Great Stay ~ though a little remotely away. A review of Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center
When making our advance booking, we discovered that this hotel was brand new and had its Grand Opening on July 1,2004. Our stay at the Hampton Inn was for four (4) nights during the week just before the Democratic National Convention (July 20-23,2004).
Since this hotel was brand new, everything worked with no problems whatsoever. Free airport shuttle service pick up and drop off was more than convenient to say the least, as it will save you some dinner money. My wife and I were picked up at our Terminal within 10 minutes after we called upon arrival. Planning ahead, we did make the shuttle bus reservation for our return flight, which the driver was promptly waiting for us at 7:00am in the lobby area to take us back to the airport.
Upon checking in, the desk clerk was very polite, humorous, professional and showed us the kind of hospitalility that you would get at a bed n' breakfast location. Perhaps we were the fortunate ones to have such a fine young woman to expedite our check in. Everything that she explained and the local tips on Boston were more than enough to start us off feeling that we made the right choice in choosing this establishment. Another special incentive she gave us was a free upgrade to a king bedroom suite while we only paid for our standard room at the AAA rate. That came out to be $121 (including tax) per night. Absolute bargain in Boston if you were to make parallel comparisons with other hotels which offers the same amenities.
Though this hotel is in a remote location in comparison to the other hotels which are located in the midst of the city, we discovered that it wasn't bad at all. Being next to a hospital was inviting knowing that there was always a 24 emergency service available....which means that there are always people around. This also equated with having absolutely no problems walking the streets there to catch the local transporation into the city, which we did everyday during our stay. Some nights even returning at midnight. We felt very safe. In fact, the bus stop is directly in front of the hotel about 50 yards away. Boston has a very efficient MBTA public transportation system. The buses and subways were all that we needed to see the entire city. Remember, Boston is a walking city. It would have been just a waste of time for us to rent a car and drive to each place and then spend time looking and paying for parking. We just purchased the 3 day MBTA pass which was valid 24 hours on all the various transportation methods availiable.
And by the way, we personally didn't encounter any extensive noise problems at the hospital next door (i.e. ambulance sirens or emergency helicopters flying in and out). Perhaps we just were too tired after each day from all the activities or that we just didn't bother noticing them. Honestly we can't recall any noise disturbance. Perhaps we, again, were fortunate in that regard.
Mind you, the hotel was less than three weeks old when we stayed there, so everything was clean and tidy. We used the pool, which is located on the 9th floor with a view of the surrounding area. They do have a small fitness center, though we opted not to use it for the time being. However it was nice to know that they have one for those would choose to use it. Being that it was during the middle of the peak summer travel season, we anticipated an influx of guests, which many may have been there for the DNC. And yes there were later on during the week, but that didn't hinder any of the services that the hotel establishment provided if you account the myriads of people they had to accomodate.
Our king suite was more than large enough for my wife and I. They had an in room coffe maker, microwave oven, iron/ironing board and even some complimentary snacks (cookies, crackers, popcorn) that were sitting on the kitchette counter top. Nice little perquisites as these made a good impression on us. But that's not all...
The complimentary breakfast was better than fair and it definitely served its purpose. Again, it saved us some breakfast money. It was an upgraded typical continental style with the perks of having hot sausages, biscuits and scrambled eggs. Fresh fruit, fruit cocktail, yogurt, cereals and a bountiful selection of pastries all availiable along with several juices, teas and coffee. They even had a breakfast lounge host to monitor the food supply and to make sure each guest had what they needed. Besides, she greeted everyone with a cheerful attitude and struck up small conversations without being too flamboyant or ornate, which would only indicate that she liked her job which would only mean that we liked our stay even more so.
If ever given the opportunity to return to Boston, my wife and I wouldn't hesitate to stay at this accomodation again. For the value and the quality it presents itself, it stands on its own merit and substance.
Sure, you can stay in the city at a much older antiquated hotel for a little more money, or stay at a fancy name brand hotel in the city for twice the money. That would be up to you. But whatever you decide, please enjoy it in peace. To each their own. You would have to be the ultimate judge.
But as for us, Great Job Hampton Inn!
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