We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

Wallingford...
Level Contributor
5 posts
9 reviews
Save Topic
Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

We are looking to visit Boston for 1-2 nights sometime this summer with our 2 kids, ages 3 and 5. We were looking at August but it is hard to find anything reasonable. We wanted to stay at the Marriott Long Wharf or the Seaport, however the prices are crazy high! The Seaport from Aug 18-20 was $590. We are willing to spend maximum $250 per night. The main purpose of our visit is for the Children's Museum, but we were also looking into the Aquarium and/or the Science Center. I've been surprised to see how quickly this is all adding up. The hotels charge $40 for parking per day! Hopefully someone will have some suggestions as to where we can stay or this might just become a day trip. Any tips or helpful ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Mentioned in this post
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Boston Marriott Long...
2,226 Reviews
Boston, MA
Special Offer
Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard
590 Reviews
from US$94.50*
US$105.00
Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
1,054 Reviews
from US$41.95*
Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour...
703 Reviews
from US$79.00*
Boston Whale Watching Cruise on a...
462 Reviews
from US$55.65*
Somerville...
Level Contributor
1,738 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

Don't bring your car, you will want to get around via the T (subway). It's safe and convenient.

Boston, MA
Destination Expert
for Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard
Level Contributor
6,319 posts
164 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

Hi, your best bet is to check Hotwire or Lastminute travel for better prices. As Boston has great public transportation you don't need to stay right near the Children's Museum. If you check your dates on those sites and find a good price you can check back here for help identifying the hotel.

Edited: 01 April 2013, 04:50
Winchester...
Level Contributor
6,214 posts
80 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

If you are driving from Wallingford, I would stay outside the city and then drive in and park at the Children's museum, which is how people who live in the suburbs get to the Children's museum.

Boston
Level Contributor
7,002 posts
39 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

Lastminutetravel.com is showing the Copley Marriott for $163 for you dates. I can tell by the photos. Another hotel for $167 seems to be one of the Seaport area hotels, maybe the Seaport Hotel or Marriott Renaissance.

As mentioned you don't have to stay near the attractions. Boston is easy to get around by foot and subway.

Unfortunately most hotels will charge $40 or so for parking. You can save a bit by parking yourself in a garage or lot, especially on a Sunday.

Boston, MA
Level Contributor
4,938 posts
21 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

If you decide to stay outside the city, one idea is to stay in Winthrop at The Inn at Crystal Cove, and take the ferry to Boston. The Winthrop Ferry is within walking distance from the hotel and operates in the summer. You can then walk to The Boston Children's Museum or the New Engand Aquarium. You may need to take the subway back to Winthrop or call a Viking Cab (a Winthrop taxi company which priovides cheaper rates than the Boston cab companies to Winthrop)

The Inn is not upscale but they have free parking, an outside pool and a kitchen is available. (There is also a local beach within walking distance.)

This way, you can afford to spend a few nights in the area.

Enjoy!

Mentioned in this post
Winthrop
Winthrop
Massachusetts
Boston...
Level Contributor
422 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

Hotels and parking can be expensive (and vary from weekend to weekend) in Boston. The Children's Museum has more affordable options and more parking lots than other parts of the city, and you should be able to find meter parking on Sunday in that area, especially if you are heading their earlier than later (as long at there's not a big event happening).

The InterContinental, Westin Waterfront and Renaissance are the ones that come to mind that are near the Children's Museum. However, you may find it better staying at a hotel outside the city with free parking, and then driving it for the sites you want like other pp have mentioned.

Kate

BostonOnBudget.com

Mentioned in this post
The Westin Boston Waterfront
The Westin Boston...
111 Reviews
Boston, MA
Quincy...
Destination Expert
for Boston
Level Contributor
6,336 posts
50 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

I did a quick check for the Best Western Hotel Tria in Cambridge for the weekend of August 9-11 as a guide. They are showing rooms for $169/night with advance purchase.

This hotel is a short walk or a very short drive to the Alewife Red Line station. From there, you can take the Red Line to South Station where the Children's Museum is located a short walk away. Or the hotel offers a shuttle service to the Red Line. I'm not sure if parking there is free, but if they do charge, it will be a nominal fee and certainly much less than downtown Boston.

Another Best Western option is the Best Western Adams Inn, in North Quincy. They are showing rooms for $165/night for that same weekend, and they have free parking. They are a very short drive, or a short walk to the Red Line at North Quincy, which is a very short trip to South Station. Their website says they also have shuttle service to South Station directly, which might work for you.

Either location will allow you to easily visit the Children's Museum and save some money. Staying within a short walk of the Museum is going to cost you dearly, especially in August.

http://www.bwadamsinn.com/

http://www.hoteltria.com/

Mentioned in this post
Cambridge
Cambridge
Massachusetts
8. Re: Best hotel within walking distance of the Children's Museum?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 03 April 2014, 05:16