hotel140 is near popular Boston attractions

New England Aquarium
The animals and exhibits are amazing – don’t miss the penguins or the giant-ocean-tank! The New England Aquarium is fun for everyone. It’s a short ride from Hotel 140. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to State Street. Map it. You can make a whole day of it. Have a bite to eat at Legal Sea Foods, just steps from the aquarium, and take a stroll in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. From this downtown location you’re also very close Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End.

Newbury Street
Boston’s high fashion and style are on display. An eclectic mix of independent shops, fashion boutiques, salons, and fabulous dining. From Hotel 140, walk north on Clarendon Street for about a quarter mile to Newbury Street. Map it.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the nation’s premier urban marketplace. It combines wonderful history with almost 100 shops and pushcarts, 18 full service restaurants, 35 food stalls and Boston’s most popular comedy nightclub. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Map it.

Freedom Trail
A red-brick walking trail that leads you to many important historic sites. A unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Learn more or Download map.

The Shops at Prudential Center & Skywalk Observatory
A short walk from Hotel 140. Features over 75 shops and restaurants including Ann Taylor, The Cheesecake Factory, Lacoste, Legal Sea Foods, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora. Famous Boston dining and entertainment including Top of the Hub, Skywalk, Boston Duck Tours, trolley tours and more. From Hotel 140, walk two blocks north on Clarendon St., then left on Boylston St. for three blocks. Map it.

Charles River Espanade
The Esplanade’s winding pathways – dotted with docks, ballfields and playgrounds – stretch about 5 miles along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. A 20 minute walk from Hotel 140. Head north on Clarendon St., take a right on Beacon St., then a left on Arlington St. Map it.

Boston Duck Tours
From the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more.The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. From Hotel 140, walk two blocks north on Clarendon St., then left on Boylston St. for three blocks to the Prudential Center. Map it.

Public Garden & Swan Boats
America’s first public botanical garden features beautifully meandering paths, rich and unusual plants, a lagoon with swan boats, monuments and fountains.Walk north on Clarendon St., then right on Commonwealth Ave. Map it.

Boston Common
350 years of Boston history! The common evolved from grazing land to the greenspace and ballfields of today. The Frog Pond provides skating in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. Walk straight through the Public Gardens (above). Map it.

The North End
Explore the winding streets of Downtown Boston’s Little Italy – The North End. See Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, historic burial grounds, and more. Tons of fantastic restaurants. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Walk south on Fitzgerald, then left on Hanover St. Map it.

Beacon Hill
This historic neighborhood is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks. Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. Located just north of Boston Common and the Public Gardens. A 20 minute trip from Hotel 140, take the MBTA Greenline from Copley Station to Park St., then walk north across Beacon Street to Joy St. Map it.

Museum of Science
A fantastic museum in Downtown Boston, boasting an IMAX theater, a planetarium, a 3-D Digital cinema, a full motion space travel simulator, and much more. Fun for kids and adults. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station seven stops to Science Park. Map it.

Chinatown – centered on Beach St. in Downtown Boston – is brimming with shops and restaurants. A 15 minute walk from Hotel 140, head east on Stuart Street for about 1 mile. Take a left on Washington St., and you’re there! Map it.

Museum of Fine Arts
One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with nearly 450,000 works of art. From ancient Egyptian to contemporary. Moved from Copley Square to current location in 1909. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station to the Museum of Fine Arts. Map it.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Very close to the MFA. Listen to the music of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, while exploring the three floors of galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries. Beautiful courtyard garden. rom Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station to the Museum of Fine Arts. Head past the MFA onto Fenway. Map it.

The Institute of Contemporary Art
Modern art and stunning architecture. Seaport location offers great views. Map it for directions. There are some great restaurants nearby, including Atlantic Beer Garden on Seaport Blvd, Legal Sea Food’s Test Kitchen on Northern Ave, Sportello at 348 Congress St, and the No Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier.

