For the Carb Lover — The Charles Hotel:
The Harvard Square property still has availability for Marathon weekend, though there is a two-night minimum required over Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20. (Rates start at $429 per night.) And while you’ll probably find a few hokey “pasta dinners” happening around town, most won’t have the allure of the Marathon Tasting Menu at the hotel’s on-site restaurant Rialto. Available only on Sunday, the $55, 5-course prix fixe is prepared by James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams, and is slated to feature carb-loaded lovelies like a spring vegetable lasagna with pesto and pine nuts, bucatini with lobster and rigatoni Bolognese with veal, beef and pork. Running? You’ll be ready. Spectating? Sprint upstairs and succumb to a food coma. That’ll burn off at least one course, right?
For the Pampered Athlete — Millennium Bostonian Hotel :
Whether you’re planning your recovery from a long (very, very long) run or just feel like gifting yourself with a relaxing rubdown, the Millennium’s “Boston Finish Line Package” may be an order. Rates start at $459 per night for the weekend, and there’s a 2-night minimum, but it includes a room with balcony; “runners replenishment basket” loaded with energy bars, gels, fruit and other treats; and a choice of a post-Marathon foot or back massage in the on-property Aveda Salon. Plus: 5 PM late check-out on Marathon Monday, so you have a home base to run back to throughout the day.
For the Budget-Conscious — Westin Waltham Boston:
If you don’t mind staying just outside the city, this Westin in nearly-neighboring Waltham has weekend rooms available at rates well below what you’ll find in Boston and Cambridge: $209 per night. Bonus: The hotel happens to have a partnership with New Balance, a major Marathon sponsor, that includes a “gear lending” option whereby guests can get freshly laundered athletic apparel and sneakers during their stay. That’s a permanent program, by the way – good to know any time you’re running (pun intended) out of space in your suitcase.
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