Formerly a Best Western, Hotel Boston is a good choice if you're looking for motel-style lodgings in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood near Boston University or Boston College.
Comfortable furnishings and decor come with amenities like cable TV with free HBO, work desks, alarm clocks, complimentary newspapers, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Suites have their own living rooms with pull-out sofas.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're staying for 7 days or more, there are kitchenette rooms available.
Full bathrooms are nothing to write home about, but if you're just looking for a clean spot with provided amenities, it's a good choice. All bathrooms have hair dryers.
There is a small lobby at the Hotel Boston, with a sitting area and a desk with two computers for guests to use. There's also some chairs and benches outside, if you'd like some fresh air.
There is a free continental breakfast served on-site to guests.
While there's no restaurant on-site that provides full-service meals, the Brighton neighborhood is filled with great little restaurant gems.
You can hop on the MBTA's Green Line right on Comm. Ave., just a few minutes walk from the Hotel Boston. However, it is the MBTA's B line, which stops extremely frequently, so be ready for a slow ride.
Tasca (3-minute walk) is a delightful tapas restaurant right across the corner from the Hotel Boston. There are also plenty of bargain eateries in the area, like Bamboo Thai (3-minute walk) and the neighborhood favorite, Brighton Cafe (4-minute walk).
Longtime neighborhood joint Harry's Bar & Grill (10-minute walk) is just down the street, while there are many popular bars, like indie live music spot Great Scott (20-minute walk) and popular dive The Avenue (19-minute walk) at the cross of Harvard and Commonwealth Avenues.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're looking to stay close to BU or BC, the Hotel Boston provides a short commute.