The 10 Coolest (and Most Unique) Hotels in Massachusetts
While there are thousands of perfectly cozy hotels all over Massachusetts, sometimes you like to change things up a bit. Do you like to stay where a rich history precedes you? Do you like sleeping in a place with fascinating architectural design, where the hotel itself is part of the vacationing experience? If so, you’re going to love reading about these 10 unique hotels in Massachusetts. They’ll definitely give you something to write about on those postcards you send back home to your friends and family.
Located on a 220-acre estate in Lenox, staying at Blantyre is one of very few opportunities one can find for sleeping in an authentic Massachusetts castle. A one-of-a-kind property—this is not part of any hotel association or franchise—the castle, designed by architect Robert Henderson Robertson, was once occupied by a family from England. Following an extensive renovation and reopening as one of the finest hotels in the world in 1981, guests who stay here enjoy both the life, as well as the astute service, of days gone by.
Comprised of one houseboat and two yachts, the Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston. Featuring all the amenities of a modern bed and breakfast, guests wake up on the water, but can walk to many of Boston’s best attractions. Located just four miles from Logan Airport, a water taxi often takes Green Turtle guests to their accommodations.
Guests can stay in one of two light station buildings at the Race Point Light Station in Provincetown. Perfect for a family getaway, the Keeper’s House sleeps 11. The nearby Whistle House sleeps eight. Beach views from the lighthouse and its buildings are among the very best on Cape Cod.
Voted the 2015 best U.S. City Center Historic Hotel by Historic Hotels of America, the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem has seen U.S. presidents and Hollywood celebrities as some of their famous guests. Located in Salem’s historic district, ghost story websites claim the place is haunted. It has even been featured on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters. If historical charm and a bit of otherworldly intrigue is of interest to you, a reservation is a must.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend a night in jail, you can sort of do that at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. The granite structure used to be the Charles Street Jail. Malcolm X was once an inmate here. These days, however, it’s a luxury hotel with modern décor.
“Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” Of course, that’s just a children’s rhyme based on the accused, but acquitted, murderer. Her former home, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, features eight rooms in period décor. It’s the perfect place for those with a penchant for the macabre to spend a night or two.
For an off-the-grid lodging experience, consider a stay at the Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast in Northampton. Solar power means you’ll be safe and warm. The home-cooked meals are said to be sublime. Enjoy breakfast while watching the llamas, as well as peacocks and a donkey roam the premises.
Do you have bats in your belfry? There aren’t any in the Belfry Inn in Sandwich, either. A converted church, replete with gorgeous stained glass windows, is a gorgeous place in this Cape Cod town to stay. In addition to the church, the inn features rooms in a grand Victorian, as well as in a Federalist home from the 1800s. Period antiques make the stay even more unique.
Another Massachusetts castle—this one located in Marblehead—was built in the 1920s, and now operates as a bed and breakfast. Herreshoff Castle is steps from the Marblehead waterfront, and features modern amenities amidst plenty of old world charm. A reproduction of a 10th century Viking castle, the structure features parapets and turrets. It is made of stone and boasts gothic doors and windows.
Also known as Hotel @ MIT, Le Meridien in Cambridge reflects the innovation of the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Some of the quirky sights include robots in the lobby. Guest room sheets have equations on them. Centrally located, the hotel is perfect for guests visiting Boston. Just a few minutes’ walk to the city, it is also an easy drive from nearby Logan Airport.
Whether you like sleek and modern or rustic and cozy, there are unique accommodations for you and yours in Massachusetts. You’ll be hard pressed to find a state with this many unusual lodging options.