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“Cheap, but really?”
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The Midtown Hotel
Ranked #65 of 84 Hotels in Boston
Reviewed May 11, 2012

Yes, it's cheap, but really? Do you really want to stay here? I am in my forties. This hotel looks like a 3 star AAA hotel from the 1970s that has not been renovated. The walls are paper thin and you will not be able to sleep due to the noise from your neighbors. One night my husband stayed on the phone with the front desk for a half hour holding the phone up to the noise, but nothing was done. My husband attended a conference and this was listed as an alternate hotel. It might be okay for a poor grad student traveling to Boston alone. Do not take the family, though. This is not a family hotel. There is no restaurant, and when it rains, you will regret being holed up in your depressing room. There is no lounge. You are in your room or out of the hotel. And being in your room is no fun unless you have blinders for the TV. There is no counter space in the bathroom. The only good point to make is that there are more drawers than I'm used to seeing for storing clothes. The location is good, but don't take advice from the doorman to get directions. He made mistakes more than once.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else and enjoy your stay in Boston.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

I don't know where to start... So we had a conference to attend at the Hynes Convention Center so we needed something that was nearby and cheap.. We got there to a welcoming staff but that's as far as the positivity goes! The hotel is old and has some sort of a rotten atmosphere.. I managed to book a wrong date online (arrived one day in advance) so the management were nice enough to update the reservation and give us a room upon arrival.. we got to the room which is pleasantly large, however after endless flight hours we just wanted to crash.. I opened the bed and found remaining little hair on the bed (the linen were not changed from the previous visitors), the room had a dirty feeling to it.. so did the toilet... we were so tired on the first day that we didn't even bother, but got the staff to bring us clean bed linen for the second night.. All in all, it was not a pleasant experience and ruined a bit of the Boston experience for me.. Would I book in that hotel again? NOPE.. I'd pay a bit more and enjoy my stay!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Rented a studio for a week but due to mixup on my arrival date, landlady put me up for one night in this hotel. Location is fantastic, right across from the Prudential, rooms are a bit dated but very clean, comfy, with large flatscreen tv, plenty of HD channels, kitchenette,shower with good water pressure. It is laid out as a motel (one floor only) but not noisy at all and definitely felt safe.
If you get a good rate, I'd definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank bostona
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Stayed in the hotel for a week in March from 12-19. The power went out in the back bay area while we were there and i have never come across more unhelpful staff before. The second day that the power was out we asked at reception if they knew when it was coming back and were told no and we said that we needed to shower etc and we were told that " it was not their fault it was the cities fault that there was no power and that we didnt have to stay and could check out if we wanted to". So rude, could not believe it, where were we suppose to go, we had paid in full. Whether or not it was the hotels fault they should look after their customers as i am sure they will be claiming off the city for "inconvience caused" while the power was out. They should have arranged for us to go to a leisure centre or gym where we could shower.

Apart from that the hotel is old, very noisey ( could hear everything in the room next door, the lady staying there was on the phone telling someone her mother was getting her hip replaced, heard it as if she was in the room with me).

The only thing going for this hotel was its location.

I would recommend NEVER NEVER STAY THERE.

The only good thing about this hotel

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

This hotel is perfect for trips to Boston because of its location. Rooms are a decent size and the parking is a big plus. The hotel is looking a bit tired but for the price and location, who cares !

Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Martin_Thierry
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Yes the hotel decor is probably a bit tired but it's ok to me, I like the way it is, less formal but still comfortable. My room was clean and spacious, the bed was good, they clean and tidy up the room everyday. Location is close to Prudential centre, Newbury st. where you can find lots of cafes and shops, Symphony and Prudential subway station were just a short walk. I was glad to finally found the Timberland store there in Newbury st. although they don't have complete selection of stuffs.

The hotel staff were helpful, I remember my roomate reported a leak in the wc tank before we left for dinner that evening, and it was fixed when we're back. I was traveling with group of 14 coworkers, the staff were always handy to help us with informations or arranging transportation, and we were given a room to keep our doubling luggage 'after some crazy shoppings' upon check out until it's time for us to leave for the airport.

Room Tip: I had my room on the first floor, I like it best, I don't know how are the rooms on above floors...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Less than 60 steps to Symphony Station from the hotel's west exit, close to countless attractions, as others have mentioned. O.K., so no restaurant in the hotel, but Dunkin' Donuts a 5-minute walk west is open 6 AM–11 PM, and Starbucks has slightly shorter hours. Walk 10 minutes in the other direction to Shaw's market (fancier than Kroger but not quite Whole Foods), which is open 24 hours. Many restaurants close by...you won't go hungry.

The room with 2 double beds was not at all crowded for our family of two parents and two teenagers. The only negative about the layout is that the W.C.does not have a separate light switch, so if someone uses the toilet in the middle of the night, it is necessary to also turn on the light over the sink area, which is open to the sleeping area. I guess I could have unscrewed the light over the sink when we went to bed.

I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff is. They are professional, but not at all robotic or snobbish like the staff at a much more expensive hotel where we needed to relocate due to a fire in the area. We checked into the Midtown on March 13; that night the restaurant where we were eating just north of Prudential Center was evacuated due to a fire in the direction of the hotel. Police advised the crowd to move east because of the possible danger of toxic fumes. Not only was there no electricity in much of the Back Bay, but we continued to be concerned about toxic fumes, so we stayed elsewhere that night and picked up our belongings from the Midtown the next morning. (They still had no electricity.) By March 15 the Midtown had set up an emergency generator, and we moved back there for the rest of our planned stay. They still honored our reservation (at a really great rate), despite the fact that they were close to full.

Ron was one member of the staff who was very helpful. I wish I had gotten the others' names so I could compliment them, too. They all seem genuinely concerned about guests.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Midtown Hotel

Address: 220 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4703
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#56 Family Hotel in Boston
#59 Business Hotel in Boston
Price Range: $94 - $405 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Midtown Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 159
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in downtown Boston, The Midtown Hotel blends comfort and convenience with affordability. This moderately priced hotel, nestled in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. Just steps away from The Prudential Center, Copley Place and the Hynes Convention Center this downtown hotel is near three subway stops on both the green and orange lines. Nearby Fenway Park, The Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and the elegant restaurants and boutique shops of Newbury Street make Boston an exciting city to visit and The Midtown Hotel the place to stay. ... more   less 
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