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Celebrate the old in the modern city of Boston

The city of Boston offers visitors a compelling combination of style, sophistication, history and charm. Travel back in time by taking a guided tour of the Freedom Trail, an actual red-brick path that weaves through the city and highlights the events that led to the US declaring independence from Britain. The tour includes a visit to Boston Common, Park Street Church and the Old State House, landmarks associated with the American Revolution. Boston's sophistication is partly due to its culture of academia and innovation. Known for its many academic institutions, there are over 100 universities and colleges in the greater Boston area. Some of the more famous ones are Harvard, MIT, Tufts University and Boston College.


Top attractions

Battle of Bunker Hill memorial

A memorial monument that stands a proud 221 feet in the air makes its home on Breed Hill in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. The Battle of Bunker Hill, although actually fought on Breed Hill, marks itself as the first official battle of the American Revolution. A symbol not only of the battle but of early Americans' dreams of independence, much effort was put into the Bunker Hill Monument's creation; a railroad was built just to transport the granite needed for its construction. Spend the afternoon here with the family, or admire it on your march along the Freedom Trail.

Cheers

”Where everybody knows your name.” Cheers, which was originally named Bull & Finch pub, adopted its current moniker after the TV show gave the place such a boost in popularity. Situated conveniently in the city's center, locals and people from out of town can both enjoy the memorabilia and cozy atmosphere still available at this famous bar.


Alternative ideas

The Boston Public Library

One of the oldest and largest libraries in the country, the Boston Public Library has millions of books and record archives at its disposal. The library is also renowned for its amazing architecture, which some have said resembles that of a mausoleum. Author talks, book signings and other literary events are often held here, making the BPL an ideal place to stop for a calmer family activity or on the way back to your hotel after a long day of business.

Cambridge Antique Market

Open Tuesday through Sunday, this marketplace covers five floors with approximately 150 antique dealers showing their wares. Being on the East Coast, the antique stalls are well-stocked, and each artifact comes with a unique history. Whether you're looking for estate jewelry or that one focal piece of furniture, there's a good chance you can uncover it at the Cambridge Antique Market. Just be sure to allow space in your luggage for the prizes you may find here.


Climate

If you're visiting Boston in the early months of the year, you can expect a typical northern winter, with temperatures averaging about 27 degrees Fahrenheit. Sections of Boston that are more inland can become even colder. The hot and humid summers average near 80 degrees. The humidity lessens the farther inland you go, but the entire city experiences at least mildly hot and balmy weather conditions. This is especially true during late June, July and August. Late summer and early autumn can bring on severe thunderstorms or even hurricanes. On the plus side, Boston has never experienced a life'threatening tornado.


Best time to visit

Late spring and early summer are the best times to begin looking for Boston hotels to book for your vacation. Since the winters can prove to be too cold and the fall experiences heavy storms, visiting during the summer ensures that weather will not prevent you from exploring all that this city has to offer. Festivals frequently pop up during the warmer months; your stomach won't thank you for missing Chowderfest. Although both the history and modernity of Boston will ensure there's something to do 12 months a year, the great weather of the summer will motivate you to keep moving all day, and into the night.

Recently booked Boston hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Financial District
1 hour ago 3 stars $237
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Downtown
4 hours ago 5 stars $595
Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston
Financial District
4 hours ago 4 stars $288
Onyx, a Kimpton Hotel
Financial District
4 hours ago 4 stars $279
Hyatt Regency Boston
Downtown
5 hours ago 4 stars $229
Courtyard by Marriott Boston Copley Square
Back Bay
5 hours ago 3 stars $254
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Downtown
5 hours ago 4 stars $165
Seaport Boston Hotel
Financial District
5 hours ago 4 stars $275
Nine Zero, a Kimpton Hotel
Downtown
6 hours ago 4 stars $259
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Financial District
8 hours ago 4 stars $269

Recently Rated Boston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Financial District
4.2 / 5
135 reviews
4 stars $269
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Downtown
3.6 / 5
661 reviews
4 stars $179
Onyx, a Kimpton Hotel
Financial District
4.1 / 5
72 reviews
4 stars $279
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Back Bay
4.1 / 5
174 reviews
3 stars $275
Boston Common Hotel
Back Bay
3.2 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $169
Hyatt Regency Boston
Downtown
4.0 / 5
254 reviews
4 stars $269
Omni Parker House
Downtown
4.2 / 5
421 reviews
4 stars $279
BEST WESTERN PLUS Roundhouse Suites
3.9 / 5
58 reviews
3 stars $197
Hotel 140
Back Bay
3.3 / 5
74 reviews
3 stars $269
Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf
4.3 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $254

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Fall into autumn: Boston vacations for leaf peepers

Move from leaf peeping to ghost peeping with Haunted Boston’s Ghost Tour. The company’s ghoulish, lantern-led walking tours connect visitors to Boston’s most famous ghosts and tell the kind of haunted tales you craved as a kid and still secretly love as an adult. Among other tidbits, tour-goers learn which well-known Boston hotel is its most haunted. Visit the Haunted Boston Ghost Tours for a $3 off coupon. There’s something unmistakably Boston about the sight of swarthy rowers cutting through a rippling river, and you can soak up that Ivy League feeling at this year’s 47th Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 22 and 23, 2011. The world’s largest regatta (also free!) takes place on the Charles River starting at the Boston University Boathouse and ending at Artesani Playground. The Weld Exhibition is a favorite viewing site.

