Hotels at the Boston Harbor

by Patrick M. Lind
A view of Boston from the harbor.

A view of Boston from the harbor.

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Boston Harbor is easily one of America's most famous harbors, having played host to history's most notorious tea party. Many hotels line this important waterway, putting guests close to water where the salty sea air blows in fresh from the ocean and the horns of passing ships create a distinctive soundtrack. These hotels also give guests easy access to the Boston HarborWalk, a series of trails that guide guests to the Harbor's most famous sights.

Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf

The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf overlooks the water, and guests can watch boats pull in and out of the nearby marina. It is within walking distance to the New England Aquarium and an IMAX theater. AAA gives this hotel a Four Diamond rating, saying "Gracious hospitality is prevalent at this luxury hotel that encompasses modernity and classic decor." All 230 guestrooms have views of either downtown or the harbor and feature hand-carved wood furnishings and marble bathrooms, and guests are treated to a nightly turn-down service. Guests can opt to have the hotel treat their car in the same upscale manner, as valet parking and car wash and auto detailing services are on offer.

Boston Marriott Long Wharf

Guests of the Boston Marriott stay near Long Wharf, a historic wharf that dates back to the early 18th century and now functions as a recreational facility with shops and restaurants. The hotel's refined atrium-style lobby welcomes guests to this Three Diamond hotel. Corridors overlooking the lobby lead to the almost 400 rooms with views of Boston Harbor. Added luxuries include valet parking and valet dry cleaning. For guests looking to relax with a harbor view, the indoor swimming pool provides exactly this; and when the weather is right, so does the outdoor sun deck. The on-site restaurant serves seafood in a setting with unobstructed views of the harbor.

Fairmont Battery Wharf

The Fairmont stands near the water along Battery Wharf just a short distance from numerous public parks and Copp's Hill Burying Ground. From the hotel, guests can stroll along the waterfront's walking paths. A water taxi stand is located on the hotel property; the taxis take visitors to various points throughout the city, including Logan International Airport. The 150 guestrooms have a casual contemporary design and come with iPod docking stations and flat-panel TVs; the large picture windows provide expansive views of the the harbor.

Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf

Located on Tudor Wharf where the harbor meets the Charles River, the Residence Inn Boston Harbor offers AAA Three Diamond studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and living rooms; many rooms look out over the water. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning or take in a meal at any of the numerous nearby restaurants, like Max and Dylans and the Copia Mediterranean Steakhouse. The hotel allows pets after the payment of a nonrefundable fee. The Navy Yard grounds, home of the USS Constitution Museum, and Paul Revere Park lie within walking distance.

About the Author

Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

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