REVIEW

Midtown Hotel

A modest hotel with some surprising frills like a courtyard pool and rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.

By Jon Marcus, Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 1:00 PM

(Courtesy John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center)

Midtown Hotel

About this Hotel

Price From $89

'Hood Across the street from the headquarters of the I.M. Pei–designed Christian Science Church (which owns the land beneath the building) and a block from Symphony Hall, the Shops at the Prudential Center, Copley Place, and the South End. The Museum of Fine Arts is a short walk away.

The Vibe A ’60s throwback, this is a basic “heads-in-beds” hotel, with clean and comfortable rooms along long corridors that evoke a college dormitory. But there are surprising frills, including a courtyard pool, a hair salon, on-site parking for an additional charge (parking is free for guests with tickets to sports and cultural events), and 15 percent discounts on meals at Brasserie Jo, the French restaurant in the upscale sister property Colonnade Hotel , about three blocks away.

Rooms Rooms are basic but surprisingly large, bright (thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows), outfitted with new flat-screen TVs, and furnished in an eclectic style from Shaker to modern to colonial—all in the same room.

Plus There’s really no such place in Boston known as midtown, but if there were, this might be it. It’s a great location, within easy walking distance of many popular cultural and tourist destinations in the Back Bay and South End, and right on the Green Line subway’s E branch. It’s also pet-friendly—as rare in Boston as an outdoor pool—with treats and food and water dishes supplied for free, and a popular dog park just a block and a half away. Employees are helpful and enthusiastic.

Minus The two-story, flat-roofed building isn’t much to look at; locals have been wondering for years when it will be torn down and replaced by a high-rise luxury hotel. Rooms in the back overlook an alley, so ask for a front-facing room unless you’re sensitive to noise: Huntington Avenue, from which the hotel is separated by little more than the width of a narrow sidewalk, has a lot of bus traffic, not to mention bright streetlights.

Free Wi-Fi? No. Wi-Fi available for an additional charge of $9.95 per day.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.

Details Rates start at $89 for all room types: 116 rooms with two double beds, 37 rooms with king beds, and 6 with one double bed.

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