My son and I decided to take a short trip to Boston to see the sights for a day or so. After looking at numerous sites, we decided to give the Inn a try based upon price and location, since the USS Constitution was high on our list. The online listing showed a "recently renovated" hotel. This is a hotel in name only. You are staying at the YMCA, which shares the facility and the hotel is operated as a seperate entity. The place was freshly painted, but the old Y furnishings are still there. The room was a block walled dorm type room, very old, scarred furnishings replete with ancient cigarette burns on the nightstand, small bathroom, cheap mattresses, and so on. There was a small refrigerator microwave and coffeepot stacked up in one corner, you could use two of the three, we found that out after the coffeemaker wouldn't turn on, had to unplug the microwave to make coffee. The halls and room were both unbelievably hot, the outside temperature was in the upper 40's and low 50's. With the heat off and the windows open as far as they could (about 6") there was no relief, although they do provide a lovely oscillating tabletop fan. We propped that in a window to draw cool air in so we could sleep. Old, fuzzy 19" TV, although cable worked OK. Noisy place, as well, with the heat, noise, mattress and such, sleep was not easy for two exhaussted folks after a day of hiking around Boston. Torn skirting on the bed, institutional linens, old cheap carpets, 1950-60 era furnishings, this is not what comes to mind when one commands $125 and up for a hotel in off season, and not anywhere near the center of town. Location is great for the Navy Yard, and for Mass General visitors, and students, which composes a lot of the folks there. The Harbor Ferry leaves the Navy Yard, about a 10 minute walk, and drops you at Long Wharf in Boston for $1.70 a person, which is good for a day trip if you confine yourself to the center of town or plan to walk, take a tour bus, etc.. Parking at the Inn doesn't exist, there is metered parking on the street, but the Inn has an agreement with Mass Gen to use their lot at a discount, it is a 1/2 mile walk to the garage, for $6.00/24 hours make sure you get your ticket validated. There are one or two places to grab a snack nearby, no restaurants, diners or so on.
There are few to no amenities, your key card allows you to use the shared pool and gym at the Y, nothing like a hotel facility, clean enough, but it is a public facility. The staff seems OK, upon checkout on Sunday morning my AARP rate wasn't applied, although I gave them the card when we arrived. There was no one on the desk that could make the computer authorize the price change, we ended up paying 'rack rate'.
Overall, I fell that the online description of the Inn is greatly misleading. This is NOT anything on a par with what the average traveller thinks of as an Inn or Hotel, even on a Best Western/Days Inn level. We weren't expecting the Parker House, but this was a real disappointment. It is an old YMCA dorm, with some fresh paint sloshed on the walls, and a rudimentary set of amenities. I would bite the bullet and spend a little more to stay on the Boston side of the river, or search a little harder than we did and find something else. Make your visit to Boston something more enjoyable than being warehoused. It is cheap, to be sure, but it is no value even with Boston's high room rates!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Constitution Inn offers the best hotel value in downtown Boston - great accommodations, great location, and a great low price! We are located in the famous Charlestown Navy Yard on the downtown Boston Waterfront, centrally located close to Boston’s great restaurants and lively pubs. We are just steps away from The USS Constitution, The North End, Faneuil Hall, TD Garden and many of Boston’s historic, cultural,and entertainment attractions. We share a building with the Charlestown YMCA. All guests are welcome to use their pool and fitness facility. Please check their website for daily hours of operation. The Constitution Inn is the perfect place to gather with family and friends. ... more less
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