(Closed) Boston Honeymoon

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It really depends on whether you plan on driving to Boston. If you drive, you stay on the outskirts of Boston where hotels are much more affordable. Hotels in the city are very expensive, especially for a decent hotel. There is a ton to do and I think its a good option, but only if you can stay outside the city because otherwise I don’t think you can do it for that amount of money.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you can do 3 nights in a hotel in town for $1500 including meals etc if you shop around for the hotel (may mean keeping flexible dates), and take the train from your nearest Amtrak station. Parking in Boston itself is pretty pricey; $55+ a day at the hotels. I’ve stayed in various Hikton’s and Marriott’s within Boston itself (good neighborhoods) for $225/night. So it can be done. 4 nights is probably pushing it.

youre better off in the city without a car than in the suburbs with a car.

have dinner at Kaze Shabu Shabu which is a restaurant specializing in Japanese fondue-style dishes (cook your meat and veg in hot broth instead of cheese). There are quite a few very cheap dim sum houses in Chinatown.

take a haunted walking tour, historical pub tour, or chocolate tour. All of those go on groupon all the time!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

<3 Boston!  My favorite big city!  Stay at the Marriott Waterfront.  Gorgeous!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I went to Boston once and it seemed really conceited to me.

I’ve been told it’s a cultural difference and that’s just how they act and don’t mean anything by it.  

One thing I did like was walking around and shopping in the area near The Freedom Trail (our hotel was a block away from the Bostom Common) and visiting the Cheers bar.

 

I do not recommend the hotel we stayed at. The Boston Park Plaza is historical and apparently every president has stayed there since it was built, blah blah… but while it is decorated fancy, there’s a lot wrong with it. Our room had a funky smell (it smelled like metal and poop), my friend’s room had something wrong with the bathroom door and they couldn’t shut it because it would get stuck and took more than two people to open each time. The staff was rude and we had to evacuate in the early morning when a fire alarm went off.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@rosworms:  I’ve never heard a city referred to as conceited. As someone who lived there for several years, I will try not to be offended. Not really sure what that means…

@jbridea:  if you’re going in the summer, I would consider cape cod or the coast of Maine. Or you can do 2 days in Boston & 2 days at the beach. boston & the surrounding areas are chick full of things to do. Portsmouth NH is my favorite place of all time (1 hr north of Boston). 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If it’s going to be summertime what about RI? Newport is beautiful.

 

 

Ps I’m from Boston 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mamadingdong:  it just seemed like almost everyone i met had this “i’m better than you” attitude. i didn’t imagine it because i heard the same thing from a couple different people who also attended the convention.

It could have been that people don’t like tourists or a bad taste in our mouths from the hotel (especially one staff member in particular). I don’t know. I just know that it didn’t make me want to go back.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live in Boston and the best suggestion is to stay at the Marriott Boston across from the back bay station and commuter rail. The famous Newbury street is within distance and you can see the sights and walk to local shops, resturants. You can take the trolley to go to famous Fanueil Hall and see the Old North Church, The Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill Moument.

If you would like more information please feel free to PM me and I will give you as much information you need to be able to make the best choice.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I apologize for the f bomb! But I saw this today and couldn’t help but laugh! As a person whole lives outside of Boston (in nh) this is so true! As you can see by the roads we don’t have a single straight one in Boston! It’s a very old city based off of old cattle paths. Walking around you will find some very tight windy old roads. But I wouldn’t change it anyway! Car wise it does suck (as you can see by the photo and others comments) parking isn’t cheap and is a pain. But south station is nice and the t isn’t that complicated. 

 

I love the aquarium. MoFA. Science museum.  And just plan walking around! (Lts face it can’t go wrong in the north end!) it’s a pretty old city. With loads of historical stuff. Yes we’re slightly “pushy” but I’ll be completely honest 20 countries later and multiple cities later were all the same. I wouldn’t let it deture me. Most people are very nice and helpful and can help you out with t directions and all that jazz. I’d say go for it and enjoy the trip!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am from the Boston area, and the prices vary according to season, but one of my favorite places to stay for a mini getaway is the Liberty hotel…it used to be a prison..pretty neat place =) Also, parking at hotels can cost $50/night…

FI has stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn in Charlestown..its right outside Boston you can walk to TD Garden. They have parking in a side parking lot for around $10/day so you dont have to pay a fortune to hotel valet.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jbridea:  

Boston is a VERY walkable city with great transportation. That being said, it gives you a lot of choices in terms of accomodations-> the different neighborhoods etc etc. No matter how far away it is from the center of town, you can easily hop on the metro and get there. 

When we went, we did the historic tour. Def. worth it. This is perhaps the most touristy thing I have ever done and I do not regret it. 

Also, make dinner reservations at “Neptune Oyster”. Just go there (if you like seafood done Italian) It is so good !

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I love Boston.  There are tons to do.  Def do the historical stuff.  Also, if you can take the ferry up to Salem and do all the witch-y stuff.  Plus its super adorable.  For your budget you will be fine.  Last leisure trip we stayed in the financial district.  It was near everything we wanted, plus we walked all over. 

In regards to transport, I’d suggest flying.  It might seem like a hassle but it may be cheaper.  Your in Jersey so if you fly out of EWR/PHL/LGA/JFK flight will be about an hour and you wont have to worry about parking/gas.  Also, the train is not cheap.  You can also catch public transport smack to town from the airport for about $2.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@rosworms:  I think conceited is definitely the wrong word for Boston- that would be New York or LA! But really, I think that it is common for people from the Midwest to think that New Englanders are unfriendly. In reality, we just like to mind our own business and we respect your personal space. I also think the reverse is true- having grown up in New England, I found the overt friendliness of the Midwest kind of creepy because it doesn’t feel genuine. Maybe I’m a little different because I grew up in VT, but I often get asked for directions and I am always friendly and happy to help.

OP, you can definitely do it for $1500. You will probably have to stay at a hotel in the suburbs though. Go to the Aquarium, the MFA, Faneuil Hall, and walk the Freedom Trail. Make sure you eat in the North End! Go on a whale watch or go visit one of the harbor islands for a day. If it’s a summer weekend, the traffic to/from the Cape will be murder, so do what we do- head to the other Cape, Cape Ann! Ipswich and Gloucester have awesome seafood. Check out the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich and get some fried clams at Woodman’s!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You can easily priceline a 4* hotel for under $150 a night, and a 3.5* for even less, as long as you do it far enough in advance. There is another forum that provides tips for bidding on priceline, as well as a listing of what hotels fall under each rating in each zone, so you can get an idea of what hotel you’d likely get. Not sure if I can post to it so you’ll have to google it. 

I’ve never had a bad experience bidding on Priceline and we’ve gotten the Omni Parker (which similar to a PP is dated and historic, but try not to get that one, it’s not a great place and the rooms are teeny tiny). We get the Renaissance on the waterfront a lot too and it’s a gorgeous hotel. The Hyatt near the theatres is also nice.

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