Holiday Fun in Boston

The holiday season is around the corner and staying in the Boston area provides an opportunity to enjoy some of the best holiday events, including tree lighting. The city comes alive during the holiday season and many great events will be found throughout the Boston area. Here are three upcoming tree lighting events to kick off the holiday season.

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza

Boston holiday fun eventsBlink!, a state-of-the-art light & sound extravaganza, is back to transform America’s first open marketplace for a second year! With over 350,000 LED lights used within this ceremony, it’s a spectacle of lights and sound. This extravagant event will transform the open marketplace into a holiday wonderland. The lighting ceremony begins on Saturday, November 23rd and features Mayor Thomas M. Menino. It will continue through January 5th.

With more than 100 of the finest shops and specialty pushcarts, Faneuil Hall Marketplace also provides Boston shopping at its best. Locally-owned treasures, nationally recognized retailers, and more! Don’t miss he world’s first “fleet” of wholly unique pushcarts featuring New England artisans and their fabulous wares.

Copley Square Tree Lighting

On Monday, December 2nd, another tree lighting ceremony will be held at Copley Square in Boston. This event will be held from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and will provide appearances from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, TV host Jenny Johnson, Rudolph and Santa Claus. Entertainment will be provided by Nola Hood and Stephen McNulty.

Along with the tree lighting, you can come out early and enjoy a Story Hour and Candy Cane Tea at the Courtyard Restaurant from 4pm to 5:30pm.

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony

Boston’s Official Holiday Tree Lighting will happen on Thursday, December 5th from 6pm to 8pm. It will be held at Boston Common, which is located at Tremont and Park Street.

The city will be illuminated with incredible holiday cheer. Along with the lighting of the tree, the event will include a skating show by the Skating Club of Boston. The show will happen at Frog Pond before the lighting.

All three of these tree lighting events are a great way to start the holiday season, and all within walking distance from Hotel 140! Many other events will be held throughout the city in December as we welcome in another great holiday season.


Explore Boston in Winter

In Boston, winter is a perfect time to explore the high-end shops of Newbury Street and have lunch at a funky bistro in the South End. Take a cultural tour of the world at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and listen to a concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To get the blood pumping, head for Boston Common, where you can ice-skate on Frog Pond. At night, see the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or the out-of-this-world Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.

And of course, the holiday season in Boston Massachusetts is filled with joy and celebration. The shopping can’t be topped and the festivals and celebrations are abundant. The cobblestone pathways and romantic lamplit streets of Beacon Hill will make your nights in Boston memorable. In addition to that, tree lightening during Christmas in Boston are something that you don’t want to miss when traveling to Boston.


Are you traveling to Boston this winter? We’d like to hear about your travel ideas and your experience in Boston!

Source: Boston USA

Top Boston Events for the Fall

Summer may be slipping away but Fall is Flying into Boston with Family Fun, Festivals, Football, Foliage, Fright and Flavorful delights! Check out the fun activities Hotel 140 has compiled for your for the Fall:


halloweenSalem Haunted Happenings

A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, the festival features more than 150 events for all ages. October 1-31. For more information about visiting Salem from Boston, please check out one of our previous blog post.


Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Boston’s biggest block party can be found on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge. September 28, 12-6pm

Riverfest 2013 at Assembly Row A day of local artists’ crafts, food trucks, live music & a kids’ fun area – ending with a fireworks display over the Mystic River. September 21, 11am-8pm


Piano_hotel140“Play Me I’m Yours” Piano Festival 

Located in public spaces throughout Boston and Cambridge, 75 pianos are available for everyone to play and to enjoy. September 27 – October 14



harvardindex35th Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square

Harvard Square, October 13, 2013

Oktoberfest in Harvard Square, an autumnal event featuring:  HONK! Parade Music, Dance, and Street Performers, Vintage Goods, Free Goodies Family Fun, Arts and Craft Vendors and So Much More!!


Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Fall Open House

Admission to to the Museum is free and includes all special exhibitions and programs, from John Singer Sargent Watercolors to the Benin Kingdom Gallery, featuring art from the ancient African Kingdom of Benin. October 14,10am-4:45pm


Whether you’re looking for a family event or something to do as a couple, you can find plenty of Boston activities during the fall.


