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Boston is one of the coolest cities in the United States. It’s rich in history, fringed with diverse architecture, and brimming with an artistic spirit. It’s definitely a place to splurge on delicious food and groovy nightlife!
Due to its awesome-ness, Boston certainly isn’t a cheap destination.
That’s why we’ve put our heads together to compile this guide to help you decide where to stay in Boston and spend your hard-earned dollars on enjoying the perk of the city.
Written by our travel experts, we break down Boston by neighborhood to help you plan the best possible vacation.
Whether you’re coming to Boston for the culture, the food, or the baseball – you’ll be able to find a hotel that’s perfect for you. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Boston.
Table of Contents
Where to stay in Boston the first time – Back Bay
Where to stay in Boston on a budget – Brookline
Best area to stay in Boston for nightlife – Downtown
Coolest place to stay in Boston – South End
Best neighborhood in Boston for families – Seaport District
Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Boston.
In the middle of Back Bay, this 3-star hotel provides comfortable air-conditioned rooms fitted with private bathrooms, a refrigerator and all the key amenities. There is a gym and terrace on-site for guests to use. 24/7 staff are available. Breakfast is included to start your day!
A rare find, this award-winning hotel comes with a lovely swimming pool and sundeck for summer guests to enjoy. Modern and bright, the rooms are kitted out with modern art and cool furnishings. Guests can relax with a drink in the comfortable lounge bar. Opt to include daily breakfast.
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This 5-star hotel provides elegant accommodation in Boston and is within walking distance of Arlington Railway Station. The rooms are cosy and wholly luxurious for a good night’s sleep. The hotel provides valet parking, a coffee bar, child-minding services and there is a gym for guests to use.
Capital of Massachusetts, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. You’ll find this port city resting on the Shawmut Peninsula. Depending on which part of town you’re in, you’ll be able to roam the port or enjoy access to the Charles River to get sweepingly romantic views across the water.
Boston’s streets are lined with Victorian-era terraces and hundreds of green parks. Sleek skyscrapers rub shoulders with Gothic churches and hip contemporary art spaces.
A city of intellectuals, Boston is home to students of its prestigious universities and colleges – wave at Harvard across the river! Boston is abundant in start-up companies and emerging artists which gives the city a dynamic sense of character. The city is rich in Revolutionary War history and its residents are true sports fanatics, you’ll see by the sports bars!
Back Bay is the most central part of Boston, from where you can access its most famous landmarks and explore on foot. Neighboring Downtown is home to iconic streets of Boston as well as Chinatown and has a thriving nightlife.
The suburb of Brookline is where you’ll find accommodation at a fraction of the cost of central Boston, whilst still finding plenty of entertainment and attractions to explore. Arty South End is the coolest place in town to stay.
The Seaport District is a chic neighborhood that has really developed over the past few years. The hotels are perfect for families and there are some great museums in the area.
Let’s plunge right into Boston’s top neighborhoods to help you decide where to stay in Boston!
Back Bay is the backbone of Boston. This central neighborhood is perched along the Charles River, offering explores to take a stroll along Storrow Drive to take in the scenes.
This neighborhood is home to and within walking distance of wider Boston’s most famous landmarks and is also where you’ll find a vast range of shopping options, delicious restaurants and cool bars. Overall, it’s perfect for first-time tourists to rest their heads!
The residential architecture in this neck of the woods is delightful to wander around, and hotels tend to be small guest houses in converted terraces.
A relic from the Swingin’ Sixties, the Midtown Hotel Boston opened in 1962 and retains a sense of its charming heritage in its decor and its cozy rooms. It offers a hair salon, a beauty centre, bar, fitness centre and an outdoor pool with a sun terrace. Ideal for sightseeing!
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Apartments at this chic Back Bay townhouse come with an in-room dining area, a kitchenette and a refrigerator so guests have the option to cook. They all have heating, a private bathroom, wireless internet access and necessary amenities. A short walk takes you to nearby attractions and local nightlife.
This 5-star, award-winning hotel offers rooms at an exceptionally high, luxurious standard with close attention to every detail. Each room has a minibar, and the bathrooms come with spacious showers and soft bathrobes. There is a gym and bar on-site. Staff can arrange a childminding service.
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Brookline is a large neighborhood that begins at Boston University on the side of the Charles River and stretches inland. Part of Greater Boston, it’s a small town in its own right. Being slightly further afield, you’ll see a drop in accommodation prices so Brookline is ideal for travelers on a budget.
Brookline is very well-connected to central Boston. There’s lots going on in the area itself – especially around Coolidge Corner and Corey Hill – with heaps of culture to soak up. Brookline is very multi-cultural which you’ll see reflected in the variety of restaurants, and it’s home to many sports bars!
Located in central Brookline this lovely hotel is decorated with an extremely cozy, slightly eccentric style – you’ll feel right at home. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, and the hotel has a library and a gorgeous terrace for guests to enjoy. Guests share a bathroom. There is a daily breakfast available.
