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Boston city guide

Boston distinguishes itself through grand institutions like the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the dream stadium of baseball buffs, Fenway Park. From the colonial defiance of the Boston Tea Party to the US? oldest public park, Boston Common, it's possible to walk a path of American history through the streets of the Massachusetts capital. Influences from scientists, scholars and the young university crowd continue to mold the city into an ever-changing and energetic destination.

Where to stay: Boston Neighborhoods

Charlestown

Located on the north banks of the Charles River, Charlestown is where to come for a peep at ?Old Boston?. Charlestown Navy Yard and the Bunker Hill historic site characterize the flavor of this area, and many hotels in Charlestown give visitors a first-rate view of the Inner Harbor.

Back Bay

Back Bay is home to Boston's Public Alleys, which run north-south parallel behind many of the apartment buildings and businesses in the neighborhood. These narrow, time-sealed alleys offer a flipside look at the city, and if you walk them all the way to the upmarket South End, you?ll find a cluster of hotels. In addition, the South End is the home of the nation's largest Victorian-era neighborhood.

Charles River and Beacon Hill

Majestic 18th century mansions lord over the east bank of the Charles River ? stay in one yourself, if you can find a converted B&B - while the nearby Beacon Hill area is made up of quaint, gas-lit streets, brick walkways and decorative ironwork. Returning to the present, modern restaurants on Charles Street offer everything from five-star cuisine to New England clam chowder and oyster sliders.


Things to do

Fenway Park

This legendary arena has something to offer sports fans, history buffs and foodies alike, while spectators watch batted balls fly at the legendary Green Monster backstop wall. The stadium's single red seat commemorates the point of the longest home run ever hit in the Park, a whopping 502 feet from home plate.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Those with a hunger for learning have a full plate of options in Boston and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston owns nearly half a million works of world treasures, including some of Van Gogh's most evocative works, while the finds from the Giza expeditions to Egypt are awesome antiquities.

Museum of African-American History

Preserving the history of African-Americans in New England is the specific aim here, with the museum appropriately pitched at the site of Boston's former African Meeting House, also considered the oldest African-American church in the United States.

Harvard University

Don?t miss the chance to take a peek inside the ivy-coated campus at Harvard University just outside Boston, taking in some exhibits at the Harvard Museum of Natural History while you?re there.

Boston walking trails

Also called "The Walkable City," you can take your pick from many historic paths, including the 14-site Black Heritage Trail, or the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that begins at Boston Common and winds its way to Charlestown, ending at the awesome U.S.S. Constitution. Just off the Freedom Trail on the Public Garden lake, the afternoon goes from exercise to elegance with a smooth ride aboard the city's Swan Boats (open April to September).


Transport

Many visitors arrive in Boston via Logan International Airport (BOS), located less than four miles from the city's center, in East Boston. Trains are also a common form of transport; Amtrak lines connect Beantown to most of New England's major cities at the South Station. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority runs many local lines from here, including Boston's subway and commuter rail. Technologies old and new merge when you load mobile tickets onto your smartphone to hop on and off trains around the city.

Recently booked Boston hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Downtown
2 hours ago 4 stars $168
Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston
Financial District
3 hours ago 4 stars $248
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Financial District
3 hours ago 4 stars $199
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Back Bay
4 hours ago 4 stars $212
Omni Parker House
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $219
Copley Square Hotel
Back Bay
4 hours ago 4 stars $231
Boston Common Hotel
Back Bay
5 hours ago 3 stars $189
Colonnade Boston Copley Square Back Bay
Back Bay
5 hours ago 4 stars $255
Onyx, a Kimpton Hotel
Financial District
5 hours ago 4 stars $203
Fairmont Copley Plaza
Back Bay
6 hours ago 5 stars $305

Recently Rated Boston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston
Financial District
4.3 / 5
202 reviews
4 stars $248
Hyatt Regency Boston
Downtown
3.9 / 5
378 reviews
4 stars $183
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Downtown
3.6 / 5
689 reviews
4 stars $168
The Inn @ St Botolph
Back Bay
4.1 / 5
33 reviews
3 stars $249
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Financial District
4.3 / 5
224 reviews
4 stars $179
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
4.2 / 5
309 reviews
4 stars $199
Omni Parker House
Downtown
4.2 / 5
654 reviews
4 stars $219
Colonnade Boston Copley Square Back Bay
Back Bay
4.2 / 5
125 reviews
4 stars $255
Boston Common Hotel
Back Bay
3.3 / 5
63 reviews
3 stars $189
Ramada Boston
3.1 / 5
229 reviews
3 stars $143

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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 $168

1 The Boston Park Plaza Hotel

4 stars
3.6 / 5 689 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 location
Convenient to everything. Right by the T. Close to parks. Overnight parking just across the street.
Jul 25, 2014
From $248

2 Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 202 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 hotel for business
Great location, staff was friendly and attentive. Rooms were clean and amenities were plentiful. Would definitely stay again for business or pleasure!
Jul 27, 2014
From $219

3 Omni Parker House

4 stars
4.2 / 5 654 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

no free internet!!!
* needs $20-40 to park overnight * no free internet * no free breakfast * room is small
Jul 24, 2014
From $255

