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Omni Parker House
Ranked #44 of 83 Hotels in Boston
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Weekend stay”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Ok so my wife and I stayed over the weekend, we are from Boston area and had friends in town for the weekend, we decided it was better to stay in town so we wouldn't have to worry about drinking/driving.... Anyways here is what you need to know

Great location, it is in the middle of everything, if the weather is good you could pretty much walk anywhere you want-freedom trail,Faneuil hall, theater district, downtown crossing, Boston common 5 mins, Newbury street, Copley square15 min Fenway/kenmore sq 20 min, north end, beacon hill 15 min

Classy old school Boston hotel, the ambience is really old timey, but authentic and cool, almost has a frozen in time kind of feel

Service wise everybody was great, they even upgraded our room at no charge, for really no reason without us asking which was great(free is for me)

Room wise we had a kingsize deluxe room 12th floor, a little bit of a view, it was clean and roomy, nice bathroom, flat screen hbo, keep in mind it is downtown in major city so police/ambulance sirens,traffic sounds and city noise definitely can be heard

They have a couple of bars Parker's bar is more like a lounge that serves drink, very small bar area mostly old school big comfortable chairs and tables, nothing on draft... The other bar is a whiskey and is more of a traditional classic style bar nice place to meet up and have a drink before going out both close at 12am

We had breakfast there Sunday(inc w/room) was good(open til 1130am) not spectacular but decent if it wasn't included we would have gone to brunch, there are so many places to eat in Boston and the hotel is right in the middle of all of them, so I'd skip the hotel restaurant but do get some Boston cream pie(the Parker house is where it comes from)

Valet is expensive(42$) but friendly and reliable, would recommend not renting a car if you just doing a city visit, very expensive parking/hard to drive in if your not use to it city, and its really a walkable/cabable place

Overall a really good hotel in a GREAT location, there are certainly many good hotels in Boston in this $ range, it just depends on what you like, if you want something modern, metropolitan, super chic/hip or you want a pool or something you should go somewhere else, if you like that old time classic, something out of an old movie, classic Boston type of experience this is a good place, it really fits in with all the historicalness of the city

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Our family of four including two young teens stayed for two nights at the Omni on School St. this past week and were not disappointed. This hotel dates back to 1855 and Charles DIckens lived on the second floor for two years. The Omni has that old Boston regal tone to it and was a great place to return to after a long day of touring the city in the cold on foot.

The best feature is the location - so close to the Boston Commons and you are pretty close walking distance to anything else. We walked easily to the Aquarium and the Italian North End from the hotel. The Omni is also directly on the Freedom Trail.

As for the Wifi, if you just join their Select Guest Program (for Free) you get free wifi in your room as opposed to paying $9.95 for it. Plus, you get a complimentary beverage (coffee or juice) for two and a newspaper delivered to your room each morning.

Our room was big enough for two adults and two younger teens, but I would not want to try and fit four adults in one room. Ours was just right and very cozy, but a little dated.

I highly recommend this hotel and will stay again with pleasure.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I was here for a week long training for work. The location was perfect, the rooms comfortable and the meeting rooms a great learning environment. The food during the meeting was delicious! The beds were super comfortable. The gym facilities were great and although busy in the morning I never had to wait for a machine. I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the Last Hurrah bar on property. There are also a lot of great restaurants and shops with in walking distance.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Hamilton Square, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel on numerous occasions while visiting family in the Boston area. Each and every time we have had an excellent stay and excellent service.

One time when we stayed it was raining, and the front desk offered us complimentary umbrellas for the day. They politely asked us to return them when we returned to the hotel. The umbrella was large and covered both of us. (not the 3 dollar tote) This seems like a small item but this hotel does a million little things like that to make your stay pleasant.

The beds are always very comfortable, and the rooms are always spotless and loaded with all the expected amenities.

One thing I would like to point out is this is a "historic" hotel that has modern amentites so if you are looking for a hipster place look elsewhere.

This hotel is in a excellent location to see all the local parks and historic sites of Boston and an easy walk to the North End which in my opinion may have the best Italian food on the east coast!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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OmniPH55, Guest Relations Manager at Omni Parker House, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Your comments are very much appreciated and we thank you for your loyalty to our hotel. As you point out, we're probably not the best choice for a "hipster" but rather those seeking a great location in an historic setting. We hope to have you back soon!
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

I like older city centre hotels. But this one (as they say in so many UK real estate brochures) "requires modernisation." The paint and finish are shabby. One can get away with this in old hotels to a degree -- but this one has gone too far.

Also, WIFI is dead slow -- badly needs an upgrade.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

My sister and I traveled to the Omni Parker House with our 4 girls ranging from ages 6 to 12. We had such a great experience at this hotel! Every employee that we encountered went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. First they met us at our van and got all of our bags (and there were many!) and then we were able to check into our rooms at noon which was fantastic! They gave the girls a backpack full of goodies for them to do. Then when we were up in our rooms the gentleman from the front desk came up with boxes from American Girl. They were lounge chairs for their dolls! What a great surprise since that was where we were going the next day to celebrate one of the kids birthdays. Later, when we came back from dinner there were milk and cookies waiting in the room for the girls.

The location is great, so close to Quincy Market, Faneil Hall, Govt Center etc.! The rooms were very clean, the bedding very comfy, plenty of towels, great room darkening shades on the windows and in the bathroom they had a nightlight which is always so great to have a little light in a hotel room when traveling with children.

I would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone! I was a little worried going to such a fancy place with four children but they were so inviting and friendly.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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OmniPH55, Guest Relations Manager at Omni Parker House, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
We pride ourselves on being a great choice for families and thank you for mentioning this in your review!
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Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

I have been staying at the Parker House for years for both business and pleasure. Before I started staying there, I was never really loyal to one particular hotel chain, enter the Omni Parker House.

They have consistently made me feel like its my home away from home. From John who delivers my room service, always with a smile. We enjoy comparing NY vs Boston teams. NY teams are always on top, ha, to Kate Casey who runs the Select Guest program. Who has not only taken care of me at the Parker House but even helped me at other Omnis across the country. The staff has always been top tier. They are the reason I come back time and again. Add that to the fact that they are very centrally located for business and sight seeing, the hotel has an amazing history, the rates are very reasonable considering its a top tier hotel, and you cant go wrong with a stay at the Omni Parker House.

If your curious, the rooms are clean, very well maintained, beds are comfy and views are great.

One caution would be to br careful about the European room. Its pretty small and at 6'5" i could almost touch each wall stretching out. Ha. Other than that, you cant go wrong.

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OmniPH55, Guest Relations Manager at Omni Parker House, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
I'll be sure that Kate and John see your kind comments about their efforts and we hope to have you back as our guest very soon!
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Property: Omni Parker House
Address: 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108-4109
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Family Hotel in Boston
#32 Green Hotel in Boston
#33 Business Hotel in Boston
#33 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#33 Luxury Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Omni Parker House 4*
Number of rooms: 551
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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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