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Summary


Pros

  • Excellent location in Boston's Financial District
  • Walk to Faneuil Hall, waterfront, and Aquarium T station in five minutes 
  • Stylish lobby bar serving local craft beers and creative cocktails
  • Pleasant rooms have flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers
  • Restaurant serving American fare all day until late
  • Large fitness center with lots of cardio machines and weight equipment
  • Meeting and conference facilities
  • Lobby convenience store for sundries and other items
  • Handsome library plus a computer corner
  • Non-smoking property (a con for some)
  • Pet-friendly hotel

Cons

  • Fee for Wi-Fi, and the signal can be slow
  • Breakfast not included in room rate
  • Rooms are quite bland and some are small
  • No swimming pool or spa

Bottom Line

The 403-room Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall is a three-and-a-half-pearl hotel set within a 1920s Art Deco-style skyscraper with a lobby that retains some of it's Jazz Age glamour. This Hilton outpost is located in the center of Boston's Financial District, near the Aquarium T station, and a five-minute walk from Faneuil Hall's shops and dining. The hotel caters to business travelers, and rooms are bland and sometimes look a bit dated. They include all of the usuals, like flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, but Wi-Fi comes at a fee and the signal isn't great. There's also a bar slinging craft beer and a restaurant that serves food until late. For similar rates, rooms with more character can be had at The Eliot Hotel in Boston's trendy Back Bay. 

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Scene

A spacious, clean business hotel with a subtle vintage 1920s look

The Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall has all the features associated with the Hilton brand, with excellent business amenities -- except for the fee it slaps on Wi-Fi. The hotel is clean and spacious, but not fancy. It offers exactly what Hilton customers expect to find: a nice bar, room service, an upmarket restaurant, a well-equipped fitness center, and plenty of conference and meeting space. There's plenty of work space and a touch of Boston flavor, even if it doesn't overdose on the New England charm. Business travelers can always be seen working away on their laptops in the lobby, which is grand. With wood inlays, marble surfaces, and vintage-style lighting, it recaptures some of the glamour of the building's early days in the 1920s. The library-like lounge is welcoming, with warm wood paneling, desks and armchairs, and a bold, red-tufted leather couch: It's a good place to settle in and get some work done. While business guests make up a significant portion of those who stay here, the hotel also draws plenty of Hilton brand loyalists, including families and couples. 

Location

In Boston's Financial District, a five-minute walk from Faneuil Hall and waterfront

Map of Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall

The Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall is located in the center of Boston's Financial District, within a five-minute walk of Aquarium T station on the Blue Line, and a 10-minute walk to South Station, where the Red Line connects to Harvard and MIT. The immediate area is busy and urban, but the waterfront is a block away. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which is home to tons of national retailers and an excellent food court (not to mention stops on the Freedom Trail), is a five-minute walk from the hotel's lobby. The New England Aquarium is also a five-minute walk from the hotel, and Boston Common is within a 15-minute walk. It will take about 20 minutes to reach Hynes Convention Center on the T. Logan International Airport is a 10-minute drive depending on traffic, or about a half hour away on public transportation, with a link at Aquarium Station (on the Blue Line) or at South Station (the Silver Line). 

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Rooms

Generic rooms have comfy beds, work desks, and all the standard amenities

The 403 rooms at the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall come in a range of configurations and sizes, from standard rooms to two-room suites with separate living rooms. There aren't any surprises here from a style perspective, and rooms are fairly bland. Deep reds and silvery blue upholstery complements light oak veneer furniture, and all have high wooden headboards with built-in lighting. Small details like artsy silver lamps do kick the design up a notch, but ultimately the homey decor falls a little flat, especially given the lack of any meaningful wall art. Some rooms with extra seating -- like the One Bedroom King Suite that we visited -- even had velvet brown furniture that looked a bit dated.

In keeping with the hotel's business ethos, rooms have separate work areas with ergonomic desk chairs. Rooms are not overly large, and many are dark, with views of air shafts or the air-conditioning system; guests may want to request exterior-facing rooms, some of which have harbor views, or corner rooms, which are slightly larger. Marble bathrooms are small, but clean and adequate, with shower/tub combos and toiletries. Some have been updated with fresh tile and walk-in showers -- guests might want to request these rooms. All rooms come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and laptop safes. Guests have complained about plumbing and temperature problems, and you might want to check these systems on arrival. Additionally, Wi-Fi is only available at a fee, and the connection is unreliable.

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Features

Modern gym, Boston-themed restaurant, and New England craft beers served in the lounge

Like most Hiltons, there are a number of features packed into this hotel, most of which get solid marks. The Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall has a large fitness center with a long bank of cardio machines, as well as Cybex equipment, free weights, and other exercise equipment, along with a flat-screen TV. The hotel's restaurant, Nix's Mate, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an attractive dining room with decor that incorporates reclaimed wood from Boston pier, historical photographs, and even a few muskets hung behind the bar. The menu is modern American, with a reliance on local, seasonal ingredients, and there's a separate children's menu. Nix's Mate Bar & Lounge is a nice place to unwind after a day of work, with a cool stacked quartz-and-marble bar, and a menu that includes appetizers, creative (seasonal) cocktails, and New England craft beers, served in a lounge that incorporates Boston's fascinating history into its design, including an artistic rendering of a pair of brass knuckles. Parking is valet only, with in and out privileges, and it's expensive, even for downtown Boston. The hotel also has a gift shop that sells cold drinks and snacks, along with toiletries. There's also a business center with several computer stations and a printer, plus 10,000 feet of meeting space. Wi-Fi is not free and the connection is spotty.

Amenities

Key Features
Fitness Center
Internet
Pets Allowed
Cribs
Hotel Services
Concierge
Dry Cleaning
Laundry
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Television
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Internet
Address
89 Broad Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, United States
Phone (617) 556-0006
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