When our flight to JFK was delayed, we decided to change course and spend an extra night in Boston. We arrived at Boston Logan with no hotel reservation, so we used their free wifi to search for a place to stay that (Thursday) night. We first called the hotel we had reservations with for the following (Friday) night, but they were sold out & were unable to extend our reservation.
We searched Hotels Tonight, Hotwire, Travelzoo, Expedia & Priceline for a good last minute deal. Our price point was $150, near Downtown Boston/Logan. We utilized both the mobile & online bookings search, and while Hotels Tonight offered good selections (The Godfrey for $192 plus tax, Homewood Suites for $180 plus tax), Priceline offered us a hotel for less, the catch being we did not know which hotel it would be.
We booked & waited for the results. We were relieved when we were told the hotel was the Omni Parker House. We hailed a ride to the hotel & were checked in less than one hour after booking.
- Cost (3/5): The normal rate for Omni Parker House hovers around $300/night + tax. Searching today (May 7th), for a 2 night stay over Labor Day weekend, the Advance Purchase Rate (per night) was $322 + tax. For a 1 night stay, mid week in October, the Advance Purchase Rate (per night) was $364 + tax. I felt the price we paid was a bit much in comparison to what we got, & our price was 50% less than the normal rate.
- Location (5/5): Omni Parker House is in a great location, close to the State/Government Center stop on the T & about 1 mile to the North End, plus Starbucks, Walgreens & CVS are all located within one block of the entrance.
- Size (3/5): Omni Parker House is an older building, with a grand entrance. Our room (#866) was a nice size (however, the bathroom was very small, two people cannot fit in there at the same time. Nor, can you be on the toilet while the bathroom door is open.
- Room (4/5)
- Bathroom (2/5)
- Bed (4/5): The king bed at Omni Parker House was very comfortable. Both sides had night stands with lamps & outlets.
Based on the floor plan (& visual inspection of other rooms) our room was bigger than most due to it’s corner location. This contributed to the 4/5 room size rating, as the room was a great size for two adults. However, it would be tight for a third individual. For more room layout information, check out our video walkthrough here:
One downside, was how dark the rooms are (plays into that whole ‘Haunted’ theory). There were two windows in room 866, & one in the bathroom, however none let in tons of light. Here’s a comparison of the window closest to the bed at 7am:
Overall: The staff was very friendly & the location is great, however the average rate for the room leaves much to be desired. If there was a deal (under $125) & I was able to pick the room, I would stay here again.
Have you stayed at the Omni Parker House? Did you notice an paranormal activity? Leave us a comment & let us know.