The Secret Hotels of Boston
We're spilling the beans: Here's where to find a peaceful night's rest in New England's favorite city-for under $100
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Our favorite Boston hotels have three things in common. One, they're within walking distance of at least one subway (or T) stop, which is a major plus--drivers face a maddening spiderweb of one-ways, dead ends, and Do Not Enters, plus parking charges topping $25 a day. Two, unless we tell you otherwise, they all offer traditional amenities such as phones, TVs, and private bathrooms. And three, they all start at less than $100 a night per couple in low season (usually November to March). During special events, such as the Boston Marathon and the hectic college graduation season, rates can pop higher.
Newbury Guest House
Like most destinations, the city of has experienced a post-9/11 downturn in tourism; even so, weeks can fly by without a single vacancy at the Newbury. And it's easy to see why. Converted from three nineteenth-century brick town houses, it's in a prime location on the most happening street in fashionable Back Bay. All 32 rooms have classic Victorian furnishings, hardwood floors, and queen-size beds. What's more, they're drastically underpriced for Boston. Private parking is available around back for $15 to $30 a day, but with the trendy neighborhood out your door and several T stops nearby, you won't need it. Smaller rooms start at $99 in winter, $125 during peak times, others run $114 to $185. Rates include continental breakfast with bacon and eggs; 261 Newbury St., 617/437-7666, newburyguesthouse.com/. Nearest T stop: Copley Square or Hynes/ICA.
Bostonians love their brownstones, and here's your chance to live like a local with your own pad on a quiet, tree-lined street in Back Bay. The Copley Inn, in what was once an apartment building, rents out 21 primly decorated studios with fully equipped kitchens. Although rooms are on the small side, high ceilings and bay windows make them feel airy (they're spread over three floors, with no elevator). Stay a full week and the seventh night is free. From $85 in low season, $135 in high season; 19 Garrison St., 800/232-0306, copleyinn.com/. Nearest T stop: Prudential.
Behind this hotel's homely facade lies the best value in Back Bay for the out-of-town driver. Parking is included in the price, as is in-room Internet access. The MidTown also has a cafe that's open for breakfast (it costs extra) and an outdoor pool for use in the summer. The decor isn't anything to write home about--it looks like a motel inside and out--but the location certainly is, since Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and the city's renowned Museum of Fine Arts are within walking distance. From $79 in low season, $139 high season; 220 Huntington Ave., 800/343-1177, midtownhotel.com/. Nearest T stop: Symphony or Prudential.
As plain-Jane as can be, with white cinder-block walls, simple, sturdy furniture, and no decorative touches whatsoever, the nonprofit Constitution Inn regularly hosts members of the military but is also available to civilians. Accordingly, it runs a tight ship, with superclean, decent-size rooms. The location is a little unusual for Boston--amid factories in Charlestown, a few steps to the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides herself), and a $1.25 ferry ride away from town. Bonus: Downstairs there's a fitness center with a pool, two rooms of equipment, and a basketball court, all free for guests. Doubles from $99 year-round; large corner rooms with full kitchens available for $125; 150 Second Ave., Charlestown Navy Yard, 800/495-9622, constitutioninn.org/. Nearest T stop: North Station or Community College, but the ferry is closer.
Oasis Guest House
The tiny quarters here--consisting of a bed, dresser, and a wee patch of floor--can seem cramped or cozy, depending on your point of view. But they're cheery by any standard, and the price is right. There are a total of 30 rooms in two separate Back Bay buildings on a side street near Symphony Hall and the Berklee College of Music. A couple of nice extras: outdoor decks, and parking for $15 a day. From $89 in low season, $119 in high season (with private bathroom); for rooms using a shared bath down the hall, double rates go as low as $69. All prices include continental breakfast; 22 Edgerly Rd., 800/230-0105, oasisgh.com/. Nearest T stop: Hynes/ICA or Symphony.
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