January 23, 2018

A Perfect Family Getaway at the Residence Inn Boston Harbor


Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf

Over the summer, we went on a two-week road trip from Washington, DC to Boston. We made stops in Lancaster (PA), Philadelphia, Mystic (CT) and Boston. The kids had so much fun, especially in Boston. If you’re planning a trip to Boston, you may want to check out this post I put up earlier this month, Boston with Kids: 8 Family-Friendly Must-Do’s.

While in Boston, we stayed three nights at the Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf in a two-bedroom suite. There were six of us, including me, my au pair, and the four kids, so this set-up was perfect. My girls all slept in one king size bed, I slept with my three-year-old son on the other king size bed, and my au pair, well, she slept on the sleeper sofa, but it was still perfect. 🙂

Molly at the Playground Near the Residence Inn

The Residence Inn in Boston is in a great location too. It’s easy to access so much either by foot or by taking the ferry, but yet it’s also in a quiet spot (if you know anything about me, you know I like quiet hotel rooms). As an extra bonus, it was a very short walk to two playgrounds, one of which also had a sprayground, which my kids loved on our last day in Boston.

Our View from the Ferry

The ferry I mentioned is at the Charlestown Navy Yard, where you can see the USS Constitution. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and it drops you off at Long Wharf in Boston, right next to the New England Aquarium. The ferry was just a few dollars each for adults, and kids rode for free.

Two-Bedroom Suite at the Residence Inn

The Residence Inn Boston Harbor is also very close to a lot of top tourist attractions, like the Museum of Science. This is great on its own, but the Museum of Science is also the primary pick-up spot for the Boston Duck Tours, which we loved. Highly recommend.

I’m a big fan of suite-only hotels, primarily because I like doors. It’s nice after a long day to be able to close the door, lay down on the bed and shut your eyes while the kids watch TV or color in the other room (how is it possible they always have so much energy?). I like having my own space, and that’s something you definitely get at the Residence Inn. Plus, the suite was huge, which was another bonus.

Our Kitchen at the Residence Inn

I also like having a kitchen. While you get an amazing free breakfast at the Residence Inn, complete with make-your-own-waffles, breakfast sandwiches, cereals, fruits and muffins, I also like being able to stock the kitchen’s refrigerator with milk, water bottles, even ice cream for dessert. It’s nice having a kitchen table too, so each night my kids were all able to sit at the table with their bowls of ice cream.

But you can cook in the kitchen too (if you really want to cook on vacation!) since it had a microwave, a stove and plenty of pots and pans. Plus, a dishwasher, which is always nice. It’s really the best of both worlds since you can go out to eat if you want or you can stay in and cook just as easily. In the lobby, there is a 24-hour on-site convenience store, and they even have a free grocery delivery service, so there’s almost no excuse not to cook!

Have you been to Boston? What are a few of your favorite activities to do and places to stay with your kids while in the city? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: I received one free night’s stay at the Residence Inn Boston Harbor in Tudor Wharf, and a discounted rate on two additional nights. However, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. All hotel photos are courtesy of Residence Inn. 

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