Boston Hotels near Logan, South Station, Attractions, and Subway

by Lady Cheap Talk

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I'm trying to figure out the best way to get from the Amtrak at South Station to a hotel to Boston attractions to Logan?

Would like to use the T as much as we can. Our trip will be in August. We will arrive on Amtrak at South Station at 9:30pm. Need to find a hotel that we can get easily get to. Would also like for it to be close to a T stop. I am killing 3 days in Boston with a 2 year old and a 6 year old. We are open to any attractions but must go back to our hotel for naps each afternoon. We also plan to take the T to our flight out at Logan. Thanks for your help!!! - Lady Cheap Talk


Susan's reply: Let's start at the end: getting to Logan with a toddler and a 6 year old (and hopefully not a ton of luggage). You're going to want and need something easy. Yes, you can get there on the T - only $2.50 for your fare, as both of your children are young enough to ride free. The T's Blue Line and Silver Line (from South Station) both go to Logan, so ideally you'll be in a hotel within an easy walk. Sure, you could change lines but with bags and 2 children, that's a hassle you might as well avoid.

Here's another option to consider: take a water taxi instead. It's only 7 minutes and $10 from the downtown waterfront, and your 6 year old will be charmed by the experience - maybe even your 2 year old. It will probably be a bit easier to manage than the T with bags and 2 kids. Two of Boston's water taxi services - City Water Taxi and Boston Harbor Water Taxi - let children under 12 ride free. Rowes Wharf Water Taxi may have the same policy - I don't see it on their website, but you could call them and ask. There is also a scheduled ferry from Long Wharf to Logan, which costs the same as the T - $2.50 - if the schedule works for you (check on www.mbta.com).

So, with these options, closeness to South Station, and convenience to attractions (more about that in a minute) in mind, here are several hotels to consider:

Marriott Long Wharf - Slightly less than half a mile from South Station (about a 10-minute walk), next to both the Blue Line/Aquarium stop as well as the water taxi and ferry pick up queues, and surrounded by some fun attractions; nice children's playground in the adjacent Christopher Columbus Park; a really lovely hotel and popular with families, although summer rates, especially on weekends, get pricy as it's right on the water - aside from the cost, it's my top recommendation

Millennium Bostonian Hotel- Across the Greenway from the Marriott; all of the same advantages

Nine Zero (Kimpton Hotel) and Omni Parker House Hotel - Both are lovely hotels, just a block or 2 (depending on how you count) from Blue Line/State T stop. Also very close to Boston Common, where there's a carousel and splash pool for kids; lots of other attractions near by. To get there, take the Red Line from South Station to the Park T stop - hotels are 3-4 minutes away on foot.

For getting around to see attractions - Out of these hotels, the Marriott is closest to a T stop, although the others are also conveniently close. However - for fun, flexibility, and ease in getting around, I recommend opting for the Boston sightseeing trolleys instead of the T. Especially in the summer, they're a lot cooler and a lot more fun, particularly for kids. You can ride the trolley for the full loop as many times as you want, or hop off and on to see attractions along the way. Depending on how many places you visit, you can save a ton of money.

Although there are several trolley options plus various ways to get discounts, in your case, I'd recommend getting it as part of a GoBoston discount card. Once you have the card, you get free rides on the trolley for 2 days, plus free admission to almost 60 other attractions. You'd need an adult card for you and a child card for your 6-year old - your 2-year-old rides free.

I use these when I'm traveling with my kids because in most places, you go straight to the front of the line, you don't have to fumble around for your wallet while holding on to 2 kids, and perhaps best of all, if you go some place that they don't like or you need to leave for nap time, you don't have to mutter between clenched teeth, "Rats, I just spent $X amount of money on tickets for a 10 minute visit!!!"

Have a wonderful time in Boston!

Susan

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Thanks for the great advice!
by: Lady Cheap Talk

Hey - It's Lady Cheap Talk. We just got back from our Boston trip and it was amazing thanks to your advice! We stayed at the Long Wharf Marriott which had nice staff. Wayne Williams the bellman was very helpful as well as Big Mike? at the bar. Rooms didn't have fridge, only a cooler so ask for a fridge when you arrive. Pool starts at 4 feet which was a little deep for our shorties. The stairs going into pool were crowded with small children but we made new friends. Also 3rd floor has an outdoor seating area with nice view.

City Landing just opened across the street and had awesome Bostonian Shrimp n' Grits. They also had jarred baby food on the kids menu - nice they remembered babies eat too! Pete's Coffee is what they serve - my new fav. Impeccable service. Fresh Decor. Loved our server Areta there.

Taranta on 210 Hanover was such a hospitable place to eat. They serve a unique menu of Peruvian/Italian food. Pork chops were the best ever! The staff are warm and sincere and very helpful.

Also heard Lucca next door was good but we ran out of time. Hanover St was fun to walk. Most friendly street. We went at dusk and it was fun to glance in windows of residences above the shops. I saw the most quaint and tiny kitchen!

Aquarium was so very busy with crowds. Our children are young and we didn't spend much time there with the exception of the sea lion and penguin exhibits. Cleaners with scuba gear were in the large aquarium and were sweet to take time to wave lots at the children. Nice gift shop there filled with unique treasures!

The Children's Museum was wonderful. We arrived as it was opening so the first floor was crazy busy. We went to the top first which was wide open and then worked our way down. Arthur exhibit was our favorite.

Loved the park near the hotel as well as the fountain for the children to splash. Our children loved riding the pedicab as well as a horse drawn carriage. Never took the T...just walked or took a boat.

Thank you for the invaluable advice! We all agree it was a wonderful trip and we will be back.

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[From Susan - ]

Hi Lady Cheap Talk,

So great to hear that you had a wonderful trip - and thanks so much for taking the time to give us an update - your letter made my day!

What a great tip about City Landing having jarred baby food! When my kids were young, I used to carry jars of it to restaurants, usually in my pocketbook - always worried about spills. It's really good to know about a restaurant that's so child-friendly.

My kids are teens now, but they used to practically live in the Children's Museum - it's the best place! So glad your kids loved it!

And also happy to hear you found the little park between the Long Wharf Marriott and Christopher Columbus Park. That's one of my favorite parks in the city.

Hope you come back to Boston soon! It's such a great place for kids, and it gets even better as they get older!

Best,
Susan

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