First up, I'm going to caveat this review. I travel A LOT for work, mostly to the Middle East where the hotel rooms are all new and absolutely huge. This has totally warped my views of hotels, but there you go! Also, on this occasion I booked my hotel room on air miles. This pretty much always means you get one of the smaller/less good rooms. I was free, so I can't complain too much, but it does mean I can't vouch for the kind of room I might have got if I'd booked through my corporate travel agent!
OK. On to the real stuff.
I had a room with one king bed, and it wasn't big at all - I was glad it was just me! I suspect the twin rooms are much bigger, just to fit the beds in if nothing else. The wardrobe door was rather shabby, and had holes in where it'd been opened into the security lock of the door to the room. Not particularly what I'd expect from a Hilton - I'd normally expect them to be more on top of the maintenance. But otherwise the room was in good condition, the air con worked (and even showed C as well as F - BRILLIANT for those of us of the metric persuasion), and the bathroom was nice and clean with enough amenities (although shower gel would have been nice - I'm not really a soap girl for some reason). My room was in one of the indentations you can see on the front of the hotel, so it didn't get a lot of daylight. But really I was only using it to sleep in, so that wasn't particularly an issue.
The only staff I really interacted with was the doorman who sorts out taxis, and he was great. Managed to find me a big cab at 8am on a Saturday and knew exactly where I wanted to go from my flaky description!
The big selling point of this hotel for me was the location - close to the blue line for easy access to the airport (2 stops from Aquarium), close to lots of other T lines, close to Quincy Market for lots of food options in a solo traveller-friendly environment, close to the Freedom Trail for sightseeing. It's also a nice quiet area as it's predominantly businesses which makes things nice and relaxed in the evening and at weekends.
I'd stay again just for the location, but would definitely book a twin room to get the room size.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1928 as Boston, Massachusetts' first Art Deco skyscraper, the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall hotel is the ideal blend of historic charm and modern flair. The hotel is centrally located downtown just two blocks from the Harbor and near many attractions, dining and shopping options. The Hilton is a premier 4-Diamond full-service hotel with 362 deluxe guestrooms & suites. It features the full-service Nix’s Mate restaurant, serving subtly sophisticated regional cuisine, and a comfortable lounge. The Hilton also features a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness center and over 10,000 sq. ft of meeting space. At the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall our team is committed to make your stay a memorable one. ... more less
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