Nine Zero: a revolutionary Faneuil Hall hotel
Sure, there are shopping malls that have roller coasters and ice-skating rinks, but how many can claim the title of “The Cradle of Liberty”? Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a collection of historic buildings — including Faneuil Hall itself and the grand Quincy Market — that make up the nation’s original shopping center. It’s also where powdered-wig rabble-rousers like Samuel Adams and John Hancock first lit the fuse for the American Revolution. Originally given to the city by businessman Peter Faneuil in 1742, Faneuil Hall was always meant to be a marketplace as well as a gathering spot for the community, and the cobblestone promenade still hums with activity. It’s the top spot along the Freedom Trail and one of the best places in the country to check out buskers and other street performers. And with dozens of boutiques, restaurants and pubs on hand, you can score everything from pewter to chowder.