Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel
90 Tremont St., Theatre District
Since opening nearly two decades ago, Hotel Nine Zero has been a destination for travelers looking for an understated, elegant stay in a central location. The accommodations have always been top-notch—excellent service, city-wide views—but its recent overhaul has upped its appeal. The newly renovated rooms read more like a cozy study in a historic house: Each space is outfitted with classic-meets-industrial American décor, including authentic Eames lounge chairs, tufted leather headboards, brass lighting, and Beat literature art. Bikes are available to rent, which is a gem given the Common is across the street. There's a restaurant in-house, but with the hotel's proximity to some of the best in the city, it's best to venture out to nearby Newbury Street or Beacon Hill to dine.
165 Tremont St., Theatre District
Thinking Cup's cozy interior is the ideal place to hide out during a freezing nor’easter. The exposed brick walls and low ceilings create an intimate vibe, and the Stumptown coffee is brewed to perfection. The menu is just the right length (a nice array of pastries and breakfast options, and four to five choices for a sandwich if you're around at lunch), but you really don't need much more than a coffee and a corner table to make yourself at home in here. In addition to the original location off Boston Commons, there are outposts on the North End and on Newbury Street.