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Where To Stay In Boston On A Budget

Where To Stay In Boston On A Budget

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Updated: 9 February 2017
For visitors to the Boston area, it can be difficult to find a hotel that fits your budget. Price is often connected to a hotel’s location, so if you’re on a budget it’s always better to avoid the Downtown neighborhood. Finding a hotel in Boston can force you out to some other neighborhoods you might have missed otherwise, opening up whole new areas of the city. Whatever your budget is, here are the best options for every wallet.

Luxury: $$$

Omni Parker House

The Omni Parker House is one of Boston’s premium historic luxury hotspots for out-of-town visitors. The iteration that we see today opened in 1927, but its roots lie in the Parker House Hotel which opened on the same site in 1855. The state dessert of Massachusetts – Boston Creme Pie – was first invented here, as well as many other classic New England dishes that have their roots in Parker’s Restaurant. Generations of local and national politicians have stayed and held meetings here, and with its prime downtown location makes local sightseeing all the more accessible.

Rate: $400+/night

Omni Parker House, 60 School St, Boston, MA, USA +1 617 227 8600

Omni Parker House | ©Kimberly Vardeman/Wikipedia

Omni Parker House | ©Kimberly Vardeman/Wikipedia

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Named after famous painter John Singleton Copley, the Fairmont Copley Plaza was opened in 1912. Famous for its regal entryway – nicknamed Peacock Alley – every President since William Howard Taft has visited the hotel at one point or another, and it has always been a center for social life in Boston. Part of the price you pay is the excellent location, as Copley Square is located centrally and within a short distance to landmarks like the Boston Public Library, Fenway Park, and the Public Garden.

Rate: $350+/night

Fairmont Copley Plaza, 

Peacock Alley| ©Andrewrabbott/Wikipedia

Peacock Alley| ©Andrewrabbott/Wikipedia

Moderate: $$

Boston Park Plaza

The Boston Park Plaza opened in 1927, making it one of the more historic hotels of the city. It may seem like it belongs in the ‘Luxury’ catagory, but look for deals and you won’t have to pay premium prices. The famous triangular building was once the tallest in Boston, and required a special exception from the Mayor to finish being built, as it violated city height rescrictions. It would become a model hotel for modern conveniences. Its location is convenient to a number of sites, and you can walk to Downtown, Chinatown, Back Bay, and even farther for those with wanderlust.

Rate: $150+/night, depending on time of year and sales

Boston Park Plaza, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, USA +1 617 426 2000

Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

Located in the quickly developing Seaport District, the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center is a landmark of the area. You can enjoy luxurious amenities, including an indoor pool, and explore the waterfront of Boston. Buses and other forms of transportation can easily take you to other points of the city, offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of Downtown. Be sure to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art and grab drinks at one of the many unique restaurants that surround the Seaport.

Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA, USA +1 617 385 4000

Rate: $150-$200/night

Harborwalk in the Seaport | ©John Hoey/Flickr

Harborwalk in the Seaport | ©John Hoey/Flickr

Budget: $

Hotel Indigo

The best advice to follow if you’re on a budget is to go outside of the city. Even in Boston’s most outlying neighborhoods, you’ll still see room rates skyrocket. Though the surrounding towns don’t get much less expensive, the Hotel Indigo offers some rooms for under $150, and the earlier you book the better deal you get. Located in Newton, Hotel Indigo give you the perfect opportunity to explore another part of Massachusetts, though if Boston is your true destination, don’t fret as it’s accessible by public transit.

Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St, Newton, MA, USA +1 617 969 5300

Rate: $120-$150/night

Echo Bridge in Newton| ©Daderot/Wikipedia

Echo Bridge in Newton| ©Daderot/Wikipedia

Crowne Plaza Newton

Another hotel west of the city, the Crowne Plaza offers great deals to city travelers. Guests have given the rooms high ratings, and you’ll have an on-site fitness center, indoor pool, and all the amenities of the lively neighborhood of Newton nearby.

Rate: $120-$150/night

Crowne Plaza Newton, 320 Washington St, Newton, MA, USA +1 617 969 3010