Boston Motels & Hotels

by Pamela Wright
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Boston has an impressive array of lodging options, from high-end, luxury properties, like The Tai, Intercontinental, Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons, to mid-priced chain hotels and budget guesthouses. You'll find hotels in all of Boston's main neighborhoods, including Back Bay, downtown, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and along the waterfront. It's easy to get around the city; most places you can walk to or take the T, Boston's public subway system. Instead, select lodgings based on factors like kid-friendly amenities, luxury, historic significance and style.

Historic Hotels

The Omni Parker House is Boston's oldest hotel, steeped in more than 150 years of history. It opened in 1855 and is considered the oldest continuously operated hotel in the country. Boston cream pie was invented here and John F. Kennedy announced his presidential candidacy and held his bachelor party at the hotel. The hotel has much of the original wood paneled walls, carved moldings and columns. Rooms were brought up to date during a 2008 $30 million renovation. The 551 rooms have neutral tan and off-white hues, accented with red and gold fabrics and dark cherry furniture. The 941-room Park Plaza Hotel, designated as one of the Historic Hotels of America, has been a Boston landmark since 1927. The large lobby has tall ceilings, tile and marble floors, and white columns. Rooms have soothing tan and white hues, with traditional upholstered furniture. The hotel also has a 24-hour fitness center, airport shuttle, and nine restaurants and lounges.

Luxury Hotels

The 1912 Fairmont Copley Plaza oozes elegance and romance. The massive brick building with red awnings overlooks Copley Square. Step inside and you'll be surrounded by ornately carved ceilings and walls, marble columns and floors, and richly colored fabrics. The 383 rooms are traditionally furnished with pale yellow wall coverings, punctuated with reds and golds. The rich decor continues in the hotel's Oak Room restaurant, with dark wood paneled walls and carved moldings. Guests arriving at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf walk through a soaring, 80-foot archway and rotunda into an elegant, marble lobby. Outside, yachts and sailboats bob in the harbor. The hotel, located on the Boston Harbor waterfront, has modern rooms with marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, luxury linens and custom-made furniture. Rooms, located on the 8th through 16th floors, have city skyline or harbor views.

Kid-friendly Hotels

The sleek Colonnade Hotel in Back Bay offers a host of money-saving packages, including the Kids See & Do Boston special, which includes lodging, parking, free breakfast and your choice of four tickets to the New England Aquarium or the Boston Children's Museum. The hotel, with 285 contemporary rooms, also boasts the only rooftop pool in town. If a pool is high on your family's must-have list, consider staying at the Seaport Hotel, with one of the largest pools in the city. The modern hotel, located at the Seaport World Trade Center along the waterfront, has a bright lobby, with splashy lime and orange accents and spacious, crisp-white rooms, many overlooking the ocean. The hotel also offers free shuttle service to downtown Boston.

Boutique Hotels

Walk into Fifteen Beacon hotel in the upscale Beacon Hill neighborhood, and you'll feel like you've entered a private and exclusive club. The 62-room boutique hotel, housed in a 1903 beaux arts brick building, has a super small lobby with dark mahogany wood paneling, red leather accents and bold abstract art. Take the caged elevator to rooms, decorated in handsome taupes and chocolate hues, with antique and leather furniture. Each room has a fireplace, flat-screen TV and surround-sound stereo. The hotel's Lexus limo and driver are available to drive guests around town. If you prefer more sleek digs, consider the Nine Zero. The hotel, named one of "Travel & Leisure" magazine's "Best 500 Hotels in the World," sports a modern, hip decor, with gleaming marble floors, chrome and glass accents, and kiwi and neon blue furnishings.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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