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Omni Parker House

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • historic property
  • near Downtown Crossing on the Freedom Trail

    Cons

  • small rooms, some quite dark
  • thin-walled rooms can be noisy

Fodorite Reviews

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Omni Parker House Review

If any hotel says "Boston," it's this one, where JFK proposed to Jackie, and Charles Dickens gave his first reading of "A Christmas Carol"—in fact, you may well see a Dickens impersonator in the lobby, since history tours always include the Parker House on their routes. Though it's America's oldest continuously operating hotel, it received a $30-million makeover in 2008, so you can steep yourself in Boston history while also enjoying a flat-screen TV. As at many city lodgings, the guestrooms are a tad small, but here they're nicely turned out with cherry-wood furniture, red-and-gold Roman shades, ivory wall coverings, and cushy mattress covers. The Omni's famous Boston Cream Pie is on hand (even for breakfast), and you can work it off in a 24-hour gym packed with cardio and weight equipment.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Opposite the old City Hall and practically on the Freedom Trail, this hotel is undeniably Boston. It's where JFK proposed to Jackie, where the Boston cream pie was invented, and where Charles Dickens gave his first U.S. reading of A Christmas Carol. What better base from which to learn about our nation's heritage than America's oldest continuously operating hotel?

    Hotel Details

  • 551 rooms, 21 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 11-11-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Our Favorite Hotel in Boston

    Location! Location! Location!
    From the elegant historic Parker house guests can walk to just about all the primary landmarks in Boston. In just a few minutes you can be at the waterfront, Quincy Market, the North End, downtown, Beacon Hill or the Boston Common. A few more minutes get you to Newbury St., Public Gardens or Chinatown. True conveinence.

    The service is great: The staff either pretend to remember you or they actually do; they are always ready to help, and service is with a smile. They even leave cookies and milk for our grandchildren when they stay there with us.

    The entire hotel has retained it's historic past in it's decor: The bar is a classic as is the lobby. A very appealing historic atmosphere has been carefully retained. The dining room is elegant and polished which encourages relaxing and unhurried dining. The food is well prepared and artistically presented.

    Our entire family spends a few awesome, relaxing days at the Parker House every year around Christmastime.

    by Frances_Roux, 9/24/12
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    Excellent location, great value

    Downtown Boston hotels are so expensive, we did a lot of research before deciding on this very reasonably priced hotel. We were so pleased with it, we couldn't believe it was less expensive than most. Located on Boston's Freedom Trail, this hotel is attractive, historic, and comfortable. We used this as a home base to walk around the entire city. Especially close to the North End, Boston Common, and Beacon Hill. The bed was so comfortable I considered buying one from them. Highly recommended.

    by nsbaldwin1, 9/18/12
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    Better options exist in Boston

    Having lived in Boston for over 30 years, and now traveling back there a few times a year, I'm somewhat familiar with hotels in the city. I had not stayed here before and the hotel was located near where my conference was being held so we booked the room. The room was small, walls were thin, and then entire property is in need of a freshening up. Nothing wrong with the place - just that in my view there are better options in the same price range.

    by LouC, 9/9/12
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    Omni Parker House Review

    Ordered a room with two double beds which was confirmed the day before. Received an extremely small room with one full-sized bed. The hotel was full, but they still refused to refund our money to allow our group to find another hotel. So, we had to squeeze a cot into the room. In addition, this visit started with the valets telling me that the ski rack on my Subaru wouldn’t fit in their garage and that they were too busy with the incoming wedding to park my car in their back-up garage. So I had to park it myself and walk 10 minutes in the pouring rain. I was completely unimpressed. There are much better options nearby.

    by vsc602, 10/19/09
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    Omni Parker House Review

    We just re-visited Boston and picked our favorite historic hotel. Its been a couple of years but we were surprized since the hotel has brought the hotel luster back. We reserved a Executive Room which was exactly what we wanted with a lovely sitting area. The beds are so so comfortable and exactly what we needed after walking all around the neighborhood on a weekend that this April was amazing with 80 degree day. The staff especially the concierge was so friendly and amazing that they even found hard to get Yankee Red Sox tickets for us. We highly recommend this hotel with its wonderful staff,location and breakfast is hard to beat in our travels
    Looking to come back again and will only stay at the Omni Parker House.
    Be sure to check out the Bar as the Crab Cakes are awesome.

    by Traveladvice2, 10/18/08
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    Friendly Staff

    The staff was friendly, and the overall atmosphere was very comfortable. The Boston Creme pie was wonderful.

    by Peri, 7/1/08
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    Truly Unhelpful Staff

    During my stay in what should have been a non-smoking room, the guy in the adjoining room was smoking like a chimney (in what was also supposed to be a non-smoking room), with the fumes making their way under and around the adjoining door. When I complained to the hotel staff, they eventually sent up a gumchewer, whose investigation/interaction with the next door neighbor went something like this: knock...knock..."You smoking in there? No? OK." After the security guard left, the next door neighbor then continued to smoke (now both tobacco and pot). Despite repeated complaints, no real action was ever taken, and neither apology nor compensation was offered by the hotel.

    by dj55, 4/22/07

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