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Jim C. 03-26-2013 11:06 AM

Pre Cruise Hotel in Boston?
Got a friend doing a cruise and wants to know if anyone has a pre cruise hotel suggesting for Boston? I've only been to Bean town once and it was not to cruise so I thought I would come here and ask.


LisaP 03-26-2013 01:15 PM

A few questions as there are many hotels in the area.

Does he want to stay in the city or further out? Generally, the hotels in the city are pricey, but the main attractions are in walking distance. Also, how much time will he be spending here? Just one night (that is, just a place to sleep) or for a few nights to explore the area. Finally, is he driving or flying? Driving would give him the flexibility to stay outside of the city (for lower hotel costs), while flying would suggest that he should stay within Boston as the airport is close to the cruise terminal. And, there is no need to rent a car while in Boston, which may make the hotel prices easier to swallow.

If $ isn't an issue, and he wants to be near the cruise terminal, have him look at the Seaport or Innovation Districts of Boston. Some luxury hotels have sprung up there in recent years.

If he wants to be near tourist sites (and, again, if $ isn't an issue), look for hotels located in Boston's Back Bay or Downtown (Quincy Market -- but NOT Quincy, Massachusetts as that is an entirely different city). Note that some hotels that use "Boston" as part of their name are located a distance from the city.

Jim C. 03-27-2013 04:36 AM

Thank Lisa-

I not sure money is a BIG issue but I think he would rather have money to spend on the cruise than use it on the hotel. It is just for the night before the cruise and just a place to sleep I think. Somewhere near the cruise terminal (or at least not on the other side of town) would be preferable.

They are not driving in, do you know of any that offer a cruise shuttle?

Cruise Fanatic 03-27-2013 07:20 AM

There's a Holiday Inn Express Boston that runs about $200 including taxes. It offers transportation to the Black Falcon cruise terminal for $5 per person one way.

LisaP 03-27-2013 11:18 AM

That's a decent choice. If it's the one I'm thinking of (on Boston Street), it's a quick ride from the airport and then to the terminal, although there's not much to do around there. Yet, as it's just to sleep, it should be OK. The one on Friend Street is nothing special, yet it's in a great location.

Jim C. 03-27-2013 12:50 PM

Thanks Jan, Thanks Lisa! I'll let them know...

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