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Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

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Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

Hello! We are planning a family trip to Boston Oct. 1-8 with our two kids. We're coming from Arizona and have never been to the Boston area. I'm geographically challenged with all of New England but we are very excited to do all of the touristy stuff in the City and also have 2 or 3 days renting a car to drive up to Maine and other areas to see actual fall foliage. I have been reading the posts/forums on this site for over a week and am overwhelmed with trying to find a place to stay and what neighborhoods would be best. The hotels right in the City are very expensive so we have no problem staying slightly outside the heart of the City if it is close to transportation. We also have examined VRBO because we'd like a bigger space to use as our home base. I've inquired about a home in Jamaica Plain, but have read mixed reviews on the neighborhood. From other posts, I've noticed that giving specifics helps so here it goes: Oct. 1-8, family of 4, budget up to $250 a night (could be higher depending on all other fees, taxes, etc), will be doing City touristy stuff as well as driving around to see other areas/states, really want more space than standard hotel room - 2 bedroom and 2 bath is ideal (but I've noticed this is challenging). I appreciate any help and advice you can provide. Thanks so much!!

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1. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

If you would like a hotel, the only central one of which i know that has 2 bedroom suites is the Marriott Residence Inn. They are located in Cambridge, Tudor Wharf (Charlestown ) and a new one opening,i think, in September in the Fenway. The 2 bedroom suites would probably be around 300/night.

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2. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

Yes, people here generally tell you not to stay in Jamaica Plain. I don't because I live here as do many of my friends. No, it is not as convenient as staying downtown, but if you are near the Orange Line, you are pretty close time-wise to downtown. Most of JP is about 4 miles from Back Bay. Much closer than many suburban locations.

If you post the apartment's address, you'll get more precise information. October is a busy month in Boston and has some of the highest hotel rates.

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3. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

Here is an excellent website for locating and comparing hotels in Boston:

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

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4. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

I think JP is a good option given your budget, schedule & wanting more space.

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5. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

Thanks so much for the feedback everyone!

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6. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

I have had excellent luck with hotwire.com. use betterbidding.com to help narrow down the hotels. Ive stayed in the intercontinental and Sheraton several times for under $200. Your best bet is staying in beacon hill, back bay, or the water front. Instead of going all the way to Maine,consider Salem, rockport, or gloucester. All those are an easy day trip.

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7. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

To see the best fall foliage I recommend the White Mountains. There is a higher concentration of sugar maples there than along the coast. Those give you the bright red leaves

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8. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

The OP wants lots of space, with preferably 2 br and even 2 baths. Hotwire will not work for them.

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9. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

I've booked a suite with hotwire before.

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10. Re: Boston in October with tweens - where to stay? Overwhelmed..

Much of JP is actually quite nice. There is a small section that is somewhat less nice, but even then it's not flat out "bad". As mentioned, if you give us the address of the apartment, we can tell you exactly what the area is like. If you want more space, renting a furnished apartment would be a good option. If you do a search on the forum for that, you will find some other discussions and some other options in addition to VRBO.

If you are looking for an apartment, Beacon Hill, Back Bay and North End/Waterfront are the most central and most "tourist friendly" areas to base yourself. However, that central location comes with a price. So you will need to decide what you want to do.

Some other areas to check out for Apartments: Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville

There are some Suite hotels that you can look at, but looking at their web sites, the price for a suite for four people is around $499/night. You might be able to get a better deal if you look around though. Here is one option for you, it's the Marriott Residence Inn, in Kendall Sq. Cambridge. It's an excellent location for you.

marriott.com/hotels/…

There's also the Marriott Custom House, which would be an outstanding location for you, in one of the most iconic Boston buildings, next to Quincy Market, and the Waterfront. It's also $499/night though. But, you would love it. From the higher floors the views are spectacular.

marriott.com/hotels/…

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