Travelers on a budget will find the cheapest hotels in Boston outside the city center. From chain hotels such as the Econo Lodge in Malden to the charming Harrington House Bed & Breakfast just east of the city, there is a hotel for every style and budget. Business travelers will appreciate hotels like the Four Points by Sheraton, thanks to its excellent client service.
Visitors looking for a more personalized luxury experience will enjoy the Copley House in Back Bay, right in the city. For cheap accommodation in the downtown area, options range from the Chandler Inn boutique hotel to the hostel-style private rooms of 40Berkeley. Rooms start at $189 and $124 per night, respectively.
When you want a chic hotel in downtown Boston, head to the Boxer: a trendy and modern hotel just at the foot of Beacon Hill and walking distance to Faneuil Hall. Get a west-facing window for panoramic views over Boston’s parks and monuments. The Fifteen Beacon, or XV, is a luxurious boutique hotel in central Boston. When politicians, celebrities, and businesspeople are looking for understated class they head to this 1903 Beaux Arts building for their stays. Be sure to take advantage of the Lexus chauffeur service that is offered to guests for trips around the city. Guests looking for a place to stay in the swanky Back Bay neighborhood, the Loews Boston Hotel is the perfect place to go. Located nearby the upscale shops and restaurants of Back Bay, the Loews’ rooms are spacious and bar keeps busy with guests and locals who work nearby.
Staying in homes and apartments through Airbnb is an excellent way to experience the city thanks to the diversity of options in terms of location and pricing. Private rooms on Airbnb start at $70 for a stay in a 1800s carriage house and go up to $95 per night for a room in a historical penthouse apartment near Quincy Market and the Boston Common. Red Sox fans will love the apartments available in the vibrant neighborhood near Fenway Park. For just $184 per night, visitors will be close to excellent restaurants, nightlife, good transport links, and the Boston Red Sox playing right on their doorstep. The cost of a whole apartment in downtown Boston is comparable to a private room in a budget hotel, though extra savings can be had through Airbnb accommodations by self-catering.
One of the most special boutique hotels in Boston is the Nine Zero, which bills itself as a modern design hotel. There are several suites, each with a different décor to suit different personalities. King rooms offer a great view over Boston common, the oldest public park in the U.S. Their Highball Lounge is full of life and free wine during happy hour.
The Lenox Hotel in Copley Square is designed around the small details: rooms are cozy and have their own authentic fireplaces. The Lenox is elegant and upscale, offering speedy room service and l’Occitane toiletries for guests. The 148-room Commonwealth has a quintessential Boston aristocratic feel: red carpets, vintage high-back lounge chairs, and gilded chandeliers make you feel like you’ve stepped into a piece of history. Staff go the extra mile to make guests feel comfortable and provide the attentive, personal service expected from a boutique hotel.
Hostels in the United States aren’t cheap but they do offer great value, especially if you’re traveling to Boston alone. The opportunity to meet new friends and travel companions is great for solo travelers and groups alike. Travelers looking to keep their carbon footprint low will appreciate the eco-friendly Hostelling International Boston location. The 480-bed hostel is in the 19th-centry Dill Building, which has been LEED certified thanks to energy-efficient elevators and lighting, low-flow water amenities, and tables and chairs made from recycled materials. Dorm beds at cheap hostels in Boston start at $30 per night. Visitors to Boston can cut their expenses by staying at hostels that serve complimentary breakfasts and taking advantage of kitchen facilities to cook their own meals.
Two of the cheapest hotels in Boston are located near the airport, which makes it perfect for business travelers or short-term stayers. If you want to stay near the Logan International Airport in Boston, one of your best options if the Rodeway Inn in the heart of Revere. The Rodeway is conveniently located near the Revere Beach and Belle Isle Marsh Reservation and offers a complimentary airport shuttle. For something quainter, the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel is an obvious choice. The Suburban is just a block away from the Winthrop Beach and provides easy access to downtown Boston through the subway.
The best time to visit Boston is the next time you have the opportunity! If you really must choose, the city really comes into its own in the summer when the harbor, parks, and beaches are buzzing with activity. Locals take advantage of the sunshine to enjoy the Esplanade, a green space along the Charles River where you’ll find joggers, picnickers, and moviegoers.
