burying Ground and paid my respects to Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock. Then I walked up Beacon Street and popped into the Athenaeum, which I had walked by 100 times and never knew was there. Located at 10 1/2 Beacon, this hidden gem is a gorgeous library filled with old books, statues and artwork.
From there, I walked up to the Massachusetts State House. With it’s large gold dome glistening over the city, this is an iconic symbol of Boston. It was a quiet day in the State House so I was able to peek into rooms which are usually closed off when they are in sessions. I really loved seeing the House of Representatives and the Senate. Be sure to search for the “Sacred Cod” hanging in the chambers. There is a hidden JFK memorial that you will need a treasure map to find. It is a very confusing building to get around, but there are many staff members around willing to help guide you and answer questions.
I had to leave my dog in the room while I did this tour. The hotel has door hangers to notify cleaners that there is a dog inside. They have really thought of everything! The Polka Dog Bakery is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel if you want to grab your pup a healthy, hand-crafted treat to keep him busy while you are gone.
Lastly,the hotel offers valet parking which costs $49 per night. I found easy parking at the Pi Alley Garage which was only $22 a night. The garage is just a short walk from the hotel. I prepaid online so it was very easy to just drive in and out.