The choice between hailing a regular cab, or a cozy, covered, scenic water taxi is the easiest call you’ll make in Boston. Upon landing at Logan International Airport, take the complimentary water transportation bus, look for the Rowes Wharf boat, then for a mere $10 enjoy the 15-minute ride to the front door of the Fairmont Battery Wharf. Once inside your room, you’ll find the contemporary American design is sleek and elegant, with oversized bathrooms and sweeping harbor views. Should the wind be whipping outside, use the underground passageway between the buildings. Outside the hotel doors, the blustery bay breezes will swoosh you through the North End’s winding streets that make up this predominantly Italian neighborhood, which is also Boston’s oldest.

Three Battery Wharf