If you're planning to stay in Boston's historic North End, you'll find some fantastic hotels in all price ranges, including several on the waterfront, right in this desirable neighborhood filled with top Italian restaurants in the city's central core.
Accommodations range from the luxurious Battery Wharf Hotel overlooking Boston Harbor to apartment-like Bricco Suites with kitchenettes - perfect for assembling platters of the Italian cheeses salami, and fresh-baked bread you can buy at nearby salumerias (don't forget to pick up a bottle of Tuscan wine).
Wherever you stay in the North End, you'll be surrounded by mouth-watering Italian and seafood restaurants, bakeries, and pizzerias.
You'll also get to experience the neighborhood's cafe culture, where you can relax over steaming espresso and the best Italian pastries on this side of the Atlantic.
There are lots of other reasons why staying in Boston's North End is a great choice: saints' festivals and feasts during the summer and early fall, the colorful Colombus Day parade every other year, two interesting Freedom Trail sites, and close proximity to sports and concerts at TD Garden.
And remember - if you're flying into Boston, the North End is only about 5 minutes from the airport by water taxi.
Top photo: Hanover Street in Boston's North End neighborhood during the Colombus Day Parade
Battery Wharf Hotel
Location on the waterfront with panoramic views of Boston Harbor, the luxurious Battery Wharf is the North End's largest hotel.
It's gated location at the end of a wharf gives you the best of both worlds - a tranquil enclave, but only steps away from the lively streets, restaurants, and nightlife in Boston's North End.
You'll enjoy the hotel's sleekly contemporary style and an unbeatable blend of luxury,impeccable service, and wonderful amenities.
Stroll along Harborwalk and watch the boat traffic go by, catch a Bruins game at nearby TD Garden, and walk across the Greenway to Faneuil Marketplace. Want to go to the airport or another spot along Boston's waterfront? A water taxi stop is next to the hotel.
Staying in Bricco Suites gives you the experience of living in Boston's sought-after North End, with most of the conveniences of a luxury hotel (high-end amenities and Italian linens, daily housekeeping, and personalized service, although no reception desk or lobby) combined with the freedom of having your own apartment.
The 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units, emulating an Italian pensione, feature contemporary Italian design, luxury linens, gorgeous granite kitchen areas, marble baths, polished hardwood floors, and fireplaces. They are the creation of Frank DePasquale of DePasquale Ventures, owner of some of the North End's top restaurants: Ristorante Bricco, Sfizi, Quattro, Mare Oyster Bar, Trattoria Il Panino.
As a bonus when you rent one of the suites, you will be given top priority for reservations at any of Frank DePasquale's restaurants. For more casual fare, visit Bricco Salumeria/Pasta Shop located next to the Suites.
Want to Explore the North End ... And Its Yummy Food?
These North End food tours let you sample some of the renowned cuisine, see the most important historic sites including the church where Paul Revere hung his famous "... one if by land, two if by sea" lanterns on the eve of the American Revolution, and hear stories about this iconic Boston neighborhood:
Boston Yacht Haven Inn
Boston Yacht Haven, a small waterfront inn at the end of Commercial Wharf in Boston's North End, commands breathtaking views of the Harbor.
The 10 guest suites are larger than most Boston hotel rooms, and each sports a different nautical theme. For the most spectacular views of all, request the penthouse.
When you stay at the Boston Yacht Haven, you'll have a marina right outside your door, and you're a short stroll away from all the tantalizing North End restaurants and bakeries. Faneuil Market, the Aquarium, and TD Garden are nearby.
Although the Residence Inn Boston Harbor is in Charlestown rather than the North End, a quick walk across a short bridge will bring you there.
Most of the comfortable 168 suites offer fascinating boat and Boston Harbor views.
In addition to the North End, you can explore Charlestown sights such as nearby Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution along the Freedom Trail. TD Garden is directly across the bridge - only about a 5-minute walk away.
Best of all, rates at the Marriott Residence Inn Charlestown are a relative bargain compared with other waterfront hotels, especially considering how much space you get in the suites, plus free wifi and complementary breakfast.