I'm staying at this hotel at the moment. I decided to make a stop in Boston on the way home from a conference in Huntsville, and booked my flights a week apart without looking at the prices of hotels in Boston. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw how expensive Boston is, but found Doubletree Bayside for $119 a night, which was within my budget. A friend had stayed here last year, so I also felt reassured that it wouldn't be a total dump! Upon arrival at Logan Airport I found that they don't have a button on the courtesy bus panel, but the man at the information desk allowed me to use the phone there to call the hotel. The shuttle arrived in 15 minutes and found me no bother.
When I got the to the hotel the guy on the desk offered me a free upgrade to a king room, but not until the next day. I said yes (it was after midnight so I was just going to sleep anyway) However the girl on the desk the next day didn't seem to understand about the upgrade, so I didn't bother forcing the issue.
The room itself is on the 3rd floor, facing the front. It is kind of noisy, I'm not sure if it's road noise or from air conditioning units either side, but it's a dull roar that doesn't really bother me. What does bother me however is the stale smoke smell every time I come into the room. I assume that this used to be a smoking room and it hasn't been redecorated since. The whole hotel could use a bit of an overhaul, but it isn't falling apart or anything.
I've seen other reviewers say that there isn't anything within walking distance, but I woukd point out that there is a beach, the JFK Library and just down from the T stop is a Shaws supermarket and an off-license. There aren't any restaurant type places that I've found, but there is a Chinese that delivers til 1am (not the best tho) and the "cafe" in the lobby, which reguarly closes early and is pretty overpriced, so I've been getting most of my meals at Quincy Market in downtown (Aquarium or State T stops). If you have a week travel pass ($15 for 7 days versus $2 a ride otherwise) it isn't much bother to hop on the train and go into town (25 minutes or so including walking time). There is free wi-fi in the lobby and a business centre, but the in-room wi-fi is totally overpriced at $12.95 per 24 hours (August 2009). They don't mind you sitting in the lobby with a laptop though, and there are at least 4 or 5 people doing just that every night.
I'd still recommend it to my friends as we're all pretty poor, but overall I'd say if you've got more available, fork out for somewhere nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just two miles from downtown Boston, our convenient hotel offers easy access to the subway just one block away as well as complimentary shuttle service to the airport, local area restaurants, the BCEC and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Enjoy comfortable accommodations in a standard guest room or upgrade to one of our suites. Grab a quick bite at the Marketplace Cafe and Take Away with premium deli meats and Starbucks coffee bar. ... more less
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