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Historical Traveler Reviews Constitution Inn Boston
We stayed here for three nights in October 2005. The rooms were very big and comfortable with two double beds, coffee machine, TV and fridge. The only downside was the location - it is very quiet, especially at night and as we were two females we felt quite uncomfortable coming back late at night. Overall though, a very pleasant stay.
Primarily for Military staff
It feels like an upscale YMCA with some of the three star Hotel features and yet the infrastructure of a Youth Hostel.
I was looking for a decent price during the Columbus week-end. An hotel under 175 US during pick season is a steal!
Located about 2 miles from the closest subway (North Station), there is the Hopital shuttle that provides free transportation every half hour to the subway on week-end from 9 AM to 6 PM, extended hours during the week and no service at all on legal Holiday. If you do not own a car, a cab would be the alternative to get to the closest subway ($6 each way) or walk if you're fit and the weather is working with you.
The staff is helpful and reasonnably friendly. It takes pride to display the Mission of the Hotel is to provide a safe accommodation to the Military organization (who gets the preferred rate) and the general public and it does, in the Army style.
No thrills in that place. Rooms are not sound proof. Although it is on a cul-de-sac, you cannot avoid hearing the noise of cars passing by or neighbor taking a shower. The room is quite large which takes more time to heat it. My large room came with a kichenette and all rooms have an Iron board, Iron and Hairdryer. A fitness center free of charge to Guests is available during regular working hours.
Apart from the Constitution and the amazing Constitution Museum, this place is somewhat inconvenient if you are hoping to spend your time by foot or subway.
Stayed here twice now - excellent value for money! Close by everything and everyone was really friendly to us!
Rooms are very clean and spacious and in a very nice setting!!! This is actually owned by YMCA but dont let that put you off - its been one of the best hotels i have stayed at in a long while for this price!
Good value, good location
We got a deal: $199 for 2 nights. But even the regular price of $250 is a pretty good deal in Boston. The room was clean and big, not fancy but perfectly adequate. Right on the Freedom Trail. Very near the USS Constitution. Free shuttle to Boston's North Station (MTA). Several good restaurants within walking distance. Parking was a problem: 3 blocks away, but it is downtown, so ... The Constitution Inn caters to military, I believe, and while it's not a place for snobs, we would definitely stay there again.
I was entremely impressed by this Hotel!
I spent 5 nights at the Constitution Inn, located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard (also where the USS Constitution is docked) and just minutes to downtown Boston/Fanueil Hall. The rates are phenomenal compared to the rates at many downtown area hotels. The rooms are clean and comfortable with all the amenities.
They have a wonderful Fitness Center and an Olympic size swimming pool and a sauna.
The staff was so attentive to my husband and I by sharing their vast knowledge of the area, and by answering all our questions( which were many by the way!)
I definitely recommend this hotel.....you won't be disappointed! Also note that there are wonderful restaurants in the area....The Bistro, Tavern on the Water, Ironside Grill etc.....
We will absolutely be back next year.
Would have been more impressed in my student days..
There's no disguising the fact that the Constitution is a glorified youth hostel, with a definite dormitory feel to it. 15 years ago as a student I'd have been happy to bunk down here. Still, we knew what to expect having read the reviews.
The room was large and clean. We anticipated some noise, which we got on the first night, but the second night was more peaceful. The location in historic Charlestown is a mixed blessing, on the plus side you get to ride the nearby water shuttle into Boston with it's superb views of the city skyline - and all for $1.50 - an absolute bargain. It's more of a problem at night if you intend eating / drinking in Boston as the shuttle service ends at 8pm (ish) and the walk back from Quincy Market, for instance, takes around 25-30 minutes. Take a cab.
For those driving to the Constitution, parking is available a block away in the Mass General Hospital car park, don't forget to ask the Constitution receptionist to stamp your ticket or you'll pay full whack.
It's not salubrious, but if you're just looking for somewhere to get your head down and no more, it should suffice. If you need 3 or 4 star comfort and a central location, try elsewhere.
No Frills - Great Location
We spent 2 nights at the Constitution. definitely a no frills type place, but clean with a helpful front desk and a hard to beat location.
They offer a convenient shuttle bus and we also took the ferry into Boston. The hotel is located at Bunkers Hill, directly across the river from our favorite restaurants in the North End. We even walked back to the hotel one night from the North End. If you don't mind single beds in small rooms, you can't beat the price! Rember this was a YMCA on a Navy base. Don't expect to much, but Boston offers way to much to spend much time in your room.
Reception services are not very good especially when they cannot find your booking, there seems to be a reluctance amongst the staff to help visitors out. The Constitution Inn is very, very basic and definately lacking in any sort of style, painted concrete block walls and single bunk beds, with waterproof covers!! We were informed that the Constitution Inn has no connection with the YMCA anymore, they are a hotel!! If this is the case they definately need to look more at the type of clientele they are trying to attract. Definately not suitable for female visitors because of its position, no facilities nearby. When we visited it seemed to be full of teenagers running around. shouting and making a noise.
Lost my parents
Reservations for my elderly parents were set up by staff incorrectly.
Front desk then lost my parents after transferring them to another room. When contacted long distance, the front desk staff was rude, hung up on caller, & when contacted again insisted that my parents had checked out. Once caller located parents by trying them on their cell phone, caller called front desk to inform staff where my parents were.
Front desk again hung up on caller.
Oh, by the way - plastic sheets on all mattresses. You figure it out.
Don't worry -- there are no room inspections
I recently spent three nights in the Constitution Inn and found it to be excellent value. There is free use of extensive fitness facilities in the building, there is use of the Massachusetts General Hospital canteen facilities next door and also use of their free bus shuttle to the nearest rail/underground station. The YMCA is in the heart of the former naval dockyard with restaurants, a 24h shop the US Constitution and a regular ferry shuttle service to the city. Bunkers Hill is a stone throw away and the staff of the YMCA are extremely friendly and helpful. I can
recommend a stay there.
TripAdvisor Reviews Constitution Inn Boston
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... marathon). Ended the day at
Quincy Marketplace which was pretty good.
Sail out was magic. The port is right next door to Logan airport and
as we were leaving heaps of planes flew in right over the back bar just before
landing. A great way to enjoy a beer.
Tomorrow we are in New London, Connecticut and we’re doing a ship
tour to the Vanderbilt Breakers Mansion and Newport.
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