Many visitors regard the Boston Marriott Long Wharf as top choice among Boston waterfront hotels.
The hotel offers a wonderful location surrounded by many of Boston's top attractions: the New England Aquarium, departures for whale watching cruises, Faneuil Marketplace, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Columbus Park next door, and the North End's fantastic Italian and seafood restaurants.
The historic Freedom Trail and TD Garden, home to the Boston Bruins and Celtics, are just a few steps away , and if you want to go to other parts of the city such as Fenway Park, there's a T (subway) station right outside the door.
If you are flying into Boston Logan Airport, hop onto a water taxi and you'll arrive at the Marriott Long Wharf in 8 minutes or less.
Inside the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, you'll find numerous appealing public spaces, an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness room, friendly and helpful staff, excellent food choices (although you'll also find plenty of other options close to the hotel), and comfortably furnished guest rooms.
Not surprisingly, the Marriott Long Wharf is very popular (it is rumored to have the highest booking occupancy rate - almost 100% - of any Marriott in the U.S.) - so make your reservations as soon as you know your dates to avoid disappointment.
Top photo: Boston Marriott Long Wharf on Boston's downtown waterfront
What to Expect at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf
The hotel is big - 396 rooms and 19 suites. Each room has a spectacular view of Boston Harbor or the picturesque North End.
Rooms feature large flat screen TVs, iPod dockiing stations, coffee makers, work desks, and the comfortable furnishings for which Marriott is famous - the super-comfy beds, down comforters, and all the plush pillows you could possibly want.
The hotel also has large event spaces and is a popular venue for weddings and other celebrations.
You can enjoy the hotel's indoor pool and well-equipped fitness room. For spa services, you'll get access to an upscale spa and health club in a nearby location.
Kids especially love the Marriott's video game room. If you're visiting with young children, you'll also find an exceptionally nice playground on the north side of the hotel in the adjacent Columbus Park - one reason why this is considered one of the best kid-friendly Boston hotels.
The side of the hotel borders the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where you'll find splash fountains, a carousel, grassy lawns, lavish flowering borders, plenty of seating, and a seasonal beer garden.
The hotel is also on the route for Boston trolleys, which stop at one end of the hotel on Atlantic Ave. This is a hugely fun way to sightsee around Boston - and rides on the Beantown Trolley also free with the GoBoston card.
Families searching for the perfect base for a Boston vacation will find a couple of other bonuses close to the Marriott Long Wharf: a small fenced playground behind the hotel at the edge of adjacent Christopher Columbus Park, and a seasonal carousel on the Greenway, across from the hotel. For your older kids, pack a frisbee in your suitcase so that they can take advantage of the Greenway's open space.
Walk across the Greenway, and you're at Faneuil Marketplace where you can shop, have a meal, or just relax in the sun with a drink.
Faneuil Marketplace is on the Freedom Trail - so follow the trail on your own past Boston's famous historic sites, or join one of the Freedom Trail tours led by costumed guides.