Downtown Boston hotels seem to me to be crazily expensive. I was on the college visit circuit and the hotel is very well positioned close to 128/95 - though actually just west of the road rather than on the Lexington side. So good for visiting the battle sites and convenient for the boston area.
Aloft is very good value. I paid $150 a night for each of two rooms. Each room had two queen size beds so our family of four slept very comfortably.
This is a new concept hotel that is self-consciously aimed at a young Facebook-style market. But this old codger was impressed. Clearly s lot of effort has been made to take costs out of the system to ensure good rates, while preserving what people want - quiet, comfortable nights.
Pluses: very comfortable beds and good linens. Large airy rooms. Great shower and clean well-designed bathroom spaces. Free Wifi. Good gym. Clear, inexpensive phone call charges. Great large screen TV with OK number of channels. Well lit work space. Natural light through good sized windows. Fridge but no minibar - bless them. Decent fast food style snack and breakfast area - but you are going to want to eat out. Small pool. Friendly staff - but few of them (see below).
Minuses: Single receptionist/manager in fairground-style booth in lobby can get very busy and backed up. Paper cups just don't work in bathrooms - not anyway for guests who like to stand up their razor and toothbrush in a cup. you could fix a cup holder to the wall and it would work. And I am too old to do my laundry - so while it is nice to have a coin-op facility for guests, I left that behind at college. Windows don't open. Staff have to greet you with "Aloha".
But very good overall for a budget hotel - even if you are over 30.
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