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Constitution Inn
Ranked #80 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Norristown
1 review
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“Bang for the Buck”
Reviewed June 13, 2008

I was visiting Boston for the first time because I was interested in attending Emerson College. However, my parents and I found (like with all cities) that all of the hotels in Boston were very expensive. We actually found Constitution Inn by using this website. The price was far cheaper and the reviews were good.

I was very pleased with my experience there. For staying at the hotel, we got free parking. There were a few places to eat nearby (Finagle A Bagle, etc.) Traveling to the college was a breeze courtesy of the ferry and the shuttle bus was a nice accomodation. The people were very helpful and we all appreciated the view on the water, but most importantly, the quiet! Constitution Inn, like many others have said, is very much a hidden gem and I highly recommend it. No, it is not luxurious, but it is comfortable, a reasonable price, and very quiet.

  • Liked — The service, quiet location
  • Disliked — A little bit away from the city
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 29, 2008

Had read the good reviews and booked the Constitution Inn for a one night stay.
The location was fine. We visited the Museum and the ship (both worth a visit) and really enjoyed taking the shuttle to downtown Boston (coming back with the last shuttle at 8pm with Boston lights in the background was a real hit - amazing value for 1.70$!)
We also had a nice dinner at the nearby bistro (with a discount for guest of the Constitution Inn).

The room was decent enough for the price but good sleep was another story. We got a room with doors communicating to neighbours on each side. I can't really say whether it was because of the doors or paper-thin walls but we felt like if we were sleeping in a dorm - hearing our neighbours as if they were in our room. A couple on one side coughed and snored all night, on the other side a family with young children watched TV (after 11pm the staff did asked them to turn it down), talked so we could follow every bit of the conversation. We had a terrible night and even if the price is reasonable it is not worth it if you can't sleep.
If you sleep lightly I advise you to check with desk if all rooms have communicating doors to neighbours.

The staff was not overfriendly but we did get the information we needed.

  • Liked — Taking the shuttle to the city
  • Disliked — Bad noise insulation
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Brentwood UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2008

We booked this place based on the reviews on Tripadvisor and we were pleased we did. Don't get me wrong this place is not perfect but it is great value for money compared to other hotels this close to the city.
We were a family with 2 kids, aged 7 and 11, staying at the beginning of April 2008. The room cost $139 per night sleeping the 4 of us in 2 queen beds which I have to say were not the most comfortable.
Our only other problem was regulating the temperature in the room which has some kind of thermostat which made no difference when we turned it to cool. Leaving us no option but to leave the windows open. Fine in a very chilly April but not much use in summer nor very kind to the environment!
However having said all that I would still recommend this place. It is very close to the USS Constitution as the hotel name suggests and the area is very quiet most of the time wih very little traffic noise (ask for a room on the Harour side of the hotel).
Our room had a fridge and microwave and coffee maker wih free tea and coffee. Also iron and ironing board plus hairdryer in the bathroom.
There is a nice local cafe (American Bakers Cafe) just down the street (through the archway) great for breakfast bagels etc also Finnagle A Bagel in the street across from that. Also a small Stop & Shop in the next block on the way to the USS Costitution for groceries etc.
Travel to the city couldn't be easier or cheaper. There is a free bus which picks up in the next street ( ask at reception) goes every 15 minutes and takes you to at least North station maybe further. It is meant for staff and patients of the hospital but everyone uses it and the driver asks no questions . Just hop on.
The other option is a wonderful 10 min boat ride (part of the "T" system) from Charlestown Navy Yard (approx 5min walk) to Long Wharf. Dropping you right by the New England Aquarium. Cost $1.70 each way . Kids free. Runs approx every half hour, more a peak times, less at weekends. Check timetable posted in shelter or pick up timetable once on board. These boat trips were one of the highlights of our trip. A wonderful way to approach the city each morning.
We had 3 nights at this hotel at the beginning of our trip and the staff although initially seemed a liitle disinterested, were all very pleasant and helpful if you make the effort to engage them in conversation and kept our cases in the back room while we collected a car for the next part of our trip to Cape Cod.
On our return we stayed the last 2 nights here( different room on the back -a little noisier) and the trip to the airport at 7.15am took approx 10 mins.
All in all a good hotel and we would certainly recommend it.

