Hyatt Place Medford
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A Good HomeBase for a Boston Vacation
I booked the AmeriSuites hotel after reading TripAdvisor reviews and looking at all of the $200+/night hotel rooms in Boston and Cambridge.
One word to the wise: if you're expecting a separate living room and distinct bedrooms, with closed doors, this isn't it. I thought I had booked a two-bedroom suite (that's what it was described to me as over the telephone). The living room/kitchen area is separated from the bedroom area by an open archway. And the two beds were smushed together in the same sleeping area. This would have been awkward if we'd been, say, two couples expecting some personal privacy, but worked out OK since I was traveling with three teen-agers and we were an all-female group.
AmeriSuites' chief attraction is that it is an economical homebase for a Boston area vacation, and parking is FREE (typically $20/night in Boston/Cambridge hotels). I relied on the T (subway) for our Boston/Cambridge forays, and the hotel provides a round-the-clock van that will drop you at either the Davis station on the red line or the Wellington station on the orange line. From there, you can go pretty much anywhere in the greater Boston metro area. I also rented a car for a few days to go to more farflung locations, and appreciated the free parking.
Our room was clean and, despite its first-floor location, quiet. I found front desk staff to be quite helpful every time I asked them a question, and I stayed there within a week of some of the earlier reviews here, so I assume we're talking about the same staff members. They even went above and beyond the call of duty on several occasions to be helpful.
The breakfast buffet had enough variety to please all three teens in my group with their quite-differing tastes. With this large of a group, I appreciate the free meals. We never encountered a seating problem in the dining room. The girls loved the exercise room and indoor pool, and used it almost every night of our weeklong stay. I appreciated free wireless internet service, and the refrigerator/sink/microwave.
If you like to sleep in a completely darkened room, as I do, make sure that you request an upper-floor room. The landscaping spotlights were right outside our window. No matter how tightly I tried to draw our curtains, our room was almost light enough to read a book all night long.
I would have expected to have more than one tiny wastebasket in a suite-style room that serves four people. It really needs a second one in the kitchen area.
The hotel is not within walking distance of restaurants and shops. In fact, even if you drive into Medford at night, there aren't many restaurants. Consider this hotel as a homebase for your Boston area explorations, make sure you eat dinner before you come back to the hotel, and stock up your little fridge with groceries for the midnight munchies.
There are definitely pluses and minuses to this hotel, but it's well-worth considering if you want to spend your vacation money on your explorations and shopping rather than your lodging.
Amerisuites Dry Town
Well,we stayed at the Amersuites in Medford for 6 long nights and they were long.The hotel was clean,food great,hospitality fine,but no bar.There is nothing to do around there day or night.Medford consists of around a dozen shops and that's all.It is what the locals call a dry town.I would never stay there again.Ok for overnight but no longer,believe me one night is enough!
Hotel is ok.
Pros: can have a good deal using travel coupun. Suits are nice for the prise.
Cons:The heater/airconditioner blows all night into your face. Some front desck people have an attitude. I got a $69/day room for three days using a coupon. After three days they told me that I have to move out and there is no rooms available in the whole hotel. Using internet I looked at their corporate website reservations and they have tons of rooms available. I came back to the front desk and told them that they have plenty of rooms. They did not appolozise for cheating, but offered me to continue to stay in my room for $179/ nigt. I went back to my room and made a reservation on the internet (yahoo/travel) for $119 and brought this slip back to them and they honered it. They were rude and looked unhappy.
Good but a little hard to get to
Great value and a great place for seeing Boston. We spent a long time trying to get to it, though. It's right off the interstate, but because of one-way streets and traffic circles, we kept getting lost. Make sure you have good directions when you go, and be prepared to follow the signs carefully through the rotaries.
You do have to park in a parking garage below the hotel. Also, there are not really any restaurants nearby.
We also parked at the Wellington T station and drove into Boston. It was a great way to see the town.
The rooms are nice, the area is safe, and the price is right. I would definitely recommend this hotel. Oh--the breakfast is nice, too.
