This refurbished Howard Johnson’s makes up for its initial motel vibe with plenty of boutique-style and rock ’n’ roll attitude. Rooms combine mid-century modern décor with details like vintage manual typewriters, turntables, themed rock memorabilia and clever touches like a drummer’s stool at the in-room vanity. Just off the lobby, Hojoku offers an Asian-inspired menu and poolside service.
BATTER UP: For fans of rock and baseball, there’s no better location. Historic Fenway Stadium, home of the Boston Red Sox, is just a block away.
MAY RATES: $279–$564.
1271 Boylston St., (617) 566-4500, theverbhotel.com