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Where to stay in Boston

If you're a first time visitor to Boston, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Boston.


What's the best area of Boston to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Boston are: Back Bay, North End, Downtown, Brookline, South End, Harvard Square, Waterfront, Charlestown, Kendall Square, and Seaport District.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"- Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End"  See More

"The North End of Boston has great Italian food and lots of old buildings; it's quite picturesque."  See More

"Cambridge (Massachusetts) and Brookline, both about 2 miles from Boston, are good alternatives."  See More

"Harvard Square - Home of Harvard University."  See More

"Charlestown - This neighborhood is somewhat separated from the rest of the city."  See More

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  1. Back Bay
  2. North End
  3. Downtown
  4. Brookline
  5. South End
  6. Harvard Square
  7. Waterfront
  8. Charlestown
  9. Kendall Square
  10. Seaport District
What are some good hotels in Boston?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Boston, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"The Westin Copley Place, on Huntington Ave."  See More

"If the main purpose of your trip is to go to Fenway Park, and if it's very important that you stay right nearby, then The Eliot Hotel and Hotel Commonwealth are both good choices."  See More

"Boston: Eliot Hotel, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston, Hotel Commonwealth or The Lenox Hotel Cambridge: The Charles Hotel Brookline: Courtyard Boston Brookline"  See More

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  1. The Westin Copley Place
  2. The Eliot Hotel
  3. Hotel Commonwealth
  4. Courtyard Boston Brookline
  5. The Charles Hotel
What if I want to explore Boston further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: Financial District, Downtown Crossing, East Boston, South Boston, MIT, Boston Common, Revere, Government Center, and Waltham.

Here's what Trippy members have said:

"Financial District - This is what you'd expect."  See More

"Downtown Crossing - This area also has a lot of office buildings, but it includes the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House."  See More

"Others that you may read about are: West End, Kendall Square, Chinatown/Leather District, South Boston, and East Boston."  See More

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  1. Financial District
  2. Downtown Crossing
  3. East Boston
  4. South Boston
  5. MIT
  6. Boston Common
  7. Revere
  8. Government Center
  9. Waltham
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here are some of the questions that we used to find this information.

 Hannah Grant from Milwaukee asked:
What are the most popular neighborhoods in Boston?  (5 answers)

 Julie Telfer from Tahoe City, California asked:
Boston fun! What to do for single 30-somethings?  (6 answers)

 VirtualTourist member from County Dublin asked:
best area to stay in boston  (7 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Boston.

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  1. Mike's Pastry
  2. Legal Sea Foods
  3. Island Creek Oyster Bar
  4. Neptune Oyster
  5. Alden & Harlow
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

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  1. Faneuil Hall
  2. Freedom Trail
  3. Fenway Park
  4. Harvard Square
  5. Harvard University
Where can I find out more about Boston?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Boston locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Boston.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

Flying into Boston? There are 2 alternative airports, so make sure you compare all your flight options. Find international, domestic, and local airports in Boston.

Don't forget to check what most people recommend is the ideal length of time to visit. Read more about how many days in Boston to stay.

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