Best Places to Stay in Boston

Boston is one of America’s oldest cities and is teeming with charm and history. The city’s gorgeous old world architecture is bound to capture your attention from the start. You’ll find the locals display an enormous amount of pride for their city and it’s hard not to fall in love with Boston’s spirit.

Being one of the more expensive places to visit in the U.S, expect to pay quite a bit even for “budget” hotels here! Because there is such a wide range of accommodation possibilities, we broke it down into four categories. 


XV Beacon

Indulge in the romantic atmosphere of boutique hotel XV Beacon. With a gas fireplace in every room and luxurious linens to curl up in the XV Beacon is a great boutique hotel option for a romantic trip.  Each room is designed with a sophisticated blend of modern and antique furnishings. This hotel truly brings out the old Boston charm mixed with new world amenities.

You’ll find a private bar with premium spirits and wines stocked for your convenience. If you prefer to mingle with other guests, the intimate lounge is the perfect setting to relax with a drink in hand.

This boutique hotel is constantly rewarded for its highly attentive and friendly staff. Fresh flowers, prompt room service and an accommodating concierge are just a few of the luxuries you’ll find awaiting you upon arrival. Rooms start at around $355. 

The Boxer

Enjoy relaxed sophistication at Boston’s newest full-service boutique hotel, The Boxer.

Located right in the heart of downtown, The Boxer exudes Boston’s charm and spirit.  Its urban industrial chic design is inspired by the historic flatiron building in which the hotel is located. You’re not likely to need a car when staying here as the hotel is within walking distance to many of Boston’s sites (such as TD Garden) and renowned restaurants.

Modern in-room amenities such as an iHome, Keurig coffee maker, flat screen televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi outfit each room. Bring a friend and book the bunk bed room for a unique experience sure to bring out the inner child in you! And there’s no need to leave Fido at home as this hotel is proud to be pet friendly.

If you are looking for a cozy and contemporary hotel that is centrally located, The Boxer is a fantastic affordable choice. Rooms start at around $180, but really depends on how far in advance you book.

Verb Hotel

Discover the rock and roll spirit of Fenway’s mid-century modern Verb Hotel.

The Verb Hotel boasts an electric and hipster atmosphere with roots dating back to the 50’s.  As you approach this music industry themed hotel, you will be greeted by a classic Winnebago and mid-century modern décor.

Each room is unique in style and offers a clean, comfortable living space. Be sure to visit the outdoor sundeck and take a swim in the heated pool, which is open between April and October.

This funky, budget friendly hotel is perfect for baseball fans as Boston’s iconic Fenway Park is situated right outside the doors. With the buzz from Fenway’s exciting neighborhood, this quirky hotel is truly a unique accommodation. Grab yourself a room starting at $359.


The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common

The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common is a luxury hotel in downtown Boston. It neighbors Boston Common, a park dating from 1634, which makes it the oldest park in the country.

The hotel breathes the sophistication and old-world charm that the city is known for. All guest rooms feature both a soaking tub and walk-in shower. For something special, choose a guest room with a view over either the park or the city. Those looking for even more luxury, check out the various suites. The Presidential Suite is 1,680 square feet with floor-to-ceiling views of Boston Common and the Public Gardens. Rooms start at $525, and if you’ve got a couple of grand available the suites range from between $825 and $6,000.

The Liberty Hotel

The Liberty Hotel is, believe it or not, a converted jail! Built in 1851, the sophisticated hotel has married its colorful past with modern conveniences and beautiful luxury. It has managed to maintain its stone facades, historic catwalks and even some of its jail cell features within the lobby. 

This place looks so cool it makes me want to rob a bank just so they’ll send me here. That’s how that works right? Rooms start at around $259.


HI Hostel

Hostelling International has over 55 hostels located throughout the U.S. and growing. You have to be a member in order to stay at one of these, but at only $28 annually, they’re pretty affordable. Once you have a membership, the Boston location will cost about $48 for a bed in one of the dorms. The gorgeous and historic Boston Common park is just a short walk away, as well as the Freedom Trail which tours the history of the city. Hostels are a great option  for those solo travelers looking for a cheap place to sleep, and you’ll more than likely make yourself a few friends as well!

 Backpacker’s Hostel and Pub

Located just north of downtown Boston, the Backpacker’s Hostel and Pub offers a quiet and comfortable alternative to some of the noisier and rowdier options out there. Free morning coffee or tea, free wifi, free calls to anywhere in the U.S., and a complimentary shuttle to Wellington Station make this hostel a great option. Plus… you know, there’s a pub. Dorms start from $40 per night.


We love Airbnb and getting out of stiff hotel rooms whenever we can. Usually it’ll provide a more authentic local experience, and having a host who can tell you where the best food is or a great park to visit can definitely make your experience even better. Here’s a few in Boston that you might want to check out.

Sunny Brownstone

Close to Fenway Park, this beautiful apartment sleeps 5 and features that great exposed brick and wood floor look. The entire apartment goes for $200 a night, which is super manageable if you want to bring along four of your best friends to check out a Red Sox game!

Downtown Designer’s Modern Cove

This 1 bedroom apartment has a modern, clean feel and is located just steps away from all the Boston waterfront has to offer. Comes with a full kitchen, cable TV, and wifi among other things. This one goes for $115 a night, which is especially great considering its location. 

Private Room Off The Freedom Trail

This is a listing for a private room located within a bottom floor apartment just steps away from the Freedom Trail and public transportation lines. We’ve stayed in people’s apartments before, and really it’s not as awkward as it sounds. They’re used to meeting new people, and are always ready to talk about their city or let you keep to yourself if you prefer. Comes with wifi, designer towels and sheets, and even maps that you can borrow. For only $69 per night, you’d be hard pressed to find a cheaper and nicer place for your stay in Boston. 

*If you haven’t signed up for Airbnb before, you can get $25 credit through us which you can redeem anywhere around the world!


Have you stayed in any of these places listed here? Did we forget to include your favorite hotel? Let us know in the comments section below!


Shelly & Jimmie

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