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Bland, dated, and poorly maintained
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.