Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Downtown and Waterfront, Boston, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Beautiful Fitness Center by Precor with 24-hour access
  • Rooms have MP3 players and coffeemakers with gourmet Lavazza coffee.
  • A three-minute walk from Faneuil Hall
  • Free USA Today delivered to guest room each morning
  • Pets up to 75 pounds allowed at no extra charge

Cons

  • Poorly maintained: bare lightbulbs, jerky elevators
  • Immediate neighborhood has few dining options and is dead on the weekends
  • No pool on-site
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi
  • Pricey valet parking

Bottom Line

In the hub of Boston’s Financial District, this hotel is great for business travelers but is also close to many historic and cultural attractions (Faneuil Hall, New England Aquarium, Boston Opera House). Built in 1928, the hotel itself is a bit worn and dated, but has relatively modern looking rooms.

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 Scene

Bland, dated, and poorly maintained

Fitness Center by Precor
Fitness Center by Precor

The Hilton is an old-looking, worn, and generically decorated 362-room hotel in the Financial District district catering primarily to business travelers. Built in 1928 as the city's first Art Deco skyscraper, the 14-story hotel has supposedly been updated in recent years, but to no avail.

However, the rooms feature relatively modern furnishings, alarm clocks with MP3 player hookups, Cuisinart coffeemakers, flat screen TVs (as of 2012), and delicious Italian Lavazza coffee. Standard guest rooms are supposedly 350 square feet (according to management) but certainly don't look or feel it. The furniture is uncomfortably wedged in; and the square layouts, small windows, and beige-on-beige color scheme combine to create a claustrophobic feel. The rooms at the nearby Langham Hotel Boston are also on the small side, and have old televisions, but feel far more comfortable and charming.

In terms of features, the Hilton does offer a surprisingly nice new fitness center by Precor, which feels fresh and modern. All of the half-dozen cardio machines have individual TVs, and there's a nice selection of free weights and even a Bosu ball, in addition to a multipurpose strength-training machine. But that's about it; the 24-hour business center is perfunctory.

 Location

In the heart of Boston's stony, grey Financial District but an easy walk to Faneuil Hall

As the name suggests, this Hilton is in the heart of the Financial District, convenient for business travelers, but a bit boring for tourists, who will need to walk a ways to dining options and most major attractions. At night, and even more so on the weekends, the area empties out as the office workers go home.

  • The nearest stops on the T, Boston's subway system, are State Street and Aquarium Stations, both about a five-minute walk away.
  • Faneuil Hall, a historic tourist marketplace with more than 150 shops and cafes, is a three-minute walk away.
  • Boston Common park and the start of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that passes through 16 of the city's historic landmarks, is a 10- to 15-minute walk away.
  • Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, is 15 minutes away by car or a half-hour away on the T.
  • Harvard Square in Cambridge is across the Charles River, about 15- to 20-minutes away via public transportation.
  • Logan International Airport is a 20-minute taxi ride away, in light traffic.

 Food

A restaurant serving modern American cuisine

Nix's Mate, named after an island in Boston Harbor and featuring reclaimed wood from the old Boston pier, is a casual spot open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves up modern American cuisine with local touches.

In-room dining is available until evening.

 Weddings

Wedding options are limited at this less-than-stellar Hilton; you can find similar (or better) food and spaces at many nicer properties in the area, at a comparable price.

The Caliterra restaurant, one of two possible ceremony locations
The Caliterra restaurant, one of two possible ceremony locations
  • Wedding Size: Up to 100 people; only one wedding at a time
  • Ceremony Locations: Kellogg Ballroom
  • Wedding Packages: All packages include a champagne toast, passed hors d'oeuvres, a four-course plated dinner with wine, an open bar (at least one hour), a wedding cake, and a night in the Presidential Suite for the bride and groom. Prices start at $119 per person and go up from there depending on the menu choices and the duration of the open bar. Note: There is a spending minimum.
  • Food: The conventional menu options are somewhat limited and includes items like pan-roasted chicken with artichoke hearts and shiitake mushrooms and pepper-crusted beef tenderloin. Vegetable strudel is cheapest; filet mingnon and grilled swordfish are most expensive. Kids' (12 and under), kosher, vegetarian, and gluten-free menus available upon request.
  • Drinks: All packages include either one or five hours of an open bar; the four extra hours generally are pricey per person.
  • Spa Treatments: There's no spa or salon on-site, but the Marc Harris salon is next door.

 Bottom Line

In the hub of Boston’s Financial District, this hotel is great for business travelers but is also close to many historic and cultural attractions (Faneuil Hall, New England Aquarium, Boston Opera House). Built in 1928, the hotel itself is a bit worn and dated, but has relatively modern looking rooms.

Things You Should Know About Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall

Address

  • 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Boston Hilton
  • Hilton Boston
  • Hilton Hotel Boston

Room Types

  • Executive Floor Oversized Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Room Selected at Check in
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 362
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown and Waterfront, Boston
Address: 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA, 02110
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