I chose this hotel because it had a conference rate that was less than half the going rate of other hotels in the area. If it weren't for the low price, I certainly would have looked elsewhere because of its location. The main drawback to this hotel is the location. It's one of those places that's right in the middle of everything but close to nothing. It's about a 15 minute walk to the closest T stops, which in a city like Boston where want to drive as little as possible, makes it a bit out of the way. Also, it's about a 15-20 minute walk from MIT, Harvard and BU. They offer a shuttle for $5/person to take you to the T stop and other nearby places, but that seems like a rip-off (if you have a few people, it would be cheaper and probably faster to just take a cab).
Otherwise, the hotel itself is great. I arrived off a redeye and the front desk staff checked me in at 9:30 AM without a problem. The room was clean; the bed was comfortable. It was on the 12th floor and had great view of Boston and Cambridge. There was a small refrigerator in the room, which is nice to have. The exercise room was quite small (only 4 machines, some weights and very little room for stretching), but the hotel is located right on the river, which a great place to get out for a run.
I received coupon for the breakfast buffet when I checked in, so I tried that one morning. It has a good selection of hot and cold items, including a made to order omelet station. However, at $16.95, it's a bit pricey (as most hotel breakfast buffets are). There's a few good food options within a short distance, including a Trader Joe's, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.
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