Hotel at a Glance: Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport
The Residence Inn Boston Downtown/Seaport is housed within a refurbished industrial warehouse in Boston's Seaport District. This unusual heritage lends the hotel a lot of character: there are 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and glass elevators in the tiled atrium, which dates back to the early 1900s. Take a short walk from the property and you can get to Boston Harbor, as well as Faneuil Hall and the Freedom Trail.
- Free hot breakfast is available each morning.
- Complimentary soft drinks and appetizers are served at the hotel's social gatherings, held Monday through Wednesday evenings, where you can mingle with other guests.
- Fit in a workout at the 24-hour fitness center.
- Nearby museum: The Boston Children's Museum is just one block away; it features hands-on exhibits ranging from finger-painting to construction
Downtown Boston: Revolution-Era Landmarks and Modern Skyscrapers
Downtown Boston is home to one of the wackiest city layouts in the country. Its colonial-village lanes converge, split, and take hairpin turns, creating a maze of cobblestone that, though frustrating for drivers, makes for a fun walking experience. One such road, the 2.5-mile-long Freedom Trail takes you past 16 historical landmarks, including Paul Revere's home, Old North Church (of “One if by land, two if by sea” fame), and Faneuil Hall.
Since the area is also the city’s commercial-and-financial district, centuries-old fixtures share sidewalk space with modern 40-story office towers. You’ll find suit-clad professionals grabbing lunch on Washington Street, which is lined with street vendors and flower shops. For a fancier dining experience—and some of the best shopping in Boston—head a mile west to Beacon Hill.
Downtown is also home to several of the city’s quirkier neighborhoods, such as the Leather District and Chinatown. The former, with its rustic warehouses, is the closest example of what the business center looked like in the 1800s. The latter boasts one of the city’s densest concentrations of restaurants.