DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston-Downtown Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Downtown and Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Convenient location four blocks from the Boston Common and two blocks from the Theater District
  • Spacious bathrooms
  • Free guest access to adjacent YMCA's Olympic-size pool and fitness center
  • Business center has two computers, free Internet, two printers, and a television
  • MP3-enabled alarm clock and radio
  • Free USA Today each weekday morning
  • Free Wi-Fi in the on-site Starbucks and lobby; charges apply in rooms

Cons

  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi in guestrooms
  • Some spots and stains on the carpet
  • Pricey valet parking; no self-parking option

Bottom Line

The most persuasive argument in favor of the Doubletree is it's downtown location just blocks from Boston's Theater District and the Boston Common. Decor is lackluster, save for in the lobby which received a renovation in 2012. Room renovations are slated to begin later in 2013. Until that time, better, comparably priced options include the 98-room budget boutique Harborside, which is light on amenities but clean, comfortable, and quiet.

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 Scene

Little more than a place to sleep for those visiting downtown Boston, the Doubletree usually meets but never exceeds basic expectations.

Standard room
Standard room

The Doubletree is an affordable, no-frills hotel -- a good-enough one of its type, and just fine for frugal travelers who plan to spend their time out and about in Boston. And its location is convenient to many of the city's top attractions. But if you're looking for anything beyond a safe, fairly clean home base, the Doubletree may disappoint.

Rooms are relatively spacious and get a lot of natural light. But they're sparsley furnished and drab; and the bathrooms have only shower stalls, no tubs. They are up-to-date on technology, featuring flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi (the latter for a fee, though it is free in the lobby and in Starbucks). The on-site restaurant, Wisteria, adds little to the establishment. Service is minimal -- nobody is available to help with your bags, for example. (On the other hand, the concierge is knowledgeable and patient, suggesting several area options when asked.)

In the end, there are several better choices in the price range. The Courtyard by Marriott Boston in Copley Square, while similarly short on services is housed in a beautiful old building in the more charming Back Bay neighborhood. Or try the 98-room Harborside Inn, a downtown budget boutique that's light on amenities but clean, comfortable, and quiet.

 Location

A few blocks from Boston's Theater District and the Boston Common

The Doubletree's downtown location is within easy walking distance of Boston's Theater District, the Boston Common, Chinatown, and plenty of dining and shopping options.

  • Across the street from Tufts New England Medical Center
  • Five-minute walk to the Chinatown station of the T, Boston's subway system
  • Five- to 10-minute drive to Faneuil Hall
  • Four blocks from the Boston Common and the start of the Freedom Trail
  • 10-minute drive to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox
  • 15- to 20-minute drive to shopping and dining options in Harvard Square, and Harvard University
  • 20- to 25-minute drive to Logan International Airport

 Bottom Line

The most persuasive argument in favor of the Doubletree is it's downtown location just blocks from Boston's Theater District and the Boston Common. Decor is lackluster, save for in the lobby which received a renovation in 2012. Room renovations are slated to begin later in 2013. Until that time, better, comparably priced options include the 98-room budget boutique Harborside, which is light on amenities but clean, comfortable, and quiet.

Things You Should Know About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston-Downtown

Address

  • 821 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Doubletree Boston - Downtown
  • Doubletree Boston Downtown

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Standard Room High Floor
  • Two Room Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 267
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown and Waterfront, Boston
Address: 821 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02111
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