I had several meetings in Cambridge and the cost of hotels there was through the roof. After looking around, I expanded my search to Somerville which just a short trip from Cambridge and elected to stay at the Holiday Inn near Bunker Hill since, at least, it was on the same side of the river and seemed like commuting to the meetings would be reasonable.
It was quite a nice hotel. The cost was less obscene than Cambridge hotels (although -- to be be fair -- it was still a non-trivial $250/night with taxes). The room was very comfortable, with free internet and free parking.
Minor complaints -- the length of the room made it a bit difficult to watch TV --- I realize that I'm complaining about the room being too big, but it did just seem like it needed a bigger TV or a different layout. Internet, while free, was clunky. The hotel is in an industrial part of town, and the neighborhood didn't seem especially welcoming. Traffic was a mess due to some construction (you need to have an updated GPS/Phone) to avoid the bridge problem.
The commute to my meetings in Cambridge was just under 2 miles,and the traffic was slow going through some difficult to navigate streets. It was definitely worth a tiny bit more of a commute to save something like $100 (or more)/night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Hotel Boston-Bunker Hill is located just 2 miles from downtown Boston and 4 miles from Logan International Airport. Our complimentary parking and scheduled shuttle service to area mass transit sites Sullivan Sq. & Museum of Science as well as Harvard and Kendall Squares in Cambridge, make us an outstanding choice for our guests. We offer complimentary wireless high-speed internet access in all guest rooms to help keep you connected and informed. Our location is central to: The TD Banknorth Garden, home to the Boston Bruins & Boston Celtics, Boston s historic Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and our many museums makes our location Boston s best choice for value. Easily accessible to all of the area universities & colleges including Harvard, MIT and Tufts. Our hotels central location serves the adjacent communities of Arlington, Charlestown, Chelsea, Everett and Medford. Whether you are traveling on business our leisure, our 184 spacious guest rooms offer the services and amenities to make your stay comfortable. All our well appointed guest rooms feature complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. The associates of the Holiday Inn Boston Somerville look forward to providing our award winning service! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Boston Somerville Hotel Somerville
- Holiday Inn Somerville
- Somerville Holiday Inn