Must-see hotels in Massachusetts

  • Cape Codder

    Provincetown

    Definitely think budget – this is a very simple place that makes no pretense to be anything more. The 14 rooms share four bathrooms, there are no TVs or…

  • Harvard Square Hotel

    Cambridge

    Guest rooms here are small but stylish, with oversize photos of local sites adorning the walls. Large windows offer excellent views of the surrounding…

  • Lantern House Motel

    The Berkshires

    The decor's a bit dated, for sure, but the cheerful operators of this independent family-run motel keep everything spotlessly clean and the place is darn…

  • Oasis Guest House & Adams B&B

    Kenmore Square & Fenway

    These homey side-by-side (jointly managed) guesthouses offer a peaceful, pleasant oasis in the midst of Boston’s chaotic city streets. Thirty-odd guest…

  • Longwood Inn

    Streetcar Suburbs

    This big old Victorian mansion is in an odd location midway between Coolidge Corner and Longwood. Affordable rates (including cheaper weekly rates)…

  • Ship's Knees Inn

    Cape Cod

    This place packs in excellent amenities and appealing period decor. Best of all, it's just a quarter-mile walk to Nauset Beach. The 17 rooms in this old…

  • Charlesmark Hotel

    Back Bay

    The Charlesmark's small, sleek rooms are at the crossroads of European style and functionality. The design is classic modernism, the effect urbane and…

  • Copley House

    Back Bay

    Straddling Back Bay and the South End, Copley House offers rooms and apartments in four buildings, with significant variability between them. Generally,…

  • Summer House Cottages

    Nantucket

    A refined getaway of low-key elegance. Stay in one of ’Sconset's signature rose-covered cottages (sizes vary, and include in-demand three-bedroom options)…

  • Surfside Cottages

    Cape Cod

    This agency oversees the rental of a community of cottages just back from Lecount Hollow Beach (and full marks to the website, which specifies how many…

  • Essex Street Inn

    Massachusetts

    This Victorian inn was built as a lodging house in 1880. Today it's an elegant place to stay, albeit less intimate than some of the other options in…

  • Tides Motel of Falmouth

    Cape Cod

    It's all about the water. This place is smack on its own private beach, and you could spit into the ocean from your deck. Otherwise, it's straightforward:…

  • Captain Gosnold Village

    Cape Cod

    In a residential neighborhood, Captain Gosnold is a little community unto itself and just a sandal-shuffle from the beach. Choose from studios with…

  • Naomi's Inn

    Pioneer Valley

    With a broad porch and shady trees, this large home overlooks a hospital compound 1.5 miles northwest of the city center. The seven rooms are ample and…

  • Hilton Garden Inn

    Pioneer Valley

    Just a hoop toss away from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, this garden-variety hotel has advantages, particularly for families. Not only…

  • Village Inn

    Cape Cod

    Antique charm and modern comforts pair well at this relaxed B&B occupying a 200-year-old house that's on the National Register of Historic Places. Set on…

  • Salem Inn

    Massachusetts

    The inn's 40 rooms are located in three historic houses, including Captain West House, a large, brick sea captain's home from 1834. The rooms vary greatly…

  • Edgartown Inn

    Martha's Vineyard

    The best bargain in town, with 14 straightforward rooms spread across the main inn and garden house. The inn dates to 1798 and claims Nathaniel Hawthorne…

  • Maple Terrace Motel

    The Berkshires

    The Maple Terrace is a simple yet cozy place on the eastern edge of town, with family-friendly suites equipped with kitchenettes, and spacious gardens…

  • Even'Tide Motel

    Cape Cod

    This highly regarded motel, set back from the highway in a grove of pine trees, has an assortment of options: regular motel rooms, plus 10 diverse…

  • Inn on Cove Hill

    Massachusetts

    This is a Federal-style house built in 1791 with, so they say, pirates' gold that was discovered nearby. It has been lovingly restored down to the tiniest…

  • Bow Roof House

    Cape Cod

    It's hard to find places like this anymore. This homey, six-room, c 1780 house is delightfully old-fashioned in price and offerings, and within easy…

  • Moffett House

    Provincetown

    Set back on an alleyway, this guesthouse is not only quiet but also has another bonus: every room comes with two bicycles for your stay. Rooms are basic –…

  • Centerboard Inn

    Nantucket

    The pampering provided by the welcoming innkeeper here – with extras like spa-quality bath lotions and loaner iPads – give this chic B&B a leg-up on the…

  • Colonial Inn

    Boston's Western Suburbs

    Dating from 1716, the Colonial Inn boasts a role in the Revolution, when it was used as a storehouse for Colonial arms and provisions. Original…

  • Crocker House Inn

    Martha's Vineyard

    This cozy century-old inn is just a stone's throw from the harbor. Some rooms are small, but otherwise everything about this place is likable. The…

  • A Friendly Inn

    Cambridge

    While this Victorian-era inn has its pros and cons, nobody can dispute that it is indeed ‘a friendly inn.’ Service is efficient, offering a clean and…

  • Scargo Manor

    Cape Cod

    The sea captain who built this grand house in 1895 scored a prime locale on Scargo Lake, and you're free to paddle off in the owner's canoe or kayaks…

  • Putnam House B&B

    Massachusetts

    Dating from 1737, this hilltop farmstead was the home of Massachusetts senator David Putnam in the early 1800s. Restored by master carpenters, it has…

  • Sippewissett Campground & Cabins

    Cape Cod

    This well-organized, family-friendly place on the Shining Sea Bikeway has 100 wooded campsites and 11 cabins, plus fun tipis for hire ($75). The cabins…

  • Hawthorne Motel

    Cape Cod

    Here's your chance to wake up to a fabulous sunrise over the sandbars. It's pricey for a motel and the decor is a little dated, but service is charming…

  • Madison Inn

    Martha's Vineyard

    OK, the cheaper rooms here are small (they prefer the term 'cozy'), but the whole place is neat and trim, the fresh island-style decor agreeable and the…

  • Narragansett House

    Martha's Vineyard

    This charming place comprises two adjacent Victorian gingerbread-trimmed houses on a quiet residential street that's just a stroll from the town center…

  • Nantucket Inn

    Nantucket

    Although the standard room rates for this comfortable, if uninspired, hotel by the airport aren't much different than prices in town, there are many…

  • Chatham Highlander

    Cape Cod

    The rooms here, about 1 mile from the town center (opposite Del Mar restaurant), are straightforward but smart and clean. All have a refrigerator and some…

  • Cove Bluffs Inn

    Cape Cod

    A rustic home-away-from-home kind of place whose extensive grounds include picnic tables, barbecue grills, a pool and hammocks strung from the pine trees…

  • Sherburne Inn

    Nantucket

    Sit in the parlor by the Victorian fireplace and share travel tips with fellow guests at this gracious inn. Built in 1838, the inn flawlessly fuses period…

  • Autumn Inn

    Pioneer Valley

    More of a motel than an inn, this barn and raised-ranch has comfortable and spacious rooms and warm service. At research time, the owners were planning a…

  • Cove Motel

    Cape Cod

    A good choice for those who want to be on the water but within strolling distance of the town center. Rooms are well equipped, but many are built motel…

  • Christopher's by the Bay

    Provincetown

    Tucked away on a quiet side street, this welcoming inn is a top-value place. Local art on the walls and personal recommendations from the owners add a…

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