Boston is one of the United States' oldest cities, nicknamed “The Cradle of Modern America.” The city features hotels overlooking downtown and famous landmarks like Boston Common. Boston proper does not have resorts; however, Danvers offers a kid-friendly resort that is less than 20 miles from the city. Many of Boston’s hotels are historic landmarks, operating since the 1800s and early 1900s.
The Boston Omni Parker House, the longest-operating hotel in the US, has been a landmark since 1855 and sits on the Freedom Trail. Presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant and John F. Kennedy, have entered its bronze doors and viewed the ornate decorations on its walls. It includes a 24-hour health club, in-room fitness kits, concierge service and gift shop. Rooms feature shades of brown and include guest robes, LCD flat-screen televisions and Internet access. The Lenox, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, has operated in Boston since 1900 and sits on the Back Bay in Copley Square. The hotel features brass chandeliers, crystal lamps and wood furnishings. It offers concierge, valet services and discount rates to the Giuliano Spa and Wellness Center. Rooms have marble baths, eco-friendly bath products and flat-screen televisions.
Hotel Commonwealth is in downtown Boston’s Kenmore Square and features elegant tapestries and antiques. Event specialists help couples plan their weddings, including catering and entertainment. Its Sweets for My Suite package includes champagne and chocolates. Concierge consultants help couples arrange spa treatments, theater outings and dinner reservations before arrival. The hotel offers 24-hour room service and a complimentary DVD library. Guest rooms contain imported Italian linens, French bath amenities and marble baths. The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is located in Back Bay, originally constructed as a multi-use hotel and office building in 1927. The luxury hotel features marble floors, a staircase and wood furniture. Its Romance Package consists of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and in-room breakfast for two. Select suites have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, flat-screen televisions and kitchens.
CoCo Key Water Resort at Crown Plaza Boston North Shore is 19 miles north of downtown Boston. The 65,000-square-foot indoor water park features an interactive water fort, body and raft slides, and outdoor whirlpools. Key Quest Arcade has 10 video games, basketball and racing. Guest rooms have 27-inch televisions with pay-per-view, refrigerators and Internet access. Water-park passes are included with reservations. The Fairmont Copley Plaza sits on the original site of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The lobby features early 20th-century antiques, artwork and double “P” monograms on doorknobs and in the ballroom. Its Museum of Science Family Package includes accommodations in an elegant guest room and four museum tickets. The hotel also offers baby-sitting services. Select suites have cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and marble baths.
Boston calls itself “America’s Walking City,” and many hotels are within walking distance of area attractions, downtown and public parks. The city also boasts an extensive transportation system that includes rail, taxis and subways. The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the Family Friendly ValuePass, which consists of more than 65 offers.
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