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Located in a bustling four-way intersection next to Boston’s best hospitals, the Hampton Inn & Suites is a does its best to isolate guests from the loud traffic noise. There are no immediate attractions by the area, but it is only a short trip from Copley Square. Remodeled in 2012, the Hampton Inn & Suites Cross-town Center feels a little cold and metallic, perhaps a modern design gone wrong. However, the rooms are accommodating and should fulfill guest’s expectations of an overnight stay. Free breakfast is offered, and only for a short while, a complimentary dinner is provided as well.
The Holiday Inn Express Boston is situated right next to shopping plazas, chain restaurants, and I-93. Don’t let that put you off though, as the hotel is a great value stay for those who are visiting Boston. Only a short trip away from Boston’s main attractions and the South End, the Holiday Inn Express provides standard accommodations for a chain hotel. Rooms are clean and comfortable and suites include a living room area and a Jacuzzi next to the bed. In the basement there is a small fitness area and a conference room for business meetings.
Established in a relatively new building and after undergoing a very recent renovation, the Courtyard South Boston is an unexpectedly stylish and modern hotel situated right next to a series of shopping plazas and supermarkets. Greeted by abstract, modern-looking pillars, the entrance/lobby boasts a café and business center available for guests to use. The rooms are clean, crisp, and comfortable.
There is a pool available, but no diving…it’s only 3 feet deep. Although it is somewhat distanced from Boston’s main attractions, the Courtyard Marriott is a great stay for those looking to save some money by staying further from higher-priced areas.
Located in a unique round building, the Best Western Roundhouse Suites provides suites that are accommodating and welcoming for stays. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the big four-way intersection scare you. Each suite provides a living room that connects to the bedroom with a windowed door. Included amenities are a wet bar, television, gym, business center, and free parking. For a hotel boasting suites, it is no frills, and very basic to its core. Basic isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as all my expectations were met dealing with Best Westerns.
It astounds me how a bed and breakfast can reside in a massive city such as Boston. The good folks at Gryphon House have figured out how to eliminate the big city feel by stepping foot in their doors. Luxurious, homely, and warming, Gryphon House is a getaway from the city that is only a few blocks away from Fenway Park. Each room has it’s own theme, my favorite being the cabin in the woods (because of the antique fireplace). Every room in the B&B contains large private bathrooms, A/C, fireplaces, minibars, and you could even watch a movie from the huge DVD collection in the lobby! For a quiet getaway in the city, look no further than Gryphon House.
For a chain hotel, the Courtyard Boston Downtown did a stellar job of meeting my expectations. Sporting excellent views of Boston’s Chinatown and Financial District, the rooms are spacious and offer the essentials that any overnight guest would need. Located right next to Chinatown and the bustling nightlife of the Theater District, the Courtyard is situated in a particular area that families should be aware of. But other than that, the swanky and luxurious hotel can cater to any type of crowd.
Located next to Boston’s Chinatown and Theater District, the Doubletree Boston is only a mere blocks away from the famed Boston Commons and Garden. Luxurious down to the aquarium in the visitor’s lobby, the Doubletree is a bit pricey, but well worth it. Exhibiting clean rooms with comfortable beds for guests, the Doubletree is great accommodation in the heart of the city. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of the YMCA guest passes and Starbucks in the lobby if you decide to stay at the Doubletree Boston.
The Milner Hotel definitely has lots of character. Tucked away in a quiet corner by Tufts Medical Center, this rustic hotel has an eerie feel that was caused by the cramped walls and quietness of the lobby and hallways. Even a small café resides in a dark corner of the lobby that I didn’t dare step in. As I walked down the hallway, I breathed a small sigh of relief as the bedrooms allowed some room to breathe. Each room comes with standard A/C, television, and Wi Fi access. If you're not scared easily, the Milner Inn is an affordable option that’s a stone’s throw away from Boston’s Chinatown.
I couldn’t believe this place was a hostel. Well, besides the young crowd, hip environment, and encouragement of traveling culture, yes I could. But Hostelling International’s newest location in Boston is truly a sight to see. It’s hip, it’s urban, and most importantly, it’s cheap for youthful travelers. Not only is breakfast free, but also so are their provided activities on their ever-changing bulletin board! Single or dorm room, each unit had the bare basics of a bed, television, and linens, yet seemed so luxurious. A big attention catcher was the uniquely Bostonian accent of the T in the building. Each floor is color-coordinated with a T line, and each bathroom has a T shower curtain that was all sorts of cool.