For a long time, New York City was THE city. The only one that mattered in my eyes, and I, sadly, didn’t give Boston the time of day. It wasn’t until a move forced me to explore this historic New England city that I realized I was writing off a place filled with amazing history, food, and sites!
Boston has grown into a city that I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring. My eyes have been opened to the plethora of things to do: shopping on Newbury Street, learning history with walks on the Freedom Trail, and excellent dining and nightlife. I will need a place to stay when I visit Boston again, and these four hotels are unique, quirky, and full of history!
Green Turtle Bed and Breakfast
Fancy staying in a floating hotel? You can at the Green Turtle B&B! This hotel consists of three different boats (a houseboat and two yachts) that float right in the water close to the Charlestown Navy Yard. Prices aren’t cheap, but staying in a yacht while staring at the beautiful Boston Skyline is pretty intriguing!
In 1895, Engine 7 Firehouse in Kendall Square was one of the first “single-purpose firehouses” in the country. For almost 100 years, Engine 7 was the go-to firehouse in the neighborhood, but was shut down in 1993. Fast forward 11 years. Engine 7 is now The Kendall Hotel, and was the first historic boutique hotel in the neighborhood. The hotel now has lots of nods to the original occupants of the building, including the Fireman’s Full American Breakfast Buffet, fireman antiques, and the Black Sheep Restaurant, named after the firefighters of Engine 7.
The Liberty Hotel
You will find many luxurious hotels in the heart of Boston, but none more interesting than The Liberty Hotel. Once the Charles Street Jail, this 19th century prison housed Boston’s most famous criminals, and was a functioning prison all the way up to 1990. It transformed into a hotel in 2007 and kept much of the exterior and interior features like iron bars, a large open atrium, and a catwalk. The restaurant, Clink, allows you to dine in leftover nooks of old jail cells; Alibi, the hotel bar, is in the old “drunk tank”; and the Catwalk Bar is on the original catwalk that circled the prison.
Boston Hotel Buckminster
One of the first hotels in Boston, this historic site has had an interesting past! It is where the infamous fixing of the 1919 World Series (a.k.a. The Black Sox Scandal) took place; it’s the site of the first network radio broadcast in 1929; and it was a prison for Italian criminals in the 40’s. Now, it is a 116-room budget hotel that is close to Fenway Park and Boston University. The Boston Hotel Buckminster is perfect for those who really want to experience Boston history.
A city filled with history and charm, there are so many options for hotels in Boston. Whatever your budget or interests, these unique Boston hotels will make your stay in the city all the more interesting!
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