  • Liked — Quiet location, but still close to city
  • Disliked — uncomforable beds and room temperature
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Winchester
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Reviewed March 29, 2008

We were not quite sure what to expect with this accomodation when we arrived but it certainly exceeded our expectations. The location was perfect. It was actually better than being in central Boston as the views across the water are stunning and ferry ride each day is really special. We were jet lagged so one of our favourite memories of this accomodation was having an early morning stroll around the Quay - it is beautiful and so quiet. Few places nearby to pick up a hot chocolate or a good breakfast.
Room itself was a good size with en-suite. It had everything we needed - only downside was the blind that we had to put up ourselves each day!
You can walk into Boston itself from this hotel (about 20mins across the bridge) and its superbly located for the freedom trail.
Internet access was a plus, as was the swimming pool! Great value for money.

  • Liked — Great Location
  • Disliked — Putting up the blind!!!!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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Omaha Ne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2008

I was very pleased with my stay at the Constitution Inn. It is within 3 blocks of the ferry and also the U.S.S. Constitution. There was a free shuttle in the morning that went to the nearest subway station. I received a great discount as a member of the military. The rooms were large and had a fridge and microwave oven. The bed was a queen size and very soft. The staff were friendly and fairly helpful. Guests can use the YMCA located in the building. I would use them again in my next visit to Boston.

  • Liked — cost
  • Disliked — No nearby restaurants
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled solo
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2007

4 of us from Sydney Australia were travelling in Boston for 3 days in late July 2007 and we stayed at the Constituton Inn at US$239.00 per night.

We highly recommend the Constitution Inn. The reception staff were not overley welcoming but they did their job okay and we were checked in and out without too much fuss. If you are taking a cab from the airport to the Consttution Inn be sure that your driver knows exactly where he is going (the Constituton Inn is kind of off the radar a little) - our driver didn't actually know where the Constitution Inn was and so we ended up getting a little lost but got there in the end after the driver called the Inn to get directions.

The room we stayed in was nice, large and clean. It had an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom was nice and clean. The room faced onto one of the back streets in the Navy yard area and was very quiet. As the Inn is actually positioned inside the navy yard it is well away from the centre of the City. In fact, you need to take the ferry in order to get into the centre of the City. We loved taking the ferry every day. It is a beautiful 10 minute ferry trip.

We had to call for toilet paper once because housekeeping didn't provide new toilet paper rolls but they brought up 2 rolls of extra toilet paper for us when we called so no big problem in the end :)

The facilities at the Inn are great and include a laundry and a gym. There is also a 24 hour convenience store on the corner. We purchased a box of cerial, some plastic bowls and some milk and ate this for breakfast (there was a kitchen in our room with fridge and a small amount of cutlery). The other option for breakfast is the bagel place just 5 minutes walk away in the navy yard (Fenagle A Bagel ??). There is also a cafe in the navy yard too.

Someone posted about the internet not being available - when we stayed here in July 2007 the internet was readily available in the lobby area and we had no problems with that.

Despite the Constitution Inn being military accommodation, we did not see many military personnel - mainly wives and children of miltary personnel.

TIP FOR LUNCH: the wharfside restaurant/tavern - its a big blue building with a stair case going up to the second floor - right on the marina near where the ferry leaves. Great service. Great location. Great steak (but unfortunately no steak knives?).

Stayed July 2007
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2007

Government discount was nice. Hotel was clean. Staff not overly friendly but found that in other areas of Boston as well. Our rental car was broken into overnight however and it was one of several. Boston police officer that responded didn't even carry forms to fill out a report and was not interested to investigate the other cars damaged as well. Sorry Boston, but you are on our least favorite city and the low part of our trip.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Constitution Inn
Address: 150 3rd Ave, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129-2016
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Charlestown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #80 of 83 Hotels in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Constitution Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 147
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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