Education is Boston’s powerhouse economy. 10 colleges and universities, six tech schools, four art and music schools and Mass. General Hospital (the teaching hospital for Harvard Medical) are all inside the city limits. Other industries include healthcare, finance, high-tech R&D, commercial fishing, food processing and government. New Englanders are known for their reserved personalities. They tend to need a little time to warm up. A direct ‘matter of fact’ approach usually works best to break the ice.

WHERE TO STAY

  • THE ENVOY HOTEL – Our HOT tip! This polished hotel is brand new and has it all with a central location to the top restaurants and bars in Seaport. Offers sleek contemporary rooms and an exquisite rooftop bar with views of the city.
  • SHERATON BOSTON – A fun full service “go-to” place with a killer location very close to Copley Place. As a chain hotel, this place offers all of the amenities you’d expect from a Sheraton. It also has indoor access to shopping at The Prudential Center.
  • THE VERB – Trendy hotel with a retro-chic vibe located across the road from baseball games at FENWAY PARK.  There’s a hip Japanese pub and an inner courtyard that features a seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck.
  • THE BOSTONIAN – Good sized rooms, great location and right across from Faneuil Hall. Faneuil Hall is great for stopping by during the day and trying out the food stalls. At night, it is where the college kids go to drink so the hotel is better for those who like to go out and don’t mind a little noise.
  • ONYX HOTEL – This hip boutique hotel in the fashionable West End neighborhood is a block from sporting events at TD Garden and a 9-minute walk from the Freedom Trail. They offer comfortable rooms with some awesomely tacky animal print robes. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a meeting room, and a chic cocktail lounge. They serve breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch. Freebies include nightly wine receptions, morning tea and coffee, and loaner bikes. 
  • BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL – High-end hotel located on the wharf overlooking the harbor. Close to the North End and Financial District. Amenities include a spa, fitness center and a 60-ft indoor pool. There’s a sophisticated New American restaurant, seafood eatery and cocktail bar with harbor views. Meeting and event amenities range from a ballroom to a 24-hour business center.
  • XV BEACON HOTEL – Situated in a beaux arts building dating from 1903, this upscale boutique hotel in Beacon Hill is 6 minutes’ walk from The State House and 0.7 miles from Charles Street. Offers refined rooms – most include maple bathrooms with sunken whirlpool tubs and rainfall showers, 4-poster beds and in-room fireplaces. There’s also a destination steakhouse with a private roof terrace overlooking Beacon Hill.
  • THE LENOX HOTEL – Chic old-school luxury. Located in the heart of Back Bay, and only 1-block from Newbury Street, the Lenox is surrounded by cafes, shops, boutiques and an overall great vibe. Includes a bar, restaurant and Irish Pub.
  • THE ELIOT HOTEL – Oozes New England Luxury with a European influence. Amazing cuisine by Chef Ken Oringer, right on Newbury Street (the Rodeo Drive of Boston) plus 10-mins from Fenway Park, the home of baseball team the Boston Red Sox.

CO-WORKING

  • COVE – Three co-working locations in Boston (and nine in D.C!). One location in Back Bay and another in Union Square in the Somerville suburb. These guys have small facilities with around 20 desks.
  • WEWORK – Two offices in Boston: South Point and Fort Point – both locations are in the heart of the city, with direct access to all forms of public transportation.

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

  • RENDER COFFEE – Located in the South End (10-mins walk from the hotels in Back Bay), and always worth the wait in line for their amazing coffee. Try to snag a spot for some sunshine on their back deck.
  • THINKING CUP – A favorite with Bostonians and the only coffee shop in the area downtown to serve “Stumptown Coffee”. The Thinking Cup is conveniently located mere steps from the Boston Common.
  • PAVEMENT – Featuring Boston’s best homemade bagels and award-winning coffee. Could there be a more perfect way to start your day? Four central locations: Black Bay, Allston, Newbury and Fenway.
  • BARRINGTON COFFEE ROASTERS – A serious coffee institution, Barrington sources obscure coffee from around the world. A must for die-hard aficionados. Two locations: 303 Newbury Street and 346 Congress Street Fort Point.

