Boston Hotels near Logan, South Station, Attractions, and Subway
by Lady Cheap Talk
One of the Boston trolleys
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!