Renaissance Boston Hotel at Gillette Stadium / Patriot Place
Do you have a list of maybe the 10 nearest hotels to Gillette Stadium, south of Boston? ... and / or what area / address would I be looking for? ... Thank you for your help. - Sal
Susan's reply: Hi Sal - Yes, you can find a list on Boston Discovery Guide's new hotels near Gillette Stadium page. Your question made me realize that this information was missing from the site, so I added it - thank you for asking!
Out of the hotels that are listed, only the Renaissance (shown in the above photo) is located right at Gillette Stadium, meaning that you can walk over (maybe a 1-2 minute walk) after the game instead of driving. If you've been to events there before, you probably know what the traffic gridlock can be like as you try to leave, so staying right at the stadium can be a huge advantage. Unfortunately, you don't save any money on parking, as the hotel charges a mandatory $50 valet parking fee on home game days and concert nights.
Still, the Renaissance is a new, really gorgeous hotel (part of the Marriott chain) with a nice spa, and you can't beat the convenience. I walked through the lobby when it first opened just to get a sense of it, and it's very upscale.
Rates at all of the surrounding hotels get really pricey when games or concerts are going on (Comcast Center (used to be Tweeter Center and before that, Great Woods) is also nearby and can impact rates as well).
Of the group that's listed, probably the least expensive will be America's Best Value Inn on Route 1 - also close enough to the stadium to be in walking distance, if you don't mind the walk. I'm not sure if you can somehow take a shortcut behind Gillette Stadium, or if you need to walk back out the entrance and then walk along Route 1 - I'll check it out the next time I'm there. It's basically a motel, and there are others along Route 1 (also called Washington Street) as well. From what I hear, some of them can get kind of rowdy, which can be fun if that's what you want and extremely annoying if you'd rather sleep. If you're considering America's Best Value Inn, check out the reviews (there's a link) and make sure it's a good fit for you.
All of the hotels, especially the Renaissance, tend to fill up fast before big events, so it's always good to make reservations early.
If you're coming from Boston to Gillette Stadium for a home game, the best way to avoid the traffic jams when leaving is to take the "Patriot Train" from Boston. You can find a link to MBTA's information about it from the Gillette Stadium page.