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All roads lead to Godfrey

Aptly named, Downtown Crossing is at the center of it all; a literal crossroads. It is because of this geographical nexus that this is where staid Yankee Brahmins of Beacon Hill share a bench with working class immigrants of “Southie.” Where bankers suited in pinstripes from the Financial District stand in line with performing arts students with full-sleeve tattoos from Emerson College. Tourists from Faneuil Hall and the North End (Little Italy) adjust their camera settings while school children from Chinatown adjust their backpacks. Weary office workers disappear down escalators into the “T” (Boston’s subway) just as theater and concertgoers eagerly emerge. A step to the left and you are strolling through America’s oldest public park, Boston Common. A step to the right, find yourself craning up at Boston’s newest luxury condominium skyscraper, Millennium Tower. 

Boston is a little big city with a lot packed in and our boutique hotel in the center of Downtown Crossing is the perfect place to begin and end your days of exploring. Within a hop, skip and a jump you can sail in the Boston Harbor, catch a show at Boston Opera House, munch on a cannoli in the North End, take in a Celtics or Bruins game at “the Garden”, ride the Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden, dine on dim sum in Chinatown or trace history on the Freedom Trail. Are you dreaming big? Well then, take the T a few stops to Harvard, MIT, Boston University or Northeastern University. Or, you could just hop off and catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park instead (unless you’re a Yankees fan).

Oh, the places you will go!

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Boston Common

Distance: 0.1 miles From Hotel
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The Boston Common, founded in 1634, is the oldest public park in America. From Colonial times to the present day, the Common has been at the center stage of American history. It has witnessed executions, sermons, protests, and celebrations, and it has hosted famous visitors from Generals Washington and Lafayette to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II. In Colonial times, it served as a meeting place, pasture, and military training field. Bostonians in the nineteenth century added tree-lined malls and paths and, following the Civil War, monuments and fountains. The twentieth century saw victory gardens, troop entertainment, rallies for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and the first papal mass in North America.

Today, the Common is the scene of sports, protests, and events large and small. Yet for all its adaptation to modern life, the Common remains a green retreat remindful of its storied past.

Macy's

Distance: 110ft From Hotel
Macy's

Macy's, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store - an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy's Boston offers a first class selection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy's has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture. Plan your visit to 450 Washington Street Boston MA 02111 today!

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Distance: 0.5 miles From Hotel
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This bustling indoor-outdoor market opened as a market for merchants, fishermen and vendors in 1743 and was the site of impassioned speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain. Today, it’s one of the country’s most famous marketplaces with over 100 shops, 14 restaurants, 40 food vendor stalls and plenty of great live entertainment by street buskers. 

Boston Chinatown

Distance: 0.4miles From Hotel
Boston Chinatown

Chinatown, Boston is a neighborhood located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It is the only surviving historic ethnic Chinese area in New England since the demise of the Chinatowns in Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine after the 1950s.

Beacon Hill

Distance: 0.7 miles From Hotel
Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is home to the Massachusetts State House and many historical landmarks, including the Boston African American National Historic Site. One of the oldest communities in the City gets its name from the beacon that once stood high on the hill to warn locals about invasions. Beacon Hill’s architecture and layout reflect old colonial Boston. Brick row houses feature ornate doors and decorative iron work. Its narrow streets are lined with brick sidewalks and gas lamps. Charles Street features antique shops and a variety of local restaurants and other businesses.

Boston Harbor

Distance: 0.7miles From Hotel
Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor is a natural harbor and estuary of Massachusetts Bay, and is located adjacent to the city of Boston, Massachusetts. It is home to the Port of Boston, a major shipping facility in the northeastern United States.

Newbury Street

Distance: 0.7 miles From Hotel
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Lined with elegant brownstones that serve as shops, sidewalk cafés and art galleries, this upscale shopping street has everything from eclectic, funky boutiques to iconic fashion houses like Chanel and Burberry. Think Fifth Avenue in NYC but with more history and charm. 

TD Garden

Distance: 0.9 miles From Hotel
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In addition to serving as the home for the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins, TD Garden is the site of Boston’s top concerts, family friendly performances and more.

Prudential Center

Distance: 1.2 miles From Hotel
Prudential Center

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Boston Public Library

Distance: 1.1miles From Hotel
Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is a municipal public library system in BostonMassachusettsUnited States, founded in 1848.The Boston Public Library is also the Library for the Commonwealth(formerly library of last recourse) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding. The Boston Public Library contains approximately 23 million items encompassing all formats including books, DVDs, CDs, maps, music scores, microfilm, manuscripts, prints and other visual materials, and electronic resources, making it the third-largest public library in the United States behind only the Library of Congress (with 160 million items) and the New York Public Library (with 53 million items), according to the American Library Association.In fiscal year 2014, the library held over 10,000 programs, all free to the public, and lent 3.7 million materials

Boston City Hall

Distance: 0.4 miles From Hotel
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Visit Boston City Hall and get a close up glimpse of the city government at work. You can also tour several art galleries promoting the work of Boston area artists. 

