Boston

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Boston Common which includes a monument, a statue or sculpture and a park

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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Where to stay in Boston

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$720 per night from 20 Nov to 20 Nov
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden, New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston Common and Boston Convention ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,262 reviews)
"Conveniently close to airport. Room carpet was wet by the window. Air conditioner condensation?"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2021

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
The price is HK$1,252 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (4,381 reviews)
"The only thing I didn’t like was I could hear the next room conversation very well. Also the bathroom was very small. Thanks"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2021

Boston Park Plaza
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$864 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of New England Aquarium, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Long Wharf and Boston Harbor ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,857 reviews)
"Great place to stay when returning a rental car at Logan."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2021

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
3 out of 5
The price is HK$984 per night from 14 Nov to 14 Nov
Situated in Chelsea, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Encore Boston Harbor, and within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden and USS Constitution Museum. Faneuil ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,081 reviews)
"Very Clean!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
3 out of 5
The price is HK$1,166 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in Seaport District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harpoon Brewery, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Boston ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (62 reviews)
"I loved the decor and the fact tht the kitchen was fully equipped. I wish they would leave more coffee creamer than they do. It is really only enough for one cup."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
3 out of 5
11 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA
The price is HK$984 per night from 6 Nov to 6 Nov
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Burlington Mall and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. Tufts ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,897 reviews)
"The suite itself was very spacious and served its purpose. They forgot to cover the pull out couch in the living room area but that wasn’t too big a deal. Clean bathrooms, kitchen, and sheets, always a plus. Wish the kitchen came with dish soap but I believe the hotel gives you some upon request. ..."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington Boston
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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