I attended a workshop in downtown Boston in October 2003, staying at the Tage Inn for five nights. It was difficult to find a reasonably priced hotel room in the Boston area with both the ALCS playoff and the Head of the Charles Regatta going on that week, so when I booked my room at the Tage Inn the price was the main deciding factor. It turned out to be a pretty good choice.
When I checked in, the reception staff honored my grad student ID from an out-of-state government-funded university as proof of government employee status and gave me a discount; he also offered me some fresh fruit for a late-night snack!
The rooms were nice and clean, no problems with the bathroom, bed, phone, or TV. I had a corner room with windows on two sides, but the view was of the I-93 overpass, nothing spectacular. I'm usually very sensitive to noises at night, but the traffic noise was well blocked out and didn't bother me.
The hotel offers self-serve breakfast, including toast, bagels, fruit, cereal, juice, coffee, waffles, muffins, etc. They also had a microwave in the breakfast/snacking area. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but there is one right across the parking lot. I did not have an opportunity to eat there. I do not remember seeing other restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, but there were some fast food restaurants and I think a pharmacy and supermarker near Wellington Station (see below).
The free shuttle service was convenient. Most hotel guests used it for transportation between the hotel and the Wellington T Station (subway station on the Orange Line) across the Mystic River north of the hotel. Shuttle pick-up at Wellington Station was available with a phone call, though they made it clear that it might not be available after 10 pm (maybe this has changed since my stay). You do have to walk past some trees and bushes, so a lady alone might not feel comfortable doing this at night. For most people it is just as easy to walk back to the hotel rather than to call and wait for the shuttle. On the Saturday morning the shuttle driver took me all the way to the Bunker Hill and Charlestown Naval Yard area to the U.S.S. Constitution.
The Assembly Square Mall shopping plaza is basically across the street from the hotel. I did not go there during the day, and at night it seemed to be deserted. A longer walk south of the hotel takes you to a movie theater.
Overall I had a very good stay at the Tage Inn. The main disadvantage is probably their location. If you don't have a car, getting around is a bit inconvenient, but they make up for this as best as they can with the shuttle service. To go to Cambridge/Harvard/MIT, you would ride southbound on the T from Wellington to Downtown Crossing (takes about 20 to 25 minutes), then switch to the Red Line northwestbound to get to your destination--or take a taxi. If you have a car you won't have to worry about Tage Inn's location.
I would consider statying at the Tage Inn again on my next trip to Boston/Somerville/Cambridge.
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