The North End
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The North End
The North End

A Boutique North End Boston Hotel

Welcome to the North End Boston, also known as Little Italy. Onyx Hotel is just steps from everything the North End has to offer-which is a lot-because in a city with countless historic sites and fascinating neighborhoods, the North End is well known as a destination in itself. Now do you see why we love our location in downtown Boston? We're just close to everything!

The North End is a vibrant community that is also home to numerous historical landmarks, including sites along the Freedom Trail:

  • Old North Church
  • Paul Revere House
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • USS Constitution

In existence since the 1630s, the North End is Boston's oldest residential community. Surrounded on three sides by the waters of Boston Harbor, it has attracted a variety of communities since those early years. The North End was initially home to Boston's wealthiest citizens-prosperous merchants set up shop and mansions were built as fashionable residences for Bostonians of English descent. Paul Revere was born in the North End, and the house that he lived in is now a landmark site along the Freedom Trail.


After the American Revolution, many of the wealthy residents of the North End moved elsewhere and the area began to take on a different character. A magnet for shipping and related commercial industries, the flavor began to turn into one of a rough wharf neighborhood. Irish immigrants made up the bulk of the population in the early part of the 19th century; they came to Boston destitute and starving, and the tough working class environment and tenement living of the North End rarely helped to improve their fortunes. Eastern European Jews also began settling in the area, and there are some reminders of this immigration wave still present in the North End neighborhood today.

The most apparent influence on Boston's North End is the Italian immigration that began in the early 1900s. First from Genoa, and then from elsewhere in Italy, people began arriving and making a home. Today, the North End is known as Boston's Little Italy, and supports a thriving Italian American community, including almost 100 restaurants that offer exceptional regional Italian food and more.

Once cut off from the rest of Boston by Interstate 93, the North End has been rejoined with the rest of the city, thanks to the Big Dig, setting it up to become one of the most popular neighborhoods in Boston. The Rose Kennedy Greenway now occupies what was a congested highway. It includes a series of parks and public spaces-the North End Parks-that beautifully link Boston's oldest neighborhood with the rest of the city.