The Onyx Hotel

, Boston, United States
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The Onyx Hotel

, Boston
4 star

Rooms: 112

155 Portland Street - Boston - Massachusetts - 02114 - United States 617-557-9955
495 Traveller

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Perfect for us

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at The Onyx which most certainly is not in a dark alley.
The address of 155 Portland Street will confirm this!
It is nicely placed, about a 10 minute walk to a lot of Boston's major attractions including Faneuil Hall. The nearest T is no more than 5 minutes away. Unless you know your way around Boston you may not appreciate that you are within 10 mins walk of the Italian neighbourhood, North End, with it's many good restaurants, as well.
Our room was on the 7th floor and we really appreciated the nice airy feel and quietness. We were expecting a shoe box after reading Trip Advisor reviews but we were pleasantly surprised.
We thought the attention to detail was terrific, and particularly so the iron and ironing board and coffee machine in each guest room.
The bathroom was a good size too with generous fluffy towels and Aveda bath products.
Our Sons had an adjoining room, a double double and their room was exceptionally large.
We all four had a very good and comfortable stay and recommend the Onyx highly to anyone thinking of visting Boston.
It is informal so don't expect a stuffy atmosphere nor a 5* breakfast but you can expect a warm welcome and a happy relaxed atmpshere with a very good doorman who will help with your vehicle, taxi ,or luggage.
The bed linen was changed daily. and was of a very good quality on our large comfortable bed.
Complimentary drinks in The Ruby Room for an hour each evening were a nice touch.
We felt it was very good value for money and wish you a happy stay!

Beautiful Design

from JayinNY
The Onyx is a small, very stylish boutique hotel has been open only a short time. Most of the kinks that are inevitable in a new property seem to have been worked out. There is no restaurant, but there is a small bar area where light snacks and a complimentary continental breakfast are served; a complimentary glass of wine is also available here in the late afternoon. Newspapers (New York Times and Boston Globe) are also complimentary. There is a light 24 hour room service menu.

Contrary to an earlier review here, I did not find my room too small or dark. My single king was quite beautifully decorated (with a lot of reds and blacks), and was one of the most restful and pleasant hotel rooms I have stayed in lately. The room was compact, but not at all cramped. It faced Portland Street, which was not noisy. I will definitely stay here again.

The location is either a plus or minus, depending on your needs. The hotel is half a block from the Fleet Center, which means that the neighborhood has many sports bars that become somewhat rowdy when Boston teams win. North Station is underneath the Fleet Center, which means good transportation connections (including commuter rail and two T lines). The North End, with a terrific selection of good Italian restaurants, is a short walk away. The walk to the North End will become substantially nicer when the landscaping on top of the Big Dig is finished in the next year or so.

A few tips: One way to avoid the tempting but seriously overpriced goodies in the mini-bar is to shop at the 7 Eleven half a block away on Causeway Street. Across the street is an Au Bon Pain that has a very nice courtyard seating area (open only during regular office business hours). Down the street is Anthem, a trendy but pleasant New American restaurant with decent food, and a large bar area. A new steakhouse will open soon in the new Bullfinch Hotel on Merrimac Street, about two blocks away. Devotees of fast food will find some of the usual suspects on Causeway Street, facing the Fleet Center.

Size does matter..

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed in many hotels while traveling through Boston on business. In an effort to try something new, I booked a room at the Onyx through an on-line service. The hotel itself was very hard to find and was located in a dark, fairly unlit alley. Once inside, the contemporary decor was appealing, but was immediately replaced by disappointment once I saw the deluxe room I had reserved. If I was bigger than a size 4, I would not have been able to make it around the bed or even utililize the small desk. As it was, the desk chair met the bed when it was pulled out. The window opened up into a dark alleyway. The dark colors made the room even more claustrophobic. This was definitely not a business traveler's hotel. If traveling on business and you want a bit of spoiling-with all the business travelers amenities - go for the Charlesmark.