Fenway Park

Distance: 2.2 miles From Hotel
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Cheer on the Boston Red Sox at America’s oldest, most iconic ballpark. Even if the Sox aren’t in town, you can get an up close and personal look at the field, grandstands, press box and the Green Monster with a behind-the-scenes park tour. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner

Distance: 2.4miles From Hotel
Isabella Gardner

The museum which bears her name also stands as a testament to her vision. Isabella Stewart Gardner, known also as "Mrs. Jack" in reference to her husband, John L. ("Jack") Gardner, was one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. She was a patron and friend of leading artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James. She was a supporter of community social services and cultural enrichment. She was an ardent fan of the Boston Symphony, the Red Sox, and Harvard College football. Isabella Stewart Gardner was also the visionary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable and intimate collections of art in the world today and a dynamic supporter of artists of her time, encouraging music, literature, dance, and creative thinking across artistic disciplines.

Over three decades, Isabella Stewart Gardner traveled the world and worked with important art patrons and advisors Bernard Berenson and Okakura Kakuzo to amass a remarkable collection of master and decorative arts. In 1903, she completed the construction of Fenway Court in Boston to house her collection and provide a vital place for Americans to access and enjoy important works of art. Isabella Gardner installed her collection of works in a way to evoke intimate responses to the art, mixing paintings, furniture, textiles, and objects from different cultures and periods among well-known European paintings and sculpture.

Samuel Adams Brewery

Distance: 3.7miles From Hotel
Samuel Adams Brewery

The Boston Brewery is akin to a test kitchen – it’s where we try out new ingredients, and brew specialty beers that are available only in the Boston area or in our Brewery tasting rooms. When you visit us for a tour, you may have the opportunity to try a beer that you’ll never get to try again or maybe one that you’ll be able to pick up in a six-pack a year down the road. We’re constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of brewing to make sure that from the ingredients to the glass, every pint of Samuel Adams beer is as good (if not better) than the last.

Museum of Fine Arts

Distance: 2.1miles From Hotel
MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, is the fourth largest museum in the United States. It contains more than 450,000 works of art, making it one of the most comprehensive collections in the Americas.

MIT

Distance: 2.5miles From Hotel
MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, often cited as one of the world's most prestigious universities. 

Harvard University

Distance: 3.1miles From Hotel
Harvard University

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

African Meeting House

Distance: 0.5 miles From Hotel
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Built in 1806 in the heart of what was then Boston's biggest free black neighborhood, this National Historic Landmark was the site of several Abolitionist Movement events that changed this nation forever, including the founding of the New England Anti-Slavery Society by William Lloyd Garrison in 1832, an 1860 speech by Frederick Douglass and the 1863 recruitment to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. It is the oldest original black church still standing in the United States.

Boston Athenaeum

Distance: 0.3 miles From Hotel
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Founded in 1807 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966, the Boston Athenaeum is one of the oldest and most prominent independent libraries and cultural institutions in the United States. Its five galleried floors overlook the Granary Burying Ground.

Bunker Hill Monument

Distance: 1.8 miles From Hotel
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A 221-foot granite obelisk commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill, this monument and museum details the key Revolutionary War battle fought June 17, 1775. In addition to checking out the live musket-firings that add a note of authenticity, be sure to make the 294-step climb to the top of the monument for stunning views of the Boston skyline. 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Distance: 4.3 miles From Hotel
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Celebrating the life and accomplishments of John F. Kennedy, this impressive building designed by I.M. Pei overlooks Dorchester Bay from 10 acres of land containing a museum/gallery with exhibits tracing Kennedy's career from the campaign trail to his assassination in Dallas.

Museum of Science

Distance: 1.3 miles From Hotel
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Step inside this world-class museum and you’ll immediately find yourself face-to-teeth with a life-sized T-Rex. From here, you’ll have your choice of fun, fascinating interactive events, including a math room, a lightning show, a Planetarium and an exhilarating trip around the world in the Omni Theater. 

New England Aquarium

Distance: 0.7 miles From Hotel
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Explore the wonders of sea, while you cavort with harbor seals, sharks, rays, penguins, sea lions and more. Learn about the challenges facing our oceans at the Blue Planet Action Center, catch a live show or demonstration or book a whale watching cruise out of Boston Harbor. 

Old North Church

Distance: 1 mile From Hotel
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The oldest church building in Boston and an active Episcopal church to this day, the Old North Church’s steeple is the spot where two lanterns warned Paul Revere that the British were approaching by sea on the night of April 18, 1775. Visitors are welcome to tour the site, browse the gift shop or attend mass. 

USS Constitution

Distance: 1.7 miles From Hotel
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Winner of all 40 sea battles in which she fought, “Old Ironsides” is one of the six original frigates that made up the United States Navy. Step aboard and enjoy a free tour conducted by the ship’s crew of active duty sailors. 

The Godfrey Hotel Boston

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505 Washington St.,
Boston,
MA 02111