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The Radisson Hotel Boston
Has a Private Terrace Waiting for You

Where it is: Downtown

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Don't be fooled by its unassuming exterior: the Radisson Hotel Boston offers one of the most satisfying mid-priced hotel experiences in the city.

This is the only mid-priced hotel in town that can offer a Downtown/Financial District location with easy walking access to important cultural and business destinations and a private balcony on which to reflect on your adventures . . . or enjoy room service, or work, or just get some fresh air.

A king room at the Radisson Hotel Boston A king room at the Radisson Hotel Boston

I know. I had you at "private balcony." That said, the hotel has fewer rooms – 358 total – than most of the mid-priced hotels featured in this guide, and that smaller volume means limitations on other amenities that larger mid-priced hotels provide automatically. For instance, room service ends at the Radisson at 11:30 pm, rather than running 24 hours. (Hardly a dealbreaker, but a factor for night owls, especially in Boston, where commercial and restaurant life closes far earlier than it does in Boston's rival city two hundred miles southwest.)

But the hotel compensates for such limitations by offering perks its mid-priced competitors generally don't, like complimentary wi-fi in guest rooms. (Am I the only one who finds daily charges for wireless really grating?)

A double queen room A double queen room

One of the reasons this hotel has a relatively low number of rooms is because they haven't gotten around to renovating and divvying all the rooms into tiny fractions of their original sizes. So at the Radisson Hotel Boston MA visitors will enjoy rooms that are larger than their counterparts in other city hotels, but also that in some cases, their style tends a bit more toward the . . . vintage end of the spectrum.

Happily, room amenities stretch as far as the eyes can see – and exceed competitors' offerings in some cases. In addition to the "of course" stuff, like daily housekeeping and cable, each guest room provides:

  • 37-inch LG HD flat-screen TV
  • coffee maker
  • work desk and lamp
  • complimentary weekday newspaper

The Radisson also offers the often beloved, sometimes controversial, Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort ™, a feature I've never seen in another hotel. The Sleep Number® bed allows guests to adjust the firmness and support of their mattress using a remote control.

Rustic Kitchen Bar & Bistro at the Radisson Hotel Boston Rustic Kitchen Bar & Bistro at the Radisson Hotel Boston

Handicap-accessible rooms are available and service animals are, of course welcome. Companion animals, however, are not. Sorry Muffin!

There is a business center with complimentary high-speed Internet; a fitness center with cardio equipment (Stairmasters, treadmill) and free weights; and an indoor pool with an outdoor sundeck.

Indoor pool with outdoor deck at the Radisson Hotel Boston Indoor pool with outdoor deck at the Radisson Hotel Boston

And business travelers should consider requesting Business Class rooms. Radisson Business Class features include

  • early check-in service
  • an upgrade to the best available room in the hotel
  • upgraded bathroom amenities
  • one drink voucher per night and
  • daily delivery of the Wall Street Journal

There are countless delicious dinner spots within short walking distance when you stay Downtown – a couple of the places I love most in Boston, Bistro du Midi (delicious, upscale French) and New Saigon Sandwiches (cheap, mouthwatering banh mi) are five minutes away on foot. But the Radisson whips up delicious food on-site at its restaurant, Rustic Kitchen.

Rustic Kitchen is a 200-seat bistro and bar that serves fresh, authentic Italian food made daily on-site in a Tuscan-style dining room. It has a wood-burning pizza oven and an exposed pasta station. Diners can enjoy greater privacy in one of its multiple private dining options, including a private wine cellar dining room.

A king room at the Radisson Hotel Boston A king room at the Radisson Hotel Boston

You may want to book a reservation as Rustic Kitchen is popular with locals and you may find yourself competing with the after-work crowd and couples on dates for a table on weeknights.

The hotel sits in Boston's Theatre District, so whether you want to marvel at the Alvin Ailey dancers at the Shubert Theatre or laugh at Aziz Ansari until your stomach hurts at the Wang Theatre, either attraction is only five minutes from the hotel.

If you want to enjoy as much of Boston tourism as possible with the least amount of transit time, it's hard to beat the Downtown location. The Radisson Hotel Boston is about two blocks from the Public Garden, Boston Common, and Newbury Street shopping and dining. It's a $5-$10 cab ride to some of Boston's most popular attractions like the New England Aquarium, Beacon Hill, the delicious eats of the North End, and the Science Museum.

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And if you want to go further, well . . . the Arlington (Green Line) and the Tufts Medical Center (Orange Line) T stations are each two blocks away from the hotel.

At the Radisson Boston hotel guests will discover the service is efficient and gracious, especially concierge service. At last check, the self-parking (with in/out privileges) charge was $39.00 and overnight valet parking was $46.00/day, which while seemingly astronomically high, is actually par for the area.

The Radisson Hotel
200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116; 617-482-1800

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