Boston is one of the most historic cities in all of America and is the birthplace of the American Revolution. History aside, there are also lots of awesome bars, restaurants, shopping districts, theaters, and attractions for visitors to enjoy, even on a more modest budget.
It is also, of course, home to the world-famous Harvard University campus and one of the most beautiful places to see the leaves in fall.
Best Cheap Hotels in Boston
Price per Night: From $158 or 25,000 Choice Privileges points
This family-friendly, affordable hotel is situated in the Dorchester district of the city and offers easy access to downtown Boston, as well as Fenway Park and Logan International Airport.
Bedrooms are as bright and spacious as you would expect from a chain hotel and come complete with their own seating area. A fitness room is available for those who like to stay in shape while away from home.
The Comfort Inn Boston is also close to the expansive Boston Bowl that offers arcade games, bowling lanes, and billiards. Hungry guests can enjoy a full American-style menu at its DW Brewpub.
Price per Night: From $222
Although not a hotel in the traditional sense, this establishment offers homely apartment-style rooms that cater to visitors looking to stay on a budget.
With an excellent location in a residential area of Back Bay, guests can easily reach Copley Square and the downtown attractions. While there are no communal areas or on-site eateries, the apartments come with fully-equipped kitchenettes, and the rooms are serviced with fresh towels daily.
While some areas of The Copley House are showing their age, this just adds to that genuine Old Bostonian feel. The Prudential Center is just 450 yards away, offering shopping and a market for picking up essentials.
Hot Tip: If you’re looking for things to do in Boston, why not check out these tours: Boston’s Freedom Trail Walk Into History, Boston’s Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, and the Harvard Tour. If you’re traveling with the whole family, check out these fun Boston activities for kids.
Price per Night: From $121 or 30,000 Marriott points
Offering clean, cool, and modern accommodation in the Seaport District, this hotel is perfect for travelers who appreciate the importance of eco-friendly accommodation.
Open plan bedrooms have calming earthy hues and spacious layouts, while there is a range of snacks, beverages, and prepared meals available at the on-site market. The Element Boston Seaport District has an indoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy, as well as a fitness center, and the breakfast bar serves up healthy options each morning.
Guests are also welcome to hire bikes from the hotel reception and head on out to explore beautiful Boston on 2 wheels.
Price per Night: From $152
Housed in a beautifully restored 1877 building, this hotel is just a few steps from Boston Common at the heart of the Theater District.
Offering a modern take on boutique hotels and budget accommodation, contemporary interiors and thoughtfully-designed shared spaces make it easy to find the right balance of accommodation that works for you.
From 4 bunk bedrooms through to private bedrooms, facilities in the hotel are modern and well-equipped and offer private or shared bathrooms and showers.
Although Found Hotel Boston Common has no eatery on-site, the hotel is within a stone’s throw of a range of bars, restaurants, theaters, and nightclubs in this lively and eclectic part of town.
Price per Night: From $171 or 51,000 Hilton Honors points
This classy, mid-range hotel offers sleek accommodation near Harvard Square and offers easy access to some of the city’s historic landmarks. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and locally sourced artwork.
The hotel is also home to an impressive secret interior garden and an open-air courtyard that guests are welcome to relax in. Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails by Matthew Gaudet at the Freepoint Hotel Cambridge offers a light menu inspired by locally-sourced ingredients and recipes.
The lively hotel bar offers a Manhattan menu with 8 variations of the classic Manhattan cocktail. Interesting 3-dimensional art and other creative touches in the communal areas give this affordable hotel an upscale feel that belies its price tag.
Price per Night: From $157
This stylish boutique hotel is located in the Waterfront district of the city and is 300 yards away from the harbor. What was once a lowly shipping warehouse is now a European-style hotel offering chic bedrooms, styled by a local designer with a relaxed, residential vibe.
The Harborside Inn is also home to a hip and popular cocktail bar, The Harborside Lounge, that is the perfect place for socializing with fellow guests and locals alike, and light American cuisine is also served at the on-site restaurant.
Watch the world go by as you enjoy signature martinis and traditional cocktails on the State Street outdoor patio that is also part of the hotel.
Price per Night: From $103
Close to Boston Common and the Freedom Trail, this hotel-style hostel is housed in a beautifully renovated red brick building and offers eco-friendly accommodation for budget-conscious travelers. There are dormitory-style rooms on offer, or you can book a private room, and all guests have use of the 24/7 on-site cafe and guest kitchen, as well as free daily breakfasts.
With its laid back, easy and affordable accommodation, the HI – Boston Hostel is located close to a range of public transport options, as well as bars, restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Your stay in Boston doesn’t need to cost the earth to make it utterly awesome.
Price per Night: From $95
Offering classic Bostonian hospitality, this quaint bed and breakfast hotel is just 250 yards away from the world-famous Harvard University and Harvard Square.
