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Where to stay in Boston? Best Neighbourhoods + Hotels

Looking for the best place to stay in Boston?

Follow the guide, we have tested, listed and detailed for you the best areas to stay in Boston as well as the best accommodation in this American city that we have adored.

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Here are our 3 favourite accommodations listed by price category:

🚨 These hotels are among the most popular, so don’t delay in booking. Plus, they offer free cancellation, so don’t worry if you change your mind.

(€) Hi Boston. Cheap hotel in Boston close to sights and 5 mins from Boston Common. Large bright rooms. Book here.

(€€) Boston Park Plaza. This 1927 boutique hotel is ideally located in the city centre in the heart of the theatre district. Very spacious rooms, tastefully decorated and incredible breakfast! Book here.

(€€)❤️ Club Quarters Hotel. Magnificent hotel located in the financial district 15 minutes from the beach. The rooms are spacious, designer and very well equipped. Book here.

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The best area to stay in Boston: Back Bay

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Looking for the best neighbourhood to stay in your first time in Boston? Back Bay is known for its great shopping scene, awesome restaurants and tourist attractions.

We enjoyed strolling down Newbury Street, a popular street lined with many shops and restaurants nestled in charming brownstone buildings.

We also went to Copley Square, a beautiful public square flanked by Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.

Back Bay is a great place to stay if you want to be in a bustling shopping and dining district with plenty of points of interest. It is generally quite safe for tourists and most people stay here on their first visit. There is also plenty of good-value accommodation.

5 things to see and do in Back Bay

  • Trinity Church
  • Boston Public Library
  • Bukowski’s Tavern
  • Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center
  • Barneys New York

Where to stay in Boston on a first visit – The best hotels

Note: Don’t delay as these are some of the most booked hotels in Boston.

(€) Hi Boston. Cheap hotel in Boston close to tourist sites and 5 min from the Boston Common. Large bright rooms. Book here.

(€€) Boston Park Plaza. This 1927 boutique hotel is ideally located in the city centre in the heart of the theatre district. Very spacious rooms, tastefully decorated and incredible breakfast! Book here.

(€€)❤️ Club Quarters Hotel. Magnificent hotel located in the financial district 15 minutes from the beach. The rooms are spacious, designer and very well equipped. Book here.

🏨 F ind other accommodation at the best price 👈

The tourist district to visit: Beacon Hill

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Beacon Hill is a historic neighbourhood known for its Federal-style homes, gas-lit streets and brick pavements. It’s an upscale neighbourhood with many expensive condominiums.

A popular attraction here is Acorn Street, a quaint cobblestone street. We also saw the Massachusetts State House, a beautiful historic structure that serves as a government building. It is adjacent to the beautiful Boston Common and Public Garden.

Beacon Hill is located between Back Bay and North End, allowing tourists to visit attractions in both adjacent neighbourhoods. It’s also a good place to stay if you like being in the middle of a chic neighbourhood with upmarket residences. However, tourist accommodation tends to be fairly expensive.

5 things to see and do on Beacon Hill

  • Massachusetts State House
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Park Street Church
  • Museum of African American History
  • Black Heritage Trail

Where to stay in Boston to visit – The best hotels

Note: Don’t delay as these are some of the most booked hotels in Boston.

(€) Hi Boston. Cheap hotel in Boston close to tourist sites and 5 min from Boston Common. Large bright rooms. Book here.

(€€) Boston Park Plaza. This 1927 boutique hotel is ideally located in the city centre in the heart of the theatre district. Very spacious rooms, tastefully decorated and incredible breakfast! Book here.

(€€)❤️ Club Quarters Hotel. Magnificent hotel located in the financial district 15 minutes from the beach. The rooms are spacious, designer and very well equipped. Book here.

Where to stay in Boston with your family: Seaport

Once a simple stretch of fishing docks filled with car parks, the Seaport District has now become Boston’s hottest neighbourhood! This section of the city was just a humble waterfront until a few years ago, when it suddenly became Boston’s biggest development. Its main selling point was the magnificent views of the harbour and the then-unknown, breathtaking skyline.

Today, the bustling Seaport District is filled with different hotel options and trendy restaurants for travellers from all over the world. Plus, it’s close to downtown Boston, making it easy to get to if your family decides to explore the city a little more. All in all, it’s a great place for a short break.

5 things to see and do in the Seaport District

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
  • Marine Industrial Park
  • Eastport Park
  • USS Constitution Museum

Where to stay in Boston with your family – The best hotels

Note: Don’t delay in booking as these are some of the most booked hotels in Boston.

(€) Hi Boston. Cheap hotel in Boston close to tourist sites and 5 min from Boston common. Large bright rooms. Book here.

(€€) Boston Park Plaza. This 1927 boutique hotel is ideally located in the city centre in the heart of the theatre district. Very spacious rooms, tastefully decorated and incredible breakfast! Book here.