-Source: BostonUSA

Exploring the Boston Waterfront

Exploring the Waterfront during your Boston trip provides plenty of fun for visitors. If you’re planning to be in the Boston area, a trip to the waterfront might be the perfect way to spend your day. From kayaking to sailing, come for fun, come for great events. Boston’s Waterfront is the perfect place to eat, splash, shop, and learn in Boston!

Boston Harbor Walk

Boston Harbor walk

The Boston HarborWalk stretches from Winthrop all the way to Milton along Boston Harbor’s nearly fifty miles of waterfront. It links hundreds of museums, restaurants, parks, stores, hotels and more. Give yourself a self guided tour and enjoy the Harborwalk like never before. Downloading the MP3 audio walking tour to your personal MP3 player, start the tour at Christopher Columbus Park, and listen to local characters guide you along the wharves of Boston Harbor. Learn about everything from shipwrecks to lobster rolls -all from the comfort of your own MP3!


Classic Harbor Line Boston

Boston Classic Harbor Line

Classic Harbor Line dedicates to providing the luxurious and hospitable sailing experience in Boston, escorting visitors on a breathtaking excursion aboard the most elegant sailing vessel in Boston Harbor: Schooner Adirondack III. Boston’s rich maritime history is best viewed from the water.  While out on the water on Bostons best boat tour, you will be treated to skyline view and Boston Harbor that cannot be captured any other way. This is the best way to go sightseeing in Boston! Sailing on the Adirondack III provides a new perspective on the city of Boston for the first time visitor and the seasoned local alike!


Charles River Canoe and Kayak

Charles River Kayaking

Charles River Recreation provides unique outdoor recreational opportunities in the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area. Head downstream and you’ll encounter local colleges (Harvard, M.I.T., and B.U.) and eventually the Esplanade (a great picnic spot!) and the unforgettable Boston skyline. This nine-mile stretch of river has no current, allowing painless round trips. Renters can also enjoy one-way trips to or from the Cambridge location in Kendall Square — a unique way to see the city! Learn more about our Boston Location in Allston/Brighton.


Charles Riverboat Company

Charles River Boat

Since its creation in 1990, the Charles Riverboat Company has offered guests the chance to experience the sights of Boston from the best vantage point in the city, while highlighting Boston’s rich maritime history. On the Boston side of the river, you’ll see Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and more. You’ll also see Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard And on the north side of the river. Chick here to learn more!


Boston Night Activities

With famous jazz clubs in town, such as Beehive (its events are constantly listed on Hotel 140′s event calendar), the House of Blues and Royale, nightlife in Boston provides fun for everybody. Enjoy the dazzle and glamor Boston nightlife has to offer with an abundance of events at night throughout the area.




Located on Tremont Street, Beehive is the hippest spot in the South End for live music, unique beverages, and gourmet pub cuisine! With an eclectic baroque decor and live music almost every night, this place is sure to please crowds of all ages (as long as they’re over 21), ranges, and tastes! Their jazz brunch on Sundays is pretty killer too!


Top of the Hub



Want to check out the view of Boston Back Bay from the top and look upon all those tall buildings in our skyline? Top of the Hub is the place to go! Top of the Hub is a restaurant and lounge located at the top of the Prudential tower.  With 360-degree views of the city, this is a classy place to come for a cocktail and live jazz, or a fancy romantic dinner.  This is the perfect venue for a romantic date or a classic business dinner!


The Lansdowne Pub

Conveniently located by Gate C of Fenway Park,  the Lansdowne pub is an authentic Irish Pub with its dark paneling and cozy atmosphere. Stop in before a show at the House of Blues and enjoy huge beer selection and live Celtic music. Great place to watch sports also as it has TVs everywhere and has a lot of room.  

