If you have ever wondered what it might feel like to get clinked, The Back Bay Hotel offers a way to do so – in luxury.  Located in the former headquarters of the Boston Police Department and owned by the Irish hotelier, this newcomer to the hotel scene has an unbeatable location near Copley Square, Newbury Street and the John Hancock Building.Picture 26

The interior is stylishly designed making it a favorite for tourists and those traveling here on business. You won’t believe your eyes when you see the hotel’s beautiful two-story glass waterfall, indoor ‘river’ and illuminated glass staircase. The rooms here are spacious and luxurious yet surprisingly affordable.

Staying true to its heritage, Cuffs, an authentic Irish pub, is one of the best places in the city for a pint of Guinness along with comfort food favorites such as fish and chips, chicken pot pie and boneless short rib. For upscale dining, try the pan roasted sea scallop in brown butter and foie gras, roasted monkfish or charred flank steak at the neighboring Stanhope Grille.

Insider’s Tip: For a unique way to see the Back Bay Hotel’s nearby sights in this bike-friendly city, ask about the Urban Adventours package complete with hybrid bicycles, helmet, locks, maps and snacks.