As with most major cities, hotels in Boston  aren’t cheap. The amenities offered at the upper end, however, rival any city on the planet—especially after a recent spate of new luxury hotels. For the budget-conscious, however, there is no need to go the fleabag route. Bed-and-breakfasts and furnished apartments scattered throughout the city offer excellent value, especially if you plan on staying a week or longer.
A good place to check for listings is the Bay Colony Bed & Breakfast Associates (888/486-6018, www.bnbboston.com ). Additionally, several low-cost hostels offer clean and comfortable lodging right in the hottest neighborhoods downtown.