No wonder this esteemed Back Bay property gained the distinguished recognition of Conde Nast readers! Boston’s Back Bay offers plenty of charm in its brownstone streets, but Mandarin Oriental brings an Eastern sophistication to the New England. Start with the hotel’s swanky Bar Boulud restaurant; guests can start with a strong cocktail and a charcuterie spread—though we recommend holding out for a Gloucester lobster scramble at brunch to taste New England's best. Need an extra dose of relaxation? Book one of the Lifestyle rooms, outfitted with bamboo floors and a daybed, just steps from the hotel's excellent spa.