Other areas to stay in Boston
A relatively safe area of Boston is the historically Italian neighborhood of the North End. In this this splendid area you can visit landmarks such as the Paul Revere House. Hanover Street is the main street filled with eateries such as Bricco, Mike’s Pastry and Caffe Vittoria. The small streets of the North End amplify noises, which does not make for a quiet stay. The Battery Wharf Hotel is within walking distance of the North End but eliminates the noisy sounds of the area. Haymarket and Government Center are train stations close to the North End. These stations can connect you to shopping centers such as Cambridge Side Galleria or the airport.
Beautifully structed Victorian-style houses line the streets of the South End. The quietness of Peters Park and the Blackstone Park make this a great place to stay. The South End is home to many clinics, which care to the homeless and rehab patients. Staying south of Washington Avenue is always a good idea for a tourist. Shawmut Avenue and the SoWA Open Market are great places to shop for gifts, fresh food and more. You can easily walk to the Back Bay or Chinatown from the South End. The Silver and Orange Lines of the train station give you easy access to other parts of Boston.
South Boston is the original neighborhood of many Irish immigrants. Nowadays, there is a diverse group of races that mingle together. The best place to stay in Southie is Boston’s Seaport Hotel because it is stunning location by the water and close proximity to restaurants and shops. Sullivan’s Castle Island is a remarkable landmark restaurant that is family-owned since 1951 that offers delicious lobster rolls and clam chowder. The closest subway lines that stop near South Boston is the Red Line but I would recommend an Uber when traveling at night. To avoid busy or inebriated crowds, it best to get up to the Seaport District for a quiet for fun night out.
This student village is home to the famous Boston College and Harvard Business School. Other must-see stops in this area are Union Square, Oak Square and McMullen Museum of Art. Public transportation is easy with the Green Line (B-service) which takes you to places such as Washington St., Packard’s Corner and Chestnut Hill Ave. If you are in the mood for magic supplies or unconventional gifts then you should check out Ritual Arts at 153 Harvard Avenue. Similar to other parts of the Boston area, the evening hours make this area a little less safe than other parts of Boston.
Beacon Hill is beaming with historical landmarks such as Boston Common and Massachusetts Statehouse. Given close proximity to the statehouse, this area is safe to visit. Places like the Sevens Ale House and Beacon Hill Pub, are perfect spots to start happy hour. Once happy hour is over, head over to Guilt, 6B Lounge or the Icon Nightclub to dance the night away. Comfortable and affordable hotels to stay at in Beacon Hill are the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro and Found Hotel Boston Common. The closest “T” stations to Beacon Hill are Tremont Street, Beacon Street and Park Street, which give you access to the airport, shopping centers and the cinema.
The Emerald Necklace of parks is one of the famous landmarks in Jamaica Plain which includes Jamaicaway and Jamaica Pond. Forest Hills Station is the center train station that welcomes you to other areas in Boston such as Jackson Square and Hyde Park. The Tres Gatos is an original restaurant that doubles as a tapas bar and bookstore. Jamaica Plain is not always regarded as the safest area in Boston. It is best to travel with someone or get an Uber to drive you place at night.
Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston. The Interstate 93, Route 99 and US 1 are all roads that give visitors access via car or bus to Charlestown. The MBTA’s Orange Line serves many parts of the area for easy public transportation to the airport, Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Although there was once the Charlestown State Prison it has been converted to the Bunker Hill Community College. This area is moderately safe for visitors to enjoy a trip to the Bunker Hill Monument or Charlestown Navy Yard. The Constitution Inn is a affordable and safe place to stay, that offers services from Boston’s YMCA such a yoga, sauna and a basketball court.
Fenway Park may be the oldest ballpark in the USA, but it is not the only thing to see in the Fenway/Kenmore area. Boylston Street is home to the first restaurant opened in a former gas station, Tasty Burger. Shopping at the Van Ness Building gives you the pleasure to boutique-style shopping and urban shopping at Target. Other remarkable landmarks to visit in this area are the New England Conservatory and Fenway Studios. There are plenty of transport facilities that led to Fenway/Kenmore. The Green Line train stations allow connections to Government Center, the John F. Kennedy Museum and more. As the evening progresses the crowds in this area may get rowdy with drunk college students or petty thieves lurking around, especially during a Red Sox game. Besides this issue, the area is proportionately safe.