This review is a bit belated - I stayed here for 4 nights in May 2013 for a business trip in the Charlestown Navy Yard area. There aren't a whole lot of hotels in the vicinity to choose from, so it was either this hotel, which is directly across the street for where I had to be for work, or the Residence Inn down the road for almost $400/night. I chose it for proximity.
The area is not bad - there was a cafe/bakery right across the street, a deli or two within two blocks. The USS Constitution and the Navy Yard is a short walk away. I had a lovely dinner at the Navy Yard Bistro on 1st Avenue. Its a 30 minute walk to Boston - not a short walk at all but still walkable.
Overall, the front desk staff were friendly and helpful, both at check-in and check out. As one of the reviewers pointed out already, I did receive incorrect parking validation information from the front desk. The amenities were average - I had a double room with 2 queen beds, the room was a decent size, and I imagine there's enough room for 2 people to move around. There was a mini fridge and microwave in the room. I didn't go to the gym or the pool so I can't comment on it.
For me, there were more downsides than up for this hotel. There were only 2 accessible outlets in the room, and none of them was next to the bed, and I had to move the table to get to one of them, so plugging in more than 2 devices was a challenge. The outlets were also wiggly and seemed like it would come out of the wall. The wall mounted sink was small: think smaller than 1'x2', no counter space. Every night, people hung out, talked and laughed on the steps of the front entrance late at night, so staying asleep was difficult was well.
I guess I could deal with small sinks and lack of outlets and what not, and I'm not looking for luxury when traveling for work. But, for me, the deal breaker is cleanliness. Hair remained on the floor after housekeeping's been through. There were multiple mystery stains on the walls, everywhere, both in the room and in the bathroom. They weren't just scuff marks. As I didn't have any Clorox wipes in my luggage, I wiped the commonly touched surfaces the best I could with Purell, and tried not to touch anything in the room unless absolutely necessary.
In my books, when it comes to hotels, cleanliness trumps everything else - it reflects the quality of overall management of the property. So I would not stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Constitution Hotel Boston