Middlesex Lounge

As a chic urban lounge, Middlesex provides a great place for a delicious burger paired with one of the finest beers in the area. Enjoy music from local, national and international DJs, along with a trendy PM crowd. Learn more at


The only afterhours dance club found in Boston is Rise. This club provides a safe, intimate environment for the late night crowd to continue the party. With positive energy and perfectly clean club, visitors can enjoy incredible lighting, video systems and music. Learn more at

Boston at night is always glamorous and fun! We hope you enjoy the list and if you have a favorite place for Boston Nightlife, let us know.

Boston’s Happy Hour Scene

Boston’s “Legendary Happy Hour” (“Social Hour”) takes place around many corners in Boston South End.  As a hotel located at the heart of Boston Back Bay, Hotel 140 is so fortunate to be surrounded by numerous great restaurants and bars that add enjoyable “happy hour” scene to the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the “happy hour” restaurant list Hotel 140 put together below and enjoy your “happy hours” in Boston:

1.       MASA:

Just 10 minute walk from Hotel 140, MASA is a Southwest Bar and Grill in Boston South End. Featuring award-winning cocktails and margaritas, live music and Salsa dancing, MASA provides half price tapas (half price = 50 cents apiece) on every Thursday night (all night) and every nights from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its bar area.

MASA’s Tapas menu features:

  • CHILI ALMOND STUFFED DATE , Wrapped in Bacon, Ancho Crema
  • QUESO FUNDIDO EMPANADA  with Jalapeno, Cilantro

Happy Hour Menu:


2.      28 Degrees

Right next to MASA, 28 Degrees is a Boston restaurant and bar located in the South End.  28 Degrees blends fine dining, cocktails and nightlife in the ultimate lounge setting. It features contemporary design with the offer of oyster happy hours: $1 OYSTERS! (At the bar, 5-8PM each day)

28 Degress’s happy hour oyster:

3. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

While McCormick & Schmick’s has been recognized for its culinary excellence as the “best seafood restaurant” in cities across the country, the restaurants have also become equally famous for its bar food menu. Guests can take in the lively atmosphere of the bar and enjoy a wide assortment of legendary food. Find out more about its award winning happy hour.

Happy Hour Menu:

Their “Legendary Happy Hour” (“Social Hour”) has some of the following deals:

$2.95 hummus and pita chips; garlic fries

$3.95 burger and fries; sweet potato fries; spinach dip and pita chips

$4.95 wings; chicken quesadilla; mussels




Best of New England — Editors’ Choice

Best of England

Hotel 140 is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.

According to editors at Yankee magazine, “Every one of the 300-plus places we highlight contains an untold back story about someone striving for perfection, having a dream, and having the vision to make a difference, whether it’s a small artisan’s studio or a lobster-in-the-rough shack or a dressed-up steakhouse on a tree-lined Boston street.”

“While it may be hard to create a business, the true challenge is in making it work, being good enough that it endures and brings people back. Those are the qualities we look for and reward when we say ‘Best of New England,’” says Yankee’s editor Mel Allen.

Hotel 140 is so pleased to earn this recognition from Yankee magazine. We strive to execute polished, warm and professional service to our guests all year around. We pride ourselves on being a quiet haven in the midst of the bustling city; a historic fixture with contemporary design. We do our absolute best to accommodate each guest’s personal room preferences. For quality accommodations in Boston, choose Hotel 140.



April 18, 2013 by Arthur Levine


The gamut of emotions that I’ve experienced since my city was attacked has ranged from shock and horror to outrage and dejection. The brazen act of violence is almost too much to comprehend, the sadness almost too much to bear. But there has been a potent counterbalance to help my fellow Bostonians and me muddle through this tragedy. Seeing the ways that people have responded has been inspiring and uplifting.

From the selfless acts of bravery in the immediate aftermath at the Marathon finish line to the random acts of kindness that have followed in the wake of the event, it’s plain to see that people (and if you’ll allow me a moment of pride, especially the people of Boston) are generally good and kind. The reaction from folks beyond Boston has been heartening as well.

It may sound a bit silly, but the sight of an electronic sign at Yankee Stadium showing the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox logos side by side with the words, “New York Stands with Boston,” nearly brought me to tears. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll be, um, exclaiming my displeasure to the Yankees the next time the two teams meet, but for now, the team that we love to boo is simply the team that we love.

