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I'm looking at going down to Boston for the May long weekend. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations as to where to stay? I've noticed the downtown area is very expensive. Are there cheaper suburbs to stay in that provide easy access to the city itself?

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Boston in general is very expensive. Add the fact that you're booking a popular weekend on relatively short notice and you're going to have to pay through the roof.

According to Hotels.com, there's nothing in Boston or the surrounding suburbs available for under $200 CAD that weekend. Your best bet in terms of price/proximity/quality is Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge at an average of $244/night.
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psyko514 wrote: Boston in general is very expensive. Add the fact that you're booking a popular weekend on relatively short notice and you're going to have to pay through the roof.

According to Hotels.com, there's nothing in Boston or the surrounding suburbs available for under $200 CAD that weekend. Your best bet in terms of price/proximity/quality is Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge at an average of $244/night.
Ouch. Thank you.

Are there any other destinations you'd recommend along the east coast/in that area? I'm going from Ottawa.
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Have you looked at perhaps staying in Worcester? It's a suburb west of Boston and about a 30 min drive.
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What are you looking to do? North and south of Boston will be cheaper than downtown. Do you want a fancy hotel or would a cheap one do?

Ramada and Days Inn are less expensive and if you're willing to stay further out you'll find better deals.

What you intend to see or do would probably help you choose.
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No real plans really. Just want to get away for a few days with the girlfriend. I'm open to other suggestions too.
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Try Club Quarters.

You need to be a member but you can Google a membership code. I used to use "university of illinois" but that was more than 5 years ago.
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Typhoonz wrote: I'm looking at going down to Boston for the May long weekend. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations as to where to stay? I've noticed the downtown area is very expensive.
Yes, you'll need to stay outside the city in the suburbs if you want a decent rate. Boston seems to be expensive all year round except perhaps during the winter!
Typhoonz wrote: No real plans really. Just want to get away for a few days with the girlfriend. I'm open to other suggestions too.
Montreal / Quebec City is much cheaper; or Washington DC - lots to see, nice weather, and many free museums.
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I've done it both ways in Boston. Spend the extra money to stay in the heart of the city. Park at an outlying transit station and take transit in to save $40 a night parking.
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Typhoonz wrote: I'm looking at going down to Boston for the May long weekend. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations as to where to stay? I've noticed the downtown area is very expensive. Are there cheaper suburbs to stay in that provide easy access to the city itself?

Thank you
Check out betterbidding first and then try bidding on Priceline. Hotwire is also another option.
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webworm wrote: Check out betterbidding first and then try bidding on Priceline. Hotwire is also another option.
Forgot about that. Thanks.

I'll check out prices in DC to compare the two. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Boston hotels are stupid expensive. You'll have to go east of Portland, Maine, to find anything cheap. There is also the youth hostel...

Parking in Boston is also expensive. Although I've had success with street parking and taking the subway. Check signs before you park.

The airport is super close to downtown with a free city bus to South Station from the airport. Plattsburgh has subsidized flights to Boston. Maybe a weekend in upper NY State with a day trip to Boston? Please keep in mind that unlike NYC, Boston is not a 24hour city. You need a reserved bed somewhere after midnight.
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Typhoonz wrote: Forgot about that. Thanks.

I'll check out prices in DC to compare the two. Thanks for all the suggestions.
Hey OP - did you end up going to DC or Boston?

I'm heading to Boston at the end of August - booked via Hotwire - Langham Hotel for okay rate (still too expensive...).
Now I need to know where to eat - any recommendations?? :-)
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YertletheTurtle wrote: Hey OP - did you end up going to DC or Boston?

I'm heading to Boston at the end of August - booked via Hotwire - Langham Hotel for okay rate (still too expensive...).
Now I need to know where to eat - any recommendations?? :-)
Boston is super expensive for accommodations. Places to eat are Neptune Oyster and Mr Bartley's for burgers and onion rings/strings.
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We were in Boston and stayed at an Airbnb for about CA$150/night for 4 nights. Excellent subway system and we took transit into the city everyday.

Lots of reasonable places to eat: North End with all the Italian eateries, Chinatown, etc., unless you're looking for fine dining.
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YertletheTurtle wrote: Hey OP - did you end up going to DC or Boston?

I'm heading to Boston at the end of August - booked via Hotwire - Langham Hotel for okay rate (still too expensive...).
Now I need to know where to eat - any recommendations?? :-)
I can give you 2 place not to eat. 1-South Street Diner. The place was dirty, filled with drunks and bums and the breakfast was awful. 2-Cheers. Went to the one in Faneuil Hall I only got a cheeseburger and fries portions were tiny, food was awful and it was pricey.
But there were a few decent places to eat in Faneuil Hall I had wicked Calm Chowder at one don't remember name though.

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