Since 1897, the Boston Marathon has been held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April and has the prestigious title of being the world’s oldest marathon and each year it attracts thousands of participants and an estimated half a million spectators.
With so many runners, supporters and event staff flooding to the race it’s vital that if you’re looking for a hotel for the Boston Marathon you book early.
We’ve put together a handy guide to finding your perfect hotel with budgets and locations to suit everyone.
Hotels Near Boston Marathon Finish Line
The best Boston Marathon hotel are the hotels that tend to be booked up quickest; and those that tend to be booked up quickest are those hotels that are close to the marathon finish line – the best location to stay! While rooms in these hotels often come with a higher price tag they often offer spectacular views of the race and the course. For those runners who’ve completed the race, a nearby hotel means that they can start their recovery process that little bit quicker (hey, who doesn’t like a nap after running a race).
When searching for that finish line accommodation make sure that the hotel is situated on Boylston Street which offers the very best views.
Boston Lenox Hotel
Less than 200 feet from the finish line, the Boston Lenox Hotel offers runners extremely luxurious lodgings in which to recover after the race.
Mandarin Oriental Boston
If luxury and style are what you’re after then you’ll love the Mandarin Oriental Boston. This AAA Five Diamond hotel is close to the race finish and ideally placed close to the best Boston tourist spots. The hotel also offers fantastic food and a spa allowing you to pamper yourself post-marathon.
If you’re looking for a fantastic hotel, close to the Boston Marathon finish line without the luxury price of the Mandarin or Lenox then this boutique Boston hotel is for you. With just 33 rooms, the service feels personal, welcoming and plush.
A favourite of many runners (and considered by many to be one of the best Boston marathon hotels) because of the comfortable surroundings you can be sure that this hotel will be almost exclusively booked by marathon runners come April.
Best Boston Marathon Hotels
If you want to be near the finish line but don’t want to drop the big finish line hotel prices then our top tip is to try to find a hotel along Commonwealth Avenue. It’s a few blocks away from the finish line and doesn’t have the race views however the prices are reasonable and the hotels are located within comfortable post-race distance.
The Buckminster is a real gem. Only a few blocks away from the finish line on the corner of Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, the prices are reasonable and the lodgings are extremely comfortable.
Located just a few blocks away from the finish line (and for baseball fans) close to Fenway Park, you’ll struggle to find a more comfortable place to stay during marathon weekend. With a fantastic menu, extremely well-furnished rooms and a well-fitted gym and spa, the Hotel Commonwealth will be just what you need after a tough race.
The Eliot is a luxurious hotel on Commonwealth Avenue. With great views of the marathon course, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful stay here. Ideal for couples looking to make the most of their Marathon weekend in Boston.
Hotels Near The Boston Common Pick-up Points
While we’d all love to stay as close to the finish line as possible, unfortunately given the limited number of rooms and prices it’s often not an option. However (being the fantastic race that it is) the Boston Marathon has a fantastic pick-up system for runners. Hotels close to pick-up points are much more reasonable and actually, in a lot of cases represent better value for money.
Starting at 6 am and going through to 7:30 am the Official Boston Athletic Association run shuttle buses that pick you up from Tremont Street and take you to Hopkinton State Park where additional busses will take you to the race start line.
Boston Marathon Hotels near Hopkinton
Despite being almost 30 miles outside the city, hotels near Hopkinton are much more affordable than those in Boston. While many people would consider the best Boston marathon hotels to be those in Boston; you can still get a fantastic hotel outside the city.
The race organisers offer a fantastic shuttle bus service that can transport both athletes and supporters to Hopkinton Center where the race begins. Once underway, the busses start returning supporters to Hopkinton State and Industrial Parks.
For runners, the returning buses begin transporting athletes back to the two Hopkinton parks at 1 pm and run right up until 5 pm.
Over to you – where’s your favourite hotel for the Boston Marathon?