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Affordable Hotels In and Near Boston

Updated: November 25, 2023

Whether you're looking for the best priced hotels in Boston, or you just want tips for how to get the best deals, we can help you out.

One of the most frequently asked questions in our Boston Travel Tips Facebook Group is about where to find affordable accommodations in Boston.

Our group is comprised of locals like our tour guides, veteran Boston visitors, and of course newbies to the city.

You don't need to be a member in order to read the posts, comments, and suggestions.

You'll find guests reporting back on where they've stayed and their experiences in different hotels in Boston.

If you're still having trouble finding a cheap place to stay, check the group out when you are finished reading this post.


Generally speaking, the most popular destination for affordable hotels is outside the city centre.

All are accessible by public transportation, but you will need to keep in mind the cost of driving, parking, and longer Metro rides. 

With the exception of a few places in North End and West End, these hotels are not walkable to the main attractions in Boston. 

And if you are out late, you will need to take a taxi or know when you can expect the last train.

Another thing to keep in mind when looking for cheap hotels in Boston is that they will have fewer amenities. 

If you're looking for an outdoor pool, indoor pool, rooftop bar, business centre, gym, spa, or room service, you may not find them at some of the less expensive hotels.

What is the average hotel room cost in Boston?

A lot of this depends on when you're visiting.

Hotels during the late spring to early fall will be more expensive than the rest of the year.

The average hotel room in Boston is $233 per night according to

It is a myth that hotel prices change depending on the time of day.

However, if you're looking to get the best deal, it is cheaper to get a hotel room much closer to your trip than you expect.

Hotel prices are generally cheaper the same week of travel. You'll also save if you check-in on a Sunday rather than mid-week.

Look into hostels and bed and breakfasts for an affordable price and comfort.

While hostels are known for having multiple travelers staying together in one room, many Boston hostels have single and double private rooms. 

Bed and Breakfasts offer a lot of personalized amenities, not just the first meal of the day.

You might even find some that have free access to bicycles to help you get around town!

It's also good to check which hotels have free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness centre, late check-out, allow pets and other amenities. 

We also recommend finding a hotel that has free cancellation. 


Below are some of those options just outside of the city which are mentioned by locals, tour guides and past travelers who have used our Facebook Group. 

Apart from the usual hotel options available on the booking websites, these are authentic accommodations suggested by locals for your reference.

If you're looking for closer choices, skip to our section for Affordable Hotels in Boston.

1. Comfort Inn & Suites Boston Logan International Airport

85 American Legion Hwy, Revere, MA 02151

Google Review Rating: 4.3

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.5

This hotel is in the Revere Beach area of Boston, which is ideal for travellers as it offers beautiful oceanfront views and a relaxed atmosphere. 

Some popular attractions near the hotel include New England Aquarium, Boston Harbor, USS Constitution and Boston Common.

It provides easy access to the beach, diverse dining options, and proximity to public transportation (blue line passes nearby), making it a convenient and affordable base for exploring the city.

Multiple members of our Facebook Group have recommended this hotel for its location near a subway stop and close to the airport.

2. Winthrop Beach Inn and Suites

312 Shirley St, Winthrop, MA 02152

Google Review Rating: 4.2

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

The hotel is near the Logan Airport and is also located near downtown Boston and public transportation which provides easy connectivity to the city.

That said, as this member of our Facebook Group points out, there is only bus access from Winthrop to Boston.

One unique attraction of this hotel is that it allows 5 people stay for European travellers in their King one bedroom suite.

The area also features beautiful seaside views, historic charm, and a strong sense of community.

3. Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree

50 Forbes Rd, Braintree, MA 02184

Google Review Rating: 4.0

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.5

Choosing to stay in Hyatt Braintree offers a strategic advantage.

It's conveniently located near Boston, giving you access to the city's attractions while enjoying a quieter setting.

Apart from common amenities, unique amenities of this hotel include 24/7 dining and pet friendly stay.

Its proximity to highways like I-93 and the MBTA Red Line station provides excellent transportation options for exploring Boston and its surroundings.

As you can see, this one is a popular choice among members of our Boston Travel Tips Facebook Group due to its location.

4. Hampton Inn Boston/Braintree

215 Wood Rd, Braintree, MA 02184

Google Review Rating: 4.1

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

This hotel is also located in the Braintree area of Boston. 

Hotel’s free shuttle covers a four-mile radius, including Quincy Adams Station, which provides direct access to downtown Boston.

