I would first say that unless you really need the larger rooms that a Residence Inn offers, you're better off staying in any one of the fine hotels more centrally-located in Boston. One of the issues with this hotel, as I was aware of before my stay, is that it is off to the north in Charlestown. The problem is that if you want to have the pulse of the city at your doorstep, you won't get that here. If you should want to return to the hotel to freshen up after a day of touring, then want to head out into the city at night, you have to retrace your steps once again across the Charlestown Bridge and make your way to what part of the town you want to visit. In a more central location you'd be able to possibly head in a completely different direction right outside your hotel and more efiiciently use your time and energy.
Another issue with this hotel is the price. I paid more here than any hotel I've ever stayed in, including a 2-bedroom hotel room in Midtown Manhattan. At this Residence Inn, I had to swallow the steep $369.00/night cost (AAA rate!) for the 2 bedroom suite because it's nearly impossible to find accommodations for larger groups in the heart of the city (I have a family of 5). Even booking this room wasn't easy. In and around Boston, Residence Inn will not allow the 2 bedroom suites to come up on their website unless you book for one week. I realized this by pure chance, and had to "game" the system by first reserving for a week, then shortening my stay to my requirement of 4 nights using the website's reservation system to modify my reservation. Even calling Residence Inn directly wouldn't allow me to book the room for 4 nights. I've never seen this artificial restriction before at this or any other chain.
As for the positives, the hotel is located on a neat little wharf where many big yachts are docked. You can walk over to the USS Constitution with ease, and there's this great little restaurant called Max and Dylan's very close by. Of course you also get the free breakfast, an indoor pool, and a location that is quieter than what you would get in the heart of the city. North Station is a 10 minute walk away.
In essence, you've got to decide what you really need from your stay. If you want to be in the thick of the great city of Boston, pass this one up. If you need a larger room, a free breakfast, and don't mine reaching deep into the wallet for these benefits, then this property would be a candidate.
With benefit of hindsight, another viable option for families would be to stay outside the city in Burlington, Dedham, Waltham, or other areas, pay far less for the room, then simply drive in to the city and pay $25-$35 for parking for the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boston's rich history is right outside your door when you stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor. Our hotel offers a choice of studio, one or two bedroom suites, with amazing views of Boston Harbor views and beautiful interior decor. Unique amongst Boston extended stay hotels, our pet-friendly hotel offers a stylish retreat at a substantial value; free wireless Internet access, heated indoor pool, complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet and evening socials Monday through Thursday. ... more less
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