(€€)❤️ Club Quarters Hotel. Magnificent hotel located in the financial district 15 minutes from the beach. The rooms are spacious, designer and very well equipped. Book here.

Where to stay in Boston as a couple: Seafront

When you think of the city of Boston, this area is probably the first that comes to mind. Just east of North End’s Little Italy is the famous Waterfront, which offers exceptional views of Massachusetts Bay. This area is also part of downtown Boston, but is most famous for its series of walkway-lined piers. The area is full of luxury hotels and many different attractions that you can explore as a couple, making it the best area to stay in Boston.

5 things to see and do in Seafront

  • Faneuil Hall Market
  • Nantasket
  • Castle Island.
  • Wollaston Beach. …
  • New England Aquarium

Where to stay in Boston as a couple – The best hotels

Note: Don’t delay as these hotels are among the most booked in Boston.

(€) Hi Boston. Cheap hotel in Boston close to tourist sites and 5 min from the Boston Common. Large bright rooms. Book here.

(€€) Boston Park Plaza. This 1927 boutique hotel is ideally located in the city centre in the heart of the theatre district. Very spacious rooms, tastefully decorated and incredible breakfast! Book here.

(€€)❤️ Club Quarters Hotel. Magnificent hotel located in the financial district 15 minutes from the beach. The rooms are spacious, designer and very well equipped. Book here.

the best area for going out: North End

The North End is Boston’s oldest district. It has many restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. It is famous for its Italian-American population and Italian restaurants.

We visited the Old North Church (the oldest church in Boston) and the Statue of Paul Revere, a beautiful equestrian statue of the patriot Paul Revere.

We also stopped off at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, a family-friendly waterfront park. Copp’s Hill Burying Ground is a historic cemetery dating back more than three centuries.

The North End is a lovely area rich in history with many important historical landmarks such as Fanueil Hall, Old North Church, the statue of Paul Revere, etc. There are also many great restaurants and bars. There are also many great Italian restaurants. If you enjoy staying in a picturesque area with beautiful historic buildings, this is a great place to stay.

5 things to see and do in the North End

  • Massachusetts State House
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Freedom Trail Foundation
  • Statue of Paul Revere

Where to stay in Boston to go out – The best hotels

Note: Don’t delay as these are some of the most booked hotels in Boston.

(€) Hi Boston. Cheap hotel in Boston close to tourist sites and 5 min from the Boston Common. Large bright rooms. Book here.

(€€) Boston Park Plaza. This 1927 boutique hotel is ideally located in the city centre in the heart of the theatre district. Very spacious rooms, tastefully decorated and incredible breakfast! Book here.

(€€)❤️ Club Quarters Hotel. Magnificent hotel located in the financial district 15 minutes from the beach. The rooms are spacious, designer and very well equipped. Book here.

The best neighbourhood if you love art: South End

Boston’s South End is the most out-of-the-way neighbourhood. Away from the crowds, this area is mostly residential and may not be for you if you like the usual tourist attractions. But if you and your partner love art and food, it’s certainly a great place to stay. Boston’s South End offers a vibrant art scene that any artist shouldn’t miss. There are a dozen galleries, open studios and even an artists’ market!

This place exudes a creative atmosphere that is sure to capture the hearts of those with a passion and love for art. So, if you consider your family to be part of it and walking is not an obstacle, this is the perfect place to tap into your imagination and enjoy people’s creative work. This makes it the best place to stay in Boston without a car.

5 things to see and do in the South End

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
  • Marine Industrial Park
  • Eastport Park
  • USS Constitution Museum

Charlestown, ideal for Boston nightlife

Another historic district, Charlestown, is where you’ll find the USS Constitution, Paul Revere Park, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. A short walk across the bridge will take you to the North End, where you can catch a ferry to East Boston or the city centre to continue exploring the city. This family-friendly part of the city has plenty of green spaces and parks, which are also popular with your four-legged friends. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet a Boston Bruins player – rumour has it that many of them live here, given the proximity of the TD Garden.

5 things to see and do in Charlestown

  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
  • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • Middleton Place
  • Joe Riley Waterfront Park
  • Fort Sumter National Monument

Conclusion

In summary, Back Bay is the best place to stay for first-time visitors. It is home to a wide range of quality shops, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. There is also a range of affordable accommodation. Beacon Hill is another good option, as it is ideally located between Back Bay and the North End. However, accommodation is generally quite expensive in this upmarket area. Finally, the North End is ideal if you want to stay in a charming Boston neighbourhood with many historic landmarks and beautiful old-world buildings.

Of course, there are many other neighbourhoods in Boston, but some of them may not be safe for tourists, such as parts of the South End, Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, and so on. Or they may be too far from the main tourist attractions, like Brookline or Fenway/Kenmore.

And that’s it! This guide should come in handy if you’re a tourist visiting Boston for the first time. Have a great holiday in this beautiful, historic city! Feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below.

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