Fall is also an immensely enjoyable season for those who want to see New England’s famous fall foliage, when the green of the city’s parks and trees turns to orange, red, and gold. Boston is a four season destination, but if you’re looking for a deal on cheap hotels in the city then the best months to visit are January and February.
The winters can be long and cold, which means hotels tend to slash prices around this time. Hotels get especially busy during the Boston Marathon (mid-April), graduation time (May and June) and major holidays (the Fourth of July in particular) so avoid these times if you’re looking for a bargain or book well in advance if you’re coming for those events.
Boston is a place with so many options that it’s hard to know where to get started. Whether you want to enjoy the city’s impressive artistic and historical culture or partake in Bostonians’ passion for sport, you can plan your trip accordingly. If you want to see everything, you’re in luck: Boston is compact and easy to navigate on foot or by using the public transportation system known as the "T". Save time and money by buying a CharlieTicket at subway station and loading it with a 7-day LinkPass. The travel card costs $19 for 7 days of unlimited travel on the subway, buses, ferries, and commuter rail trains.
History buffs will love exploring the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that allows visitors to explore 16 sites related to the Revolutionary War. Among them are the Old North church (does “The British are coming!” ring a bell?), the home of Paul Revere, and the Bunker Hill Monument. The route is full of historical information so put on comfortable shoes and prepare to spend the day outdoors.
The Esplanade is Boston’s three-mile long green space where locals come together throughout the summer. The park is filled with marshes and playgrounds, which makes a walk along the Esplanade a great place to start your day. Check out the Museum of Science, the Boston University Bridge, take in a concert or film at the Hatch Shell, or rent a sailboat to see the city from a different vantage point.
Back Bay is Boston’s ritzy neighborhood, renowned for its Victorian brown stones, fancy Boston hotels, and high-class shopping. The houses and churches started development in the mid-1800s and this neighborhood has become one of Boston’s most desirable and expensive places to live. Wander around, window-shop (or actually shop!) and appreciate the architecture of a bygone era.
Just south of Back Bay you’ll find rows of brown stones and a chic vibe in the South End neighborhood that has had its comeuppance. Now a bastion of hip middle-class families and the center of alternative lifestyle culture, this area was once considered a daring place to live. Take in the architecture, enjoy a coffee at Flour, one of Boston’s most beloved bakeries, or try the fresh seafood at B&G Oysters. In the spring, locals and visitors alike take part in the SoWa Art Walk to support contemporary art galleries and artists in the area.
Jamaica Plain, more commonly known as JP, is known to most visitors because it's home to the Samuel Adams Brewery, but locals know that there’s a lot more to JP than that. The neighborhood has a freshwater pond and park that never feels crowded. Taking a rowboat out on the water and relaxing at one of the local bars or restaurants is the perfect day out away from the busy city.
Baseball fan or not, no visit to Boston is complete without getting to know a bit more about the city’s beloved Red Sox. Fenway Park was built in 1912, making it one of the oldest major league stadiums — and it still has real grass. Fenway Park is in the middle of the city so even if you aren’t going to catch a game, it’s easy to drop by for a tour of the stadium to see the Green Monster and sip a beer at the Bleacher Bar. If you do get a chance to see the Red Sox play, be sure to warm up your vocal cords to sing the traditional seventh-inning stretch song, “Sweet Caroline.”
The MBTA, always called the "T", is a cheap and efficient way to get around. The subway system covers all of Boston’s neighborhoods and has a simple, straightforward map. The lines are organized by color: green, red, orange, blue, and silver. The green line connects all the city’s popular destinations, while the silver line will take you to the financial district and harbor area. The red and orange lines connect the suburbs to Boston, and the blue line will take you to the airport. T-rides are $2 per journey but a 7-day LinkPass will save you money on multiple journeys.
You can find taxis throughout Boston but they are considered one of the most expensive of America’s major cities. The initial fare is $2.60 with bridge tolls and tips added to the final price.
It’s best to avoid driving in Boston. The roads are often small, one-way streets with complicated signage, making navigation difficult for drivers unfamiliar with the area. Boston has a lot of traffic congestion and few parking options, so it’s best to leave the car in the garage while exploring the city.
Boston has a regular bus service that can be used to get closer to your intended destination or to places not covered by the subway system. It is certainly slower than the subway but can be cheaper on a per journey basis. The MBTA offers express bus services to certain locations that cost $4.50 for Inner Express and $6.50 for Outer Express buses.
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