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Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

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Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

We're going to be in Boston in early August for 3 days, and most of what we want to see is in North Boston. But all of the good B&Bs are booked, And seems like the big hotels are all noisy and/or expensive. If we stay in South Boston, is it pretty easy to get to North Boston (by foot and mass transit), and will we be spending a lot of time traveling>

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1. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

The city of Boston is pretty compact with great public transportation. Where are you considering staying in South Boston? and by North Boston, do you mean the North End?

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2. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

Note also that Boston has a neighborhood called the South End in addition to South Boston. I believe you'll find more B&Bs in the South End than in South Boston.

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3. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

What exactly is it that you are trying to see. Do you mean areas "north OF Boston" such as Salem and Rock;port and the Maine Coast or do you mean teh North End ... Paul Revere's House, the Old North Church, Mike's Pastry, etc?

You are the 2nd person in two days to refer to "North Boston". Is there a new publication or on-line article using this terminology?

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4. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

The seaport hotel and renainsance Mariott are very nice and located in the seaport/south Boston area. These hotels are not noisy and are under a 20 minute walk to Faneuil hall.

Getting over to the north can be done by boat or a quick ten dollar cab ride.

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5. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

Yes, this is odd. Maybe people just assume that b/c there is a South Boston, the city center must be called North Boston?

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6. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

There is no North Boston. I think you mean you are looking to stay in the South End where there are a number of B&Bs. South Boston is another neighborhood and not very convenient to most tourist attractions. The South End is pretty convenient as long as you are within walking distance to the subway. Parts of the South End are not very convenient to the subway.

Downtown Boston is compact and is easy to get around by foot and subway.

Do you have your heart set on a B&B/ I don't think all of the big hotels will be "noisy."

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7. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

I'm wondering if it's the same person who may have forgotten their previous account.

Boston is mostly compact and several neighborhoods have a direction in their name (South End, South Boston, North End, East Boston). The direction is largely irrelevant. It's the exact neighborhood that matters. There's no such thing as North Boston.

South End would be a reasonably convenient and pleasant place to stay. Map the B&B's addresses on Google Maps to see their exact locations. Sometimes people stretch the truth when referring to a neighborhood in their ad title.

If you let us know your exact travel dates and budget, we can make suggestions. LastMinuteTravel is a great site for Boston hotels, and they can often be easily identified. There can be some tremendous discounts unless it's a busy time for Boston events. (If you need more than 2 to a room, let us know that as well)

There are many hotels that are not noisy. Back Bay is a relatively quiet neighborhood, and any big hotel will be relatively quiet on the higher floors in most neighborhoods. A B&B will not necessarily be quieter than a hotel.

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8. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

Yes, I think a B&B might be more noisy than some hotels, if it has old windows, old walls with no soundproofing, etc. . I stayed at the "new" Ritz once and did not hear one peep from inside or outside.

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9. Re: Is So. Boston a good area to stay when we really want North?

We stayed in Holiday Inn Express South Boston recently which is also next to the Courtyard by Marriott. Andrew Station is only few minutes walk so getting into downtown area is really easy.

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