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August 20, 2019

Campus Visits | Where to Stay in Boston

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This guide will be used to locate the best hotels in the Boston area. We will be breaking down each hotel and discuss the pros and cons of each. The reviews and first-hand experiences will be a factor in the overall review of the hotel.  This guide should be used by student-athletes and their parents to pick the correct hotel while in Boston. Student-athletes spend a lot of time at hotels while traveling for recruitment or during their sports season.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge – 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

This hotel is located right on the Charles River and is overlooking Boston. It is in close proximity to the airport and local shopping areas. The hotel is only a thirteen-minute walk to the Boston University campus and a sixteen-minute walk to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is close and very accessible to public transportation, making it very easy to maneuver around the city. The hotel has parking for guests and also includes valet parking. There is free Wifi in every room and also in the public area surrounding the hotel. This is very convenient for virtually everyone who is using the internet or their phone at the hotel. This hotel is historically used by parents of Boston University student and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The reason for this is because it is a fairly close walk to the campuses as well as the proximity of public transportation to the hotel.

If you want somewhere to eat the Hyatt Regency Cambridge has a breakfast buffet and a restaurant called Zephyr on the Charles included. The buffet breakfast is perfect for student-athletes to fuel their bodies in the morning, but is available for a fee of $25. Zephyr on the Charles has had mixed reviews about their service and food. Most seem to agree it’s like any other hotel restaurant, not the worst food but definitely not something to get excited about. The Hyatt also includes room service and bellhop service. Student-athletes can workout in the provided fitness center and gym. The gym is equipped with cardio machines and weights for strength training. It is nowhere near a fully equipped gym but has the required machines to still get a quality workout in. This fitness center will be more than suitable. An average stay at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge comes out too $270 a night. I would recommend this hotel to any student-athletes or parents that are attending Boston University or MIT, the overall consensus by guests who have attended is 4.5 stars.

The Kendall Hotel- 350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Kendall Hotel is located in the business district and close to a major metro station. As a result, the hotel is near many attractions and landmarks that Boston provides. Many Massachusetts Institute of Technology students and parents choose this hotel because of how close it is to the campus. The free breakfast buffet is an amazing experience which has healthy options for student-athletes. The Kendall Hotel is considered a boutique hotel because of its history, size, and amenities it provides. Considering that, the hotel does not have a gym. This can be a major problem for student-athletes that want to stay active while visiting the college. To substitute the gym, the hotel supplies a mountain bike program for those individuals who want to stay active while seeing the city. 

This hotel also has a restaurant. The Black Sheep Cafe is a beautiful restaurant that is housed in an old converted firehouse. It is highly rated for its food, which includes its healthy vegetarian meal options. Because of being a boutique hotel, it caters to an older crowd at an average price of $200 a night. The guests who have stayed here have collectively rated it 4.7/5 stars.

Crowne Plaza Boston, Newton- 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02548

The Crowne Plaza Boston, Newton is a beautiful hotel and one of the closest to the Boston College campus. As a result of this, it is very popular for parents of Boston College students as well as anyone trying to visit Boston College. It is located in Newton, which is only a 5-minute drive from the Boston College campus. The Crowne Plaza Boston, Newton includes Wifi in all the rooms and the surrounding area of the hotel, this is great for guests who want to conduct business at the hotel. It also includes parking for a fee as well as valet parking if you want to exercise that option.  This hotel is nice for student-athletes because it includes a gym in addition to an indoor pool. The pool is open virtually all day for guests to use, can be available to be a device to do swimming workouts or just to relax poolside throughout the calendar year. The gym is not a fully equipped gym but has the essentials to have a great workout for any athletes. It includes rower, treadmill, elliptical machines, free weights, and stationary bikes. Having any type of space to train and exert your body is very valuable to student-athletes. 

The Crowne Plaza Boston, Newton also contains a pair of restaurants for you to eat at.  Lobby320 is the first restaurant that provides American cuisine options. Lobby320 is also the restaurant that creates the breakfast buffet each morning for the guests of the Crown Plaza Boston, Newton. They have many healthy choices and also options for vegetarians and vegans to choose from.  The second restaurant is called Social Restaurant and Bar and is more of a traditional tavern that has a bar. They prepare burgers, steaks, and other typical bar food. To stay at this hotel, it will cost you around $100 a night. The Crowne Plaza Boston has good reviews, and most former guests are impressed by the beautiful facilities. Some guests have had issues with the quality of the staff and the services that they provide. In light of this, the average by guests who have attended the Crowne Plaza Boston, Newton is 3.6/5 stars.

Boston Omni Parker House Hotel- 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

The Boston Omni Parker House Hotel is a historic hotel that is smack dab in the center of the city, where it is close to several landmarks. It is in proximity to the airport and popular shopping area in Boston. Another pro about the hotel is that it is close to a major metro station. This allows guests access to the rest of the city by using public transportation. Because the Boston Omni Parker House Hotel is located in the center of the city, it is close to notable landmarks which includes Emerson College. It is located only 0.04 miles from Emerson College’s campus, which is why it is so popular with Emerson College parents.  A fun fact about the Boston Omni Parker House Hotel is that the Boston Cream Pie was invented here and had since become a popular dessert throughout the country. The hotel includes normal amenities like Wifi, parking, housekeeping, and they are pet-friendly. It includes a fully-equipped fitness center that is open 24 hours a day. This is a major upside from other hotels. Student-athletes have busy schedules, so having a gym that is always accessible is very valuable. The gym is very big and includes bench press, leg press, free weights, ellipticals, stair masters, and a bunch more equipment. If you want to have a private workout, you can request a Get Fit Kit. The kit includes a floor mat, two hand weights, elastic bands, towels, and water.

The Boston Omni Parker House Hotel has a restaurant and a cafe inside. The restaurant is called Parker’s Restaurant, which is an upscale restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is highly regarded and offers a wide variety of food selections. The cafe provides breakfast and various coffee selections for guest during the mornings. Breakfast is not included, and you must pay extra to receive that benefit.  The guests who have stayed at this hotel have given the service an exceptional status. The great service paired with the historic hotel is why it is regarded as one of the best places to stay in Boston. It is around $350 a night to stay at this hotel, which is expensive but you get your money’s worth. The guests who have stayed at the Boston Omni Parker House have rated it 4.2/5 stars. 

Sheraton Boston- 39 Dalton Street, MA 02199

The Sheraton Boston has a great central location in the city and is 0.7 miles away, which is only a five-minute drive.  Another great addition about the Sheraton Boston is that it is very close to the Prudential Metro Station and the Hynes Convention Center Station. As a result of this, it is very easy to maneuver your way around the city while staying at the Sheraton Boston. The hotel includes a gym which student-athletes can take advantage of while away from their normal gym or training grounds. Another thing student-athletes can take advantage of is the giant indoor and outdoor pools the Sheraton has. Both of these facilities are open during the day and night.

The spa at the Sheraton Boston is a great aspect that a lot of other hotels don’t offer. At the spa, they offer massages, facials, waxing, pedicures, and manicures. Student-athletes can take advantage of and benefit from massages during their stay. The hotel has breakfast every day, which includes healthy choices as well as meals for individuals with allergies. You must pay extra to get these meals. They are not included in the room price. Former guests have rated this hotel highly for customer service and the cleanliness of the facilities especially. You can get a room at the Sheraton Boston for around $400 a night. Former guests have rated this hotel an average of 4.7/5 stars.

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