Boston

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Boston Common featuring a city, a garden and a monument

Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail.

Home to more than 6 million people, Boston dates back to 1630 and is one of the United States’ oldest cities. Boston has a very interesting history, and a number of important battles were fought here during the American Revolution. Although big, the city has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with many traditional Irish pubs, international restaurants and enough art and culture to keep visitors coming back for more.

In total, there are 21 neighbourhoods in Boston, each with its own unique personality and style. The skyscraper-filled Financial District is also home to the impressive New England Aquarium. Many young professionals and families live in South Boston, while the city’s richest residents live in wealthy Beacon Hill. Jamaica Plain is probably the most fashionable and stylish neighbourhood, and in elegant Back Bay, you can enjoy the classic Brownstone buildings that the city is famous for. The area of Fenway is where you will find Fenway Park, the stadium of the Red Sox baseball team. Boston Common dates back to 1634 and is the oldest city park in the USA. It is the perfect place to take a walk, ride the famous swan boat, or perhaps visit the graves of soldiers from the American Revolution.

Boston’s layout is different to that of other American cities. Where many US cities use an easy-to-navigate grid system (like in New York for example), the streets of Boston are more European in style, with plenty of narrow and winding alleys. This makes it a really enjoyable city to walk around, as you never know what you may find round the next corner! It’s great fun to go for a long walk on Boston Common, especially along the 4-kilometre long Freedom Trail. This walk takes you past many different sites that are important to the American Revolution (such as the USS Constitution Museum and the Paul Revere House) and finally finishes up at Faneuil Hall marketplace. The marketplace is vibrant and colourful and filled with plenty of shops, restaurants, galleries and street performance artists who spend their days entertaining the crowds.

You can enjoy many different types of food as you dive into Boston’s great restaurant scene. There are many diverse cuisines thanks to the influence of the ethnic groups that have made Boston their home over the last century. These include authentic Italian, Chinese, Indian, Brazilian, Japanese and Guatemalan cuisine among others.

Boston is such a great city to visit because so many of its top sights and attractions are within easy walking distance. For journeys further afield, visitors can use the efficient public transport system, which includes the bus and the subway, also known as the T.

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Where to stay in Boston

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
2.5 out of 5
230 Lee Burbank Hwy, Revere, MA
The price is S$132 per night from 25 Dec to 25 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden, New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Boston Common and Boston Convention ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,420 reviews)
"Close to airport"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2021

Hampton Inn Boston - Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
3.5 out of 5
207 Porter St, Boston, MA
The price is S$161 per night from 1 Jan to 1 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in East Boston, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Long Wharf. Boston Harbor and TD Garden are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,038 reviews)
"Needs update"

Reviewed on 4 Dec,2021

Embassy Suites Boston Logan Airport
Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor
5 out of 5
1 Broadway, Everett, MA
Fully refundable
The price is S$378 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Encore Boston Harbor, The Freedom Trail, and Assembly Row. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,506 reviews)
"Amazing room, staff is great"

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2021

Encore Boston Harbor
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport District
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport District
3 out of 5
670 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Located in Seaport District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion and Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Boston Convention and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (75 reviews)
"Very nice place to stay : friendly , clean and cozy . Dirty vacant lots next to . Hopefully, It will be bought out soon and turn into something nice ."

Reviewed on 2 Dec,2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport District
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
3 out of 5
145 Beech St, Chelsea, MA
Situated in Chelsea, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Encore Boston Harbor, and within 6 mi (10 km) of TD Garden and USS Constitution Museum. Faneuil ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,195 reviews)
"Great stay. Highly recommend it to anyone who visits Boston."

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea
Homewood Suites by Hilton Needham Boston
Homewood Suites by Hilton Needham Boston
3 out of 5
200 First Avenue, Needham, MA
Situated in Needham, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Boston College, Babson College and Wellesley College. St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Alumni ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (555 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on 23 Nov,2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Needham Boston
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