The Best Hotels Near Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

The AC Hotel by Marriott is a great place to set up base in Worcester
The AC Hotel by Marriott is a great place to set up base in Worcester | Courtesy of AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Clark University is a liberal arts school famed for small class sizes and globally-focused degree programs. Just outside Worcester, an hour from Boston by car, you can also check out the Art Museum and Elm Park from the comfort of these hotels.

1. AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester, for parkside relaxation near Polar Park

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A seating area in the AC Hotel by Marriott Worcester, with four soft chairs around a table that features two computer screens and keyboards; on the wall are two full bookshelves and an abstract painting
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A few nights in such soothing, latte-colored rooms will feel like a walk in the park, especially when you actually can take a walk in Worcester Common park, next door. It’ll be hard to resist sinking into the sofa of the corner king room, letting the sun give way to the moon as you lose yourself in a good book. Grab tapas and a craft beer at the AC Lounge and thumb through another chapter or two as you graze.

2. Hilton Garden Inn Worcester, for fun-loving fans facing the Palladium

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The red brick exterior of the Hilton Garden Inn Worcester overlooking a wide, empty city road
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Before hitting the Palladium concert hall, the one-bedroom king suite is the perfect place for a beer at the minibar while predicting the headliner’s setlist. Get a pie sent up from downstairs – you may need it for a post-show pick-me-up, especially if you make a wrong turn into Mezcal Tequila Cantina en route to bed. With in-room pops of color as blue as the indoor pool, you’ll be reminded to do some refreshing lengths come morning.

3. Beechwood Hotel, for romantic rendezvous near Green Hill Park

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A red-brick outdoor dining area at Beechwood Hotel, with candlelit tables and parasols beside a greenery-lined wall
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As the sun dances through the stained glass windows and a happy couple prepares to say “I do” in the historic wedding chapel, you might find yourself falling in love with this modern mansion. Let whimsy fill your wine glass at Sonoma Restaurant as you sigh in adoration of the delicate outdoor gardens before retreating to your executive suite for cozy toasts by the crackling fire.

4. Homewood Suites by Hilton Worcester, for foodie football fans near Fitton Football Stadium

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A double bed against a gray accent wall, a dark gray couch and light beige wooden furnishings including a dresser, night stands, a coffee table, a writing desk and a mini kitchenette in a suite at Homeward Suites by Hilton
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If you’re going to stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton, you’d better pack an appetite. This fuss-free, all-suite hotel is at the mouth of Shrewsbury Street, also known as Restaurant Row. Thank goodness all of these suites have kitchens because you’re going to need them to store and reheat your leftovers. Steaks, seafood, Italian specialties, and more are all within a jab of the fork and a wave of the spoon. You’ll need to work it all off in the indoor pool.

5. Residence Inn by Marriott Worcester, for active indulgence near the DCU Center


A living area in shades of brown between two bedrooms in a Residence Inn by Marriott Worcester suite
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Staying in these homey studios and suites can keep you active while you relax. It goes without saying that the year-round indoor pool and free weights will keep you reasonably fit. What’s a stretch, though, is trying to fit in so much leisure when there’s a court for tennis, volleyball, and basketball ready for you to get your game on.

6. Courtyard by Marriott Worcester, for room to relax near the Worcester Art Museum

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An outdoor seating area at Courtyard by Marriott Worcester, containing four soft-seated wicker benches around a glass-topped table; red-brick buildngs can be seen in the distance
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All of Worcester’s attractions are within reach of this relaxed hotel with an inviting living-room-style lobby, although you’ll spend most of your time in two places. The first is your deluxe room’s balcony, where morning lattes and evening cocktails from the Bistro taste better al fresco. The second will surely be the nearby Worcester Art Museum, where antiques from your favorite periods in European and American history are on display.

7. Holiday Inn Express Worcester Downtown, for central sightseeing near Quinsigamond State Park

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The exterior of Holiday Inn Express Worcester Downtown at night, focusing on a nearby fountain and fairy-light-strewn trees
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Under an hour by car from downtown Boston, you’ll be able to fit in a visit once you’ve soaked up Worcester’s wonderful sights. You may not need to jump on the treadmill in this modern hotel’s fitness center if you’re spending all day walking around Beantown, but it’s good to know that the stationary bicycle is always ready to help you combat calories from all of the harborside lobster rolls you’ll eat. After all this twin-center sightseeing, you’ll sleep well in lime-accented rooms.

8. Hampton Inn Auburn, for clean lines near Chewacla State Park

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Two large beds in a Hampton Inn Auburn room that also contains a flat-screen TV and a lamp-lit desk with soft chair

The fight to fit your golf bag in the car will be worthwhile when you unload it at this light and airy new build, 2mi (3.2km) from the Auburn Driving Range. Then there’s the indoor pool, where families can keep the kids busy splashing for hours. If they’re keen to emulate their parents, then the Crystal Caves minigolf is a ten-minute walk away. Everyone will relax in two queen-bed rooms, bathed in light grey and blue.

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