The hotel offers a range of amenities including free hot breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center and free Wi-Fi.

Many of our Facebook Group members note that Braintree is an excellent spot to look for affordable hotels if you have a car.

5. Best Western Plus The Inn At Sharon/Foxboro

395 Old Post Rd, Sharon, MA 02067

Google Review Rating: 4.0

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

This hotel is an ideal place for those who are looking to enjoy top concerts, events and games at Gillette Stadium. 

Patriot Place and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets are great shopping destinations nearby.

Closest MBTA station is Sharon Street which offers direct connectivity to the heart of Boston.

Aside from the poor spelling, this comment makes an excellent point that this hotel is so close to Gillette Stadium that you can literally just walk there!


While these are not as commonly recommended by members of our Facebook Group, they are typically very affordable options you might want to consider.

Each of these hotels is directly in Boston, allowing you to save money on transportation to and from the city center.

The cost of traveling to and from hotels just outside of the city should be factored into your decision when figuring out how to save money on accommodations.

While you can usually expect to pay more per night at these locations, the cost of traveling around the city and the ease of getting to each attraction might be worth that slightly higher price!

6. HI Boston Hostel

19 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

Google Review Rating: 4.4

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.5

Located in Boston's Theater District, HI Boston offers both dormitory and private rooms, making it suitable for various travelers. 

However, they only have 2 private rooms and have more group accommodation options.

Popular attractions like Boston Common, Beacon Hill, Boston Public Garden are just hands away from this hostel.

It is also one of the most talked about place among our Facebook group members because of its location and proximity with popular attractions.

7. The Revolution Hotel

40 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Google Review Rating: 4.4

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.5

Located in the South End area of Boston, this hotel provides a quality and affordable stay in the heart of Boston.

Nearest MBTA station is Tufts New England Medical Center which provides easy connectivity to most of the areas of Boston.

Nearby points of interest include the Boston Medical Center, Symphony Hall, and the Prudential Center.

Our Facebook group members also talked about the way to reach there from Logan Airport and it seems like water taxis will provide great views of Boston waters.T

8. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston – Cambridge

400 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston, MA 02134

Google Review Rating: 4.3

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

This timelapse shows the view from the hotel.

Located in the heart of Cambridge, near Harvard University and MIT, it offers spacious suites with separate living areas, making it ideal for extended stays or family trips. 

The hotel features an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and complimentary shuttle service to key local attractions. 

9. The Charlesmark Boutique Hotel

655 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Google Review Rating: 4.1

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

This hotel is in the Back Bay area of Boston and is nearby famous attractions like Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common.

Complimentary high-speed wifi and cafe breakfast is included with room.

You can also explore upscale shopping, dine in fine restaurants, and enjoy the scenic Esplanade along the Charles River.

10. 140 Clarendon

140 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

Google Review Rating: 3.9

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

Located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, it is a boutique hotel housed in a historic Beaux-Arts building. 

The hotel offers comfortable accommodations with modern amenities and its prime location allows easy access to popular attractions and public transportation. 

Back Bay MBTA station is just 4 minute away and offers connectivity to all major destinations of Boston.

The hotel doesn't have an on-site restaurant but is surrounded by dining options.

11. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside

240 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA 02125

Google Review Rating: 3.8

Trip Advisor Review Rating: 4.0

It is a modern hotel located in the Dorchester neighbourhood. It offers comfortable and spacious rooms with contemporary amenities. 

The hotel features an on-site restaurant, fitness center, and Airport shuttle service among other range of amenities. 

Carson Beach, JFK Library & Museum, Seaport Dst. - Spirit/Boston and Theatre district are some of the common attractions located near this hotel.

One of our group member has rightly pointed out that its easy to get on a T from here as JFK / UMass is just 5 minutes away.


The most simple and straight answer to this highly asked question is the variation between demand and supply.

Boston's high demand as a popular tourist destination and business hub creates high demand, and currently there is not a very large supply of hotels in the area.

Also, hospitality is a labour-intensive operation and the cost of labour is expensive because the cost of living in this area is so high.

Seasonal fluctuations, such as peak tourism in summer and increased demand during events like college graduations, further impact prices.

About The Author

Brian Burgess

Brian was born in Cambridge and has been living in the Boston area all his life. He is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College with a degree in communications with a journalism/history focus. He has been leading tours for Free Tours By Foot Boston since it was started in the city of Boston in 2012, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of Boston's rich history with not only the guests on his tours, but with everyone he meets.
Updated: November 25th, 2023
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