The rooms at the inn feature a private bathroom, a bathtub and wireless internet access. They offer ironing facilities, heating and a telephone. Guests can soak up the outdoors on the terrace or have a drink at the bar. Guests are also welcome to relax in the inn’s beautiful garden.
Rooms at this 4-star hotel are contemporary, functional and comfortable – equipped with all the amenities you need for a good stay. Some have a kitchenette which is ideal for families or those who wish to prepare their own food. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool and fitness suite.
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Downtown Boston snakes around the peninsula. It is perhaps the most iconic neighbourhood in Boston. There’s lots of heritage and culture to explore and soak up during the day, and it’s a fun district to explore on foot. Hop on the subway to zip around the sights!
Downtown is where you’ll find stellar nightlife – you’ll find sports bars, craft beer hangouts, classy cocktail joints and late-night dance clubs to let your hair down. Fuel up at one of the neighbourhood’s steakhouses or hit Chinatown first!
This stylish, recently refurbished 3-star hotel is in the heart of Downtown Boston and features contemporary rooms that are equipped with all the essentials to ensure a comfortable stay. The front desk operates 24/7 and the friendly staff can recommend places to visit and provide other tourist information.
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You can’t miss this grand hotel at the corner of School Street! Rooms and interiors are lavish and comfortable. The hotel has a coffee bar, meeting rooms and 24-hour room service. Staff are available 24/7 and can assist with booking tours and tickets. Moments away from local nightlife.
This luxury hotel has 201 rooms and has been recently refurbished. Rooms are a delight and bathrooms are equipped with homely necessities such as bathrobes and slippers. The hotel also provides babysitting services and a reception that operates 24/7. An American breakfast is served daily in the breakfast room.
South End is a darling warren of terraced Victorian residences, upscale restaurants, chic cafes and a thriving LGBT community. The tree-lined streets are sprinkled with around 30 small, green parks giving the area an air of affluent yet Bohemian spirit.
South End boasts exquisite art institutions. There’s a cluster of galleries in the east end of South End which makes this area infinitely cool.
Bordering both Downtown and Back Bay, South End attracts a diverse crowd of young students, families, young professionals and artists. It’s a dream for foodies with its eclectic range of eateries.
The property has 2 apartments, both of which are filled with a variety of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can cook for themselves in the fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy having the luxury of living quarters. The property is close to Worcester Square Bus Station, perfect for exploring.
This cozy and inviting hotel features a 24/7 reception, a concierge and wireless internet. There is private parking nearby for guests travelling with a car. All rooms are air conditioned and include a coffee maker, slippers and a private bathroom. They all have a flat-screen TV for downtime.
This charming guest house gets a thumbs up for decor, comfort, safety and staff – everything in fact. Guests are welcome to retire in the comfort of their room or relax in the shared lounge or terrace. A tasty breakfast is prepared daily to prepare guests for a day of sightseeing!
Also known as the South Boston Waterfront, the Seaport District is stretch of land on Boston’s waterfront which is an extension of wider South Boston.
The area is very central and it’s easy to explore Back Bay, Downtown and other parts of Boston using the subway and public bus.
Seaport is lined with top quality hotels that welcome families. There are upscale restaurants and plenty of bars to appreciate views of the water, and plenty of interesting attractions. It’s one of the hottest neighborhoods in town!
YOTEL provided comfortable accommodation and is a brief walk from Courthouse Bus Station. Rooms are furnished will all that guests will need for their stay, and staff are available 24/7. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi and there is a gym on-site for those wishing to keep fit.
This niftily designed hotel is bright, funky and fresh. It will bring to cheer to the whole family’s face! The hotel also includes a brilliant swimming pool and soaring views of the waterfront, from its Seaport District location. There’s a bar on-site to relax in after exploring the city.
Guests can soak up the soaring views on the terrace and enjoy a drink from the bar. The hotel features an indoor pool and a fitness centre for guests to enjoy. Guests can enjoy free bicycle hire and staff are able to help guests make the most of their stay.
Boston is a city that caters for every taste. Lush parks nestle among glitzy skyscrapers and buildings draped in character and heritage. Delicious food awaits you on every corner, and the nightlife is infinitely cool.
To recap our travel guide, South End is our top choice for where to stay in Boston. This beguiling neighborhood is the coolest hang out in the city with its arty attractions, friendly, diverse community and an endless pit of international eateries.
Our top pick for the best hotel overall in Boston is the Staypineapple South End thanks to its great location in South End and cozy-cool décor. You seriously won’t find a better place to stay in Boston!
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Gin lover. Coffee addict. Nicola has traveled the world for 7 years and is a staff writer for Hotel Jules. Born in London, Nicola first got the taste of travel studying abroad in Barcelona. Since then she's been hooked - traveling the world non-stop. Passionate about green travel and vegan lifestyle, Nicola spends more of her free time staring at maps wondering where she will head to next!