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Speed Up Now To Get Your Boston Marathon Hotel Room

February 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Believe it or not, hotels around Boston are already selling out fast for the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21 as well as for the preceding weekend. (And if you’ve ever visited for the annual event – well, you probably believe it.) If you’re planning to run – or just cheer on the athletes – book now or forever hold your peace. Here are four packages worth a speedy glance:

For the Wino — The Boxer:
The Boxer (pictured), a West End spot that replaced the former Bulfinch Hotel last year after extensive renovations, is offering a special package for runners who need a place to rest their sore legs. (Or any spectators who want to prolong their Boston visit.) The “Marathon Monday Wine Down” includes an overnight stay, celebratory dinner for two with bottle of wine (get it?) in the property’s Mad Men-evoking restaurant Finch, and breakfast for two before you hit the road in the morning. The package price: $509. Having a place to crash on Marathon Monday and avoid the mad rush of traffic out of the city: Priceless.

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.

[Photo: The Boxer]

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