For travelers with disabilities visiting New England, there are a number of wheelchair accessible hotel rooms in Boston and in nearby neighborhoods.
As a wheelchair user, I have at a number of hotels in and around Boston, with varying levels of accessibility and at different price points. I have included information and pictures of those hotels here, and encourage you to share details of other Boston-area hotels where you have stayed in the comments below. Please note that this is not a complete list of accessible hotels in the city, only those which I have stayed in and verified.
Aloft Lexington Hotel
Have you heard of the Battle of Lexington and Concord? The Aloft Lexington is located about 15 miles outside of downtown Boston, and is a hotel that I would recommend for people who are taking a road trip. Hotels in the City of Boston are oftentimes very expensive, and a stay at a hotel outsider the city can save money not only on the room, but on parking as well.
My room at the Aloft Lexington had a platform bed about 24 inches high and a roll-in shower. The shower had a built-in seat, but there were no grab bars. The hotel’s shuttle van was not wheelchair accessible. For more information or to make a booking, visit the hotel website.
Boston Marriott Burlington
Located about 15 miles northwest of downtown Boston, the Boston Marriott Burlington has been recently renovated and offers comfortable, wheelchair accessible accommodation.
During my stay at this hotel, my room had two queen beds and an ADA accessible bathtub. The tub featured one of two approved designs in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, featuring a seat behind the tub basin, grab bars and a handheld showerhead. For more information on this hotel or to book a room, visit the hotel website.
Boston Marriott Newton
One of my favorite properties in the Boston area, the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel is located about 10 west of the city center. The hotel is located less than half a mile from the Auburndale MBTA Commuter Rail Station, but that station is not wheelchair accessible and there are no alternative public transportation services nearby. I have been able to get UberWAV and wheelchair taxi pick-ups from this hotel, however.
The hotel is modern, with fantastic bathroom accessibility in ADA guest rooms. The roll-in showers feature a built-in shower seat, grab bars and a handheld showerhead. For more information or to book a room at the Boston Marriott Newton, visit the hotel website.
Courtyard Boston Cambridge Hotel
Located along the Charles River and near the MIT campus, the Courtyard Boston Cambridge Hotel is one of the more affordable options in the area. The hotel is within walking distance of public transportation and offers wheelchair users excellent accessibility.
The guest rooms are spacious and feature ADA accessible bathrooms with the required accessibility features, including a roll-in shower with a wall-mounted shower seat and grab bars. For more information or to book a room, visit the hotel website.
Courtyard Boston South Boston Hotel
The Courtyard Boston-South Boston Hotel is an affordable 3-star property located within walking distance of the Andrew Square station, which is served by the red line.
Accessibility at the hotel is fairly good, but the roll-in showers do not have built-in seats; only a portable plastic shower chair is available. For more information or to book a stay, visit the hotel website.
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
I have stayed many times at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, primarily due to its convenient location. It is just one stop away from the airport on the Silver Line and within walking distance of the Convention Center and the great restaurants on Seaport Boulevard.
The accessible guest rooms are exceedingly comfortable, with plush beds and all the features one would expect in a mid-range hotel. ADA guest rooms feature an accessible sink, toilet with grab bars and a roll-in shower. The roll-in showers do not have a built-in seat, but a fairly sturdy plastic chair in provided. For more information or to make a booking, visit the hotel website.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Connected to the Prudential Center and the Hynes Convention Center and located just a short distance from Fenway Park, the Sheraton Boston Hotel is a large property with more than 1,000 guest rooms. Its excellent location provides easy access to Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, and nearby public transportation connections make it easy to visit other parts of the city.
I have only stayed once at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, and was upgraded to a small Junior Suite, which was essentially just a standard room with an additional sitting area. The room had a king size bed and a roll-in shower. The roll-in shower lacked a wall-mounted seat, and a plastic shower chair was provided instead. The seat had a fixed armrest, which limited my options for positioning to chair in the shower. For more information or to book a room, visit the hotel website.