Review From the Road: Boston's Omni Parker House Hotel

June 22, 2021

Planning a trip to Boston with the family and wondering where to stay?

Look no further than the historic Omni Parker House!

We recently visited Boston with our family and found the Omni Parker to be an ideal fit for numerous reasons.

#1 Location

The Freedom Trail is literally across the street from the hotel’s entrance. You are less than a 5-minute walk from Boston Common in one direction and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market in the other. Take 10 or 15 minutes and reach the waterfront with the New England Aquarium and one of the launch locations for the iconic Duck Boat Tours (probably what we enjoyed most on our trip). We also easily connected to multiple T lines to get to a Red Sox game at Fenway and the top of the Freedom Trail at Bunker Hill.

We parked our car in a garage just around the corner and walked or took the T everywhere we needed to go. Even our kids were figuring out how easy it was to navigate around the area—and quickly determined the best Dunkin Donuts stop each morning!

#2 Comfort and Service

As I stepped out of the car, I was greeted by hotel staff offering to help with our luggage. The lobby was stunning with chandeliers, ornate historic details, and comfortable, secluded seating areas. The staff at the front desk was courteous and helpful with tips about the area including places to eat and attractions not to be missed.

#3 History

More than a century of stories accompany the Omni Parker House with famous guests that include Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John F. Kennedy, famous actors and actresses, sports stars, and more. Artifacts are scattered throughout the hotel including replicas of letters, the door to Dickens' room, and more. The hotel also has a haunted past and was one of the stops on our ghost tour! Their famed Parker's Restaurant was still closed when we visited, but it's the home of the Boston Cream Pie and Parker House rolls.

Places to Dine Near Omni Parker House

Union Oyster House - try the chowder, rumor has it that it's the best in Boston!

Bell in Hand Tavern - America's oldest tavern

Beantown Pub - this was our late-night stop and we recommend the Fenway Franks

Other Good Eats

Cookie Monstah - a food truck with ice cream cookie sandwiches that were amazing

Regina Pizzeria - incredible pizza in the North End, just steps from the Freedom Trail

Mike's Pastry - cannolis and other amazing desserts that you don't want to miss