The Best Hotels Near Boston

Boston and its surrounding areas have a whole host of great places to stay
Boston and its surrounding areas have a whole host of great places to stay | © Art Kowalsky / Alamy Stock Photo
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24 November 2020

Settled in 1620 by a small band of pilgrims from England, Boston is one of the most historic cities in America. It’s also a place of innovation and medical research, as well as a hub for shopping, sports, entertainment and much more. It’s no wonder, then, that millions visit the capital of Massachusetts every year. Join the crowd and take a look at the best hotels near Boston.

AC Hotel by Marriott Boston North

AC Hotel by Marriott Boston North
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Your Marriott points will work at this 150-room boutique property – it’s part of the brand’s line of small hotels, perfectly situated amid the cluster of retail outlets known as The Shops at Station Landing. Close to the Encore Boston Harbor Casino, it’s also walking distance from the orange-line T into Boston, for when you’re not too busy relaxing in the indoor heated pool. Guest rooms are simple yet elegant, in shades of black, silver and cocoa.

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, Autograph Collection

The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, Autograph Collection
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It’s difficult to imagine that you’re sleeping in what was at one time, circa 1927, the noisy, smoke-belching factory of the Ford Motor Assembly Plant. Like its sister hotel, the AC Hotel by Marriott Boston North, the Row Hotel at Assembly Row favors a color palette of black, silver and cocoa. All rooms are supplied with Illy espresso machines – and if you fancy a bite, the in-hotel La Cucina turns out tasty pizzas and pasta dishes in funky, blue-hued surrounds.

The Charles Hotel

The Charles Hotel
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Calling all fans of mid-century modern design – you’ll love this place from the minute you clap eyes on the lobby – a real head-turner, with its light oak paneling and low-slung leather couches and chairs. While you wouldn’t call the rooms huge, the minimalist furnishings create a clear sense of space. Public areas are filled with works from the hotel’s contemporary art collection. Be sure to find the antique American quilts dating back to the late 18th century.

EnVision Hotel Boston-Longwood, Ascend Hotel Collection

EnVision Hotel Boston-Longwood
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Located near Longwood medical area, the boutique EnVision Hotel is a walkable distance to Fenway Park, America’s oldest baseball park. It’s handy, too, for public transport, while world-class museums close by include the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Rooms are utilitarian, in subtle shades of grey and chocolate, with no wasted space. Meanwhile be sure to head out to Greek-food favorite Mama’s Place for dinner, it’s within easy reach on foot.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston-Cambridge

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston-Cambridge
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With five conference rooms and generously sized work spaces in guest rooms, this hotel is perfect for business travelers. But it’s not all work and no play – how better to switch off and unwind after a long day of meetings than at the rooftop lounge overlooking Charles River? Sip a chilled martini as you take in the glittering views of Boston and Cambridge’s buildings, before heading to Scullers Jazz Club on the ground floor or, alternatively, use the free shuttle to head into Boston.

Hotel Commonwealth

Hotel Commonwealth
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Handy for Fenway Park, this high-end hotel has an agreeable spring-fresh palette. Whether you’re in a sumptuous suite or a standard room, the look is smart gull-white and grey, with fruity splashes added by cushions. The amenities are terrific, too: you’ll have complimentary use of the hotel’s SUV, Egyptian-cotton sheets, pillow-top mattresses, down comforters and blackout curtains. There’s even a T stop at the front of the hotel for maximum travel ease.

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge

Hyatt Regency
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Situated on the Charles River, with views over Boston’s skyline, this Hyatt rolls out business-smart, geometric furnishings in pale tones – that’s the look whether you’re in one of its sprawling University Suites or a simple Queen Bed with Shower. The location is perfect; between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – a 5-minute walk away, and Harvard University – 25 minutes on foot. If it’s warm, sit out on the Zephyr Patio for wine and cheese.

Porter Square Hotel

Porter Square Hotel
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With a prime location on Massachusetts Avenue, just beyond Harvard Square, this natty little boutique hotel has petite and intimate rooms with floor-to-ceiling-windows overlooking Cambridge. Take advantage of the hotel’s valet parking and dine in at the restaurant, Colette Bistro, which sends out delicious French classics, including juicy steak-frites, coq au vin and crème brûlée. In fact, you won’t need the car at all, simply use public transport to get around Cambridge and into Boston.

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