For the traveler with an interest in American History, there can be few destinations more enriching than historic Downtown Boston. An easy stroll through the city, along a well marked route known as the Freedom Trail, lead visitors to and through sixteen historic sites, including the Boston Common and Public Gardens, the Massachusetts State House, Paul Revere’s house, the Old North Church, Old Ironsides, Faneuil Hall, and the Bunker Hill Monument.
There are some beautiful places to stay on or near the Freedom Trail, and some of the hotels in the city boast historic significance of their own.
The Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108
Amenities: Room Service, Fitness Center, Babysitting, Broadband Access
Located on the Freedom Trail in just down the street from the Boston Common, the Parker House is also the first stop on the New England Literary Trail. Emerson, Thoreau, and Dickens all stayed there, and Malcolm X was at one time a bell boy.
There are two restaurants and a bar. The famous Parker’s Restaurant is birthplace of the Boston Creme Pie and the Parker House Roll.
Sites of historical significance within a five minute walk of the Omni Parker House include the Boston Common, the Public Garden, Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts State House, the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, King’s Chapel, and the site of the first public school in America.
Millennium Bostonian Hotel
26 North Street
Boston, MA 02109
Price: $119.00 – $405.00
Amenities: Room Service, Fitness Center, Spa/Massage, Meeting Facilities
Directly across the street from historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, the Millennium Boston is situated in the perfect location for history enthusiasts with children. Faneuil Hall is a place of high energy, offering everything under the sun to see, taste, and experience. Ben Franklin is generally on hand greet families, and in nice weather there is always a multitude of street performers to entertain. Inside is a long corridor of restaurants offering every kind of imaginable food to sample.
Once you’ve seen all the sites along the Freedom Trail, you can take the kids to the New England Aquarium, just a short walk away, or have lunch in the Union Oyster House around the corner. The Union is the oldest continuously operated restaurant in the United States.
Marriott’s Custom House
3 McKinley Square
Boston, MA 02109
Price: $189.00 – $365.00
Amenities: Room Service, TV/VCR, Kitchenettes
For a sense of Boston history, there can be no more authentic a setting than a stay in the newly renovated Custom House. Regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world since it was built in 1847, the Custom House Tower can be seen through out the city of Boston, and its beautiful blue clock is one of the most beloved sites in the city.
In 1999, the Custom House was opened by Marriott as a time share and hotel, affording visitors with the opportunity to stay in one of the city`s most elegant buildings. The Custom House is located in the heart of Boston, with the Freedom Trail, Old Ironsides, and the historic harbor all within walking distance.