Inexpensive in Boston area?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jul 28, 2013 12:07 PM Last Post By: BabuBabu
Jul 26, 2013 5:39 AM
Inexpensive in Boston area?We are in the Boston area today, looking for decent rate hotels. REALLY expensive out here! We are an older couple with a teen son. Looking for a town outside of Boston with reasonable rate hotels. We are headed to Lexington Concord, Plymouth and any other historic areas. Can't convince hubby to do a hostel. Lol. Thanks!
Jul 26, 2013 5:53 AM
1What is a "reasonable rate," in numbers? My "reasonable" may be your "expensive," and your "reasonable" may be unrealisitc.
Also read FAQ 258.
Jul 26, 2013 6:01 AM
Jul 26, 2013 6:18 AM
3Try LastMinuteTravel.com; Hotwire combined with Better Bidding to see which hotel they're describing; Hotels.com
You DO want to stay as central in Boston as you can, for convenience. But remember most Boston hotels charge for parking, about U$40, if you have arrived by car. On the weekend, try the Boston Common garage for cheaper.
Under U$200 per night is probably doing pretty good for Boston.
Under U$150 is great. Try John Jeffries House in Boston, which should be in that category.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Cambridge, right across the river from Boston
Brookline has a Holiday Inn which is on the Green line into Boston sights. Also places in Braintree (maybe Hyatt Place) where you can use the T to get into Boston.
Comfort Inn in Woburn
And there is a brand new HI hostel that has private rooms.
Lower than that may be motels so cheap you wouldn't be comfortable staying in them, but try the Super 88 in Watertown (100 N. Beacon), sort of in that category (there are cheaper and worse), if feeling pressed (you did say "today", a little late to be planning IMO--last minute can be higher, or can get you a bargain).
Jul 26, 2013 6:19 AM
4Any of these should do the trick
Jul 26, 2013 6:20 AM
5Any of these should do the trick - -
Jul 26, 2013 6:26 AM
6Except that none are in or very close to Boston, only one is anywhere near the T, and the others on weekdays all would force them to confront rush hour traffic in and out of the city (which for some locations isn't much better on the weekend either), wasting lots of sight-seeing time sitting on the highway.
Jul 26, 2013 6:39 AM
Jul 26, 2013 7:01 AM
8You can check the Oasis Guest House, which is reasonably near the Hynes stop on the Green Line. They will also charge extra for parking. The hotel is, dare I say, very gay-friendly but I have never witnessed a man with wife and/or kids getting hassled. I can cast a second vote for the John Jeffries House, which is across the (very busy) street from the Charles/MGH stop on the Red Line. The breakfast there, however, will immediately rot your teeth. In both cases, you might want to supplement or replace the free food with items from nearby Whole Foods stores. John Jeffries gives you ready access to the multiple cafeterias of Massachusetts General Hospital, where the food is quite reasonably priced and better than you'd expect.
Jul 26, 2013 7:04 AM
Jul 26, 2013 7:53 AM
10" We toured Plymouth on our way back and it was a highlight of the trip."
Plymouth the town or Plimouth Plantation the 1600s recreation village? Can't imagine the town of Plymouth being a highlight; the Rock is the most anti-climactic destination I've ever visited. ;-) Also very inconvenient for touring Boston. Any of the other options above would be more convenient IMO. Traffic into Boston from that direction is the worst.
Jul 26, 2013 9:54 AM
We did a quick walking tour of the town of Plymouth, including the entire area around Scrooby-Leiden street, then toured the re-enactment at Plymouth Plantation, then went back to town and drove through Scrooby-Leiden street again and it just kid of "popped." Like "Wow! that was all real, and it happened right here."
I cannot guarantee you will have the same experience but MAN did it work for my family.
I never saw the rock, never toured the rebuilt Mayflower.
You are correct about the traffic.
If you don't like it, you don't like it. It was top-shelf for me and my family.
Jul 27, 2013 7:46 AM
12Thank you all. We did find a Candlewood Suites in Braintree for about 117 a night with my military discount. (score!!) Its about 1/2 a mile from a massive, chaotic shopping mall, full of restaurants and a Target for essential restocking.
I can't agree with you strongly enough about the traffic!! Jeesh! We'd be rolling along just fine, then a sea of brake lights appeared and a traffic jam materialized out of nowhere. After about 15 minutes, it would clear up, all for no apparent reason. This happened again and again on I-90. Being from Chicago, traffic jams are common to me, but tangles like this usually involve an accident, construction or some other major reason. Bizarre.
Today we hit Concord/Lexington. Tomorrow its Plymouth. I have not expectations for our visits, except to give our history-enthusiast teen son a chance to see where our country was born. If a simple rock has historical significance in his mind, then this parent is happy to drive him there. :)
Thank you for the Plimouth Plantation info as well. That sounds like something to add to the list!
Jul 28, 2013 12:07 PM
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