While you're excited for your relatives to be in town for the holidays, finding space for them in your cozy 2-bedroom apartment can be daunting. Instead, gift them a 5-star experience by putting them up in a luxury Boston resort. From unique waterfront locations to historic hotels, we're teaming up with Expedia.com to present the five best Boston hotels to book your family a room this season.
Situated on Boston’s coveted Boylston Street, the Mandarin Oriental offers a luxurious and convenient stay for your visiting relatives. For family members with little ones, book their family adventure package, including a welcome children’s gift, chocolate milk and homemade cookies, and a daily discovery of the hotel’s resident elf. However, those looking to get in their last-minute holiday shopping during the visit, consider the hotel’s Saks Fifth Avenue experience, which includes a welcome gift from the retailer, a $200 gift card to Saks, a personalized shopping experience, and more. 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8888
Boasting breathtaking views, this waterfront destination is perfect for loved ones looking for island charm. Located in Nantucket, White Elephant provides an escape from the bustling city with its suites, garden cottages, and in-town lofts. For the holidays, book their Christmas stroll package, which includes a handcrafted ornament, mistletoe, Red Sangria from Nantucket Vineyards, and a recipe for holiday mulled wine. 50 Easton St., Nantucket, 508-228-2500
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
With a location near Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail and the theater district, the Ritz-Carlton is the perfect hotel for family members planning to sightsee during their visit. For a fun holiday experience for kids, book the enchanting nutcracker escape to receive their Nutcracker Bear tuck-in service with milk and holiday cookies, as well as a sugar plum inspired bubble bath drawn by their bath butler—perfect for warming up after a frosty afternoon exploring the city. 10 Avery St., 617-574-7100
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Opened in 1912, this luxury hotel in downtown Boston offers families a glimpse inside the city’s rich history and culture. Get into the spirit of this giving season with the hotel’s tree of hope package, which will donate $10 per night of your stay to Room to Grow. Families can also embrace the magic of the holidays with their Elf on the Shelf package, including welcome milk and holiday cookies, an Elf on the Shelf for the duration of your stay, and a complimentary ornament. 138 St James Ave., 617-267-5300
With an array of festive brunches, holiday treats, and fireplace suites, the Taj Boston is sure to keep your family warm and cozy during their wintry visit. Children can enjoy a teddy bear tea, which features storytelling by Mrs.Claus, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, and more, while parents can indulge in their more sophisticated holiday tea with delicate treats. As for accommodations, be sure to book their fireplace suite getaway, which includes the services of a fireplace butler and your choice of wood to burn. 15 Arlington St., 617-536-5700