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