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