Our family of 3 stayed here the weekend of July 10-13, 2009. ($175.) The hotel was sold out F/S. The tall ships were in town and many hotels were packed. Boston hotel rooms are on the more expensive side. Our room was a one bedroom suite. It had a K bed in the bedroom where the bathroom and closet were also located. The paint and counters were clean and fairly new. No issues at all. The tub/shower handle would come off everytime we turned it and was never fixed or attended to while we were there. The furniture and cabinets in our room (700) were very worn and beat up looking. We had 3 windows in our unit. So we had lovely views of Charlestown and the water.
The "living room" area was small, when the sofa bed folded out you could not walk from one end to the other. The sofa bed itself was missing 4 of 7 springs making it impossible to sleep on. We requested another room or even a rollaway but were told no rooms were available and there weren't any rollaways Friday or Sat, night. Nor Sunday night even though they weren't sold out at this point. We threw the mattress on the floor and pretended to camp. It's ok for a child and we survived, though when checking out and mentioned it again.... the desk acted as it that was the first they had heard of it....No real resolution.
The breakfast was top notch for being included in the room price. Short of made to order eggs that would take long there was a great variety. Fresh fruit, oatmeal with toppings, make your own waffles, bagels, scrambled eggs, yogurt, donuts, cereal, tortillas for breakfast burritos, coffee, juices, and even the "sodas" were available for those who like their caffeine cold. The staff was extremely cordial and would bus your plates before you had time to put your napkin down. We would eat a very hearty breakfast and then go for an early dinner, to avoid crowds and we just weren't that hungry a few hours after the big breakfast.
Wi fi was free and there is an area for you to print out your boarding passes etc for no charge, which was pleasant. We were able to check emails and google museum times etc with our laptop in our room..
We enjoyed the jacuzzi and there were always fresh pool towels available. The elevator and doors on the front side of the hotel are key access.
As for parking, it's pay. Or find a spot behind the hotel or down in the park area. (not a lot of them but you could get lucky) The rates did change over the weekend. $38 on Saturday and $32 on Sunday. So if you are going to park make sure you get the cheapest rate for all your days.
The location is a question. In bad weather it would not be my first choice. In nice weather it was fine. It was a 7-9 minute walk for us through the canal/locks and Paul Revere park to the North Station where we could catch the metro or T. It's a 10 minute walk or so to the North End which is a great place. The Constitution is about 5 minutes away and a great place to go. There is a bus if you are comfortable with the bus system. The 93 is right across the street and is with a covered station kiosk and will take you pretty much downtown. And the 92 is just a tad farther and it also goes downtown. We ended up just walking as the weather was spectacular and we enjoyed watching the boats go through the locks as we walked to the N. Station. (Green and Orange lines and commuter rail is here).
I don't know if I would stay here again. I may opt for the Residence Inn in Cambridge (right on the T) and save the difference or may try a different place if I was coming in the winter for sure.
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- Boston's rich history is right outside your door when you stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor. Our hotel offers a choice of studio, one or two bedroom suites, with amazing views of Boston Harbor views and beautiful interior decor. Unique amongst Boston extended stay hotels, our pet-friendly hotel offers a stylish retreat at a substantial value; free wireless Internet access, heated indoor pool, complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet and evening socials Monday through Thursday. ... more less
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