Best Boston Tourism Tips

The Hilton Boston Back Bay is
the Best Mid-Priced Value in Town

Where it is: Back Bay

The Hilton Boston Back Bay is a place I recommend regularly, despite the fact that it faces a bit of a conundrum.

This Hilton is possibly the best value for money in Boston's mid-price/business hotel range. If you're looking for a mid-priced hotel that's super central, with clean, comfortable rooms and very competitive rates, the Hilton Back Bay is a no-brainer.


A King Superior guest room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay A King Superior guest room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay

However, at the Hilton Back Bay, Boston MA visitors will get a more traditional mid-priced hotel in an era when many mid-priced hotels are heading down the boutique/luxury path, i.e., providing ever escalating quality in service, design, creature comforts, and amenities. The Hilton Back Bay Boston offers a more . . . streamlined approach.

The happy Hilton Back Bay guest tends to be someone who focuses on what a great deal they're getting for the money, rather than sighing over the relative austerity of the lobby or the fact that bathroom wasn't renovated five minutes ago.


A double-bed guest room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay A double-bed guest room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay

If you aren't such a person (and there's nothing wrong with it if you are!) and you prefer an upgraded Hilton Hotel experience – and are willing to pay more for it, of course – head to the Hilton in Boston's Downtown neighborhood (Downtown is also sometimes called the Financial District).

Otherwise, hit this Hilton if you're delighted at the prospect of a mid-priced/business hotel that can promise comfort and ultra-convenience at a very good price, particularly during the low season.


A guest room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay A guest room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay

This Hilton will allow you to walk to most of the important business and cultural destinations in Boston. It's directly across the street from the Sheraton Hotel, which means you'll have to walk outside for five minutes to get to Hynes Convention Center and the Shops at the Prudential Center (rather than indoor access and zero exposure to the outdoors, as you would enjoy from the Sheraton, Marriott or Westin).

Newbury Street and an endless array of great Back Bay dining and shopping are within that same five-minute walk, as is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, the Cheesecake Factory. The Boston Common is a twenty-minute walk. Downtown and the theater district are a 15-minute walk. Fenway Park is thirty minutes on foot.


The business center at the Hilton Boston Back Bay The business center at the Hilton Boston Back Bay

If your chosen destination is a bit further and you'd rather take the subway than walk for 45 minutes to, say, Quincy Market or the New England Aquarium, both the Hynes Convention Center and Prudential T stations are a five-minute walk away. Like I said, this hotel is crazy central.

Now I hope I didn't give the wrong impression. While this Hilton has declined to go after the luxury/boutique crowd, this is still a Hilton, damn it, and its rooms are actually quite elegant, appointed with warm colors and clean, modern lines. And if you manage to land a high-floor room overlooking the city – the odds of which increase significantly if you're a Hilton Gold or Diamond member – expect a million dollar view. (There is something about the glow of Fenway Park at night . . . .)


The fitness center at the Hilton Boston Back Bay The fitness center at the Hilton Boston Back Bay

In entry-level rooms, you can expect downy, warm king beds, 32" flat screen televisions, workspaces with ergonomic chairs, and La Source bath amenities – specially-made for Hilton guests by Crabtree and Evelyn.

Critically, there are in-room coffee-makers with Lavazza coffee. There is a daily charge for in-room wireless, and (at last check) a one-hour limit on wi-fi in the business center in the lobby.

General in-house dining options at the Back Bay Hilton Boston include the hotel restaurant, Forty Dalton, an in-house Starbucks Café, and of course, room service.


A king superior corner room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay A king superior corner room at the Hilton Boston Back Bay

There is no club or executive lounge, even for Gold and Diamond members. There is, however, a complimentary breakfast provided for Gold and Diamond members in a separate breakfast room adjacent to the dining room. At last check, the selections were good quality if somewhat limited in range.

Service is courteous and responsive. There is an excellent fitness center, as well as a pool and a hot tub.

Alas, companion animals are not allowed – again, you'll have to hit the Downtown Hilton if you want to bring Muffin along.

The Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115; 617-338-4400
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