I was coming to attend a conference in downtown Boston and was facing a double whammy of hotel issues. Either the prices were too severe, or where the rents were a little cheaper there were simply no vacancies. I needed to think out of the box, and the UMass Inn & Conference Center came to the rescue.
I was concerned by a handful of troubling reviews mixed in with very favorable ones, but I decided to give it a whirl. I wasn't disappointed.
I stayed in a renovated room, and it was on par with any typical Holiday or Ramada Inn I've ever stayed in. Not luxury, but not run down or lacking in any way. It was clean, attractive, comfortable. The WiFi worked fine. And this for just $100 per night. That's a third of what you'll pay downtown.
Of course you'll need to commute but that's pretty easy. It's 3/4 of a mile (easily walked) to Lowell station that goes to Downtown Boston, or alternatively you can drive a few stations down the line where public parking (at a small fee) is available.
Nothing matches the convenience of staying in a hotel where the commute is an elevator ride a few floors down. But the price for that convenience is steep. If you can handle the train ride, you'll also be handling about $200 a day that will remain in your pocket. Not too shabby.
If I ever again need a place in a pinch in the Boston area at a reasonable price, it would be an easy choice to come here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, located in the heart of downtown Lowell, overlooks the Concord River and city canals. Just minutes from major intersections, the hotel is centrally located near historical landmarks, major event venues, galleries, shops and a bustling downtown ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umass Lowell Hotel Lowell
- Lowell Doubletree