Hip Rental Apartments in Boston You'll Want to Call Home

If youre looking for a contemporary city hideaway, weve got you covered
If you're looking for a contemporary city hideaway, we've got you covered | Courtesy of Modern Apartments in Back Bay by Barsala / Expedia
Frances J Folsom

Boston can be expensive when it comes to hotels: the closer you are to Back Bay, the South End, or the Theater District the more you will pay. So why not consider an apartment instead? The selection here won’t blow your budget, leaving plenty in your pocket. Walk or use public transportation – “the T,” as locals call it, spread out over the city and beyond.

1. Boston Medical Suites at Garrison Square

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Boston Luxury Suites
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Our favorite moment staying here? Heading up to the rooftop deck, footsore after a day’s sightseeing, and sipping a glass of wine while taking in views of the city. The apartments are in the South End, which puts you within walking distance of Copley Square and Back Bay. And you won’t want for food – the neighborhood is teeming with restaurants, as well as smart shops to peruse when you’ve done the art galleries. Holed up inside, you’ve got kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, as well as in-unit laundry. Expect two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, dining areas and – useful when rain stops play – living areas have couches and chairs.

2. Kenmore Apartments by Starlight Suites

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Here’s a good choice for first-timers to Boston – and/or travelers in town to watch the Red Sox. A 15-minute drive from Logan Airport, these two-bedroom apartments come with fully equipped kitchens. You’re 2mi from the centre of Boston, and a short walk from Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Art and Symphony Hall. If you’re here in winter you’ll appreciate the working fireplace in the living rooms.

3. Modern Apartments in Back Bay by Barsala


Modern Apartments in Back Bay by Barsala
Courtesy of Modern Apartments in Back Bay by Barsala / Expedia

Welcome to this three-and-a-half-star aparthotel in one of Boston’s poshest areas, Back Bay. You’re a 15-minute walk from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and Newbury Street, lined with high-end shops. The choice is between one- and two-bedroom apartments with combined living and dining areas – all with stainless-steel and granite kitchens (featuring dishwashers, stoves and full-size refrigerators). The rooftop deck is a great place to chank open beers and relax after you’ve overdone it on the sightseeing.

4. Theater District Condos by Barsala


The name says it all: these condos are just the ticket if you’re in town for curtain-up time: The Opera House, Charles Playhouse and the Wang Theater are merely a few of the institutions practically ensuite, hosting performances throughout the year. Beyond matinees and evenings there’s history to follow – in particular the Freedom Trail, which takes you past many fascinating American Revolution landmarks downtown. Back at the ranch, settle in: these apartments are comfy one-, two- or three-bedroom nests of streamlined kitchens, smart dining areas and sink-into living rooms for taking the weight off your feet.

5. Back Bay Duplex Boston

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What a good-looking brownstone this is – the kind of place you’d move into if you had the money. If you don’t, you can still afford to check in at this spectacular four-bedroom duplex for a few days and have the city weekend of your dreams. It’s very handy for the esplanade where crowds gather for the fireworks on the Fourth of July. You’re also close to the boutiques and restaurants of Newbury Street. Inside the property, we love the character that comes from antiques and old timber floors.

6. Packard's Corner Apartments


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If you only need a base, we’ve flagged up these apartments in Allston, 20 minutes from the city proper on the Green Line B train. Caveat emptor: they lack the designer-pizzazz and smart amenities of those in Boston proper (furnishings evoke college dorms), but units have one or two bedrooms and a bathroom as well as kitchens that, while tiny, have stoves and refrigerators for those rare nights in cooking. And believe us, they will be rare: the area is filled with students from Boston University and Boston College, so the noise amps up at night, particularly on weekends.

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