Best Boston Theatre District Hotels - Outside of Boston!

by Paul Baril
(Lewiston Maine)

Beautiful exterior of Opera House in Boston's Theatre District

Beautiful exterior of Opera House in Boston's Theatre District

Hi, I'm going to see Wicked in Boston in September with friends. We would like to make a weekend of it, but all of the hotels within walking distance of the Theatre District are either booked or $350.00 plus a night. One of our party has trouble walking. Can you recommend hotels that may be less expensive but outside of Boston and on the subway line? Thanks! Paul from

Susan's reply: Hi Paul - Boston hotel rates are crazy in September - maybe the recession is finally ending?

I do have a couple of suggestions for hotels close to the subway's Alewife station at the western end of the Red Line. From Alewife to the Park St station (also on the Red Line) is about 15-18 minutes, and then the walk to the Opera House, where Wicked is playing, is fairly short.

The first hotel suggestion is actually quite close to Alewife - it's Hotel Tria, a Best Western on Rt 16 on the Cambridge/Arlington border. There's a link to information about the Tria on's Inexpensive Boston Hotels page. Although the Tria is in walking distance from the Alewife station, the walk involves a slight but long slope going up and over an overpass, so you might want to drive to the station and park there. Although the parking garage fills up early on weekdays, weekend parking is no problem (however, the lot is huge - you may want to drop your friend with the walking difficulties off at the park-and-ride pull-in and then go park).

I checked the rates for the Tria just now on TripAdvisor, and the cheapest was $207, which is high for this hotel - I'm sure it probably reflects the even higher Boston rates that weekend. I also checked a few hotels around Harvard Square, but they were fully booked and are generally about that much or higher.

Other very attractive options, if you don't mind a short (about 10 minutes, assuming no rush hour traffic) drive to Alewife, are a couple of Starwood/Westin hotels just off Route 128 and Rt 2A in Lexington: Aloft (normal rooms) and Element (extended stay - but looks like they're also bookable by the night). I'm seeing rates for Aloft of about $99/night, and Element for $119. Links to them are also on the Inexpensive Boston Hotels page - scroll down to the "When Hotels in the Suburbs Make Sense" section. (Do check out the photos showing the very cool decor!)

Then finally, also off of Rt 128 but slightly farther (maybe 12-15 minutes) from Alewife are the hotels in Waltham listed on the page link above.

Hope one of these works out for you - and enjoy Wicked!


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