Boston Hotels Near the Freedom Trail

Hotels — By Mike Virgintino on September 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

Boston’s Freedom Trail is one of the most fun and educating adventures in the United States, helping tens of thousands of visitors each year learn more about the founding of the country.

The Freedom Trail winds through the streets of modern Boston. It starts at the visitor center at Boston Common. It passes by many sites, including the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s home in the North End. It ends at the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution that is anchored at a nearby pier where the Charles River meets Boston Harbor.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Many hotels are located near various parts of the Freedom Trail. Here are three:

  • John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center

Located on a quiet corner in the Copley Square area of downtown Boston, the John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center is about one mile from the Freedom Trail. Situated along the Charles River, it is close to Newbury Street, Boston Common and Public Garden. It has 64 guest rooms that are referred to as intimate (translation: small).

The hotel and conference center, named after one of Boston’s famous patriots, offers a continental breakfast, complimentary WiFi and weekday newspaper. A business center is available and discounted parking is included for guests.

The John Hancock and Conference Center is located at 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA 02116. Reservations: call 1-617-933-7700 or e-mail

  • Shawmut Inn

The Shawmut Inn is a recently renovated property near the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston’s sports and entertainment arena. If you haven’t been to the city for a number of years but have a memory of Boston Garden, this modern arena is located next to the site of the old place.

The hotel is within a five-minute walk of about a dozen restaurants. Each room includes a kitchenette. It is on the west side of I-93 and near to the North End, which is filled with some of Boston’s finest Italian restaurants. The walk to reach the North End community is slightly longer and you will need to cross main roads and dodge heavy city traffic.

The Shawmut Inn is located at 280 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114. Reservations: 1-617-720-5544 or through online travel sites.

  • Chandler Inn Hotel

The Chandler Inn Hotel is a boutique facility in Boston’s historic South End. It is a few blocks away from Boston Common and the beginning of The Freedom Trail. Shopping can be found nearby along Newbury Street. Restaurants also are near on Tremont Street.

The Chandler Inn is a small hotel that is housed in a building dating from the early 1900’s. It offers 55 guest rooms, with each featuring a private bath. Parking is available but it is three blocks away.

It is located at 26 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116. Reservations: 1-800-842-3450 or


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