Holiday Inn Select Boston Government Center Hotel

, Boston, United States
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Holiday Inn Select Boston Government Center Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 303

5 Blossom Street - Boston - Massachusetts - 02114 - United States Hotel Website | | 617-742-7630
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Reviews - Holiday Inn Select Boston Government Center Hotel

9/10
Great Service and Staff
Submitted by: Donna in 14/08/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
August 2006 Family of 4 stayed for 3 nights, accomodations were very nice, hotel staff friendly and professional and the breakfast was just perfect - will definitely recommend to others - Thank you for your service!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Holiday Inn Select Boston Government Center Hotel

Do not stay here - incompetent

from A TripAdvisor Member
Construction is right outside window. Curtain is fake so it doesn't actually close, so lights shine in room all night long like it is high noon.

I asked that my payment be split up on two different Visa cards and was assured multiple times (called ahead, on check in, on check out) that it was. Instead they charged it ALL to my bank card Visa, so now my bank account is in the hole. Plus they authorized the other Visa too, so it has no available credit, and may end up posting charges too, which would be an overcharge. When I call to discuss the issue, ONLY ONE PERSON IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING is able to help, and you guessed it, she's not there. And doesn't return voice mail.

Cold, rude, and unfriendly. No concierge. Stay elsewhere.

Construction

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our group stayed here Sept 18-24 - 6 nights total. Sure enough come Monday morning construction started at approximately 6:30am and this continued throughout our stay.

If you decide to stay here make sure when you check in to ask for a room not on the construction side if you prefer to sleep in but remember Mass. General Hospital is right across the street so you will probably hear the sirens.

Once the construction project is completed I would recommend staying here but not until then. Convenient location to all Downtown sites and public transportation. Rooms are pretty generic but clean and housekeeping staff is very accomodating.

t beat free

from cabogolf19
I agree with prior reviews that this property offers a good value in a city where hotels rates are very inflated. I was able to use my priority club points. So it was a super deal.

Beware, they charge $1.00 for each local telephone call and the cost of the valet parking is $36.00 per day. Other than that no complaints.

The rooms were clean, good size and the floor I stayed on was quiet. Afgter a long day trecking around Boston this was great. During our stay, construction noise what not an issue.

This is the second time I have stayed here and will go back next year.

Great Value and Location in Pricey Boston

from Standby4321
The Holiday Inn Select Boston - Government Center is a large, boutique-style hotel that offers good accommodations within reasonable walking distance of many sights in central Boston. The standard rooms are standard fare, with no surprises either on the upside or the downside. There are executive levels on the 12th and 14th floors. Views toward the front of the hotel are superior than those to the rear, which face a part of the medical complex that is under construction. That said, the immediate area offers nothing particularly spectacular. The hotel's restaurant offers a breakfast buffet at $12.95 that is decent. We found housekeeping to be adequate and the hotel staff cooperative, though unrushed.

The hotel's best attributes include its location, which places visitors within walking distance of much of historic Boston. We found our most common routings to be through the city hall plaza and also up Joy Street to the Boston Common. Charming Charles Street is also a nice walk in the neigborhood. Best neighborhood restaurant: Antonio's, an Italian place that you'll see less than two blocks down toward the overhead T track on the other side of the main drag. It's a small, 23-table dandy and you'll see the people lined up outside.

The hotel is an outlet for Red Trolley tour tickets, one of several hop-on, hop-off trolley operations in the city. The tour provides a good orientation to the city, but we found ourselves more than happy to walk after getting our bearings.

Noteworthy is that we were able to book the Holiday Inn Select using Priority Club points at 15K/night, which is an exceptional deal when you consider the avoided cost involved. (It is difficult to book decent hotel rooms outside of Priceline in Boston at less than $150/night, plus a stiff room tax.)

We would definitely be willing to book this hotel again, but it's important for people to understand that hotels in Boston are just plain pricey. Comparing a $150-$250/night room here against what might be expected in a less costly destination leaves some people feeling that they should have been getting more. The Holiday Inn Select Boston - Government Center is a solid choice and a decent value, but it is not an exceptional property in any particular respect.

Definitely recommend!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights in June 2004. The room was nice/clean/large. Check-in was easy and we were able to get the room before than the standard check-in time. It is in walking distance to everything (as are most hotels in Boston so this isn't any great advantage).

We were first put in a room that faced a construction site next door that was very loud in the morning. The staff was very accomodating to our request to switch rooms. They put us on the other side of the hotel and on a much higher floor.

Not too expensive for a downtown hotel. Would definitely stay there again.

Good hotel, great location, priced right!

from Annekoco
We stayed at the Holiday Inn after our bid of $90 was accepted by priceline. We made unsuccessful bids of 75-85 in the Back Bay area and when we decreased the * rating we got the Holiday Inn. It turned out to be perfect for us. The location (Beacon Hill) is very good as it is near both the Green and Red lines on the "T"plus it is an easy walk to Fanuiel Hall, Boston Commons, Downtown Crossing and Back Bay. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet (we faced the river, not the construction site). The staff was available and helpful. I would be happy to get it again.

