A May 2005 trip
to Boston by nickyjj
Quote: A weeklong trip to the city of Boston and a few trips to explore Massachusetts in all its glory!
Hotel | "Wyndham Boston"
We arrived at about 1pm after a long flight and had to wait about an hour for our room, but by the time we had grabbed a quick bite of lunch, the room was ready. Never having stayed in a Wyndham property, I was pleasantly surprised by our room, which was large, with two double beds, a separate seating area, international TV, coffee machine, work desk, and ergonomically designed chair. There was plenty of wardrobe space and a new iron and board to blast away those creases! The bathroom was compact but featured a nice shower. The room’s air-conditioning worked very well, and on the 14th floor we had three windows affording great views of Boston. Overall, the room was very nice, with good cleanliness standards, but I personally would say that the rooms were less well kept than Marriott counterparts for example.
Breakfast was included in our package and was very nice; although there was not an overwhelming choice, everything that was served, including bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, cereals, and other items, was very nicely cooked and presented. Included for us was a buffet breakfast, but there was also a menu you could chose additional items from and pay the charge. The hotel restaurant offers a range of local dishes as well as broader American and international dishes, with main courses being very reasonably priced in the mid-$20 mark. We also ate a lighter meal in the hotel bar, which was very relaxed, with good service, and the sandwiches and fries we had for under $10 per person were a great value and served very quickly when we were hungry!
The hotel was very well located, being only a few minutes walk away form many of the major Boston attractions and less than 5 minutes to the harbour (and boat cruises) and the northern quarter. Taxis to and from the airport take less than 15 minutes and cost under $20, so I wouldn’t even try to economise on this small amount by trying to go by bus!
The hotel also offers a decent gym with a wide rage of equipment, and the library located at the hotel entrance is very peaceful and quiet to relax in or wait for people.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2005
Hilton Boston Financial
89 Broad Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2006
Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
30 Germania Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02130
Booking is easiest via the American Airlines online website, which offers the most competitive prices most of the time (although I would recommend shopping around on other sites, such as Airline Network, etc.). The site also allows you to pre-reserve your seats, although not all seats (i.e. emergency exit seats, etc.) are available for booking. We paid approx £300, excluding taxes, per person. When I booked there was only one class (economy) offered for this price, but the plane shown also features a premium economy cabin, i.e. club class, seats with economy service, but we were advised that these seats were only available if you have a Gold or Platinum AA card or if they are released by the gate agents on the day. We really wanted to travel in this class, but no matter how many times I called AA, I didn’t get anywhere, so I just booked standard economy in the end.
Checking in: We arrived at Manchester Airport approximately 3 hours before the flight and joined a very small queue for the pre-flight security questions before we were very quickly and efficiently checked in. When we arrived at check-in there was a notice that you could pay £100 per person for the premium economy seats.
Boarding: The boarding procedure started about 40 minutes before the plane was due to take off, and we were able to board first as we were seated in row 1 to 9 of the aeroplane. We settled into our comfortable seats which were wide and spacious, with plenty of leg room and a useful tray between us.
The plane was a 777 and was not the newest plane in the fleet (I hope) but overall laws comfortable with a 3-3 configuration in economy and a 2-2 in premium class. The flight lasts about 7 hours, and on the outbound flight were served drinks, lunch, and a pre-arrival snack. On the return journey we were served dinner and then a snack for breakfast. The main meals were fine by airline standards, although the snack were pure sugar rushes on both journeys and not my ideal meal! The main meals were quite good, with a choice of two hot dishes and one vegetarian, all served with salad, bread, and dessert. Alcoholic drinks are also not included, so if you wish to purchase liquor, this will cost you $5/£3 per drink.
Comfort items provided included a pillow, blanket, and headphones, and the movie screens were shared and there was an abundance of kids movies (Shrek, Madagascar) on both flights, so taking a book with you would be my advice. Overall, the AA experience was every pleasant, as the flight was on time, and I would definitely fly to Boston with them again.
Manchester, United Kingdom