Boston hotels for fall 2013

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by ioana, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

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    No, not for Nationals :). A friend and her family (2 adults and 2 children) are coming to New England this fall. Are there any sites they should look into besides the usual tripadvisor, hotels.com, etc? I never had to book hotels around the area since I live here, so I just wanted to make sure I'm not missing out on some new great sites.
     
  2. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    The Boston Convention & Tourist Bureau should be a good place to start. It's bostonusa.com. The site's Where to Stay link lists hotels, B&Bs, and short term rentals.

    I bet you've already told them to avoid 8/31-9/2 (college drop off and everyone else moves) and the following weekend with the Jimmy Fund walk. Best is after the 15th as all the parents staying in town to get their snowflakes settled will have packed up and left. Oh, and all the newbies may have figured out their routes, so traffic might be better.
     
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  3. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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    Prevailing winning bids on the Priceline auction feature
    http://biddingfortravel.yuku.com/forums/53/Massachusetts-Boston/Massachusetts-Boston

    FAQ on the Priceline auction feature
    http://biddingfortravel.yuku.com/forums/9/Hotels/Hotels

    Also check out Hotwire
    http://www.hotwire.com

    Check the rates for the Langham Hotel (which was the Le Meridien long, long ago). Historic, older hotel with gigantic rooms (perfect for a family sharing one room, as you indicated) that sells at a discount to newer, trendier, more modern hotels. Can't beat the location in the middle of Post Office Square. Stayed here several times on business for a $150-200/night corporate rate when everything else around was going for $350-400/night. Even if not staying, it's worth checking their murals (it was previously the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which is now that white monstrosity looming over South Station) and the historic Map Rooms / bars inside.
    http://boston.langhamhotels.com/
     
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  4. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

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    I work there :rofl:. Thank you and Aceon6 for the advice so far!
     
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  6. SaSherka

    SaSherka New Member

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    My dad uses a similar Priceline/Hotwire bidding comparison site and swears by it: www.betterbidding.com
    You can always refer them to www.airbnb.com if they're staying for a longer period.
    Not sure of the ages and desires (are we talking small children or adult children?), the new hostel on Stuart St has private rooms and looks super-trendy (and I keep meaning to check out their events in their first floor bar) http://bostonhostel.org/
     
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  7. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

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    Kids are around 5 and 3, so definitely on the small side. I forwarded the nice airbnb apt that you sent me to my friend, so we'll see what she thinks. Plenty of options now :)!
     
  8. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    With children that small, they might want to consider the John Jeffries House on Beacon Hill. It's a short walk to the Esplanade playground and an even shorter walk to the T.