Since colonial times, Boston has served as a cultural and economic hub on the East Coast. Bustling with an eclectic mix of people from countless countries and various walks of life, the city has embraced modern innovation while holding onto its old world charm.
If you find yourself traveling to Beantown for business, make the most of your time in one of the country’s oldest cities by using these tips to plan your trip.
Where to Stay
Road warriors love the Seaport Boston Hotel. Its free WiFi, eco-friendly habits, strict no-tipping policy and floor of hypoallergenic PURE rooms landed the hotel on Oyster’s list of best business hotels in Boston. Less than three miles from the airport and in the city’s financial district, the Seaport is located right on the water, providing great harbor views for some rooms.
If you prefer to stay in the heart of downtown, try the Langham Hotel. Just a short walk away from the Boston Common, Public Gardens and the start of the Freedom Trail, the Langham is a great choice for business travelers who want to explore the historical sites of the city. The Langham staff is friendly, WiFi is free and a lounge in the lobby presents the perfect place to unwind after a day of meetings. At the Langham, guests are treated to a classic level of elegance at a price that is more reasonable than many of the upscale hotels in Boston.
Need to stay near the Hynes Convention Center? TripAdvisor recommends the Courtyard by Marriott in Copley Square. The hotel is a short walk from the convention center and just steps from the beautiful Boston Public Library.
What to Eat
A trip to Boston isn’t complete without a traditional Italian meal in the North End. The one-square-mile neighborhood has more restaurant options than you could find in some entire towns. Visitors can simply walk down Hanover Street and select from the many establishments that serve pizza, pasta and a wide selection of wines.
If you’re looking for something special, try Mamma Maria, a fine dining restaurant in the North End that earned a four-diamond rating from the AAA Travel Guide. At Mamma Maria, which is located in an old brick building just steps from the historical home of Paul Revere, guests can enjoy delectable dishes like a veal shank osso buco prepared with saffron risotto Milanese.
“Treat yourself to a cannoli from the North End.”
While in the area, don’t forget to treat yourself to a fresh cannoli. Even locals argue over whether Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry serves the best version of the traditional Italian dessert. Luckily for visitors, the shops are located almost directly across from each other, allowing you to try both and judge for yourself.
How to Travel
Between cramped streets and limited, expensive parking, renting a car will present more problems than solutions for business travelers. To eliminate the stress of driving around Boston, road warriors should consider using GroundLink’s black car service to get around town and to get to and from the airport.
“Navigating around the streets of Boston can be tricky,” said GroundLink CEO Liz Carisone. “When you use GroundLink’s car service, we guarantee that you’ll be delivered to your destination efficiently with our best-in-class and experienced drivers. We pride ourselves in making your transportation as stress-free as possible.”
Use the user-friendly GroundLink mobile app to book your ride from the convenience of your phone.