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WELCOME TO BOSTON

It was the Pilgrim Fathers, in search of religious freedom that founded Boston as their 'shining city on a hill.' And shine the city has with its rich history, grand architecture and world-renowned academic and cultural institutions.

21st Century Boston is undergoing a metamorphosis from a historical city steeped in traditional values and academia to one of the most forward thinking and barrier breaking cities in the states. This evolution is evident in the changing landscape of the city, as Boston and environs are now home to some of the country's most cutting-edge architecture and innovative urban planning projects. As such Boston is shedding its formal reputation, now artists, literati, thespians and even Hollywood filmmakers rediscover the city's rich resources and are creating new opportunities. Yes Matt and Ben really have brought home the bacon.

From a cultural perspective no one can deny that the single defining element that has influenced the city so profoundly is its places of learning. Boston’s colleges and universities attract scholars, scientists, medical researchers, philosophers and writers who thrive off and contribute to the city's evolving culture. The city beams from their energy and this cultural energy supports sporting events, film festivals, music scenes, art galleries, coffee shops, hip clubs and of course Irish pubs.

THE LAY OF THE LAND

Boston is known as America’s greatest walking city. All the interesting and distinct neighbourhoods are very close to one another and what better way to get a look and feel of a city than using your own two feet. As you cross the city from East to West you start at Downtown Boston which gives you the redeveloped Waterfront Park, the Italian flavour of the North End and an abundance of the cities traditional and avant garde architecture. As you travel westwards you find the “shining” Beacon Hill, the historical Boston Common, Chinatown, the vibrant social hub Back Bay and over to cosmopolitan South End. Cross the Charles River Basin to discover the pinnacle of American academia at Cambridge featuring MIT and the world famous Harvard University.

AROUND THE LANGHAM NEIGHBORHOOD

Due to the compact nature of this city nothing is too far away. You are staying in an ideal Downtown location, in a piece of history as The Langham, Boston was once the Federal Reserve Bank and is a national architectural landmark.

Step outside and in minutes you will enjoy the cobblestone streets, an outdoor marketplace with over 125 shops and restaurants, all in the area around Faneuil Hall. A few steps further is one big district of deliciousness as you will find America's oldest Italian neighbourhood, North End with over 75 restaurants and bakeries. The Waterfront is moments away and one of Boston’s newest neighbourhoods. It is the location of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the New England Aquarium. From the waterfront you can take a sightseeing tour or whale watch tour on the stunning Boston Harbour. Also within our neighbourhood is The Theatre District, Boston Common and you will want to join the Freedom Trail, a fascinating walking tour of the hub of the city which links all of Boston’s marvellously preserved historic sites.

Further afield you find South End, for art galleries, eclectic cuisine, individual boutiques and Boston’s café society. Go to Back Bay for some high end shopping on Newbury Street, a spot of lunch amidst beautiful brownstone buildings and while you are there go to the top of the Prudential Center for a 360 degree skyline view the city. In the Fenway area, visit Fenway Park, America’s oldest Major League Baseball Park and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) with nearly 450,000 works of art. Cambridge, home of Harvard University and MIT, is just across the Charles River and only a few “T” stops away.

TAILOR MADE TOURS AVAILABLE VIA CONCIERGE

Old Town Trolley Tours - If your feet are tired, this guided tour is a great way to see the best sights in Boston. Either ride the trolley around the city for the entire tour (two hours and 20 minutes) or hop on and off at your favourite attractions. There are four trolley companies in Boston, but Old Town Trolley has the largest fleet and has tours running every 15 to 20 minutes. There are starting points at various places throughout the city and stop number one is just a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Boston Duck Tours – Quack! Quack! The Duck Tours require advance planning because tickets sell out quickly, but this famous amphibious vehicle gives you a narrative tour of Boston on both land and sea. There are two locations to pick up the Duck, the Prudential Center or Museum of Science. You can book your ticket online or have our Concierge take care of it for you.
Acorn Tours- This is a private tour owned and operated by Una McMahon and is one of the best in the city because of her wealth of knowledge about New England. She can customize tours in Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Concord, Cape Cod, and Newport, Rhode Island. The Concierge can book this for you.
The Harvard Unofficial Tour- Enjoy the ultimate Harvard University experience with a ‘behind-the-scenes’ campus tour of this Ivy League school. This award-winning tour is 70 minutes and your tour guide is a current student. Who would know better? The tour is complementary in English, but a gratuity is suggested. Private tours can be arranged in other languages for an additional fee.
Brush Hill Tours, Grayline- If you are looking for fall foliage or outlet shopping, this tour company offers several tours outside of Boston. Tours include the historical Lexington and Concord, a bus tour to Cape Cod, a foliage tour, a Witch City tour of Salem, or a bus trip to the outlets for shopping.
Boston Movie Tours- See historic Boston with a Hollywood edge. Boston is becoming a popular filming destination. Sit back and enjoy the ride during this tour of over 30 movie and television filming locations. See the sites where Good Will Hunting, The Departed, Fever Pitch, and Legally Blonde were filmed and you might even spot a Hollywood celebrity!
Shopping Tour - Whether you are shopping for the perfect gift for a family member at home or need to take care of all of your holiday shopping in one weekend, ask the Concierge for a custom-shopping itinerary. Boston shopping ranges from luxury boutiques, to famous department stores, to outlet shopping.
Neighbourhood ToursMichele Topor provides the award-winning culinary walking tours of Boston’s North End and Chinatown. Stroll through our Little Italy and get insider tips from local stores and bakeries. If you love Asian food, try the Chinatown tour. Explore a bakery, barbeque shop, and a Chinese Herbal Pharmacy.
Boston By Foot- Take a guided walking tour of Boston featuring its architecture and history. Walking tours including Beacon Hill, The Heart of the Freedom Trail, Literary Landmarks, The North End, and Victorian Back Bay. Founded in 1976, Boston By Foot is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote awareness of Boston’s rich heritage of architecture and history.
Black Heritage Trail - The Black Heritage Trail is a walking tour that explores the history of Boston's 19th century African American community. Guided walking tours are offered daily from May through September.

DON’T LEAVE TOWN BEFORE YOU ……(advice from a local who knows).

See The Green Monster and a home run by the famous Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Do something Legal. Just a short walk from The Langham, you find Legal Sea Food serving arguably Boston’s best “Chowdah” with a magnificent view of the Boston Harbor.
Follow the Red Brick Trail: The Freedom Trail offers 16 of America’s most significant historical sites packed with 2 ½ centuries of history, all covered in a 2 ½ hour walk.
Claw your way home with some fresh Lobster. The clever people at James Hook pack and box lobsters on dry ice so you can enjoy deliciously fresh Boston Lobster in your own home (US Residents only).