Best hotels for Fireworks and Boston Pops Concert on July 4th
by Paul Baril
Rain of confetti at the Boston Pops July 4th Concert at the Hatch Shell at the end of the
Taj Hotel, at corner of Arlington and Newbury Streets, overlooking Public Garden
Can you recommend some hotels that are within walking distance of the fireworks and the Pops Concert? 3 star and above--Thanks!
Susan's reply: Hi Paul - Happy to - there are a lot of very good choices.
The Boston Pops concert is at the Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade (as you probably already know), and the fireworks are set off on a barge in the river not far from the Hatch Shell.
There are a number of 3 star and higher hotels in Back Bay, especially near Copley Square, as well as a couple in the Park Square area (on the other side of the Public Garden), and one in Beacon Hill and also the West End - all are about a 10-15 minute walk from the Hatch Shell.
Here they are, by star level:
3 - 3.5 stars:
Sheraton (huge business hotel on Boylston St adjacent to Prudential Center) - Back Bay
Charlesmark (small boutique hotel on Boylston St - books up quickly) - Back Bay
Park Plaza - in the Park Square area, close to Public Garden
4 - 5 stars:
Taj - Back Bay - used to be the Ritz - corner of Arlington and Newbury, over looking the Public Garden - this is about the closest to the Hatch Shell (well, now that I think about it, Beacon Hill Hotel may be almost as close)
Lenox Hotel - older, known for top-notch service - close to Copley Square, Back Bay
Four Seasons Boston - Park Square - overlooks Public Garden - luxurious and usually pricey - 5 stars
A few additional hotels are listed on the Hotels for Boston Fireworks page, including some in Cambridge (5 minute ride away by subway on the T's Red Line). They're slightly farther from the Hatch Shell, but certainly within easy walking distance.
If you book early, it's worth looking for special packages and discount deals. The July 4th holiday usually attracts lots of visitors to Boston, but there are sometimes some attractive packages available if you book early enough - closer to the holiday, rates rise.
Best wishes for a great time at the concert and fireworks!
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