Best Boston Value Hotels

Oyster.com presents the best value hotels in Boston.
Planning a trip to Boston on the cheap? Look no further. Travel Channel and Oyster.com have investigated firsthand these hotels' beds, restaurants, service and neighborhoods, all with an eye toward selecting the hotels that we feel offer the most for your money. Check out Boston's best value hotels.



The Radisson doesn't offer any big thrills, but it does have some of the most affordable accommodations in the tony Back Bay area (it's on the edge, near the up-and-coming Theater District). With 356 rooms, the hotel is smaller and more personable than the huge behemoths in more central Back Bay, like the 941-room Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers.
One of the cheapest hotels in Cambridge, the recently renovated Hyatt Regency could get away with being a bare-bones business hotel, but it's better than that: The hotel offers quality amenities (an indoor pool and well-equipped gym), an on-site restaurant and a charming location overlooking the Charles River. Rooms are unremarkable, but overall the hotel is a great value for those who don't need to be in the thick of things.
Though it lacks any Boston flavor -- despite its location on the banks of the Charles River -- the 400-room Royal Sonesta is one of the best deals going in Cambridge. A renowned Italian restaurant, skyline and river views, a beautiful, atrium-style pool, and comfortable rooms easily make up for the odd design that dresses up an outdated shell with avant-garde art installations.
This 315-room hotel has a great location a mere block from the Boston Common and impressed us by making the most out of their small standard rooms (a smart layout, an extendable desk). Free extras like Internet access, rollaway beds, coffee and free food for kids help keep travel expenses down -- and make us wish more hotels did the same.
Ideally located in Back Bay, just down the block from Copley Square, this 81-room Marriott has some of the best and biggest rooms for the buck in its location (making it a smart choice for families). Plus, it has a comfy business lounge with free computer and printer access, a small fitness room and a quality $15 breakfast buffet. A romantic turn-of-the-century facade with beautiful old stone work and bay windows doesn't hurt the hotel's allure.
Ideally located in Back Bay, just down the block from Copley Square, this 81-room Marriott has some of the best and biggest rooms for the buck in its location (making it a smart choice for families). Plus, it has a comfy business lounge with free computer and printer access, a small fitness room and a quality $15 breakfast buffet. A romantic turn-of-the-century facade with beautiful old stone work and bay windows doesn't hurt the hotel's allure.
Just opened in February 2008, this bright 450-room hotel has a fresh look, large, clean rooms and a modern lobby with sleek furnishings. Guests get plenty of features for their money, including an indoor pool. With a location that's ultra convenient to the airport, train station and Boston Convention Center, it naturally attracts large groups -- but not so much so that individual guests feel lost or ignored.
Built partially in a refurbished mercantile warehouse, downtown's Harborside Inn may be low on amenities, but that allows the hotel to keep rates low. There may be no gym, no restaurant and no porters or valets, but with well-sized, spotless rooms (some with exposed brick), a friendly front desk staff and a prime location a few blocks from the harbor, it's a worthwhile value for leisure and business travelers who can do without the extras.
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