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Finding the Best Hotels in the Land of Patriots, Red Sox and Baked Beans


Boston skyline (photo: Robert Lowe)

As the largest city in New England, Boston is replete with rich historic districts, highly revered sports teams, and dazzling, picturesque backdrops, notably during the fall.

When it comes to vacationing in this all-American city, finding the best hotels can be something of a challenge due to the complexity of all the choices unless you have the right guide.

Competent sources such as Hipmunk ( have made it easier for travelers coming to Boston to navigate the offerings and available hotels in this formidably sized town, presenting rates across a myriad of budgets and tastes. 

In a place where it's said that every individual neighborhood boasts its own distinctive personality, here's an East Coast landmark teeming with residents who love their sports and the outdoors, yet remain fiercely proud of their history and culture.

Soaring, quasi-monstrous skyscrapers dot the skyline standing in stark contrast to charming Victorian brownstones, while an ever-present sense of deep-rooted American pride settles in like a warm blanket everywhere one goes in Boston.

With all the variety accessible to the tourist, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip to the heart of New England, but not necessarily too difficult.

Entry-Level Lodging in Boston

If your budget is limited and you think Boston is simply a city you will have to skip when touring the U.S., think again, the cheapest hotels are just outside the city center, including Econo Lodge in Malden and the charming Harrington House Bed & Breakfast just east of the city.

If you're coming to Boston on business and are concerned with out-of-pocket expenses for a hotel, properties such as the Four Points by Sheraton are a sure bet courtesy of its reportedly outstanding client service.

With rooms starting at $189 and $124 respectively, affordable accommodations in the downtown area encompass the Chandler Inn boutique hotel and the hostel-style 40Berkeley.

Stepping Up: The More Luxurious Choices of Hotels in Boston

Visitors looking for a more personalized luxury experience in this patriotic city will relish the amenities of the Copley House in Back Bay, situated right in the heart of Boston.

If you're looking for something more chic and distinguished, Boston isn't lacking in that area what with properties such as the Boxer, a trendy and modern hotel just at the foot of Beacon Hill and within walking distance to Faneuil Hall.

Another luxurious boutique hotel standout is Boston's Fifteen Beacon or XV centrally located and which draws politicians, celebrities and businesspeople looking for understated class like moths to the proverbial flame.

If this swanky 1903-era Beaux Arts property isn't impressive enough, highly doubtful, you can head over to the ritzy Back Bay neighborhood where the Loews Boston Hotel awaits, replete with nearby upscale shops and restaurants and boasting rooms that are spacious enough for any demands.

Another Option in Boston: Airbnb

Staying in homes and apartments through Airbnb has become an increasingly popular way to experience Boston due to the diversity of options with regard to location and pricing.

For example, private rooms on Airbnb start at $70 for a stay in a 1800's carriage house and go up to $95 per night for a room in a historical penthouse apartment near Quincy Market and the Boston Common.

Similarly, Red Sox fans will love the apartments that are available in the bustling, vibrant neighborhood near Fenway Park.

These examples are merely scratching the surface of what's available in Boston when it comes to lodging.

By utilizing resources such as Hipmunk's Guide to Boston, even the most unseasoned of travelers will be able to get the most out of this historically rich town, whether in their hotel room or out.


About the Author: This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a complete travel platform that allows you to do everything from comparing charter flights and train rides to finding the best resort hotels and Airbnb rentals.

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Luke Mitchell

Monday 1st of June 2015

Really appreciate the reviews here. For those of us who live outside the USA finding a great place to stay that fits all our needs and doesn't break the bank is essential. Boston is among the places on the list to visit along the Northeast USA trip we have planned for this summer, and I don't want to miss a single thing. (though I'm sure we'll end up not having time for everything, we're going to try!)

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