Boston Marriott Long Wharf Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Downtown and Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Massive renovation in 2012 revamped all common spaces
  • Shares the wharf with the IMAX Theater, the New England Aquarium, and Legal Seafoods
  • Faneuil Hall is one block away
  • Aquarium Station T stop is steps from hotel
  • Kid-friendly pool with a patio faces the harbor

Cons

  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi
  • Valet-only parking is pricey, though typical for Boston
  • Noisy rooms and common areas

Bottom Line

This 397-room hotel shares a wharf with some of Boston's main tourist attractions, and many others are but a short walk away. It's one of the cheaper options in the area, but after a massive $30 million renovation in 2012 to all common spaces, the property doesn't feel cheap. Renovations introduced a new lobby, restaurant, ballroom, and renovated health club, lounge, and meeting spaces to the hotel.

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Unremarkable hotel with noisy rooms and a bizarrely confusing layout -- but a fantastic location for tourists

Rooms are comfortable enough, but feel dated.
Rooms are comfortable enough, but feel dated.

The 397-room, seven-story Marriott Boston Long Wharf is an unremarkable large chain hotel in a prime location, smack in the middle of one of Boston's biggest tourist hot spots. Directly adjacent to the hotel are the New England Aquarium, the IMAX theater, the launching point for many harbor tours, and Legal Seafoods, one of Boston's most famous seafood joints; across the street is Faneuil Hall, a marketplace filled with more than 100 shops and cafes that makes just about every tourist's to-do list.

In 2012, the hotel completed a $30 million renovation to the lobby, restaurant, fitness center, concierge lounge, and meeting spaces. It also constructed the Harbor View Ballroom, a popular spot for weddings. The renovations have made the public spaces much brighter and more cheerful -- gone are the dim lights, dark cherry woods, drab rugs and seating arrangements. With a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, and cheeful pops of color, the space is warm and inviting.

The guest rooms are not soundproof; those overlooking the busy street outside will easily overhear the street vendors' conversations. You can also clearly hear sounds from the rooms beside you, as well as any sounds coming from the hallway. On the positive side, the kid-friendly pool and hot tub are set behind large windows that face the harbor. Also boasting a beautiful view was the newly built Waterline Restaurant.

The hotel is a good price for the location; most nearby alternatives, like the Fairmont Battery Wharf and the Boston Harbor Hotel, are much more expensive. If you're willing to forgo the waterside stay, check out the nearby Omni Parker House (about a 10- or 15-minute walk), which costs roughly the same on average and sits across the street from the Boston Common, a calm, historic park.

 Location

Great location for tourists looking to stay steps away from the attractions

The Marriott Long Wharf shares its namesake wharf with some of Boston's biggest tourist attractions: the New England Aquarium, the IMAX theater, and Legal Seafoods, one of Boston's most famous seafood joints. The wharf also acts as a launching point for many harbor tours, the lines for which start directly outside the hotel. On the other side of the hotel is Christopher Columbus Park and its Rose Kennedy Rose Garden. Across the street is Faneuil Hall, a marketplace filled with more than 100 shops and cafes that makes just about every tourist's to-do list.

  • Three- to five-minute walk to Faneuil Hall
  • Directly next to the Aquarium Station stop on the T (Boston's subway system)
  • Water taxi from Long Wharf to Logan International Airport costs (one way).
  • 15-minute drive to Logan International Airport
  • 10-minute drive to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox
  • Less than a mile to the Boston Common (15-minute walk or a 10-minute ride on the T)
  • One mile to TD Garden (10 minutes on the T)

 Family

Accommodates families well

The hotel, which is near many family-oriented attractions, accommodates families well. The pool and hot tub area is kid-friendly, there's a game room with a bunch of arcade games, and there's even a self-service laundry machine. All rooms have the option of king-size beds or double beds, and the rooms do connect.

  • Free rollaway beds and cribs
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Room service kids' menu: burgers, pizza, pasta, chicken fingers
  • Refrigerator in lieu of a minibar is helpful for storing snacks and baby food

 Bottom Line

This 397-room hotel shares a wharf with some of Boston's main tourist attractions, and many others are but a short walk away. It's one of the cheaper options in the area, but after a massive $30 million renovation in 2012 to all common spaces, the property doesn't feel cheap. Renovations introduced a new lobby, restaurant, ballroom, and renovated health club, lounge, and meeting spaces to the hotel.

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Address

  • 296 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Boston Marriott
  • Marriott Boston

Room Types

  • 1 Bedroom Balcony Suite
  • 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Allergy Friendly Guest Room
  • Concierge Level Guest Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Guest Room
  • Larger Guest Room
  • Superior Guest Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 397
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown and Waterfront, Boston
Address: 296 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109
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