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    Where to sleep in Boston: neighborhoods and recommended areas for accommodation

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    Boston among the many American cities is one of those that can boast a charm of its own, which derives from its rich history and from the numerous historical districts that characterize it. Walking through the streets of the city it will not be difficult for you to notice the daring combinations that characterize it, such as nineteenth-century churches and buildings flanked by modern skyscrapers. You will be pleasantly impressed by its many characteristic neighborhoods, scattered with narrow streets, cobbled streets and gas lamps (suddenly you will forget that you have arrived in a big city), and you will not be able to remain impassive in front of the surprising vitality of its inhabitants.


    • Advice on where to stay in Boston: the neighborhoods to be preferred
      • Boston Downtown: the city center between history and modernity
      • North End: la Little Italy di Boston
      • Beacon Hill: between cobbled streets and gas lamps
      • Chinatown: the Chinese quarter
      • Cambridge: the town of Harvard
      • Somerville: looking for cheap accommodation
      • South End: the chic neighborhood
      • Back Bay: among fascinating architectures
      • Brookline: decentralized residential area
    • Boston: resources to find your hotel

    Advice on where to stay in Boston: the neighborhoods to be preferred

    If you have already chosen what to see in Boston, to fully enjoy its attractions, some information on where to stay overnight. The city is not huge in size but to find accommodation that allows you to visit the city calmly and serenely, you need to know the main and best connected areas.

    Whatever the type of structure you choose, B&B, hotel or apartment, you will soon realize that housing in this city is not exactly cheap; indeed, if you decide to visit it in high season (summer and autumn, the period of foliage) you will find it difficult to find 3-star hotels below the threshold of 200 euros per night. It must also be said that Boston, unlike what is generally thought, is a rather small city, therefore also a accommodation not far from the nerve centers and more expensive it is not a problem, thanks also to the efficient underground network, which connects the whole city perfectly with 6 lines.

    So let's try to understand which are the best neighborhoods where to sleep in Boston, both depending on the location, connections and, why not, the possibility of saving a few euros, which never hurts ...

    Boston Downtown: the city center between history and modernity


    La Downtown, with its modern skyscrapers juxtaposed with period buildings, it is the central area of ​​the city and at the same time the place to enjoy some of Boston's most classic attractions, such as the Freedom Trail, a path of historical sites that have a fundamental role in American history and in the War of Independence in particular.

    Here are a couple of tips:

    • The Bostonian Boston - Millennium: excellent luxury hotel in a very central location, between Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. The decor is modern and captivating, the services impeccable. There is a gym, there are restaurants that prepare local delicacies, but there is also a gem that not all hotels have: the humidor for cigars in the bar!
    • Oakwood Boston: Hard to snag well-priced hotel rooms in this area of ​​Boston. Perhaps it is worth retiring to an Oakwood Boston apartment, equipped with all the amenities you need for a great stay in the financial district.

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    North End: la Little Italy di Boston

    Characteristic area where to stay is the North End, a Spanish neighborhood located right in front of the port, the ideal location for those who do not want to feel homesick. Picturesque streets, historic buildings and haute cuisine are the main ingredients you will find in this area.

    Walking the cobbled streets of this neighborhood is one of the pleasures to be indulged in in Boston. With a rejuvenating 15-minute walk you will be at Boston Common.

    • Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront: Hotel with a great atmosphere, located right on the river. The rooms are beautiful, clean and equipped down to the smallest detail, excellent service and hospitality from the staff.
    • Bricco Suites: right in the heart of the neighborhood these apartments are ideal for those who want to feel like a "local". You will be within walking distance of Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church.

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    Beacon Hill: between cobbled streets and gas lamps

    Beacon Hill is another popular Boston neighborhood. Together with the North End, I find it the most pleasant to sleep and stroll. It is an area characterized by narrow cobblestone streets, gas lamps and terraced houses, with a main street teeming with characteristic restaurants and shops. The location is also very central, right on the border with Boston Common.

    • Fifteen Beacon Hotel: Elegant luxury boutique hotel located in the historic downtown part of Beacon Hill. The stay here is atmospheric and accommodating.
    • Beacon Hill Hotel: this hotel has a decidedly less sophisticated air than the Fifteen Beacon, but the care with which the rooms are furnished ensures a level of comfort. The bistro attached to the hotel is definitely noteworthy.

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    Chinatown: the Chinese quarter

    Chinatown, the old Chinese quarter near Beach Street, it can be an excellent place to sleep, being a civilized and clean area, located in a rather central area (just 10 minutes walk from the center). Obviously it is the right place for those looking for something characteristic, picturesque arches, colored signs and dragons scattered here and there ...

