Welcome to the oldest continuously operating hotel in America. That's how you're greeted and the staff always struck me as helpful, courteous, and professional, from the bellmen to the front desk to the bar. The Parker House is in a great location. It's been updated over the years, well appointed, and it was very clean. But... here's the tough part. Sometimes, you simply have to mostly gut an older property in order to make the rooms roomy(!) and relatively quiet. I remember when this was done with the Olympic Hotel in Seattle. It's still an incredibly classy, charming hotel; it just works today. But, that takes a major league investment. My firm paid nearly four bucks for my night at the OPH. I got upgraded because I'm an Omni preferred guest. Still, the room was quite small, I could easily hear the people in the next room and the bathroom was very small, much more like the older hotels in Europe. There was no place to put my shaving kit in the bathroom except on top of the toilet seat. There were no electrical outlets easily available to charge my phone. The flat screen TV didn't have the advantage of a HD feed. In fact, there was some sort of a problem with their provider (by the way, this simply can't happen in a nice hotel.) so I watched part of the Stanley Cup finals on a really bad picture. And, as someone else pointed out, they charge for Wi-Fi. I know a lot of upscale hotels do this. It's simply an additional revenue source the way in-room telephones are. (Thank heavens for cell phones! LOL). I'm getting very tired of business hotels that make it hard for me to connect to the internet. In sum, there are many wonderful hotels in Boston. If you can get a steep discount on the price, the OPH is worth a stay. But, there are better upscale values to be had.
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- Located along the historic Freedom Trail in the heart of downtown Boston, the Omni Parker House has the perfect location from which to experience Boston. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Omni Hotel Boston
- Omni Boston
- Omni Parker House Boston
- Boston Omni