Hotels are an obvious lodging choice, but they aren’t your only option; there are plenty of other ways to stay in Boston, some with much more affordable rates than your average double room. Bed-and-breakfasts in general often get a bad rap for being too cloying, cutesy, or dusty, but many in the Boston area are updated, clean, and modern, and well worth a look. If you don’t need fancy service or amenities, stay in the simplest lodging possible: a hostel.
If you don’t mind doing a bit of legwork, you can look into apartment rentals or short-term sublets. This option generally provides a home base that’s roomy enough for a family and comes with cooking facilities. Home-exchange directories sometimes list rentals, and many of the B&B agencies also handle apartment, cottage, and house rentals.
Bed & Breakfast Agency of Boston (617/720–3540 or 800/248–9262. www.boston-bnbagency.com.)
Bed & Breakfast Associates (888/486–6018. www.bnbboston.com.)
Greater Boston Hospitality Bed & Breakfast Service (617/393–1548. www.bostonbedandbreakfast.com.)
Host Homes of Boston (617/244–1308 or 800/600–1308. www.hosthomesofboston.com.)
A home-exchange organization will send you its updated listings of available home swaps via email or printed brochure. It’s up to you to make specific arrangements.
HomeLink US (954/566–2687 or 800/638–3841. www.homelink.org/usa.)
Intervac U.S. (800/756–4663. www.intervacus.com.)
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