Budget-Friendly Hotels to Help You Save on Your Boston Stay

If you're looking to enjoy Boston without spending too much money on the place you stay check yourself into one of the area's best budget finds. Inner city hotels can cost well over four hundred dollars a night, taking a big chunk out of your vacation budget, but a few hidden gems, which may be without some of the bells and whistles of the more expensive hotels, or may require a short drive or MBTA ("T") ride to get to the downtown area can still offer you a clean, comfortable place to rest your head every night that you're in Boston. 

When you'd rather save your money to enjoy exploring the area, one of the 10best budget hotels is right for you. If sacrificing being in the city is not an option, a stay at the Buckminster Hotel, Chandler Inn, or Doubletree Inn in Chinatown will make you smile without emptying your wallet. And if you want to save a little more, and are not adverse to staying a bit outside the downtown area, reserve a room at the Westin Waltham-Boston in nearby Waltham, leaving you thirty minutes or less from downtown. Now take the money you've saved and spend it on your favorite activity whether it be dining at Boston's top restaurants, shopping in the best boutiques, or splurging on as many of the area attractions as you can fit into your time in Boston.


When a comfortable bed, warm shower and hot breakfast are top priorities check into the Holiday Inn Express Braintree. Offering easy on-site parking, a complimentary shuttle and free Wi-Fi you can count on the Holiday Inn Express Braintree. Add inexpensive room rates and you'll have extra to spend having fun. Shop at nearby South Shore Plaza, take the short ride downtown and enjoy a special meal, or book a few tours so you really can see it all. Then head back to your hotel where you'll find yourself able to relax and rest before setting out for another day in the Boston area.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Holiday Inn Express Braintree is less than thirty minutes outside of Boston's downtown with room rates starting around $150/night.

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For an inexpensive stay at a big name hotel, a short MBTA ride into the Downtown area, and all of the modern appointments you want, check into the Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Logan International Airport. This smoke-free Revere, MA hotel is conveniently located just three miles from Boston Logan International Airport and provides free 24-hour airport transportation, and T-station shuttle service so that you can easily access Boston's Downtown area. A full hot breakfast, fitness center, and indoor pool allow you to stay fit while staying here. Every guest room has a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, ironing board and 33 high-definition television channels. A 24-hour guest laundry facility and same-day dry cleaning services are available for added convenience and this hotel is pet-friendly.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: A stay near the airport can save you some money all the while allowing you easy access to the sites around Boston.

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The Westin Waltham-Boston
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Stay a bit outside the city and get a lot of luxury for a lower price. The Westin Waltham-Boston is a sure bet for a lovely stay where checking into one of their 351 guest rooms gets you elegance you can't find downtown for less. Even better, when staying multiple nights rates for your second and third night equal to your birth year; born in 1948, pay $48. The Westin has extensive amenities like WI-FI, as well as extras that include New Balance exercise attire lending and state of the art fitness facilities. An indoor heated pool with floor to ceiling windows that let you get the feel of the outdoors is open year-round. And their on-site restaurant serves great food so you walk to your room after dinner.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Westin Waltham-Boston offers guests a second or third night at the cost of their birth year, making additional nights inexpensive.

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Hostelling International Boston offers inexpensive stays in a community environment right in the heart of Boston. You can share a room or book a single and take advantage of the benefits of staying in this hostel. Clean, minimally appointed, air conditioned rooms give you a comfortable place to rest your head. A stay here comes with lots of extras; from shampoo to museum nights you'll find these little bonuses add to your savings. When you want to stay in chill out at the pool table where you can hang with friends or make new ones. Hostelling International Boston allows you to meet others or keep to yourself all the while saving money on your stay.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Shared rooms at Hostelling International Boston start under $50/night and put you in the heart of the city.

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The Best Western Boston Hotel, located off Massachusetts Ave, near the Boston Medical Center, is an all-suite hotel in Boston. The Best Western offers smoke-free accommodations that are better than those at many other Boston hotels. Add to that modern lodgings and a long list of amenities and the Best Western is one of the best bargains within city limits. Their complimentary breakfast is beyond basic and includes a variety of options like eggs, meat, and make your own waffles. The complimentary local shuttle service will make it easy for you to get around while their fitness center won't let you leave your exercise regimen at home. Rooms are equipped with 42" flat screen HDTV's and WiFi Internet access throughout the entire hotel.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Best Western Plus Roundhouse Suites, located in the city, makes getting around easy while saving a little.

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Hotel 140
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Hotel 140 hovers between the Back Bay and South End, two of Boston's hottest neighborhoods, yet it it priced as if it were in the city's outskirts. This affordable Boston hotel is housed in an architectural marvel that was built as the site of the first YWCA in the country, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The classic yet modern accommodations in this boutique hotel make for a pleasant place for your stay. Every room is designed to have its own personality and the lobby acts as a meeting place for guests to enjoy coffee and conversation.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hotel 140 offers low rates for its location; select rooms start in the low $200.

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Boston Hotel Buckminster
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Located a few blocks from Fenway Park, in Kenmore Square is the Buckminster Hotel. Although the decor is a bit dates, it is situated to allow you easy access to all that Boston has to offer, a stay at the Hotel Buckminster makes your days of exploration easy. Within walking distance to Fenway Park, the Charles River, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston Common, you can leave your car behind. And if you find yourself looking to explore further, the Kenmore Square "T" stop is just steps away. With 94 guest rooms and many amenities, including a swimming pool concierge services, you'll forget that most of the rooms in this hotel cost $200/night or less.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Located blocks from Fenway Park, in Kenmore Square, Hotel Buckminster gives you a great location and offers room rates starting just below $100/night.

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Book a room at the Charlesmark Hotel and enjoy a stay in Boston's Back Bay. This modern classic, offers minimalist decor that brings a sense of serenity to those staying within their walls. Guests are treated to the latest in technology in the 40 guest rooms that comprise the Charlesmark Hotel on Boylston Street. European in style this boutique hotel provides luxurious touches in a comfortable setting all meant to function well. You'll find yourself feeling at home in these expertly crafted rooms that feel more like a residence than a hotel room. Relax and unwind in the privacy of your room with a movie borrowed from their extensive library and settle into your comfortable bed for a good night's sleep.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: With room rates that can come in under $125/night the Charlesmark Hotel gives you a great Back Bay location for a reasonable rate.

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The College Club offers eleven guest rooms in the heart of the Back Bay. Many rooms have shared baths, but that is a small price to pay when you're saving so much and still staying in a location that is central to everything Boston has to offer. Recently renovated, the College Club is clean, and modern, yet still filled with the charm of the past. Functioning more as a bed and breakfast than a big hotel, the college club offers guest a complimentary breakfast in their lovely dining room. Wake up and walk to the Theater District, Beacon Hill, the Public Garden, and Copley Square or to one of the many popular restaurants and stores within walking distance of The College Club.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The College Club offers single occupancy rooms with a shared bath starting at $89.00/night.

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The Chandler Inn is a South End gem! Much less expensive than most downtown hotels, The Chandler Inn is big on class and low on cost. The fifty six guest rooms at the Chandler Inn are modern and chic. This hotel is surrounded by the beauty of the South End including the brownstones and brick sidewalks of this charming area. Their guests are welcomed by attentive staff who are happy to help you plan your stay. The Chandler Inn Hotel is welcoming to travelers from all walks of life, and around the world. Their commitment to providing boutique accommodations at an affordable price is appreciated by those who choose the Chandler Inn for their Boston stay. However, The Chandler Inn offers a limited list of services.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Chandler Inn gives you all the charm of staying in the South End with rates starting at $117.00/night.

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