Traveling with a large family can be difficult, especially in cities. We love to travel as a family, as always have. We started traveling as a couple and have continued to travel, no matter how many kids we have added. The only thing that gets a bit difficult is finding hotels that can accommodate larger families. When I found we were going to Boston, I started my research and found The Inn at St. Botolph, located behind the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
We stayed at The Inn at St. Botolph without completely knowing what to expect. Opened in 2008, they pride themselves on being a “century home away from home.” Although most hotels will say that, The Inn actually means it. It is definitely a luxurious haven, nestled right in the middle of the city.
Before we checked in to the hotel, I received an email with an access code. They have eliminated key cards, so guests are given a private access code which allows you entry into the hotel, and then another code for your room.
When guests walk in to the hotel, they walk into a hallway of guest rooms. There is no office or welcome area, like you would normally see in hotels. There is no one to greet you or check you in to the hotel. The check-in process is done online before you arrive, so you just punch in your access code and head right to your room. Just like you would do at home!
We stayed in one of the two bedroom suites at The Inn at St. Botolph, at the top of the building. When I talked to the manager via email before our stay, she was extremely accommodating for our family. Although the suite was more than spacious, I was offered a blow up mattress and extra bedding, should we need it. They even offered to set it up for us before we arrived.
While I think the typical clientele for The Inn is business professionals, I was very pleasantly surprised at the lengths they went to accommodate families.
The bedrooms were spacious and the beds quite comfortable, even with the littlest sharing with us. They provide various ample lighting in the bedrooms, which was nice when I wanted to read at night and my husband wanted to sleep.
There was also a large desk in the main bedroom and a closet that is big enough for multiple little kids to hide in! Ask me how I know that!
This is the second bedroom in our suite. There is a trundle bed, which was perfect for the older kids.
The living area in our suite was perfect for our family. I really felt like we were at a home away from home. We could all sit comfortably in the living room, without feeling cramped, and enjoy a game or sit by the fireplace. There was another large desk in the living area.
Plenty of seating area in the living room means you can really hang out as a family, which is exactly what we did. My girls loved these chairs for reading; they felt so prim and proper!
Many of the rooms have gas fireplaces, and they all have sleek kitchenettes, outfitted with dishes, pots and pans, a full fridge, and even wine glasses.
The Inn provides plenty of amenities for your stay, like over-sized cushy robes, plenty of coffee and a welcome letter from the manager with chocolate!
Room service is available upon request, as they usually don’t offer it for stays that are less than a week. When I am traveling with my family, I typically find it easier not to get room service, so I was more than satisfied with that.
We were highly impressed by the spacious bathroom! My kids thought it was funny to see how many of them could fit in the bathroom at once!
The Inn provided everything you could want in a bathroom: the personal touches were really appreciated. We were very pampered – they even provided makeup remover wipes!
How amazing is this shower? Although my kids were looking forward to taking baths, they were almost more excited to see the size of the shower!
As we were walking out to enjoy the city, I happened to notice this sign in the entryway and thought it was so fitting. You can see The Inn really prides itself on being “your 21st century solution to a home away from home.” I love that they showcased some of the rich history behind their name and location.
There is an option for breakfast on the lower level of the building. They offer amazing coffee! You all know how I love my coffee, so I was one happy mama. There is an assortment of bagels, muffins, yogurts, bars, fruits, and tea. The room was rather small, so we didn’t feel comfortable eating in there, and took the breakfast to our room. The housekeepers were also hanging out around the counter, which made it even smaller.
The only complaint we had was minor and was taken care of. The apartment above us had some water leakage, which ended up leaking into our closet. Some of our clothes got pretty soaked. However, they did send a maintenance man to our room to apologize and let us know that the leak had been taken care of.
It only takes a few minutes to walk down the street and have numerous options for shopping, sightseeing, and restaurants. We walked everywhere and only took one stroller. I couldn’t have been happier with the location. We were staying on a beautiful, lush tree lined street, and it was quiet. However, within minutes of walking, we were right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Boston life. You really can’t go wrong with the location. You have any restaurant you want within walking distance, the Prudential Center, shopping options galore, and it is still easy to take the subway or grab a taxi. The only thing to be aware of is there is not any hotel parking, so you’ll need to plan ahead for that. We took the train to get to the city, so it wasn’t a problem for us.
We really enjoyed our stay at The Inn At St. Botolph. I love the concept of an apartment style hotel room, right in the middle of the city. I didn’t feel like our large family was a bother to anyone, since we were essentially on our own during our stay. It took a little getting used to, as the concept is different from any other place we’ve stayed. But, as soon as we settled in, we felt really free to relax and be ourselves. It truly was like being at a home away from home. And if you have a large family like I do, you know that is not an easy feat while traveling! If your family will be traveling to Boston, I highly recommend contacting The Inn at St. Botolph to see what accommodations they have available. You won’t be disappointed!
The Inn At St. Botolph provided us a complimentary stay in exchange for a review, but all opinions will always be honest and only my own.