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Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

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Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Will be driving into Boston, arriving early afternoon from Bar Harbor on Tuesday July 16. Will be flying out the next day in the late afternoon. Will be with hubby and teen daughter and son.

We have never been to Boston and obviously don't have much time. Looking for:

1) Suggestions on a nice ($300-400?) centrally located place to stay. We have a car but am guessing that is a hindrance? My son loves "cool" hotels!

2) Suggestions on things to do? Not really wanting to do a baseball game tho! Just want to soak up a little local flavor.

Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

A Duck Tour or Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley Tour is a good way to get a quick overview of the city. There are tours of Fenway Park. That hotel budget will give you many options. Not sure what a "cool" hotel is for your son, but some that may fit the bill are The Liberty partly a former jail), The W, The Revere (these two seem to strive to have a "hip" vibe.")

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2. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Liberty was the first thing that came to mind. Also nine zero is a nicely located boutique hotel. The Parker House is very old and traditional but some say it is haunted which is something that would appeal to one of my teens.

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3. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

The Liberty Hotel is the first thing that came to my mind, too.

An old jail that is now a luxury hotel. They kept the theme of the jail, your room key is the shape of a jail key, the do not disturb signs says "Solitude", the restaurants names: Alibi, The Clink. Etc.

The only downside is that the lobby becomes a loud nightclub in the evening and I am guessing your kids are not drinking age.

I have stayed here and we were not affected by the noise at all. You might request a room away from the lobby, if you feel this would be a problem for you.

If you do not stay here, it is worth a walk thru when you are touring the area. They have a very short video that runs on a loop and some paraphernalia of when the hotel was The Charles Street Jail.

Enjoy!

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4. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Here is a great website that you can use to locate and compare hotels:

hotelguides.com/massachusetts/map-boston-ma-…

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5. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Are you planning on getting one room or two? If the 4 of you are sharing 2 beds, you'll probably want queen beds rather than doubles. The Liberty has rooms with two doubles.

The Lenox hotel is a really nice luxury boutique hotel (though not quite as "cool") and they have a junior suite with two queens and a sitting area for $328 (non refundable) or $347 (AAA rate). The location is very convenient and it's a truly nice hotel.

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6. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Another "cool" hotel would be The Marriott Custom House.

They offer an outdoor observation deck.

The Boston Harbor Hotel offers a great view of the Boston Harbor and on certin nights in the summer they have outdoor concerts and on Friday nights, they have outdoor movies.

Yet, another option would be to rent a houseboat.

Enjoy!

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7. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Thanks all for the great suggestions!! We are now set to go!

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8. Re: Newbies with short time in Boston--need help!

Boston Harbor Hotel is gorgeous, waterfront, amazing views, close to Faneuil Hall and the Aquarium. You'll pay insanely for the parking unless you locate cheaper parking in the city (lots of threads on here about places to park).

Also thought of the Liberty but my vote is for BHH or the Marriott Long Wharf for the location near all the fun stuff at Faneuil Hall/Aquarium. Our cousins loved the Long Wharf pool.

The Liberty is the quirkiest, though. It's near the Esplanade and the Charles River. Also a good choice.

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