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Recently I was in Boston for the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt and had the opportunity to try out a couple of different hotels. As I’ve gotten older, I find myself less and less interested in moving around to different hotels each night to try and maximize my savings, but in this case, I did stay at two different hotels. I have already given my Le Meridien Boston / Cambridge hotel review, where I stayed the first three nights of my trip and now I want to share my Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge Review.
Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge location
The Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge is located at 191 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA 02141, just across the Charles River from Boston. That puts it conveniently located nearby to Downtown Boston and only about a 12-minute drive from Boston Logan Airport
The Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge is also located within walking distance of the Lechmere T Station on the Green Line. When I was heading from this Boston hotel back to the Boston airport, I walked to the Lechmere station, took the Green Line, transferred to the Red Line and then took the Silver Line bus to the airport. It took about 35-40 minutes but was quite straightforward and I didn’t feel like paying $16 for an Uber
Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge cost
The Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge has a wide range in prices. I checked a few dates and saw it range anywhere from $109 all the way up to nearly $400!
Because Hilton no longer has an award chart, the amount in Hilton Honors points also varies by date. I saw it as low as 32,000 Hilton Honors points all the way up to 60,000 points per night. In my case, I had a free weekend night certificate so I decided to move hotels on the final night of my trip (a Sunday night). One way to look at it is that the free night certificate saved me $400 but a more accurate way is to say it saved me about $125, which would have been the cost of 1 more night at the Le Meridien Boston / Cambridge.
Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge review – room
I had a one King regular room on the 7th (and top) floor of the hotel. I am currently a Hilton Diamond but there was no mention of that at check-in in terms of room upgrades, not that I was expecting one at a Hampton Inn. I was given a bag of chips and a can of pop as my Diamond “amenity” at check-in
The bed was large and quite comfortable. One thing that I was not a huge fan of was that the desk is right next to the window, and therefore, the HVAC unit. So if you were sitting at the desk, the air would keep blowing on you periodically. Although in theory the thermostat supported it, I was not able to get the fan to turn off.
The bathroom was nice and updated.
And of course, rather than charging you for every little thing, I appreciate the Hampton Inn’s policy on forgotten toiletries
Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge wifi and amenities
The Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge does not have a pool, but it does have a fitness center with a variety of machines, weights, and other exercise equipment. The fitness center is located on the ground floor behind the lobby.
There was not a separate business center; instead there was just a random desk and a computer in the hallway on the ground floor.
There were vending machines throughout the hotel; one thing that I found interesting was this disclaimer that you could get the items 10 cents cheaper if you paid cash. I’m guessing that’s some sort of Massachusets legal thing?
The WiFi was tolerably fast – nothing amazing, but plenty fast to get work and other activities done.
Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge food
The Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge comes with complimentary breakfast, which is served on the main floor in the hotel lobby. The seating area was plentiful and there were plenty of seats available when I was down there
Breakfast for the most part was your standard hotel breakfast with a variety of cold items
as well as a few hot items; in this case it was scrambled eggs and bacon. There was also a waffle maker
One thing that was different about this hotel breakfast that I had not seen in other Hampton Inns was that they offered smoothies along with pressed juices, which I thought was a nice touch.
I had a nice stay at the Hampton Inn Boston / Cambridge and would definitely stay here again if I come back to Boston.
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