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From $179

1 The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 661 reviews

50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street Map

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The Boston Park Plaza Hotel is designated as one of the Historic Hotels of America. This elegant hotel occupies a triangular block, which contributes to the unique appearance of both the exterior... More

Great for the Game
For the price we paid, this was an incredible night's stay. An easy T-ride or pleasant enough walk to Fenway, an a multitude of attractions nearby. The building itself is beautiful, the staff...
Sep 12, 2014
From $279

2 Omni Parker House

4 stars
4.2 / 5 421 reviews

60 School St Map

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The Omni Parker House, constructed in 1927, is one of the Historic Hotels of America. The original Parker House Hotel was established in 1855, and the modern venue maintains the Parker House... More

Great stay in Boston
Beautiful hotel in a great location. Overnight parking very expensive (around $40), but I guess maybe thats expected in this location.
Sep 9, 2014
From $295

3 Lenox Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 217 reviews

61 Exeter St Map

The Lenox Hotel is designated as one of the Historic Hotels of America, as well as being an outstanding' green' venue with sustainability practices and recycling initiatives. Since 1900, luxurious... More

Nice hotel, too expensive for what it offers.
Very good stay, great location. Amenities are limited. Nice large rooms. Bathroom more on the mediocre side.
Aug 15, 2014
From $289

4 Colonnade Boston Copley Square Back Bay

4 stars
4.2 / 5 91 reviews

120 Huntington Ave Map

Modern and hip Back Bay boutique hotel near Boston attractionsFollowing a top-to-bottom $25 million makeover, the Colonnade sparkles with sleek design and pulsates with a hip vibe. The hotel's... More

Great Stay !!!
We stayed just the one night at The Colonnade Copley Square in Boston and it was Great!! Comfortable and clean and what a fantastic location !! Plus, a rooftop pool!!
Sep 1, 2014
From $339

5 Nine Zero, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 86 reviews

90 Tremont Street Map

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The Nine Zero is a superior boutique hotel in Boston that offers renowned hospitality from the Kimpton Company. The hotel's exterior is constructed from traditional red brick, and the rooms feature... More

Best location in Boston!
Best location in Boston for walking to the attractions. Beautiful hotel with the friendliest staff from the front desk to the maintanence staff. Every associate that I had contact with introduced...
Aug 23, 2014
From $269

6 Hyatt Regency Boston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 254 reviews

One Ave de Lafayette Map

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The Hyatt Regency Boston hotel offers modern amenities in the historic heart of Boston. Large windows offer spectacular views of the waterfront and the dome of the Massachusetts State House,... More

Fenway
Perfect location. Park car & leave it. Anywhere u want to go is a $7-$8 cab ride. Streets are small. Room comfortable.
Sep 10, 2014
From $269

7 Boston Marriott Copley Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 169 reviews

110 Huntington Map

Rate includes breakfast

Boston Marriott Copley Place will introduce you to the pulse of Beantown from day one, with its indoor entry to both the Copley Place Mall and the Prudential Center. Abstract art stands out in the... More

Great location
Across from the Prudential building. Great resturaunts close by
Aug 25, 2014
From $319

8 W Boston

4 stars
4.4 / 5 56 reviews

100 Stuart Street Map

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Chic accommodations and signature service set in hip theater districtFeaturing modern and sophisticated décor in its public spaces that perfectly compliment the beautiful glass façade of the... More

Fantastic location to discover Boston
I would highly recommand Hotel W for your stay in Boston. I was a great experience.
Sep 2, 2014
From $314

9 The Westin Copley Place, Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 108 reviews

10 Huntington Avenue Map

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The Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel provides its guests with a relaxing experience in the midst of one of America's most exciting cities. It is situated right next to Copley Place-a premier... More

Right in boston
Location outshines everything, and I got a good deal on it. Toiletries, bathroom, etc. was pretty good, but the shower wasn't separated from the bathroom by anything but a curtain, and water seeped...
Sep 7, 2014
From $279

10 Copley Square Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 61 reviews

47 Huntington Avenue Map

Newly renovated hotel on Boston’s beautiful and historic Copley SquareHaving recently undergone an $18 million renovation, the Copley Square Hotel offers guests a unique blend of chic, modern... More