Cozy bedrooms are clean and homely, and the on-site library is a great spot to grab a book while you take in your surroundings. Breakfast is provided for guests every morning, and there is a small dining room where you can all start your day together.
The Irving House at Harvard also has a refrigerator for guests to dip in to, as well as daily newspapers, on-site laundry, and a nearby fitness center. This little guesthouse offers friendly accommodation in a first-class location.
Price per Night: From $106
Located at the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay, and within easy walking distance of many of the best dining, shopping, and attractions the city has to offer, this little hotel is great for travelers on a budget.
Interiors have a cute and cozy retro feel, and the clean and comfortable bedrooms are a good size for a downtown hotel. The Midtown Hotel has a hidden secret in the form of a seasonal courtyard that is home to an outdoor swimming pool, perfect for keeping cool when the city heats up in the summer months.
Hot Tip: There is no bar or eatery on-site at the Midtown Hotel, but there are lots of great places to eat just outside your door, and there are at least 2 nearby metro stops for trips out of the city and beyond.
Price per Night: From $167
If you want to stay somewhere totally unique during your trip to Boston, these vibrant suites offer Moorish interiors just a few miles away from Copley Square and Fenway Park.
Each suite is uniquely decorated and offers a seating area and a feature fireplace, while the property also offers a continental breakfast, as well as beverages and snacks for guests to enjoy during their stay.
The Moroccan Luxury Suites also has a beautiful garden that is the perfect place to enjoy the warm Boston spring and summers, and although there is no eatery on site, Paolo’s Italian Trattoria is just a few steps from the hotel door.
Price per Night: From $147 or 30,000 IHG One Rewards points
Located just outside Boston in Newton Corner, and directly on the MBTA bus line that connects with the city public transportation and beyond, this modern hotel offers affordable accommodation in a convenient location.
Bedrooms have been stylishly redesigned and upgraded in recent years, and the Newton Plaza Hotel Boston offers an indoor heated swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center.
For hungry guests, Martha’s Restaurant offers a varied menu and room service, while the Social Restaurant and Bar has a casual dining vibe, live music, and craft beer and cocktails. This hotel is also convenient for travelers needing easy access to and from the airport.
Price per Night: From $91
Conveniently situated for the Longwood Medical Area in the artsy and bohemian area of Jamaica Plain, this stunning Victorian property oozes old-world charm.
This bed and breakfast hotel offers 9 beautifully-decorated bedrooms, carefully styled with antique furniture, complete with the modern convenience of free Wi-Fi. Guests staying at the Perkins Inn are invited to enjoy free cooked-to-order breakfasts, and there is also a communal kitchen with a refrigerator for keeping snacks cool during the day.
When the sun shines, the outdoor terrace is a great place to catch a few rays, and there is also an on-site laundry facility that adds to the home from home convenience that this residence offers.
Price per Night: From $219
Just off of Porter Square, this modern boutique-style hotel is tucked away among some of the best restaurants and bars that this hip, eclectic area has to offer. Bedrooms are modern and well-designed, while the sleek lobby area is resplendent in marble and leather.
The Porter Square Hotel is also home to the Colette French Bistro that offers hotel guests and other diners a range of modern small plates and French classics, and there is also access to the 24-hour fitness center at the nearby sister hotel, Hotel 1868.
Bottom Line: For a quiet respite from the busy city streets, the Porter Square Hotel also has a patio and garden where guests can relax.
Price per Night: From $162
Situated in the historic South End of Boston, this boutique hotel offers classic, European styling and modern guest rooms close to a wide range of bars, restaurants, and attractions.
En-suite bathrooms offer marble showers, and the bedrooms are spacious and well-appointed for a mid-range property. At Staypineapple, South End, guests are welcome to dine at The Trophy Room that offers American bistro-style cuisine, as well as craft cocktails and draft beers in a laid back atmosphere.
Just a 10-minute walk from Newbury Street and the scenic Back Bay area of the city, guests can enjoy lazy brunches at the hotel on weekends, or take the short ride to downtown from the MBTA stops just outside the hotel.
Price per Night: From $140
The Verb is a playful establishment located on busy Boylston Street in the Fenway neighborhood. Originally a motor inn, the modern-day hotel is packed full of rock and roll memorabilia, including plectrum-shaped tables, guitars and amps in the hotel reception area, and lots of fun photos on the walls.
Bedrooms have a classic motel style, and come complete with record decks and zebra print dressing gowns, while The Verb Hotel is also home to a small courtyard pool that is often the venue for themed pool parties.
A grab and go breakfast is served daily in the reception area, and at 5 p.m., Hojoko, a fun izakaya, opens its door to serve grilled fish and meats, noodles, rice bowls, and sashimi, as well as their legendary sake bomb with Irish whiskey.
From important historical venues that shaped American history, to rock and roll bars and old-world buildings, Boston is a charming city that has enough to offer visitors without overwhelming them. With lots of boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and upscale hostels on offer, you can still experience the very best of Boston, even on a budget.