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Reviewed January 22, 2009

We stayed at the Omni Parker house for 3 nights in January - it was the best hotel out of all the hotels on our honeymoon. They gave us an upgrade to a suite with the higest bed I have ever seen, couches, large TV, free internet and free drinks and newspaper in the morning (simply because we had signed up to the select guest programme which is free).
As it was our honeymoon they also sent up two bosotn cream pies and a card to our room which was a very warming touch.

The hotel is lovely and grand, all the staff are excellent and very helpful, and we really enjoyed it.

The only downsides were that the bathroom was quite small, and the bath was a bit marked, and as other reviews have said, the walls are very thin so take earplugs with you.

I would definitely reccommend this hotel and would stay again!

Date of stay: January 2009
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2  Thank MrsB001
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

This is our forth year staying at this hotel around the Christmas/New Year period. We love the sense of atmosphere in the place, especially in the bar - the Last Hurray - and the reception area.

Last year refurbishment works were ongoing. The hotel boasts that its the oldest continuously operating hotel in the States. Unfortunately, some of the things that could have been dealt with were not. The heating/air con in the rooms is a external wall mounted unit. To say they are noisy is an understatement and we found that we had to switch the unit off during the night as when it kicked in it woke us up.

Another noise issue is the sound transfer through dividing walls. This is made worse by connecting doors between some rooms (presumably so that they can be used as suites). Again, I would have thought some work would have been done on soundproofing of the doors but this does not seem to have been the case. We had a lady next door who had a bit of a winter cough - when she coughed it was as if she were in the same room. This does not reflect her ailment but the failure of sound proofing. Normal conversations could be easily overheard through the wall.

The rooms are all (from our experience) well maintained and cleaned by friendly and helpful staff. However, there is a great variety of sizes. Rooms on the 'School Road' elevation although sold as 'deluxe' rooms are particularly small and if you are on the third floor you will find that your window sill is 4' 6" high although the view over the Old Town Hall is good. Alternatively, the rooms on the back are generally larger but have no view at all. Rooms have a good coffee making facility.

Apart from its historic looks the hotels greatest asset is its workforce. We have always found them to be helpful and friendly and we enjoyed our visit despite the items mentioned above and would still recommend to friends.

Date of stay: January 2009
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3  Thank MiltonKeynesSte
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Reviewed January 20, 2009

My sister and I stayed in Omni Parker Hotel from 14th January for 3 nights. When we arrived at reception. we were informed that we had received a complimentary upgrade to Junior Suite. What a great start to our holiday. The room (804) had 2 double beds (sooo comfortable) and plenty of room besides. The bathroom was tiny but what the hell.... We ate breakfast in the restaurant every morning $21 each. The buffet was adequate but the selection was much smaller than previous years. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The area is marvellous adjacent to T, Shops, restaurants. We loved our stay. The hotel is warm and welcoming. We will definitely return. Maureen

Date of stay: January 2009
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1  Thank Maureen76
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

This was our first visit to Boston and we selected the Omni Parker House Hotel for our 7 night stay (28 December - 4 January) as we wanted somewhere that was old and with character.

Having read the very mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, we were slightly anxious that we may have made the wrong decision - not at all, this was undoubtedly one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in and it will be hard to match.

The T train after you get off the shuttle bus at Logan airport could not have been easier, $2 single journey (taxi $30) or get the Charlie Card (7 day travel pass for trains and buses) for $15, very good value. We would advise taking the blue line to State station, only 3 stations on a direct line with no changes. There is a lift to take you to street level so no lugging of heavy cases up and down steps. The station is then about a 6 minute walk to the hotel.

The reception staff were truly delightful, nothing was too much trouble, they were all consistently helpful. We were pleased with our room on the 5th floor, we requested one away from the street and this was a good move - not the best of views but it didn't matter as it was very quiet. Already mentioned by others flat screen TV and such a comfortable bed. Very useful to have plug sockets built into the side of the dressing table for using hair straighteners; charging mobile phone, camera batteries, video recorder etc. Excellent to have a coffee maker in the room too.

There was a tourist information desk in the lobby with very well informed staff - particularly Susan who was delightful.

Breakfast was more than substantial in the magnificent Parker dining room, good that it was served until 11.30am weekdays and 12.00pm weekends.

Location of hotel was very convenient on the Freedom Trail - despite the very cold weather, went down to -12C on New Year's Eve, we covered all the main sights with great ease - would highly recommend the Massachusetts State House (10 min walk) and try to go there where there a session taking place - well worth it. Carry onto the original Cheers Bar - good burgers(there is another by Quincy Market). In contrast the Old State House is worth seeing as is the Old State House. We loved Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall - had an excellent talk from a very entertaining ranger who gave us the history. Nearby an absolute must The Union Oyster Bar, ask for one of the cosy booths to sit in - delicious fish chowder soup with corn bread, their speciality and a filling meal.

Also enjoyed visits to Paul Revere's House, Bunker Hill in Charlestown, the 2 cemeteries and to Harvard.

Shopping was mixed - with the 11% tourist discount card in Macy's need to watch out as some departments are concessions and therefore aren't included. 3 good shopping malls Galleria, The Prudential and Copley Square.

Abercrombie and Fitch had a very good sale on - sign of the times, bu Quincy Market, so good bargains to be had there.

We decided to take the coach tour to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, booked through the hotel at a cost of $42pp - worth every dollar and more. Unfortunately a small bus takes you from the hotel to other hotels to eventually join a large coach which takes a bit of time, but then the journey time is only 45 minutes from Boston. Exceptional bargains at many of the well known brands. UGG disappointing though, the well known boot that retails in the UK was no cheaper in the outlet than in Lord and Taylor Department store at one of the malls.

Our best evening in the city was unquesionably at the theatre - visit Bostix near Quincy Market for half-price tickets. We went to see Sheer Madness at Charles Playhouse - superb, a very cleverly scripted 'who dun it ' highly entertaining play where the audience guess who the murderer is. Surprised it hasn't made it to London yet - theatre at its best. Went beforehand to Rockbottom Brewery (3 minutes walk from theatre), wonderful ribs and outstanding beer brewed on the premises. Ask to try a few before making your selection at no charge!

All in all a truly wonderful city break, faultless accommodation, so much to see, do and experience, we can't wait to go back and to stay in the Omni Parker Hotel again!

Date of stay: December 2008
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5  Thank awmw2008
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Reviewed January 10, 2009

I needed to stay at a Boston hotel one night because I had a train that left Boston so early, the subway did not begin to take passengers early enough for me to stay at my home. I was extremely lucky to find a really good rate at the Omni through their best rate guarantee, which was the only reason I chose it.

I have stayed at other Omni's before so am a Gold Select Guest, which has its privileges. I had a key in my hands no more than five seconds into introducing myself at the front desk, where I got a warm welcome. I was given a really nice room: it was large enough for me to do my calisthenics without problems, it was well furnished, with an nice view. There was no noise from outside of the room. The bathroom was small and a little cramped (I had to maneuver around the door to get in and out and the toilet was very close to the shower). The shower was the worst part: terrible water pressure and it never got more than luke warm; nothing worse than a luke warm low pressure shower when you have 5 AM train to catch!

I did not eat at the hotel, but was surprised to find that they dropped off a bunch of candies as an evening gift and had 24 hour room service available.

Date of stay: January 2009
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3  Thank fenwayman
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