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Harborside Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   185 State St., Boston, MA 02109   |  
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Ranked #33 of 77 hotels in Boston
Branford, Connecticut
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“Great location for sightseeing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We had a king room atrium view on the 8th floor - more than generous space, clean and sparse in design/furnishing. The room also included one upholstered chair and a round kitchen-like table with two chairs. A large built-in desk/entertainment unit included tv and a wonderful stereo system with built-in speakers in not only the room but also the bathroom.
Being an old building you can crank the tunes without upsetting your neighbors!

The only natural light coming into the room is via the hall atrium which may make some folks feel somewhat claustrophobic (no windows). Since we didn't spend much time in the room this was not an issue.
The only real problem we had were the lack of lamps - the ceilings on this floor may be 12' high and have recessed lights (which are not bright at all), the only other lights are two very small wall-mounted on either side of the bed. Even with the ceiling and small bedside lights forget reading in the evening - bring a flashlight.
The room was clean and the bathroom had a very large shower; the sink was built into the largest counter I have ever seen in a hotel - so much space - it was wonderful.

The hotel includes coffee and tea 24/7 which is a nice touch, as well computers and free internet for guests.

The T (Blue Line - Aquarium stop) is located right outside the door; changes to other lines can be made at Government Center just two stops away.

If you're attending an event at the Garden the walk from the hotel is 15 minutes - and be sure to stop in for a drink at The Fours - great bar/restaurant along the way.

Faneuil Hall is literally a five minute walk and the Aquarium is across the street. Boston is a walking city and if you're up for it in 30 minutes you can be strolling down Newbury Street.

The Black Rose Irish Pub is across from the hotel - tourist trap but in a pinch not bad for a quick bite and a drink. There are a number of other bars close to the hotel and on a Saturday night they are packed. The good news - you will hear absolutely no noise in your room from the streets below. And lastly, avoid breakfast at the Marriott Long Wharf - two people not much to eat and no cocktails $55.

Would we stay here again - yes!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Pleasant, very nicely updated, if small, rooms and an excellent location in downtown Boston. As a business traveler, I could have used a couple extra amenities, like a fitness room (you can get discounted use of a gym nearby) and a coffee maker in the room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

The rooms were clean, modern and updated. Great location with a lot of bars and restaurants close by. Ive stayed there a few times, usually after a celtics or red sox game. You won't find better value for you're net in Boston. Can't wait until my next visit.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 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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Covington, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

There could not have been a more perfect location for our needs! The T (Blue Line/Aquarium Station) elevator lets you out right outside the front door to this hotel (which was only a 15 minute trip from the airport terminal)!! It's also right across the street from the Boston Harbor/Aquarium/Columbus Park. A very pleasant walk to Hanover Street in the North End and 1/2 block from Faneuil Hall.

Our room was clean and well appointed and the hotel staff to be very friendly. Though the hotel doesn't have a restaurant (they are in the middle of construction - should be ready by March 2013), the 24 hour coffee was appreciated and was the great computer station.

The only complaint I have....our room faced out towards State Street and was right above the bar next door. We were awoken on Fri night at about 2:10 am due to the noise from the crowds leaving all the bars/pubs in the area (the Black Rose, Good Bar, Kitty O'Shea, Sissy K's, Ned Devine's, etc are all within a block).

I'd definitely stay here again. Just, next time, I'm asking for a room that doesn't face the street!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that DOESN'T face out towards State Street - especially during the weekend. The...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bourne, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Just returned from a 1 night stay at the Harborside Inn in Boston and It was a perfect stay! Check-in was a breeze, such a welcoming front desk staff, everyone was so nice! in fact we received an upgrade to a king room! Our atrium room was spacious with a nice bathroom and had a very comfy bed! The location is perfect, you can walk to so many fun bars and restaurants and Faneuill Hall is accross the street! Can't wait to return to the Harborside Inn!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This hotel/inn is Not on the harbor but is nonetheless in an excellent location, within a block of Quncy Market and all of it's shops, the NE Aquarium, and the Boston waterfront. The room was very nice, comfortable, and cozy without feeling claustrophobic. I booked it for Thanksgiving night at a terrific rate for a Boston hotel in that area. The staff were quite helpful. Park at a nearby garage ($28+) rather than risk getting a $40 ticket, even if you have a handicapped sticker.

Room Tip: We stayed in an Atrium-facing room which was quieter and less expensive than a street-facing room.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a nice place. Looks great with lots of exposed brickwork and a cool atrium. Exposed brick in my 5th floor room too. Beds nice, plenty of hot water, linens were middle of the road. There is no restaurant or room service, you have to call out if you want delivery. And no gym or bar either. No coffee in room but plenty in the lobby as well as computers in the lobby too. So if you just need a neat room but not any hotel services this is the place for you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 185 State St., Boston, MA 02109
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#52 Business Hotel in Boston
#53 Family Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Harborside Inn 3*
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