The best Boston hotel rates can be found in winter, but online specials throughout the year, which sometimes include breakfast, are much cheaper than rack rates.
The hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$300)
Moderate (US$150 to US$300)
Cheap (up to US$150)
These prices are the starting prices for a standard double room and exclude sales tax (14.45%) which is usually added to the bill at the end. Breakfast is not included, unless otherwise stated.
Boston Harbor Hotel
With stunning ocean views, excellent gourmet dining and a spectacular spa, the Boston Harbor Hotel offers five-star luxury at it's finest. The rooms are spacious and modern, and the hotel conforms to a delightful maritime theme with its colour palette and comfortable furnishings.Address: , 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: +1 617 439 7000
Stars, compasses, planets and diamond/harlequin patterns are part of the 'discovery' motif at the funky and fun Hotel Marlowe. Around the faux-marble fireplace of the tufted-velvet walled living room, there are complimentary evening wine hours and Wednesday evening poetry readings. Comfortable crimson and gold guest rooms are accented with velvet, leopard-print carpets, furry blankets and amenities that include modern electronic comfort, Aveda toiletries and leopard-patterned terrycloth robes. Even four-legged guests are regaled with leopard-print collar tags, treats and other pet services. The inviting American-styled brasserie, Bambara, is adjacent to the hotel.Address: Cambridge, 25 Edwin Land Boulevard, Boston, MA 02141
Telephone: +1 617 868 8000.
Located in the cosy Back Bay, the Mandarin Oriental combines comfort and style to produce one of Boston's most luxurious and trendy hotels. Rooms resonate with classic oriental styles with a modern flare and boast beautiful views of the Back Bay cityscape. After a long day of touring and shopping, enjoy a soak in the oversized Jacuzzi baths or indulge in a massage at the Mandarin Oriental's five-star spa. Perfect for a business retreat or a relaxing holiday, the Mandarin Oriental will not disappoint.Address: Back Bay, 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Telephone: +1 617 535 8888.
This snug South End inn offers a lot of class for a relatively low cost compared with Downtown hotels. Rooms may be a touch small but they sport a designer touch with moulded Panton chairs, leather headboards and bright accents. Plasma TVs and iPod docks come as standard while downstairs you’ll find the popular neighbourhood drinking den, Fritz.Address: South End, 26 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: +1 617 482 3450.
This classic, baby blue Victorian guesthouse has fourteen handsome rooms decked out in all-American style with quilts, patterned rugs and dark hardwood furniture. The period character of the house gives the place a warm, homely atmosphere which is reinforced by the freely available cakes and coffee, Thursday evening wine tastings and the generous home-cooked breakfast, which is included in the price.Address: Cambridge, 288 Harvard St, Boston, MA 02139
Telephone: +1 617 489 2888.
The Liberty Hotel
Prison chic is made a reality in the Liberty Hotel. For 120 years, the Charles Street Jail held some of Boston's most infamous criminals but in 2001, Liberty designers converted the building into a classy, unique hotel. Much of the décor mirrors the building's 20th-century charms, including The Clink restaurant which features authentic cell bars and the main lobby that reveals the inner atrium of the original prison. Far from being prison-like, this upscale hotel boasts all the necessary 21st-century amenities along with stunning views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline.Address: , 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: +1 617 224 4000.
This cheap and cheerful hostel offers 481 beds in total, and is niftily located in the Theater District/Chinatown area. There is a games room, cafe bar, internet access and laundry facilities. If you're not a member of Hostelling International, you have to pay a daily $3 charge, but this is still one of the cheapest, centrally located accommodation options around.Address: Theatre District, 19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Telephone: +1 617 536 9455.
Between June and September only, board one of Boston's elegant tall ships for an alternative, budget accommodation option. Moored in the historic waterfront district of Boston, a block from the North End and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, you will be offered a choice of one of six cabins all featuring a skylight, hot/cold water, three shared bathrooms and three shared showers. This is definitely an experience.Address: Downtown, 67 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Telephone: +1 617 742 0333.
Oasis Guest House
This modest 30-room guesthouse is located in one of Boston’s best neighbourhoods and offers simple but comfortable accommodation in a series of attractive brick-fronted buildings. Rooms are simply furnished with queen beds, armchairs, TVs and generic prints. The price includes free internet access, use of the kitchen facilities and a complimentary breakfast.Address: Back Bay, 22 Edgerly Road, Boston, MA 02115
Telephone: +1 617 267 2262.