4 Colonnade Boston Copley Square Back Bay

4 stars
4.2 / 5 125 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 location, slept like a baby
I have stayed here several times before, and also at other hotels in Boston. Excellent overall experience. Very comfortable, nice room, good work space. Bath could be bigger, but is fine. Only...
Jul 21, 2014
From $183

5 Hyatt Regency Boston

4 stars
3.9 / 5 378 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

Good location!
Close walking distance to many great things in downtown Boston. Also close to a T station so it's east access to the rest if the city as well.
Jul 26, 2014
From $212

6 Boston Marriott Copley Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 262 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 and friendly, helpful staff
Hotel location is great. Walking distance to the major parks, downtown, and Fenway Park. Hotel is also connected to a shopping mall and and a T station. Rooms are a little small but beds were nice.
Jul 11, 2014
From $235

7 Lenox Hotel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 330 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

Great Boston Hotel
We stayed one night at The Lenox in Boston and it was fabulous. The staff was incredibly friendly and eager to help us in every way. The room was clean and spacious. We will surely stay here again...
Jun 24, 2014
From $199

8 The Westin Copley Place, Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 165 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

Boston Luxury with Service
Not only is the Westin Copley ideally located, they work hard to make sure that they have the best front desk staff. It's a treat to check in to a hotel where the staff clearly loves their jobs.
Jul 5, 2014
From $231

9 Copley Square Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 78 reviews

47 Huntington Avenue Map

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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 Location, Friendly Staff
Very pleasant stay. Obliging staff. Nice and welcoming atmosphere. I have nothing really negative to say about my 2 day stay in this hotel. It was welcoming right from check in to picking up my...
Jul 20, 2014
From $329

10 Nine Zero, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 131 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

I would not stay anywhere else in Boston!
I booked the reservation based on the value, location and nice website appearance. I ended up with so much more. The staff couldn't be any nicer. There was fresh, cold citrus and fruit infused...
Jul 11, 2014
From $264

11 Revere Hotel Boston Common

4 stars
4.2 / 5 34 reviews

200 Stuart Street Map

Stylish urban haven in Boston with contemporary touchWithin easy reach to the Commons, Revere Hotel offers business and holiday travellers a chic base just a short distance from Boston attractions... More

Amazing customer service
Great Hotel, With a really nice rooftop and lounge. Customer service was amazing, especially Tim at the front desk ! Would stay here anytime I go to boston
Jun 26, 2014
From $299

12 Loews Boston Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews

154 Berkley 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

Boston
Nice hotel Great idea to give complimentary coffe in the lobby. Seems alive with people innbar and restaurants. Rooms a bit small but well locates Bell man really kind
Jul 20, 2014
From $282

13 W Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 71 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

Great stay.
My night at the W was great. The staff was extremely helpful with getting me transportation for all my needs during the stay. I have not had a better stay in Boston at any hotel.
Jun 23, 2014
From $199

14 Boston Marriott Long Wharf

4 stars
4.1 / 5 113 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

Long weekend getaway
Very good experience all around. The only thing we found surprising was the lack of free internet service available in the room itself.
Jul 13, 2014
From $309

15 Ames Boston Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 82 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

Awesome hotel
Great place for business travel. Comfortable rooms, elegant style, affordable and delicious breakfast...overall great place.
Jun 25, 2014
From $203

16 Onyx, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 106 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

Wil definitely stay again
Our son's two favorite things are sports and history, so Boston was a great spring break location. The Onyx was the ideal spot for exploring the city. We walked, used the T and even secured a car...
Apr 10, 2014
From $299

17 The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston

4 stars
4.3 / 5 127 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

One of Boston's Coolest Hotels
A former jail converted to a hotel, the Liberty Hotel has some cool spaces resulting from its historic past. But the bathrooms, amenities, and room decor are all very modern, crisp and clean....
Dec 21, 2013
From $223

18 Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall

4 stars
3.9 / 5 97 reviews

89 Broad Street Map

Bed & Breakfast

Old-world charm and elegance meets modern Four-Diamond service Built in the 1920s as the city's first Art Deco skyscraper and recently undergoing a complete $10 million renovation, the Hilton... More

A Really Well Executed Hotel
This Hilton location strikes a nice balance between access and seclusion. It's two blocks from Faneuil Hall and three from the Aquarium and the rest of the waterfront attractions. This makes it an...
Jul 11, 2014
From $159

19 Club Quarters in Boston

3 stars
4.2 / 5 682 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

Friday night in Boston
The location of this hotel is amazing!! Walking distance to Quincy Market, Boston Common, the north end, and the aquarium. The staff was extremely friendly and the hotel was very clean. We will...
Jul 20, 2014
From $305

20 Fairmont Copley Plaza

5 stars
4.1 / 5 106 reviews

138 St. James Avenue Map

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Opulent, grand historic property in the heart of Boston's Back BaySince opening in 1912, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has welcomed guests to enjoy elegance and upscale comfort in the heart of the... More

Expected more
The lobby and location of the Fairmont Copley Plaza are just outstanding--the lobby truly looks like something out of a fairy tale. Once you get upstairs, though--our room was average (and...
Jul 10, 2014