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“Did the job for a family on a budget” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf

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Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34-44 Charles River Avenue, Boston, MA 02129 (Charlestown)   |  
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Ranked #22 of 77 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
San Diego
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“Did the job for a family on a budget”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2009

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.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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oklahoma
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30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2009

Stayed at this hotel for three nights over the weekend. It was a little crazy in the area because of the Tall Ships presence in Boston. I had to park nearby in the Constitution Center's lot, which worried me a little. (I was afraid my car would be towed.) It was safe there, however, for all three nights and ended up being 12 dollars a day cheaper than hotel parking!
When we checked in the desk clerk was very helpful and gave lots of suggestions as to where I should take my nine year old daughter and where we should eat. Although the location is a little removed from downtown, it is wonderful for exploring the Constitution, the Naval Yard, and Bunker HIll. It was a short walk over the Charlestown Bridge to the North End, where we loved Regina's Pizza (one of the clerk's suggestions.) The restaurant was well worth the forty-five minute wait. It was also just off the Freedom Trail, which was my history-buff daughter's primary destination.
I was pleased with the hotel breakfast selections, the cleanliness of my room, and everything. The price I paid was extremely reasonable for Boston. The only reason I might not stay there again would be I prefer to be a little closer to the Boston Common, Beacon Hill area. However, the walk to those locations, which we made frequently, was not too taxing.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

Very nice hotel. Great location right on the Freedom Trail for visitors. Very nice service from the front desk giving you local insight to the breakfast crew giving kids toys. I did like the nice touch with there welcome parties they throw each weekday afternoon. The only complaints I had was that the cleaning crew would leave bags of trash sitting next to the elevator each day. And they would sit all day. Plus the pool is extremely small. Other than that it's a great hotel. The front desk trys to convince you the valet is your only parking option at $32 a day. But I was able to talk to the Valet guy about other places to park nearby. Just park in the lot right next to the hotel unless your staying for an extended period of time. If you are you'll need to ask the lot attendant if it's ok as during special events you can't park there.
There's also a great park on the other side of the bridge.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2009

Just as the title reads. It was ok, the staff was nice and courteous, close to mass transit and alot of attractions. About 15-20 minute and $25-30 cab ride from the airport. Oh yeah, 12.95 per day for internet is ridiculous.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

We stayed at the Residence Inn last week for two evenings and enjoyed the stay. The room was clean and had everything that was promised (although our view was of the bridge and parking lot)! The location was convenient for us, but is a bit of a walk to the regular tourist sites. Great breakfast and the staff at the breakfast service was wonderful (very attentive and everything was fully stocked and the area clean). The fitness center is small but has all the basics. Our only suggestion for improvement was the valet service. It was a bit unorganized and at one point, we just had to take our keys off the top of the front desk!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2009

My husband and I stayed here recently with our dog. I was afraid the room might smell like dog or be full of hair but it was EXTREMELY clean. The room was very spacious and had a great view of the harbor.The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. If you don't mind walking a little it's close by the strip of bars / restaraunts / shops. We only took a cab once and walked the rest of the time. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

My husband and I were in Boston for a long weekend and we had no idea what a great location this was. Our room, 235, overlooked the marina on one side and the river and Charlestown Bridge and included a view of the Old North Church Steeple. The walk into Boston was very short and Charlestown is very quaint with great restaurants in easy walking distance. The staff was so helpful and courteous and a great breakfast each morning . I would definitly recommend staying here again.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 34-44 Charles River Avenue, Boston, MA 02129
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Charlestown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#22 Family Hotel in Boston
#29 Business Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf 3*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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