This is not the worst hotel that I've stayed at in Boston. That would be the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center.
While our room at the Midtown Hotel was far from perfect, it was neither as grim nor as dingy as the Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center. The staff at the Midtown Hotel were very nice, cheerful, and helpful. There was always someone at the entrance ready to hail us a cab if we needed one. The lobby is striking as a mid-century modern throwback, but it's just serviceable. Although, it felt quite safe and open.
Our room, which the man at the desk said had been renovated, seemed to have been partially updated. The carpets and headboard were new. I figured that the tub was new, because it was so elevated. I'm 5' 6" and I was taller than the shower head's position. Overall the room was clean, but the bathroom needed a scrubbing. The toilet and the sink were fine, but the baseboards and the woodwork had what I can only imagine were bodily fluids, as well as hairs, stuck to them. There was also hair on the tub and the TV remote. Basically, I wondered if the housekeeping staff might need to update the prescriptions on their glasses. The bed was not comfortable, forcing us to tumble into the center. At night, an incredible amount of light from the hallway came into the room by way of the space under the door. I blocked it with our suitcases.
But, again, this was not my worst hotel experience in Boston. And it was pretty much exactly what we expected from what we'd read of the hotel on the Internet. I can't say that I was disappointed, but nor was I pleasantly surprised.
The hotel is very convenient to everything in Back Bay, especially Symphony Hall. The cost of our room was not excessive by any means. Since the hotel was built at a time when America was becoming more suburban and car-dependent, there's lots of parking located beneath the hotel. We knew the location of the Midtown Hotel, the room price, and the convenient, low-cost parking would help us to save a lot of money on our stay compared to what we'd pay at another hotel in Back Bay. We opted to skimp on lodgings, seeing as we had little intention of spending lots of time at the hotel, and spend what we saved on a meal at a 5-star restaurant and on museum admissions.
If you're traveling on a budget, you could do a lot worse in Boston than the Midtown Hotel. Bring some Clorox wipes if you have to or, unlike us, tell the front desk to have housekeeping clean the woodwork. It wasn't perfect, but we'd stay here again just for the deal on parking alone.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Midtown Hotel Boston
- Midtown Motel Boston
- Midtown Boston