The Best Cheap Hotels in Boston, Massachusetts

Book these budget stays well in advance, and you’ll have more money to explore all that Boston has to offer
Book these budget stays well in advance, and you’ll have more money to explore all that Boston has to offer | Courtesy of YOTEL Boston / Expedia
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27 October 2020
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Boston is a compact city with a lot of people, extremely limited space and pricey real estate. Finding affordable accommodation – even for travelers – can be tricky. To get you started on the hunt, here are the best cheap hotels in Boston – bookable on Culture Trip – to rest your head after a long day of uncovering everything that Beantown has to offer.

Boston Park Plaza

An outdoor terrace with seating and tables at the Boston Park Plaza
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Stay in the heart of history at Boston Park Plaza. Since 1927, this cheap hotel in Boston has provided an elegant getaway in the rich Back Bay neighborhood of downtown. This iconic landmark, which underwent a multi-year $100m (£74m) renovation, boasts sleek and stylish rooms. You’ll find yourself mere minutes from the Public Garden with its iconic swan boats – rent one and float around the park for an afternoon.

The Revolution Hotel

An inviting one-bed guest room with a wall-size black-and-white image at the Revolution Hotel
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Are you a restaurateur (professional or self-proclaimed) coming to Boston for the up-and-coming food scene? Then you’ll want to check out the Revolution Hotel in the South End neighborhood, which is full of saucy (and sassy) good-eats restaurants, as well as the iconic brownstone homes that give the historic city part of its charm. Inspired by the rebellious attitude and the innovative spirit of Boston, the Revolution Hotel features edgy murals in its lobby and a mid-century-modern-meets-industrial aesthetic that will make you feel like the coolest cat in town. Plus, with some accommodation options featuring bunk beds and shared bathrooms, you could split a room (and the cost) among family and friends without having to fight over who gets the bed.

YOTEL Boston

The rooftop terrace with seating and sweeping city views at YOTEL Boston
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YOTEL Boston sits in the up-and-coming Seaport District. Once a marsh of mud along the Boston Harbor, the area has evolved into a trendy one with award-winning eateries, craft breweries and some of the best rooftop views in the city. Visit the on-site Sky Bar for 270-degree views of the city and harbor while sipping creative cocktails. Alternatively, come up for weekend brunch, or watch the city come to life after a night on the town. Budget-friendly and unbeatable views? Score.

Hotel 140

The Back Bay neighborhood has the priciest apartments in the whole city. But Hotel 140 makes a short stay in this charming neighborhood budget-friendly, allowing you to experience the elegance of the area without emptying your wallet. This cheap boutique hotel in Boston combines luxury with comfort and offers a complimentary breakfast to sweeten the deal. Plus, its prime location allows you to explore the South End, which is just a short walk away. Nearby on weekends is the outdoor SoWa Market where local vendors flock to sell everything from art to craft brews, and live music sets the mood for a great afternoon.

Royal Sonesta Boston

The indoor atrium-style pool with lots of greenery and loungers at Royal Sonesta Boston
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Across the Charles River, you won’t actually find people who “pahk the cah in Havahd Yahd” (as the famous, accented phrase goes) because there aren’t any cars or parking lots in Harvard Yard. But there’s more to discover in picturesque Cambridge beyond the Ivy League university’s beautiful campus. And the perfect spot to stay and see it all is the Royal Sonesta Boston, on the Charles with views of the iconic city skyline. Have lunch on the outdoor patio, or take a dip in the indoor pool. And when you’re done, downtown Boston is just a short stroll away across the beautiful Longfellow Bridge or crossing at the Museum of Science. It’s truly the best of both worlds at this budget-savvy stay.

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

An indoor dining area with patio and harbor views at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor
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Along the fishing piers of East Boston, the Hyatt Regency offers picturesque views of the city skyline overlooking the harbor. On the outskirts of Logan International Airport, this cheap hotel in Boston is perfect for long-weekend travelers looking to fit in the top attractions in the city in 72 hours or less before jetting off once more. Watch the planes take off over the harbor islands in the distance as you sip wine on the patio. For a fun and fast way to see Beantown, hop on the ferry outside the hotel to cruise across the harbor into Long Wharf downtown.

The Bostonian Boston

A dramatic lounge with silver-and-black sofas, red armchairs and red bookcases at the Bostonian Boston
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Just a few short blocks from the bustling and historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, you’ll find the Bostonian Boston. Its prime location gives travelers easy access to some of the top city attractions, including the North End, Boston Harbor and the Freedom Trail. Blending rich history with modern amenities, the Bostonian features luxurious bedrooms with cozy and functioning fireplaces along with Juliet balconies overlooking the Old State House and iconic Quincy Market. You can also watch the world go by with cocktails in hand on the rooftop terrace.

Charlesmark Hotel

The Charlesmark Hotel sits in Copley Square alongside some of the most impressive skyscrapers and landmark buildings in the city. Breakfast is complimentary at this minimalist-style stay, so if you do have a night to splurge on supper, take a ride to the top of the Prudential Center (the Pru) for delectable cuisine and spectacular views of the city as far as the eye can see. For the fashionista, Newbury Street and the fantastic shops lining it are right around the corner. And if rain is in the forecast, you can pop right over to the impressive stores in the Pru, or escape to the Italian countryside and delicious wine of Eataly.

Looking for a different stay in Boston? Read our guide to the best hotels in the city, or opt for a historic property, and book your stay with Culture Trip. For a more diverse guide, check out where to stay in Beantown.

These recommendations were updated on October 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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