Lodging in Boston, MA

by Edwin Thomas
Boston Harbor and the city's downtown skyline

Boston Harbor and the city's downtown skyline

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Boston stands as one of America's largest and most historic cities and as a center of commerce and education, so the city unsurprisingly hosts a diverse range of hotels that offer a good deal for the lodging dollar. On the one hand are Boston's top hotels, which, while expensive, offer plenty of amenities for the money. On the other are the city's inns and bed and breakfasts, which make a visitor's lodgings as much a part of the Boston experience as the city's attractions.


Boston saw a major boom in renovations among its top hotels in the early 21st century. As result, these high-end hotels now offer more amenities and package deals than before, making them a relative (although still expensive) bargain. Budget-conscious travelers would do well to look at Boston's bed and breakfasts, according to Fodor's. These often offer lodgings with both more personality and cheaper prices than Boston's mid-range chain hotels -- and usually in better locations for exploring Boston's diverse neighborhoods to boot.

Boston Harbor Hotel

The Boston Harbor Hotel ranks as a Fodor's Choice hotel and one of only two five-stars in the city, according to Forbes Travel, making it one of the best lodgings in the city. The hotel's entrance is dominated by a waterfront rotunda and an imposing, 80-foot archway, which leads into a marble lobby. Guest rooms are elegantly appointed in a traditional fashion but come with modern touches such as flat-screen TVs. All rooms command a view of either the harbor or the city skyline; rounding out the picture is the Boston Harbor Hotel's top-notch service.

Gryphon House

Occupying a four-story brownstone in the Kenmore Square area, the Gryphon House is a more upscale example of a Boston bed and breakfast. This Fodor's Choice inn offers its guests eight individually decorated suites, from the Italianate Tuscany suite to the English country-style suite, with its wood furnishings, faux wood-burning stove and Gothic decorations. All suites have touches, such as gas fireplaces and DVD players for their TVs, and the Gryphon House offers discounts to guests who are baseball fans and present Red Sox home game tickets at check-in.

Longwood Inn

Set in a three-story Victorian house on the border between Boston proper and the suburb of Brookline, the Longwood Inn offers reasonably priced accommodations in a quiet residential neighborhood. So, in addition to amenities like free Wi-Fi access, the Longwood also has the space for free off-street parking. Guest rooms come decorated in a traditional fashion with furnishings like wrought-iron bed frames, while the public spaces are places of dark wood and dark leather. Although it is situated in the suburbs, the Longwood Inn remains convenient to Boston through the four subway stops located in the vicinity.

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