OFF THE BEATEN PATH: BOSTON, MA

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Thousands of visitors every season stay in hotels in Boston to see the sights but the new Revolution Hotel in the city’s South End is an attraction in and of itself. According to developer Bruce A. Percelay, the hotel reflects the concept that the American Revolution did not stop in 1776 but was just getting warmed up. As it turns out, there have been more new innovations, products, movements, inventions and thought-leading pieces of literature created in Boston over the last several hundred years than perhaps any city in the world.

Recently named by Condé Nast Traveler as the top-rated hotel in Boston, the Revolution thoughtfully showcases hundreds of life-changing innovations throughout the property. A ninety-foot-long mural done by America’s top graffiti artist Tristan Eaton wraps around a thirty-foot-tall “Innovation Tower” and features everything that originated in Boston from the telephone and typewriter all the way to Bose headphones and the iRobot.

In a city that often sees hotel rates above $600 per night, the Revolution also has revolutionary pricing starting as low as $150 for admittedly small, compact rooms but offset by some of the most visually interesting common spaces of any hotel in the city. Some of Boston’s best restaurants are located nearby on Tremont Street, including the popular Beehive Restaurant. And now the hotel itself is home to a new Mexican restaurant from the Beehive team: Cósmica, which features a large private outdoor patio. If you’re into staying at a cool hotel at a reasonable price—and one that might teach you a thing or two about Boston’s history—the Revolution is the perfect choice.

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