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We're planning on visiting Boston for a couple of nights this fall. It will be dh, dd, ds and myself. The kids will be 4 and 2 then. We're wondering where the best place to stay would be. We're not dead-set on staying in downtown Boston, if there's good public transport to take us into the city. Any suggestions on kid-friendly places?
 

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I would try staying in Boston. To be honest, the hotels outside of Boston aren't exactly a bargain (Cambridge, Somerville, etc). So you might as well try staying in the city. I remember that the Holiday Inn near Mass General Hospital had a 1/2 decent rate and is near the subway (red line). It's more reasonable than the Back Bay and downtown area. Hopefully others will have suggestions also! And book soon! Fall is a peak time for the Boston area because of leaf peeping, etc.
 

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It's a great place, very well kept, the staff is very friendly and helpful and there is a shuttle every 30 minutes that takes you down the street to the T station (which you can also walk to in fifteen minutes, but with small kids you'd probably rather not). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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when we first came to the area we stayed at a B+B in Brookline called the Longwood Inn, it's a very close T ride to downtown Boston, has a very homey feel, plus of course breakfast is included as are cookies in the evening. We actually stayed there 2 weeks while waiting to move into our apt and they even let us use the kitchen to cook meals so we didn't have to eat out all that time. I highly recommend it.<br><br><a href="http://longwood-inn.com/" target="_blank">http://longwood-inn.com/</a>
 

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Check out tripadvisor.com. That's my favorite hotel review site. I haven't had it be wrong yet. And people do rate hotels on a kid-friendly basis, among many other things. From personal experience w/ family, the Cambridge Marriott is nice, and you can get good rates online. It's in Kendall Square and right above a red line stop, so it's easy to get over to Harvard Square or back into Boston proper. Or walk over the bridge to Beacon Hill if you're feeling ambitious with a stroller.
 

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Try south or west for better prices, go with chains:Holiday Inn, Days Inn, etc. The 'T' (subway) runs out to Braintree now, and theres two ro three hotels right at the Union St stop. (Sorry, I don't remember which ones!) If you like Steak the Steak House at that stop is famous.<br><br><br>
The Children's Museum and the Science Museum are both incredible. It's an easy wak from Fanuiel Hall (shopping, restauants, a great place, loads of vendors selling local specialities. Cheap or pricey, seafood to pizza to prime rib, everything!)) to the North End (Italian end of the city, incredible restaurants-get a cannoli!) THe Aquarium is right there, as is a number of marvelous hotels, if money is no object. And you can jump the T or walk to the Common and Public Gardens. Be prepared to run into street performers, circus acts, homeless pepole. The state house is right above the common.<br><br>
Check out <a href="http://www.mos.org" target="_blank">http://www.mos.org</a> (museum of science, DO see a movie there!)
 

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I think that staying in Brookline or Cambridge would be a great option but I don't have specific hotel recommendations. I wouldn't stay too far out of Boston but both Brookline and Cambridge feel practically like part of the city. Make sure you are on the subway line though. T Buses can be unreliable ( I take them everyday).
 

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Today, we make a reservation at the Longwood Inn, recommeded by Qestia! It's in Brookline, and sounds like a nice location. The price is very reasonable. I can't wait! Thanks for all the recommendations.
 

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Hey Susan!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
If you have time for a little side trip while you are up here...maybe we could meet up at the zoo in Providence!!! That would be so cool! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Yay, I hope you like it! It's been --sheesh--7 years since we stayed there but we did have a lovely time.
 
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