This is sort of the tale of 2 hotel, so make sure you read the whole review!
I had a one night stay booked here while traveling on business. As soon as I pulled up, I could see that this was a very dated hotel. It looks like one of the 50s-60s era Howard Johnson's with the separate office with a triangle shaped room. Next to this was a newer (not new) building, 4 stories or so.
I was given a room in the older section of the hotel (old building) and it was pretty bad. Dark hallways, dirty carpet, and a musty smokey smell that just seemed to perpetuate the building. After about an hour, it really started to bother me and I went to the front desk and asked about the smoke smell. I was concerned that I was in a smoking room. The person at the front desk said they are all non smoking, but people sometimes smoke on balcony not realizing the smell gets in the room. Regardless, they offered to move me to a room in the new building.
What a difference. The room in the new building was what you typically expect these days for a modern hotel room. Nothing fancy, but clean, modern spacious and no funky smell. That move saved the trip.
Since they moved me, I have to say the service was good.They were friendly and accommodating. They also offer free internet. I had issues getting a good bandwidth. I called the help number and they were able to correct the issue right away. That was better than expected support!
Price was reasonable. I didn't stay for breakfast, so I can't comment on that. The location is ok. it is on a somewhat busy road, but close to several dining options, etc.
If you choose to stay here, do not stay in the older building. I believe they all have 3 digit room numbers and the new building has 4 digit room numbers...so you can tell.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We would like to welcome you to join us in our new journey as a new brand under new management, Magnuson Hotel Framingham. Located only 15 miles from Logan International Airport, 19 miles from Concord, the Magnuson Hotel Framingham has easy access to I-90, located on Worcester Road, surrounded by shopping and dining venues. Boston is 35 miles, Providence Rhode Island is 53 miles, and Hartford, CT, is 82 miles from this hotel. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, all of our guests will enjoy sensational dining and shopping within walking distance from the Hotel. Our location makes it easy to step out and explore all that Historical Boston has to offer without the higher city prices. Great shopping and restaurants at the Shopping World Mall are a short two minute walk from the Magnuson Hotel Framingham. If you are in the area visiting local colleges and universities, we are within 35 miles of Harvard, Wellesley, Boston University, and Babson College. Framingham State University is two miles. Family fun at the Fun and Games Family Entertainment Center is two blocks from the Magnuson Hotel Framingham. Along with a great location, guests can enjoy a free breakfast and use the on-site fitness center during their stay. Other hotel amenities include a business center, guest laundry facilities, free parking, coffee service in the lobby. Standard room amenities include a hair dryer, alarm clock radio, cable TV with extra stations, free local calls, electronic door locks, and individually controlled air conditioning and heater. Corporate travelers will find all the amenities they expect including business center, High Speed Wireless Internet and a complimentary USA Today newspaper. We should be up and running completely on-line with Magnuson by November 1, 2015. Important Info : You must show a valid photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Cash is not an accepted form of payment without a valid credit card available to pre-authorization for the full amount of your stay. Please note that all special requests cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check-in. Additional charges may apply. Guests under the age of 21 are only allowed to check in with a parent or official guardian. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Framingham Hotel Framingham
- Framingham Best Western