-The entire hotel and rooms are extremely clean. A+
-Rooms and hotel are updated
-Staff is very nice and professional
-In-room cable TV has plenty of channels, including HBO
-Restaurant and lounge have a diverse menu. Food is very good.
-Pay for parking? $12/night or $9/night because I was with a convention
-Pay for internet? $12.95 in-room for the luxury of internet access (are we in 1990?)
-Pay to use business center terminals? Yup, swipe card for .50 fee.
First, this hotel is not in Boston, it's in Quincy. This hotel isn't close to anything; you will not be walking anywhere. The only way to get here is by car, whether it be your own or by livery.
To their credit, the $12 parking fee is on their website (found it after I was told at the front desk), but when I made my phone reservations I was not told. They were even so kind as to connect me directly to Hertz when I made my reservation.
In speaking with somebody who stayed there last year, the pay-for-parking foray is new this year.
Keep in mind, there is nowhere else to go if you park here. You are not going to park here and walk miles to get someplace else. They're not having a problem with squatters. This is simply a 10% room surcharge.
To add injury to insult, Marriot has an addiitonal 200+ space parking lot at the bottom of the hill (it's a BIG hill) that sits empty.
There was no in-room wifi (at least in my room, there were absolutely no signals), so you either have to go down to the lobby to check your email or pay the $12.95 internet access fee.
The entry doors for the units are not equipped with door closers, but instead have been outfitted with spring-loaded hinges. The result is that unless you are careful, the doors just slam closed. And not that solid "thud" type slam. That annoying tin can "we were too cheap to install a decent door buck" slam. It's especially invigourating when housekeeping opens the door, closes the night latch so the door won't latch closed, and continually slams the door into the night latch as they clean.
Housekeeping wanted to service my room after 5pm on a Sunday?
Linens were excellent. Bed had six pillows-- six of the most uncomfortable pillows I have ever used. I am not a picky guy. I slept on the floor next to my ill 3yo son last week with no issues. But these pillows. I can't explain it.
From what I heard, the event coordinator back-burnered our smaller convention (booked 1.5 years in advance) in favor of a larger one, causing some scheduling difficulties with event room assignments. I wasn't directly involved with any of the event planning, but I got the distinct impression there were a lot of issues. They even had our events starting at 9pm and going to midnight, rather than 9am-noon the next day.
$2 for soda from vending machines (had to go to 3 floors to get one that accepted bills). Same soda is $2.50 at front desk. 12oz juice and granola bar is $6 at front desk. Burger or chicken sandwich is $13. Hotdogs are $8. Beer is $6/bottle. Jack on the rocks $10.50.
Bottom line.. rooms are clean, food is good, beware if considering scheduling your event here, and last but not least: Marriot has adobted the Nickel-and-Dime-You-to-Death business plan.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.