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The 7 best cheap hotels in Boston

Doing Boston on a budget? The best cheap hotels in Boston give you amenities and proximity without breaking the bank

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Time Out contributors
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Eric Grossman
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Boston’s overnight accommodations are not for the faint of heart or the light of wallet. It’s an expensive town to a live in and an even more expensive to visit, but bargains can be found—it just requires some sleuthing. We’ve scoured the local landscape to locate the best cheap hotels in the city, each providing easy access to the best Boston attractions without triggering budgetary panic. (Save those pennies for the amazing restaurants in town and other treats.)

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

Best cheap hotels in Boston

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  • Fresh Pond
  • price 2 of 4

What was once an unremarkable Best Western has morphed into a modern, bright, and budget-friendly boutique hotel, with locally sourced art and amenities like free Wi-Fi and bath slippers. Its North Cambridge location (near Fresh Pond) provides visitors easy access to historic across-the-river landmarks and the ability to hop on public transportation to head downtown. 

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  • Mission Hill
  • price 3 of 4

A hotel that especially caters to families traveling to Boston for medical care, the Inn at Longwood Medical distinguishes itself with kindly customer service and kid-friendly amenities. (Kids receive a teddy bear and coloring book upon check-in, and eat for free at the hotel’s restaurant). A short distance away from Fenway Park, the hotel is also perfect for large groups in town to take in a Red Sox game (or series). Rooms are spacious, bedding is plush and the city views are sweeping; the suites also come with kitchenettes.

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  • Charlestown
  • price 3 of 4

If Bunker Hill sits atop your Boston to-do list, Constitution Inn is the ideal bunking spot. Rooms are spare, but the location cannot be beat: smack in the middle of the Charlestown Navy Yard and at the head of the Freedom Trail, which means you can walk Boston’s historic path at your leisure. You’re also just a few minutes away from excellent waterside dining. The inn shares a building with the local YMCA, giving guests access to a pool and ample gym equipment.

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  • price 3 of 4

Marriott’s “lifestyle” conceit provides relief to strapped travelers, and this Medford entry is especially welcome to traveling families. Guest rooms are moody and modern, with sizeable bathroom suites, and some even have water views. There’s a surprisingly robust breakfast buffet, but for dinner your best bet is to head to Assembly Row, less than a mile away, to sample the outdoor mall’s array of indie restaurants.

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  • Boutique hotels
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

This narrow hotel sits on a busy stretch of commercial Boylston Street; it almost feels like a small condo complex. Rooms are cozy and basic, but you’ll be spending most of your time out on the town given your proximity to, well, everything. The hotel sits across the street from the historic Boston Public Library and a block away from the famed shopping and dining of Newbury Street; the Copley MBTA stop is less than 50 yards away.

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  • Fenway/Kenmore
  • price 2 of 4

Step into the Buckminster and you step into history. Located smack in the center of Kenmore Square, with Fenway Park just a home run shot away, the brownstone hotel recalls an earlier era. Today it’s a cozy, centrally-located optionwith comfortable, basic rooms, plus a tiny gym and laundry room.

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  • Porter Sq
  • price 2 of 4

In a busy are with rather limited lodging options, this modern, 56-room boutique hotel stands out. The sleek, marble-heavy lobby gives way to light-filled rooms thanks to the oversized windows. Porter Square is the forgotten child among Cambridge and Somerville’s more celebrated squares (Harvard, Davis), but the eclectic area boasts a full range of dining options.

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