    • Double Tree by Hilton Boston: This luxury chain hotel near Chinatown offers classy surroundings and personalized service with upscale amenities and furnishings. The staff offers help in organizing visits to the city.
    • Milner Hotel Boston Common: If you want to spend less, you can choose this modest but functional hotel 10 minutes walk from Chinatown. Rooms a bit small but clean enough, strategic location and breakfast more than enough to start the day exploring Boston well.

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    Cambridge: the town of Harvard

    A very popular area is Cambridge, a city apart from Boston, albeit very close. It is one of the world capitals of university research, with Harvard and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) which attract students from all over the world, making Cambridge particularly lively and youthful, with many clubs open until late at night.

    Obviously the main point of interest is Harvard, one of the most historic and most renowned universities in the United States. The distance to downtown Boston is easy to cover, just take the T (red subway line) from Harvard Square and you'll be downtown in 10 minutes or so.

    • Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston: Excellent hotel if you are budget-friendly and if you have time to use public transport to get to the center. It is located right on the river; the view of the Boston skyline is exceptional and the services are top notch.
    • Harvard Square Hotel: In the heart of Harvard, this hotel offers a slightly cheaper option. Another reason for interest is the environmental one: we are in the middle of the university atmosphere!

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    Somerville: looking for cheap accommodation

    To spend something less you can also fold in the northernmost area, North Cambridge/Somerville, in the area around Davis Square (homonymous metro stop always on the red line). It is a very lively area, full of clubs and restaurants but, being more decentralized, it allows you to find accommodation at more reasonable prices. The journey by subway to get to the center takes 15/20 minutes but there are not many facilities available. Here are two interesting and well-priced ones:

    • Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill: the name bunker shouldn't scare: although the hotel has the structure of the classic tower block, an overnight stay at Bunker Hill is strategic and quite cheap. The hotel is equipped with a swimming pool and the necessary services (and those less necessary, such as the selection of video games in the room).
    • La Quinta Inn & Suites Boston Somerville: the guarantee of this famous American chain of hotels is this: acceptable service for an affordable price.

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    South End: the chic neighborhood

    Epicenter of gay friendly Boston, South End, with its Victorian terraced houses, it is the elegant neighborhood, so chic that it seems almost snobbish; at times it recalls a Parisian block full of clubs and social life. The prices here are not easily accessible for everyone, being one of the most refined areas of the city, as shown by this accommodation that I point out to you:

    • Aisling Bed and Breakfast: a stone's throw from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, this B&B offers rooms in an American country-inn style.

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    Back Bay: among fascinating architectures

    Not very far there is Back Bay, another beautiful neighborhood located by the river, characterized by spacious boulevards, elegant Victorian terraced houses, trendy shops and fascinating examples of architecture, including the surprising Trinity Church, the John Hancock Tower, the Prudential Center (from which to enjoy a 360 ° view of the city) and the Christian Science Center, where the remarkable Mapparium is located. Perfect summary of the district is Newbury Street, an elegant street typical of the area with red brick terraced houses with boutiques and clubs. Here is an interesting accommodation:

    • Hotel 140: historic hotel with large and comfortable rooms. It gives a sense of welcome and cleanliness even if it is not a luxury hotel: the prices are high but still affordable by Boston standards. The location is excellent: by public transport, you can reach downtown in a quarter of an hour.

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    Brookline: decentralized residential area

    In some ways similar to the 2 previously mentioned areas, the neighborhood of Brookline it is an old-fashioned area, rather elegant and, despite being on the outskirts, well connected with the rest of the city thanks to the metro. To reach the city center by metro (green line) take 25 minutes.

    • The Bertram Inn: this accommodation expresses precisely the elegant, slightly nineteenth-century air of the neighborhood. Few rooms, tastefully furnished: the details are decisive: the common room with the fireplace, the garden with patio ... a journey back in time.
    • Beacon Inn 1750: This B&B is also located about 30 minutes from downtown Boston. I really like the homely atmosphere and the traditional style of the rooms and services of this structure housed in a nineteenth-century building.

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    Boston: resources to find your hotel

    Although not one of the cheapest cities in existence due to the presence of many elegant neighborhoods not accessible to everyone's pockets, Boston is an enchanting city to live in its entirety, and is able to offer anyone who visits it the opportunity to immerse themselves in a reality made not only of skyscrapers and daring urban projects but also of culture and nature, debunking the American myth of metropolitan cities.

    If you don't want to find accommodation by area / neighborhood but prefer to do a general search, you can find a hotel suited to your needs by making use of the numerous online hotel search portals. Here are the ones where I personally have always found the most convenient offers:

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