From hostels and historic guesthouses through to chic hotels with every creature comfort, Boston offers an assortment of accommodations. In the city you will find a good selection of chains and independently run hotels. Some of the best hotels can be found in Back Bay. If you do not mind being too far from the nightlife, there are some good hotels to be found in the Financial District.
If you are looking for somewhere economical to stay, you will find a selection and bed and breakfasts in Back Bay and away from the city center in Cambridge and Brookline. There are also a handful of hostels throughout the city for those on a shoestring budget.
Most hotels in Boston, especially high-end hotels, do not publish set rates. Instead the cost of a room varies according to seasonal demand. Generally speaking, high season in Boston runs from April to October. In addition, hotel prices may rise if a convention or an event places additional demand on hotel rooms.
However, despite being a student city and a popular destination, Boston does not have much in the way of budget accommodations. There for it is important that you do your research and book your accommodation in advance. In order to get your hotel room for the best possible price, skip calling the hotel as they will, more often than not, just give you the rack rate. Instead, book you hotel online using hotel booking website as these can secure you a good discount on your accommodation. In addition, it is always a good idea to see if you are entitled to any special discounts, for example you can sometime get up to 10% off the room rate if have an AAA membership.
Things to do in Boston
The Freedom Trail is likely to be the most popular attraction; particularly for those who enjoy the rich history that this city has to offer. It is exceedingly easy to walk, as the trail itself only runs for 2.5 miles. It is characterized by a red brick surface and the trail will enable visitors to enjoy numerous museums, churches, Revolutionary War meeting houses and colonial-era ships. It should be noted that travelers can diverge from the trail at any time to explore these interesting surroundings. Most tours are guided and tickets will need to be purchased in advance. It is also wise to check the opening hours, for these will vary between summer, spring and autumn.
Due to such an important history, others may choose to visit the Boston National Historic Park Visitor Center. This includes a walking tour of approximately 90 minutes around the most important locations which were directly involved with the Revolutionary War (including the famous midnight run by Paul Revere). As with any outdoor tour, this will be available as long as the weather permits. So, it is a good idea to check the forecasts ahead of time before making any reservations. There is a limit of 30 persons per tour group.
Boston is a town which has been famous for brewing since the 18th century. In fact, many of the founding fathers were quite skilled in this ancient art. Thankfully, these traditions have carried on into the present day. Anyone who is a fan of the occasional pint should therefore not miss a handful of the most historic locations in the city. Some famous spots include the Green Dragon Tavern, Rumor, The Black Rose and the Bell in Hand Tavern (established in 1795). We should recall that these very same locations will serve up some culinary delights such as New England clam “chowda” to swordfish kebobs (yes; you read that correctly).