Great Boston Hotels for True Flavor of City

From historic to luxury, these hotels invite exploration of their unique neighborhoods
View toward Boston Harbor Hotel — Photo courtesy of jon petitt
The Boston Harbor Hotel is a landmark located on Boston's waterfront (on Rowes Wharf). It's prime location is within walking distance of downtown and waterfront attractions. Skyline guest rooms are less expensive than waterfront guest rooms. This elegant and traditional hotel has earned the Mobil 5-Star rating and caters to well-heeled business and pleasure travelers who expect and receive superior service. The following packages are offered: Spa, Romance, Family and Weekend.

The InterContinental Hotel with its reflective blue glass and concave and convex twin towers represents a billowing sail. The 20-story luxury hotel on Atlantic Avenue is located on Boston's historic waterfront. Just steps from Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, New England Aquarium and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. The contemporary hotel is within walking distance of the Boston Convention Center and Exhibition Center. The Freedom Trail and the Boston Tea Party ship are nearby.

The Lenox Hotel on Exeter Street was built in 1900 in the heart of the Back Bay district. Favored among discerning travelers, the boutique hotel prides itself on service. Explore Newbury Street where high-end boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafes keep guests busy. Neighboring districts are: Copley Square, Chinatown and Little Italy (the North End). Across the Charles River, visit Harvard Square and M. I. T. Packages include Cultural Arts, Eco Chic, Bed & Breakfast, Romance and Girls Getaway.

Newbury Guest House has 32 Victorian-style rooms on the most fashionable street in the Back Bay. Book in advance. Rooms are priced at affordable rates and include breakfast. The small hotel was converted from 19th century brick townhouses and is named for the street on which its found.

Copley Inn is located on quiet Garrison Street in the Back Bay. This former apartment building has 21 studios with kitchens. It's budget conscious friendly and offers the seventh night free. The studios are located on three floors without an elevator. If you want to live like a local, this is the best bet in Boston. 

Boston is known as Beantown and "America's Walking City." Since driving in Boston is a major challenge for tourists and residents alike, it's a good idea to park your car and explore famous historical landmarks on foot. With history dating back to the 17th century, there is plenty of sightseeing including the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere's house. Boston is home to hotels ranging from budget to luxury in the distinctive neighborhoods that make up New England's favorite city: Cambridge, Back Bay, Charlestown, Beacon Hill, North End, South End, Downtown Crossing and Harvard Square.

About Susan Fogwell

Susan Fogwell is a flight attendant for a major international airline, freelance writer and seasoned world traveler. She flies over 300,000 miles per year staying in hotels ranging from ultra luxury resorts to cozy inns, and everything in between. 

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