And that’s the point. We do stand united with the Yankees and all good and decent people. We’re all patriots. How odd that this terrible event happened on Patriots’ Day. We celebrate the holiday here in the state to commemorate the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson described the Massachusetts battles that began the American Revolution. It was a different kind of blast the world heard a couple of days ago.

Boston skyline

So what can you do in response to this senseless tragedy? Be a patriot. If you want to directly help the people who were injured on Monday, donate to One Fund Boston. If you want to connect with history and learn more about the American Revolution and the early days of our country, visit Boston. If you want to explore incredible museums, enjoy world-class performances, savor sumptuous dining, be pampered by the finest hotels, and otherwise revel in one of the most wonderful cities on the planet, visit Boston. If you want to let those who think they can make us cower know that we will not be intimidated, visit Boston. If you want to stand in solidarity with the good and decent people of our great city, visit Boston.

Find the latest updates, special offers, and other information for visitors and locals. We are open for business, and we’d love to have you join us. The sooner the better, fellow patriots.


A Taste of the Mediterranean in Greater Boston

By Katherine Alex Stevens

The Greater Boston area is justly famous for its hometown specialties (clam chowder or fried clams, anyone?), but did you know that, with a little searching, you can find gyros to rival those from the finest Athenian souvlatzidika, lamb and seafood dishes evocative of the Greek islands, and farm-to-table creations from a Tuscan-born chef? Join us for a Mediterranean odyssey. . . without leaving Massachusetts!

First, the gyros: tucked away in a nondescript part of Government Center, past a shoe repair and up an outdoor escalator, is a gem of a restaurant called Zo Boston. Translated as “I live” in Greek, Zo offers up the aforementioned authentic gyro: your choice of fresh pork or chicken, wrapped up in warm pita bread and topped with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce. These are not the industrial, filler-laced “gyro” meat patties you may know from elsewhere in the US, but sizzling meats sliced off their spinning spits as you watch.

Boston Greek restaurant


The resulting meat is crisp-yet-juicy perfection. Get there early (Zo is open weekdays only from 11 AM – 3 PM) because one gyro will keep you full well until dinnertime. And plan to make a return trip another day, because the generously-sized spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie) is a revelation of its own!


Looking to complement your casual lunch with an elegant dinner? Head north up the coast to beautiful Ipswich, Mass. and Ithaki restaurant. Named after Odysseus’s home island (what English speakers know as “Ithaca”), Ithaki promises to be “a refuge for homesick Greeks,” and anyone longing for a taste of authentic Greek dishes will feel right at home here. While the weather’s still on the chilly side, tuck into a melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank, braised in tomato sauce, covered in melted mizithra cheese, and nestled on a bed of orzo pasta. Or opt for a more delicate seafood dish, like local Massachusetts haddock or bronzini (Mediterranean seabass) flown in from Greece. A wide range of appetizers, classic comfort dishes (moussaka and pastitsio among them), and some great Greek wines (try the aromatic red Agiorgitiko) round out the menu at this restaurant that is worthy of its Homeric inspiration.   

Greek food in greater Boston


For Mediterranean flavors with an Italian perspective, head to cozy and romantic Bistro 5 in West Medford (just 7 miles northwest of Boston). The menu evolves with the seasons, with choices including wild boar, local fish, and farm-fresh vegetables. If your stay in greater Boston happens to coincide with the Christmas season, be sure to try Bistro 5’s prix fixe Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. The 2012 menu featured an exquisite fritto misto (calamari, shrimp, anchovies & olives with heirloom tomato sauce), lobster lasagna, and zeppole (honey-coated fried dough served with eggnog gelato), among other delicious choices. And choosing a wine is half the fun: the enthusiastic bartender will offer you an education along with your Sardinian Vermentino or Campanian Falanghina.

Greater Boston may not have ancient ruins or turquoise waters, but if it’s Greek or Italian flavors you’re after, these three local restaurants deliver in spades. Kali orexi/buon appetito!

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