We chose Hyatt Place in Medford for a two-night stay so that we could enjoy a full day excursion into historic Boston. Our criteria was a hotel near the subway line with a shuttle service. This was one of very few hotels that fit the bill. For more dollars we could have stayed in Boston. For fewer dollars, we could have stayed further out of town and driven to the subway station or train station. For us, Hyatt Place in Medford was a great choice.
We booked a king room and requested a quiet room away from road noise and elevator noise. The room was clean, attractive, and comfortable -- very nice. Although the view was uninspiring, we were not bothered with a lot of road noise, and we slept comfortably. The room was fresh and not at all worn; the colors are relaxing. The bed was very comfortable. A lounging/sitting area was good for evenings in the room watching the flat panel TV positioned on a wall between the bed and sitting areas; it was easy to watch TV from either space. The spacious feel of the room makes it a good place to stay for a few nights.
A nice vanity area is outside the tub/shower/toilet bath. We like this particular setup since it's easier for two people getting ready for the day at the same time. The closet door has a full-length mirror.
A wetbar area with mini-refrigerator, sink, and coffee maker was handy for chilling soft drinks and small items and for making coffee and tea in the room. The work desk was in the same area of the room with a decent chair.
The complimentary breakfast each morning gave us a good start to the day with no additional expense. The variety was good, quality good, and although busy, we found a table both mornings. Other items can be ordered at the window to the kitchen, but the budget-minded guest can certainly find enough to eat without a special order.
The business center is basic and functional. Three PCs were all in working order, and we were always able to get the use of one for a few minutes to check email or Boston attraction details. Hotel guests were generally considerate of the time spent on the computers.
The only real negative for us was the one-way streets in the area. We decided to move the car from the lot out back to the underground garage. Unfortunately, the one-way street beside the hotel prevented us from the shortest route to the front of the hotel where the entrance to the garage is located. We didn't realize this, and it caused a short trip wandering the local streets in the dark. Fortunately, we had our GPS which directed us back to the hotel. If you're arriving with a car and want to park in the garage, this is a good fact to know: it's on the Right side as you face the Front of the hotel. Once parked there, we didn't use our car again until we left. Parking is free at this Hyatt Place -- a real plus when price comparing with downtown hotels!
We used the free shuttle service to the subway station for our day in historic Boston. The only negative here is that the hotel has only one shuttle that serves two subway stations. The morning wait was not bad. We probably waited out front for about 15 minutes for the van to arrive from its previous run. The evening wait was much longer. As we departed the subway, we called the hotel front desk (be sure to get their card with phone number at the front desk). The shuttle was on a run to the other subway station. By the time the shuttle returned to the hotel and then drove to the station to pick us up, we had had quite a long wait. The early October afternoon had turned breezy, the sun was setting, and it was cold. Of course, we could have driven ourselves to the station that morning and would not have had the wait, but we were so much more glad not to drive in the traffic to get there and back. It's a trade-off that must be considered individually. We were there on a weekday, so there weren't tons of people all trying to use the shuttle at the same time.
Hyatt Place in Medford was a good choice for us. We recommend it to the budget-minded traveler for a convenient stay near Boston. We would stay here again.
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