Not just a grand building with shelves of ancient tomes, the famed Boston Public Library is a celebrated landmark. It’s also right across the street from the hotel. Step through the giant bronze doors of this Italian palazzi-inspired 1852 monument, past murals, marble, ornate lanterns and Renaissance busts, and you’ll appreciate Boston’s moniker the “Athens of America.” Particularly cherished is the Bates Hall Reading Room with its dramatic coffered ceiling soaring 50 feet up. Housing 24 million volumes, the 1848 library is the largest of its kind in the country and home to many firsts. Go to see the paintings of John Singer Sargent, take a free guided tour or just sit and soak in the splendor. All programs and exhibits are gratis.