The Best Hotels to Book for the Boston Marathon
The Envoy Hotel
Not far from the race expo at the Seaport World Trade Center, the Envoy—with its swanky rooftop, minimalist-style rooms, and killer in-house restaurant—is well-suited for travelers who want to get away from finish line crowds. Boston's seaport district is booming with top restaurants and luxury shops—plus, water views (and you're closer to the airport).
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Four Seasons Hotel Boston
On top of the service you can always expect of a Four Seasons (a staff that's been known to customize menus for hungry runners looking for protein-packed breakfasts and an amenity bag upon arrival), the selling point for this hotel is location. It's particularly pertinent on Marathon Monday when runners board buses to Hopkinton from the Boston Common, the Four Seasons' front yard.
The Lenox Hotel
If you can book a room at the Lenox, one of the best places in the city to watch runners cross the finish line, do. Later, if you want to venture out, you're right in the heart of Back Bay, filled with shops and restaurants galore; though with a wood-burning fireplace, cathedral ceilings, and an Irish pub downstairs, we wouldn't blame you for staying put either.
Kimpton Hotel Marlowe
Here's a little secret: For the best views of Boston, stay in Cambridge. Overlooking the Charles River right where the MBTA's red line crawls across the river, Boston's skyline is in the near distance from Hotel Marlowe. Here, you can dip into the river via kayak on marathon weekend (the hotel rents 'em out) or go on a jog with the GM, who leads groups of guests on jogs along the water. Insider tip? Mention the term 'carb-loading' at check-in: You could get your parking comped, a room upgrade, or free in-room movies.
Courtyard Marriott Brookline/Boston
This hotel is in Brookline, the last town runner's pass through before hitting city limits. Three miles from the finish line, practically on-course, it's a perfect spot for spectators but also athletes looking to escape the city post-race without going too far. Coolidge Corner has an old-school movie theater, funky diners, and solid dinner spots (plus less of a crowd and lower prices).
The Fairmont Copley Plaza
A grand dame hotel domineering a city block in Boston's Back Bay, year after year, the Fairmont is booked by runners all over the world, including the elite. Snag a window seat in one of the comfy leather chairs at the property's OAK Long Bar + Kitchen and watch the rest of the runners walk by over a beer (the restaurant's draft list includes the special edition Sam Adams 26.2 Brew).
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
At this Westin, hotel staff asks participants to provide their bib numbers at check-in to track and congratulate runners post-run via letters (last year, they sent 170!). Westin's run concierge, a team that leads guided runs through the city, comes in handy for shakeout jogs Marathon weekend, too. But, TBH, we're after the comfy beds (Westin's award-winning Heavenly Bed is built with plush pillow top and decked out with luxe Egyptian cotton sheets). If you stay here you're only two blocks away after crossing the finish line.
Kimpton Onyx Hotel
Boston's best pasta can be found in the North End—and if that's your end destination, you'll want a home base that's not too far once the carbs and the wine set in. The Kimpton Onyx is a chic pick. Thanks to a partnership with Following Boston, a social photography experiment that curates shots from Instagram, an exhibit of photos of runners running through Boston will be on display marathon weekend. Plus, runners can expect a celebratory glass of complimentary champagne or a cold, frosty beer when walking back in.
As tradition goes, the Red Sox always play a home game at Fenway Park, around the corner from Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square every Marathon Monday, which means the area is flooded with sports fans and energy. Sitting at mile 25, runners who stay here return to their time framed in their room, courtesy of the hotel, and a lively spot for dinner. The hotel is connected to Eastern Standard, where eating a grilled cheese at a long white, marble bar never sounded better.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
On the course, less than two blocks from the finish line, the Mandarin, with its five-star spa, is your spot for a post-race massage. The 'Marathon Boost' treatment is part body-buffing, part deep tissue, part aromatherapy (a de-stress muscle gel with rosemary, black pepper, lavender, and ginger relieves serious tension). Stay here and all you have to do is hop in the elevator afterward.