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

  • THE PARISH CAFE – A ‘hearty’ selection of gourmet sandwiches invented by local chefs from across the city. The Parish also serves craft cocktails and has a HUGE selection of beers. It’s located just off Boston Common and has a great patio for people watching.
  • THE SALTY PIG – Gastropub serving awesome charcuterie plates with a mix of international and local cheeses, meats and other options. Solid wine list, craft beers and inventive cocktails. Has a very cool vibe – don’t forget to check out the bathrooms lined with Gary Larson comics.
  • SWEET CHEEKS – Heralded as one of Boston’s best BBQ joints. Offers massive serving of amazing food. Brisket and ribs are a specialty. The biscuits are bigger than your hand and come with honey butter. Great location near Fenway Park – the ultimate post-game pig out experience!
  • ROW 34 –  Stylish eatery serving an extensive oyster and seafood menu. Located in the Seaport/Fort Point area, it’s a great setting for a business lunch or dinner. Make a reservation in advance as it’s quite popular with the lunch crowd. The clam chowder and buttered lobster rolls are a specialty.
  • CAFE ARTSCIENCE – Experimental French cuisine with a strong focus on presentation.  Has a sleek, futuristic vibe and a central location in East Cambridge.
  • B&G OYSTERS – Small menu with a strong focus on seasonal seafood. The fried oysters are perfection!
  • ISLAND CREEK OYSTER BAR – Large raw bar, great seafood dishes and a solid wine list. Sleek surrounds, cool décor and noteworthy customer service.
  • DEUXAVE – Modern French & American meals served in chic quarters with a fireplace & bar. Offers a tasting menu as well as a la carte. Great space, equal parts fancy and comfortable.
  • OCEAN PRIME – Our pick for dinner with high-quality seafood, steaks and great cocktails. Located in the Seaport district, they also offer amazing private space. Our insider tip: save room for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie – incredible!

NIGHT SPOTS

  • ALIBI – Located within the Liberty Hotel in Beacon Hill. The hotel used to be a jailhouse and has now been transformed into one of the trendiest spots in the city.
  • BEEHIVE – Live music, jazz brunches, funky atmosphere and great bartenders.
  • TAPESTRY – Comfortable atmosphere and awesome cocktails near Fenway Park.
  • OAK LONG – ‘BarComfy’ leather high back chairs and old school cocktails in a large space.
  • LEGAL HARBORSIDE – Third-floor rooftop lounge overlooking the Boston Harbor.
  • ROOFTOP AT REVERE – City views with snacks and cocktails on this hotel rooftop in Boston Common.
  • TOP OF THE HUB – live music with 360-degree views of Boston from the top of the Prudential Center.

COOL HUNTING

  • For a great day, wander the city walk around Beacon Hill (gorgeous historic neighborhood) and spend time in Boston Public Garden. Afterwards, continue down to Boylston St to browse the shops, restaurants and coffee shops of Back Bay. In the Public Gardens, the Swan Boat is touristy but we love its kitsch factor!
  • One of our favorite areas in Boston is The North End where you find great Italian restaurants – a must do for anyone visiting Boston.
  • Harpoon Brewery – Beer hall with large sweet and savory pretzels, made in house with dipping sauces. Great atmosphere and shared long tables.
  • Boston Public Market – Indoor marketplace for local farms, food and drink. Great for wandering around while eating cider donuts.
  • Tour of Fenway Park – Home of The Red Sox. Take a guided tour around the park (great for photo opps) including the press box and other cool, behind the scenes spots.
  • SOWA Open Market – Sundays in May with art, a farmers market, vintage treasures and food trucks all in one location.
  • Kayak the Charles River– Rent a kayak hourly and check out the Charles River.
  • Take a drive out to one of the quintessential New England Coastal Towns nearby. Rockport MA and Kennebunkport are beautiful destinations (under 2-hours from Boston). Keep this travel tip in mind – the best and most authentic/delicious lobster rolls come from the small shacks by the water so keep a look out as you drive.
  • For more information on local events, activities and experiences check out Boston tourism.

GETTING AROUND

  • Don’t rent a car in Boston. Garage/hotel parking is very expensive – plus there’s almost no such thing as on-street parking. Boston is known as “the walking city”. If you need transport, use UBER, taxi, or the subway.
  • Logan Airport is only 15-min from the city (25-mins in traffic) via Uber or LYFT. Fares average around $20 with taxis charging between $25 to $35. THE SUBWAY also runs between the airport and the city and is a much cheaper option.
  • Our hotel recommendations for the best location and “scene” are the inner city neighborhoods of Back Bay and Seaport. Development has turned the Seaport district (10-mins South of Downtown) into one of the city’s hottest areas. Hanging out here makes you look like you’re really in the know!
  • Book hotels early. $400+ per night for 4-star hotels is typical. Shop around and to save money, an alternative option is to look for hotels outside of the city near a subway for quick access to Downtown. We suggest AC HOTEL BOSTON NORTH and HOTELTRIA located in Cambridge.

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