The Boston Marathon is only a month away. On April 18, 30,000 runners will take to the city’s streets to complete the 26-mile race. If you’re one of the lucky few who’s secured a qualifying spot, you’re probably starting to think about where to stay. Considering the number of competitors, officials, and spectators, nearby hotels book up fast.
To guarantee a comfortable sleep the night before your race—and to avoid logging any extra miles getting to the race—these are the hotels you should book.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
If you want to rub elbows with the race’s elite, the Fairmont Copley Plaza is where most of the Boston Marathon’s professional runners stay. It’s also where the race organizers, the Boston Athletics Association, and the media stay, so there’s a good chance you may pick up some tips or at the very least appear on TV. The hotel is near the race’s finish line by Copley Square, so it’s a great place to spectate from, but you’ll need to catch a shuttle to the start.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
If you don’t want to commute to pick up your race kit, the Sheraton Boston Hotel provides easy access to the race expo. The hotel is attached to the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center where the expo is hosted, making for a short walk. And if any of your family or friends have come to watch, it’s a quick jaunt down Boylston Street for an ideal view of the finish line.
Hyatt Regency Boston
If mornings aren’t your thing and you’re looking to roll out of bed as close to the race’s start time as possible, the Hyatt Regency Boston is the hotel for you. Located next to Boston Common, the hotel is steps from where the race shuttles pick you up to take you to the start line. Plus there are a ton of great shops and restaurants in the area, including the Theater District and Chinatown.
The Kimpton Onyx Hotel
If your travel experience takes priority over how the race goes, the Kimpton Onyx Hotel is the perfect spot for sightseeing. Located in the city’s West End, the hotel is steps from TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. The area sports a number of great Italian restaurants, and it’s close to Beacon Hill, one of Boston’s most picturesque neighborhoods with Victorian brick row houses lit by antique lanterns. Hop on the city’s Green Line and you’ll be at the race pick-up spot in only a few stops.
Located on Boylston Street, a few hundred yards from the finish line, room’s in the Lenox Hotel offer an ideal view of the race’s last mile. If you’re the type who likes to be in the center of the action getting pumped up by the buzz, this is the hotel to stay in. Lenox offers two restaurants plus an outdoor patio. And post race, you have easy access to downtown attractions, like Fenway Park and shopping along Newbury Street.