We are coming from Maine on Saturday the 7th to see a Red Sox game. We are thinking of taking the Downeaster and spending the night. What inexpensive hotels are near the T? We don't want to be walking around after the game at midnight. If we decide to drive which location is best for getting on the T to get into Boston? Thanks, Jon
Susan's reply: Sounds like the perfect July weekend in Boston!
As you may already know, Boston hotel rates are at or near their seasonal peak - but I just checked rates for hotels near Fenway Park, near a Green Line T station, or near North Station (where your Downeaster Amtrak train arrives/departs), and found some relatively well-priced options, including a couple that surprised me as I'd have thought they'd be more.
Here's what I found:
- Near Fenway Park: The Buckminster is showing some of the cheapest rates among Boston hotels. It's about a block from Fenway - very easy walk after the game. More hotels near Fenway Park - Of these, the Howard Johnson's is the closest - just on the other side of Fenway Park
- Near other T stops: Charlesmark Hotel near Green Line/Copley stop - lowest rate of any Boston hotel that I checked - $113 - this is a small boutique hotel and very popular, so if you like the price and location, don't wait to book!
I also found a surprisingly decent rate (considering that this is a very nice hotel in a prime location on Newbury St/Arlington St across from the Public Garden) at the Taj - Green Line/Arlington stop.
Ditto for the Omni Parker House Hotel, on the other side of Boston Common - terrific location in the historic downtown area - right on the Freedom Trail and close to Faneuil Marketplace. In fact, if you don't mind a bit of a walk and pack lightly, you could easily walk to North Station from here to catch your train back to Maine, or just hop on the Green Line to the station. Nearest T - Green Line/Park
- Hotels near North Station/T stop: Finally, you could take the T's Green Line all the way back to North Station and stay at one of the hotels near TD Garden. I'm seeing very good rates at the Holiday Inn Express, and attractive rates at a couple of others. Since neither the Bruins nor the Celtics are in season right now, rates in this area are lower than usual.
Now, for the other part of your question, about possibly driving in. Couple of options: Take 93 South off of 128, and drive down maybe as far as the Sullivan Square exit; park at the Community College T station, which is on the Orange Line; change to the Green Line at North Station and then take the Green Line-B out to the Kenmore Square station for Fenway. If you do this, I strongly advise checking the TD Garden schedule (use the link under the first photo of the Garden to pull up the whole schedule) to see if there's a big event going on; if so, make sure you arrive early enough to get parking.
Alternately, go around 128S toward Waltham to the Rt 2 East exit and park at Alewife Station (Rt 2 and Rt 16), which is the end of the Red Line - take it to Park and change to Green Line-B.
Have a wonderful weekend in Boston and enjoy the game!
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