Fodor's Expert Review The Godfrey Hotel Boston

505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 See on Map

Downtown Crossing is the epitome of a melting pot, and the Godfrey Hotel is smack dab in the middle of it. Centrally located just a short walk from Boston Common, the Godfrey strives to offer both a stylish and welcoming atmosphere. The lobby is flanked by a coffee shop, George Howell, on one side and RUKA, a Peruvian-Asian restaurant on the other. The result is a busy, high energy area without attitude.


Each room at the Godfrey comes equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, Egyptian cotton Frette linens, a 55” Samsung HDTV, BOSE Bluetooth speakers, and smartphone-to-TV media streaming. Corner Loft rooms are surrounded by windows and offer views of busy Downtown Crossing.

YOU SHOULD KNOW It is a lively area, so expect a certain amount of noise at night.


Clean and modern bathrooms provide plush bathrobes and slippers, and Heely of London bath products.


The sleek lobby of the Godfrey is sophisticated yet welcoming. It's a quiet spot where guests can curl up with a cup of coffee or chat with friends.


There's 24-hour fitness center, but if you want to get some fresh air, the Godfrey also offers complimentary bicycles and guided running tours during the warmer months.

If you're interested in participating in the 6:30am running groups, inquire at reception by 8:00pm the night before.


RUKA, a Peruvian-Asian restaurant, has proven to be a hit with both sophisticated city dwellers and tourists, while George Howell Coffee features an espresso bar, hand-poured single estate and micro-lot coffees, coffee-tasting “flights,” and a variety of other caffeinated offerings.

Photo: Tim Williams Photography
Photo: Tim Williams Photography
Photo: Tim Williams Photography


In addition to the spacious and colorful bar at RUKA, there is a smaller, quieter bar area in the hotel lobby.


Getting Around

One of the Godfrey's greatest strengths is its location in the middle of it all. Downtown Crossing is just a short walk from the Financial District, Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and shopping on Newbury Street. The Godfrey is also just steps from several MBTA subway stops, with the Downtown Crossing stop on the Orange Line being the closest. Keep in mind that finding a parking spot in Downtown Crossing is essentially impossible, however there is a garage under Boston Common if you're wiling to pay the price.


Dotted with some of Boston's best hotspots, the Downtown area where the Godfrey is located is a short distance from Yvonne's (3 minute walk) a modern day supper club, and No. 9 Park (5 minute walk) a Barbara Lynch fine-dining classic.


Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale (1 minute away) is a popular bar just around the corner, while jm Curley (2 minutes away) is a bar/restaurant that serves up creative food and drink.


Downtown Crossing is close to many of Boston's biggest attractions.


Breakfast no but George Howell Coffee has some items
Lunch no
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes 11am to 11pm
Valet Parking



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