CHECK INTO THIS HISTORIC BUT HIP HOUSE
Don’t just tour those historic brick walks and gaslit streets of Boston’s elegant Beacon Hill: Move in! The neighborhood’s new Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro restores two connecting 1830 and 1850 townhouses into a cozy 13-room inn touting all the modern amenities (flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet access, 24-hour room service) of a large hotel. Fresh from a five-year stint running a brasserie in Portugal, owners Peter and Cecilia Rait bring a European flare to the new boutique lodging. Its 86-seat bistro dishes up crowd-pleasers like pumpkin soup with chestnut dumplings, roast duck, and vegetable cassoulet. Most remarkably, guests gain residence on the affluent Hill for as little as $205 per night. Call (617) 723-7575 or see www.beaconhillhotel.com.