Ultimate Guide to Where to Stay in Boston

A complete guide to the best hotels in Boston, Massachusetts with room reviews, photos and neighborhood advice.

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Where to Stay in Boston MA Best Hotels in Boston



Where to Stay in Boston, MA


Boston is a delightfully complex city, at once a cornerstone metropolis of the American northeast and a provincial town fiercely proud of its role in shaping United States history. Whether you’re taking a family trip to see Paul Revere’s house or the Boston Tea Party harbor, using Boston as a launching pad for a romantic New England getaway, or exploring potential colleges among greater Boston’s 120 colleges and universities, there is plenty to see and do in the Massachusetts capital.


Keep reading for our recommendations for where to stay in Boston, Massachusetts!



Boston Harbor Hotel

Located on picturesque Rowes Wharf, the Boston Harbor Hotel offers unparalleled luxury in a setting for lovers of land or sea! You don’t have to take our word for it, though – just ask Forbes, which recognized the Boston Harbor Hotel as the entire city’s only five-star waterfront hotel!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Boston?
In addition to its unrivaled location, the Boston Harbor Hotel has some of Beantown’s best rooms and amenities to enhance the guest experience. With newly renovated rooms and suites that offer jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Harbor and Boston skyline, a luxurious spa and fitness center, and a 34-slip marina that allows guests to set sail and view the city by water, the Boston Harbor Hotel truly has it all!


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Fairmont Copley Plaza

Located in Boston’s exclusive Back Bay neighborhood, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has been welcoming guests to its luxurious quarters for over 105 years. With 366 guest rooms, 17 gorgeously appointed suites, a 3,000 square foot rooftop health center, and OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, one of the hottest spots in Boston’s burgeoning culinary scene (if you like charcuterie boards, you must check this place out), this downtown hotel checks all the boxes for a great Boston vacation!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Boston?
Though its inside simply oozes luxury, elegance, and refinement, the Fairmont Copley Plaza earned its place on this list for how many Boston attractions lie nearby outside it. The Boston Public Library, Beacon Hill, Freedom Trail, and Newbury Street boutiques are all within walking distance of the Fairmont Copley Plaza, making the hotel a perfect choice for families, history nuts, and shopaholics alike!


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Lenox Hotel

Also located in the hip Back Bay neighborhood the Lenox Hotel offers an equally luxurious but perhaps more hip and boutique experience compared to its more classically refined neighbor at the Fairmont. With a phenomenal location near many of Boston’s most popular attractions and 10 room and suite options featuring finishes including real wood-burning fireplaces and four poster beds, the Lenox Hotel is a hidden gem in the Back Bay!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Boston, MA?
Though arguably Boston’s most luxurious boutique hotel, the Lenox always seems to offer great packages that can be accessible through its rewards program. One of the coolest packages going right now? Check out the Lenox’s “Pillows and Pancakes” package, where guests enjoy access to buttermilk pancakes, fresh granola and fruit, or many other breakfast staples at City Table, one of Boston’s famous breakfast locales!


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Boston Park Plaza

Located directly on the gorgeous Boston Common, the Boston Park Plaza has been affording guests stunning views of the Common, Beacon Hill, and downtown Boston for over 90 years. Remember that age is just a number, however: a recent $100 million renovation has upgraded the Park Plaza with all the amenities and finishes of an ultramodern hotel, all while retaining its classic charm!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Boston, Massachusetts?
Though Boston is known for being a relatively compact city, the Boston Park Plaza literally has essentially every major Boston attraction within walking distance or, at most, a few stops away on the T. The Boston Common, Public Garden, Faneuil Hall, Freedom Trail and Paul Revere House are all steps away, and other attractions including Fenway Park, the Boston Harbor, and the Museum of Fine Arts are within a ten minute taxi or subway ride!


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Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Overlooking Boston’s verdant Public Garden, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston blends classic luxury with New England simplicity. With a mix of rooms, suites, and luxury residences plus a full-service spa and award-winning restaurant offering the best of New England seafood (lobster, clams, or oysters, anyone??), the Four Seasons Hotel Boston puts a touch of luxury on every last finish.


What makes this one of the best hotels in Boston?
Besides its elegant design and superb amenities, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston is located near attractions perfect for families, couples, and the solo vacationer alike. Guests at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston enjoy convenient access to Boston’s best, including Faneuil Hall, the Boston Common, and Fenway Park!


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And that’s it! Our guide to Boston’s best hotels to make the most of your stay. Whether you’re looking for a picturesque hotel along Boston Harbor, a boutique hotel for budget travelers or a family friendly hotel for kids, these top hotels in Boston are sure to please.


Where to Stay in Boston, MA – Summary Comparison Chart

To summarize, here’s a handy chart of our recommended Boston hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, great locations and great customer service.

Name Location Best For Price
Boston Harbor Hotel Rowes Wharf Luxury Travelers $$$$ – Check current rates on Booking.com and Hotels.com
Fairmont Copley Plaza Back Bay Families $$ – Check current rates on Booking.com and Hotels.com
Lenox Hotel Back Bay Families $$$ – Check current rates on Booking.com and Hotels.com
Boston Park Plaza Boston Common First Time Visitors $ – Check current rates on Booking.com and Hotels.com
Four Seasons Boston Back Bay Luxury Travelers $$$ – Check current rates on Booking.com and Hotels.com

All room rates are approximate and vary depending on season. Prices quoted in table are based on high season, for double occupancy standard rooms. Price Table: $ <100 dollars; $$ ~101-199 dollars; $$$ ~200-299 dollars; $$$$ ~300+


Planning a Trip to Boston – Travel Checklist

Boston makes for a great weekend trip from New York City. We hopped on a bus ride from midtown which took about 3.5 hours one way, or 5 hours in traffic. We thought about renting a car but Boston is a very walk-able city and parking can be a nightmare, so the bus ended up being a great option!

Lastly, don’t forget to get travel insurance for your trip. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. We use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.


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