Great Location

from A TripAdvisor Member
My family and I stayed here to catch the Red Sox/Devil Rays series. We arrived by Amtrak, walked to the hotel and had no problems. The hotel is perfectly located between 2 T-train stops on 2 different color lines. Both are easily within walking distance. Fanneiul Hall is a short walk as well. The hotel itself was nothing stupendous, but I need a clean, comfortable room, and that was what I got. No noise from construction AT ALL. The pool was nice - protected outside on the second floor with a lifeguard. Didn't eat in the restaurant - that was what Fanneiul Hall was for!! Staff was friendly and very helpful in making shuttle arrangements, advising which route is easiest to the theatre district... very knowledgable.

When we return to Boston, we will definitely stay here again. Good value.

Your average Holiday Inn

from sp5ive
Good location. Was in town for Yankee/Red sox game. Made mistake of getting valet parking. The fee was $36.00 for overnight parking. The garage around the corner charges less if you drive in yourself. Room was your average Holiday Inn. Bathrooms were small and needed to be upgraded, but they worked just fine. Pool was OK, nothing to write home about. No noise problems as I have read in other reviews. Construction behind hotel appears to be in final stages. Breakfast in their restaurant was a whopping $32.00 for 2 people. a 10 minute walk to subways and Fanueil Hall area restaurants.

Great Hotel with a Great Location

from LadyWanderLust
I would like to start by stating that I read all of the reviews before I left for this trip. I knew there was construction and I knew there were both a hospital and a firestation right next to the hotel. And let's face it; this is a city and big cities make noise. Yes, I heard sirens, but they never disrupted my sleep or my rest in the room. Honestly, I think too many people who complain about the noise are just plain light sleepers. Also, not once did the construction disturb my stay...and I was there 8 nights.

From June 29-to July 7 this site was my home. I was in Boston as a tourist and needed a central location. This hotel was it. Literally located at the base of Beacon Hill, we walked all over Boston, starting from the hotel. And when we did use the T, there was the Charles/MGH stop right down the street. The room was perfect for what was needed. A place to sleep and rest and a place to clean up. I found the room and the hotel to be very clean and spacious enough. Upon our return each day, we found the room to be immaculate. The A/C worked well. I did not have to bring a hair dryer as there was one there, along with a iron and board. We even had a coffee pot to start the day with a cup of java. I have absolutely no complaints.

I, too, had a room next to the construction, and I never heard any ruckus at 6:30 in the AM....I was awake by 6:00 so I would have realized.

I would recommend this hotel to any tourist who wants a central location to the city. Also, there were several places to eat at near the hotel location if we were too tired to go out. My personal favorite was Pizettas Pizzeria...great service and yummy breakfast. Tell Michael and Maria that Lisa from Texas sent you there! One night we sent for room service....really pricey, but the food was good; we were so wiped out that going out seemed impossible. The food was sent directly, was warm, and tasty.

I was completely satisfied with my stay at this hotel and highly recommend it. Be aware though if you are a light, princess-and-the-pea kind of sleeper, as there are both a hospital and a firestation right next to the hotel, think twice about staying here. The staff was always friendly. Oh, yeah, the price was great because I purchased a package deal through Pricline...and that did not even cause any problems.

Great place to stay!

Wear Earplugs!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel when some friends were visiting from out of town, and I knew we would be out bar hopping all night and did not want to drive.

What a miserable experience! We had a room on the side of the building where there was construciton going on directly below our 5th fl window. At 6:30 AM on a Saturday, the cranes, drills, jackhammers, and dump trucks started their noise, creating a symphony of head banging noise. When I called the front desk, and asked why I wasn't warned ahead of time, the manager told me the construction has been going on for a year and that he couldn't do anything about it. He told me that they would comp me for breakfast. Not being able to sleep, I went down to breakfast and had to wait 20 minutes for the front desk clerk to find the mgr to OK it.
We then waited in line another 15 minutes for breakfast, only to see there were no eggs or sausage left. The waiter was rude, to boot. We ended up going across the street for breakfast.
Only stay here if you are hard up, or cost is a major factor.
Oh yeah, the homeless people sleeping outside the front door didn't help with the ambience, either.

Top Local Tips for Boston

Charles Street is a trove of dining options... Around the corner from the Holiday Inn Beacon Hill, Charles Street is Beacon Hill's charming main drag... lined with charming shops and lots of dining options from pizza to pubs to Persian to fine dining. It's an easy walk through gentile surroundings, and on a nice night, you can continue on to the Common (be a little careful) and Newbury Street beyond. Quick note, though: As of 2/26/08, the famous Fig's on Charles Street (Todd English family restaurant, noted for great pizzas) was closed, apparently for renovations.

Panoramatic view from Prudential tower a must see The tower is right at the edge of historical downtown, sitting on the top of a huge shopping complex, less than 5-min walk from the subway. Admission was only $9, there were no lines, and every visitor got free audio guide. Even though the observartory was indoor, the glass windows were huge and clean, which enabled me to take tons of beautiful photos from all different sides. Several interractive tools and pannels provided great background on immigrants to Boston.

Walk walk walk To see the best of Boston, make sure you put on some comfortable walking shoes and head out. No matter what direction you pick, you are bound to find some bargains, tiny hidden away treasures like "antique row" and the top of the line designer shops. As for "malls" - don't get too excitted, there aren't many of these to pick and chose from in downtown Boston. The closest thing you will find is Copely Square. A tip for buying photography equipment - visit HUNT'S Photo supplies on Commonwealth Avenue. Excellent service and excellent value for money. You can pick what you want online, call in your oder and collect when you arrive.

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  • Address: 5 Blossom Street - Boston - Massachusetts - 02114 - United States
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