Very Pleasant Stay

from acorn
We stayed at the Onyx Hotel September 23 - 26, 2004 and had a wonderful stay. The free continental breakfast and wine tastings were a real treat. The Onyx is on the same street as Au Bon Pain - great for coffee in the morning, several pubs and sports bars. It is also only two blocks from the North End T station - very convenient. The rooms were stylish, new and clean. I loved the bed with its goose down comforter--it was sooo comfortable. Overall a great stay at a great price (through Travelocity). The only reason I gave this hotel four out of five stars was that its not closer to the tourist attractions like Fanueil Hall and Freedom Trail, however is within walking distance of the North End.

great little hotel in boston

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the onyx for 6 nights beginning Sept 14,2004. We were delighted with the hotel and staff. The location was great--we walked everywhere from the hotel and were especially happy to be so close to the North end and
Faneuil hall. The rooms are a bit small but very stylish with down comfortors, great towels and bath products. The breakfast and coffee service every morning was a great plus. It was an expanded continental with fresh squeezed orange juice, boiled eggs and lovely pastries. Even after 6 days in a row I did not tire of the same breakfast. The wine tasting in the evening was also a very nice touch. We flew all the way from Oregon and had never been to Boston so having a great place to stay in a great city made it a very memorable vacation for us.

Nice Room, Surly Staff

from A TripAdvisor Member
The room was very nice, clean and spacious. However you couldn't get NASN on the T.V. so this hotel is no ggod for Sox Fans. I had tickets to a game when I arrived and there was a notice in the lift informing guest that the hotel could obtain tickets to sox games, show etc. I asked if they could get me tickets for another game during my stay. I guy in reception mentioned the same day that I arrived to say that he was trying to get the tickets. He never mentioned it again during my stay and failed to find tickets. I eventually got tickets through an agency. I rest on the staff on the checkout desk were very terse and surly. They only seemed concerned with the needs of the guests in business suits and didn't have much time for an average joe tourist. I would give the room 4 out of 5 and the staff 1 out of five

Great Hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Onyx Hotel over Memorial Day Weekend. The hotel is in a great location, within walking distance of the North End, Quincy Market, Fleet Center and the T. The staff was very friendly and we loved how the rooms were decorated. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would definitely stay there again.

Friendly chic Onyx

from gena7
I stayed at Onyx Hotel in Boston, MA. I got the hotel through an online discount service. The hotel will match the price and give you a discount on your next stay if you book directly. I definitely will do that next time. The location is accessible to Fanueill Hall and the famous bars. It was a wonderful and surprising boutique hotel. Staff were very helpful and hospitable. There was a free welcome wine tasting and a turndown service, free breakfast buffet. You can also avail the fitness center at a cost. The decor was very chic. The beds and linens were very comfortable... if I wasn't on vacation I would just stay in the room and order room service. As in a major city, parking was a bit pricey especially since we left the car and walked around the city. I definitely recommend the hotel: a must stay place.

Not So Great

from A TripAdvisor Member
i thought the onyx was very average. our room was small, and though we had reserved a deluxe room with a king size bed, the bed was no larger than a queen (they claimed it "was not a california king" but still a king nevertheless when i asked them about it -- buyer beware to ask about that). the service was ok, there was just nothing special about it. i did not like that when we walked in, all of the staff was standing around the front desk (bell boy, concierge, valet, front desk personnel, and more) making it impossible for us to ask speak to anyone until we raised our hand to get their attention. in the end, i would rather pay a little bit more and have a good experience or just go cheap. but to pay $269 for this did not seem worth it. i've stayed in XV Beacon and Nine Zero and much preferred both.

Classy - Great bath robes

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Hotel is on a quiet street, right near the Fleet Center, the location is good and everything is well within walking distance.

The Hotel has well decorated modern, sleek, stylish rooms with very helpfull staff. The FREE breakfast in the mornings went down well, the bagels are a must!

There are a great selection of in room movies, games, video jukebox and a class touch screen alarm clock.

There is a bar next door called Porters, excellent friendly irish/bostonian bar, which serves ICE COLD beers at a reasonable price, the 1st time we walked in they even asked if we'd like to start a tab.

Definately would stay there again. An EXCELLENT hotel choice for people who like modern, chic boutique style hotels.

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  • Address: 155 Portland Street - Boston - Massachusetts - 02114 - United States
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