Where to start? An unexpected conference brought us late to Boston when all reserved conference rooms had already been claimed. We ended up at this establishment. The staff was very courteous and helpful but there was nothing they could do about the location, decor, age of the building or the elevator. (Which deserves a review all its own.)
The hotel, almost a storefront, is located in an alley, strewn with trash and homeless folks. (Think of the movie "On The Waterfront"). If you plan on attending an event at the Garden, however, it is ideally situated almost across the street. The decor is sort of plastic modern. An attempt at an update sometime in the '70's I would guess. The elevator sounds in the throes of agony and opens like the inner sanctum when it finally arrives. Although the carpet was old, the linens were soft from age and actually felt quite nice at the end of the day. The mirrored door was falling off the closet as it refused to roll on its track and the bathroom was pretty large for Boston, although its size was offset by the lack of water pressure.
Breakfast was uninspired but plentiful with donuts, cereal, etc. They did have a pancake machine which my son wanted for Christmas.
If you choose to stay at this hotel be careful walking around at night as there are a number of bars in the area catering to the Gardens crowds. Having lived in urban areas we walked quickly and under streetlights whenever possible but there is no getting around it is a gritty neighborhood. All of the issues mentioned above results in a price more reasonable than other hotels in Boston. So choose your hotel with these realities in mind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free Wifi and hot breakfast. Located across from North Station and the TD Garden making us the closest hotel to the Garden, home to both the Celtics and the Bruins. Boston is a walking city and the hotel is central to all the historic neighborhoods and attractions you want to visit. The hotel is in walking distance to many of Boston’s historic sites, Faneuil Hall, Paul Reveres house, Boston Harbor, Beacon Hill and the Freedom Trail. With many great restaurants and attractions also in easy reach this hotel in Boston’s North End is an ideal location for your next visit.Business travelers appreciate that the hotel is near the financial center, the Government Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center and Massachusetts Eye Ear Center. Boston is home of many of the world’s finest colleges and the hotel is located in within minutes of many of them; Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, MIT and Boston College.Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston Garden has an unbeatable location with valet parking and complimentary hot breakfast, 24-hour fitness room, business center and WiFi. ... more less
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