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Renaissance Waterfront - Distance to Downtown Spots

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Renaissance Waterfront - Distance to Downtown Spots

We are visiting Boston in two weeks, and it sounds like this hotel is within walking distance to the downtown area, freedom trail and Faneuil Hall. Can anyone confirm?

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1. Re: Renaissance Waterfront - Distance to Downtown Spots

According to Google Maps it's 1.3 miles/27 minutes to walk from the Renaissance to the Salty Dog (a popular spot at Faneuil Hall).

Google Maps indicates 1.5 miles/30 minutes to walk from there to the Boston Common visitors center, which many consider the "start" of the Freedom trail.

There is a silver line ("subway") stop near your hotel that would minimize walking . There are now plenty of places to eat and drink around there (as opposed to 5 years ago) but the hotels in the area were built to support the convention center, not tourism, so you are a bit removed from typical tourist spots.

Note on my use of "subway" with quotation marks ... The silver line is actually a sort of bus, not train, that runs in a dedicated tunnel underground. You would ride it to South Station and either walk from there or switch to the red line (a traditional subway train) there.

The hotel is workable, but if I were a tourist in Boston, it wouldn't be my first choice.

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2. Re: Renaissance Waterfront - Distance to Downtown Spots

What would be your first choice? What do you think of Marriott Longwharf?

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3. Re: Renaissance Waterfront - Distance to Downtown Spots

This Mariott is very nice and the walk is more like 15 minutes to Faneuil hall. You can see the Mariott Customs Tower the entire way.

The long wharf Mariott is very nice as well, and will no doubt put you closer to Faneuil hall and the north end.

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I like the Seaport area ..most especially because it is a bit of a different atmosphere than the downtown/back bay area. If you are the type of person who needs to "stay where you play" then it may not be for you. If you are like me and would rather see and experience more of an area and wake up in the morning to a nice view..then the Renaissance may be just the place. Yes..there is a convention center in the Seaport area..but I doubt very much the hotels in the area rely on it for their business. On any given night I am sure there are more rooms occupied by tourists than there are convention goers. The seaport area also has an abundance of restaurants, the Bank of America concert pavilion..the Spirit of Boston docks there as well as the water shuttles.I

Public transportation abounds in Boston so there really isn't a bad area to stay in the city...as far as being walkable..I guess you can decide for yourself whether a mile is considered walkable to you.

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I see more Europeans staying in the seaport area. I think more convention people stay at the Sheraton, where the corporate rate is $65.00.

Joe Malone was on the fox zip trip from the seaport area and said it best. The seaport area is becoming a city in itself.

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6. Re: Renaissance Waterfront - Distance to Downtown Spots

My suggestion: use GoogleMaps' Street View feature to stroll the blocks around both hotels... even "walk" to, e.g., the Boston Common visitors center... to see which immediate environs most appeal to you.

The Marriott Long Wharf is in a more tourist-y area, but hey, you are a tourist after all. And since I remember what is now the Seaport-World Trade Center from "back when", it now seems awfully "could be almost anywhere" sterile to me, but we don't all share the same perspectives on things.

Wherever you stay, and if time permits, covering at least part of the Harborwalk could be interesting & pleasant for you:

http://www.bostonharborwalk.com

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I have no idea why anyone would think my post which

* simply indicated I consider it a rather sterile area, although I guess I could have been clearer -- I meant Anywhere USA: corporate, urban mall-like, e.g.,

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* by no means intimated that my view should be viewed as dispositive

* and suggested an objective means which could enable OP to make the decision

should be greeted with snotty derision.

I hope this isn't typical of the Boston forum nowadays.

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