Welcome to Medford
Spent an overnight at the Amerisuites in Medford while visiting my son at Tufts University.
The location is about a ten minute drive from Tufts. Driving in Boston is very difficult since it is not built on a grid and a car navigation system is very helpful.
The hotel was hard to find but very nice. I'd describe it as a solid 3 star. Underground parking will keep you dry on a rainy day. The rooms are clean and comfortable with free wireless internet. The bed area is separate from a sofa/ desk/ TV area which is nice. The breakfast buffet has coffee, bagels, waffles, juice and cereal. The staff were pleasant and helpful. It's not the Ritz but it's a good value for the money. I'd stay there again
Nice place with a few problems
We stayed here for 2 nights for our trip into Boston. 2 adults and 3 small children. We got a suite, which was larger than the room we had at the John Carver inn in Plymouth. However, there were no garbage can liners and several of the light bulbs were out in the room. We called the front desk and it took about an hour and a half and 3 visits from the maintenance man to get the bulbs. We were also given an industrial size garbage bag! LOL. The room could have been a little cleaner and the bathroom had some cracked tiles which were razor sharp. We also had continual problems with the keys to our room, which kept failing to work. had to have them reset several times in 2 days.
The breakfast was nice with an area to make your own waffles. Many cereals, breads, yogurt and muffins. Scrambled eggs and sausage patties were offered as well. There was not enough seating though, many people standing above others waiting to take their table.
I did not find the front desk staff to be overly friendly, but not nasty either. We parked at the nearby Wellington T station and went into Boston with no problem, lots of transit people willing to help with directions, as the front desk staff were less than helpful in that area.
Overall, It was a decent stay, but we would not stay there again.
Great price for a nice stay
We were pleasantly surprised by the Amerisuites in Medford. The hotel was clean and quiet and the service was good. A large breakfast buffet was available each morning, and then after a quick shuttle over to the orange line T in the hotel van, we were in Boston for the day. I would stay there again in a minute, the price of less than $100 a night made up for any inconvenience of using the T. All the employees were so pleasant and helpful, too--a nice bonus!
Nice little secret
If you want to stay at a Hotel that is good for seeing Boston without breaking the bank try this place. It's located right near Medford square which is a nice area. They have shuttle to the T(green line) It's located about 5 miles from downtown Boston. They provide a nice breakfeast buffet and it's dog and kid friendly. Nothing fancy, however the Hyatt is supposed to being buying so they upgrade the facility and they will def will increase the price, too bad. Our rooms were very spacious, and clean. King with a sleaper sofa queen. Nothing fancy..just a good bang for you buck. Also Parking is free.
I would reccomend it!
Everything needed for a family on a budget. Rooms had fridge and microwave and plenty of sleeping/living room. The pool and fitness room were a lot of fun. Good neighborhood. And the breakast buffet was well worth getting up for!! (served from 630 to 930 and we sleep late on vacation) Also, if I had known there was a VCR in the room I might have brought a movie!
What a deal & quick access to Boston!
This was a great deal (I found that hotel on this site). Also, I had a $69.00 per night coupon (from roomsaver) but I initially doubted that the Medford AmeriSuites would accept it, but they did. I basically got a room normally priced well over $100.00 for $69.00 for 4 nights. I went right before Columbus Day weekend, so I could only get that deal Sun-Thur since the holiday was approaching, but it was great. Right outside the hotel is a shuttle (runs until midnight) and it drops you off at the Wellington Subway Station (Orange Line) and in just 6 stops you are in Downtown Boston. It may not be a hotel in the heart of Boston(big bucks for that), but for the price it was great as it was so easy to get to Boston. Also, the hotel had a great breakfast buffet (you make your own waffels (actual waffel irons are provided). The rooms are big ("suites", mine room had a kitchenette and a couch (basically almost 2 rooms) and again, for $69.00, unbelieveable. The place is really clean and well run, and the staff was very nice. I can't wait to go back there again. Virgina.
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