Hotels near Downtown
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At the heart of Boston is a cow pasture that made U.S history. Early colonists used Boston Common for grazing cattle until 1640, when it became America's first public green space. The Puritans cast a long shadow over the Common, erecting a public gallows for hanging accused witches and hapless Quakers. Today, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Lyric Opera perform tragic deaths on the Common strictly for entertainment. Kids play epic games of tag across the Common's 50 acres of history, from the Puritans' spooky Central Burying Ground to the lawn where Dr. Martin Luther King led 1960s civil rights protests. Bostonians have skated across frozen Frog Pond each winter for centuries, and couples have sweated out first dates in pedal-powered Swan Boats on the Public Gardens Lagoon since 1877. Tricorn-hatted docents from the Common Visitors Center lead visitors along the Freedom Trail, in the footsteps of revolutionaries who plotted the Boston Tea Party at Old South Meeting House and were buried in Granary Burying Grounds. Sleek downtown buildings rub shoulders with colonial brick landmarks on School Street, where a mosaic marks the site of America's first school around 1635. Charles Dickens was a regular at downtown's historic Omni Parker House—but he probably would have enjoyed a drink in the Clink, the new Liberty Hotel bar inside the former Charles Street Jail.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels near Downtown

The Westin Copley Place, Boston
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
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8.8
Excellent
10 Huntington Ave, Boston
from $194
Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf
Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf
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8.8
Excellent
34-44 Charles River Avenue, Boston
from $161
The Eliot Hotel-Worldhotel
The Eliot Hotel-Worldhotel
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9.1
Excellent
370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
from $195
Hampton Inn Boston Crosstown
Hampton Inn Boston Crosstown
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8.0
Excellent
811 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
from $89
Hotel Indigo Boston Garden
Hotel Indigo Boston Garden
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7.6
Good
280 Friend Street, Boston
from $135
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston At Logan Airport
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston At Logan Airport
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8.5
Excellent
207 Porter Street, Boston
from $143
W Boston
W Boston
|
8.5
Excellent
100 Stuart Street, Boston
from $146
Seaport Boston Hotel
Seaport Boston Hotel
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9.1
Excellent
1 Seaport Lane, Boston
from $152
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
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8.2
Excellent
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston
from $101
Omni Parker House
Omni Parker House
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8.3
Excellent
60 School St, Boston
from $119