Great hotel, amazing location
The best part about this hotel is definitely the location, in one of the most beautiful sections of the city. It's only augmented by the extremely friendly and helpful staff and, of course, by the...
Aug 30, 2014
From $329

11 Loews Boston Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 19 reviews

154 Berkeley Street Map

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Luxurious living, historic charm and comfortable accommodations have come together to form the foundation for the Loews Boston Hotel. Built in the 1920s, this stately limestone building was... More

Good Value
The Hotel is nice it has a complementary coffee machine in the lobby and they treat you fairly nice. The room I stayed was very very very small basically only the king size bed fits that´s it. It...
Sep 1, 2014
From $298

12 Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 146 reviews

26 North Street At Faneuil Hall Marketplace Map

Faneuil Hall-adjacent boutique hotel in the heart of classic Boston The Millennium Bostonian Hotel sits amidst some of the most exciting energy in Boston. The hotel is located next door to the... More

Great location
You can't beat the location. It's quick walk to the North End, where there a number of fabulous restaurants to choose from.
Sep 1, 2014
From $329

13 Ames Boston Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 50 reviews

1 Court Street Map

Historic architecture with a modern, minimalist spiritHistory buffs appreciate both the location and original architecture of the AMES in the Byzantine-Romanesque Ames building. Built in 1893 as... More

Boston night out
The Ames is a swanky little boutique. We had the room with the glass shower and per other reviews I requested a higher floor to get away from the street noise. We enjoyed this hotel and would...
Aug 23, 2014
From $345

14 Taj Boston

5 stars
4.3 / 5 62 reviews

15 Arlington Street Map

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Luxuriously refined classic hotel overlooking Boston's Public GardenThe Taj Boston is one of the city's most desirable hotels with the Public Garden and Boston Common in the backyard and upscale... More

Great Hotel
Very nice facilities and a friendly staff. I really enjoyed my stay here.
Aug 21, 2014
From $279

15 Onyx, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 72 reviews

155 Portland Street Map

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Eco-friendly, unique four-star property in downtown BostonOnyx Hotel, a AAA four diamond, four-star boutique hotel sits on a charming side street in the heart of downtown Boston near many top sites... More

Friendly & Helpful
Staff friendly and helpful Printed our flight tickets and arranged their car to take us to the airport for the same cost of a taxi but much more comfortable and roomy Also left my camera in the car...
Sep 11, 2014
From $259

16 Club Quarters in Boston

3 stars
4.2 / 5 409 reviews

161 Devonshire Street Map

Club Quarters hotels provide a secure, club-inspired atmosphere in prime locations throughout the United States. Free bottled water on each floor, flat-screen TVs, and an iPod docking station make... More

Nice staffs, but nice isnt enough.
The hotel itself was actually pretty nice. They offer complimentary purified water with bottles. The room was clean and comfortable. However, as I was trying to take a nap in the afternoon, it was...
Aug 25, 2014
From $299

17 The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 72 reviews

215 Charles Street Map

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Historic hotel set in former Charles Street Jail at foot of Beacon HillOne of Boston's more dramatic locales, the Liberty Hotel sits inside the former Charles Street Jail. A spectacular stone... More

So So
Room was too expensive especially with parking. Tub stopper broken. Great location and restaurants.
Aug 19, 2014
From $299

18 Boston Marriott Long Wharf

4 stars
4.2 / 5 74 reviews

296 State Map

Rate includes breakfast

Though only built in 1982, Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel sits within an integral part of Boston's history and the 17th century focal point of Boston's sea trade. Emulating the warehouse-feel of... More

Great time for the family
Perfect location. Staff was super friendly and helpful all around, from the front desk to the restaurant/bar servers to the bellman...all were top notch. Room and view was very nice. Could have...
Sep 5, 2014

19 The Boston Park Plaza Towers

4 stars
3.2 / 5 13 reviews

54 Columbus Avenue Map

Rates include WiFi and more!

The Boston Park Plaza Towers offers 76 air-conditioned accommodations with MP3 docking stations and laptop-compatible safes. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas. Pillowtop beds feature... More

Great Location
The location of this hotel is perfect and the Back Bay area is just beautiful.
Aug 30, 2014
From $299

20 The Langham, Boston

5 stars
4.6 / 5 101 reviews

250 Franklin Street Map

Embodying Old World charm, traditional Bostonian architecture and modern flair, The Langham in Boston features award-winning elegance. Among other accolades, The Langham earned EarthCheck Silver... More

Our stay was perfect
This is a very well run hotel. It is not the cheapest, but if you are looking to get your money's worth - then is hotel is the correct choice. It is in the heart of the financial district and is a...
Sep 3, 2014