Jan 252017
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My family almost always stays close to home during the February vacation.  I would be devastated if any travel plans we made got disrupted because of snow, so we definitely prefer staycations. My family and I recently got to experience a stay at the Element Boston Seaport and it’s the perfect location for a Boston staycation. It’s located right in the heart of Boston’s thriving Seaport District and there are tons of family-friendly attractions within walking distance of the hotel. As far as I am concerned that is a big selling point when I am looking for a place to stay with my family.

The Element Boston Seaport was built to be green from the ground up, guestrooms are spacious, stylish, sustainable and designed for comfort, providing guests with space to live their life while away from home.

Some of the amenities include:

Parking – When you arrive, they have short term parking spots out front so you can unload your luggage and get checked in. Be sure to do that first. When you’re ready to park, there is a public lot located just one block south of the hotel on Danby & D Street for $25/day. Hotel guests receive in-and-out-privileges so you can come and go as you please. If you need driving directions, please click here.

The lot is literally on the other side of the hotel, so you can’t miss it.

Rise® breakfast bar – Your Element Boston Seaport experience includes complimentary Rise® breakfast bar for every guest of the hotel.

You can look forward to hot breakfast sandwiches, delicious pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal, house-made granola and complimentary coffee.

It really does make for a perfect way to start your day.

Lunch – Lunch is a chance to be casual or go explore. Element Boston Seaport offers healthy sandwiches and salads in their Restore: Gourmet pantry in the lobby as well as some prepared meal options. There are also several full-service lunch restaurants close to the hotel that the front desk team would be happy to help you find and/or arrange reservations.

Dinner – Just next door, Aloft Boston Seaport’s W XYZ® bar offers a full menu of appetizers and entrees to allow you to relax and recharge. W XYZ opens daily at 5pm and charges can be applied directly to your bill at Element. Enjoy Live At Aloft Hotels musical performances while visiting on most Thursday evenings. If you prefer to explore, click here for a map of the closest culinary delights of the Seaport.

Relax: Evening reception – They provide complimentary appetizers and beverages Monday – Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7 PM in the lobby.

Motion: Fitness Center – Their state of the art fitness studio is open 24/7 so you can work out when it suits you.

Pool – Cool off or relax with a swim in their indoor saline pool from 5 AM – 11 PM.

Other amenities include:

    • Complimentary Bikes to Borrow for off-property exploring.
    • Inviting outdoor patio, complete with a self-serve grill in the summer.

    • Self-service laundry facilities are available as well.

Element is also dog-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about missing your fur babies while you’re away.

Element offers fast & free WiFi in all guest rooms. Every studio guest room is also equipped with a full kitchen to allow you the flexibility of going out or staying in. Groceries can be ordered in advance for your arrival by contacting the hotel directly.

The hotel’s prime location in the Seaport District provides access to  many activities and attractions in and around Boston. It’s walking distance to the Boston Theater District, the North End, Fanueil Hall Marketplace, the Boston Common, Boston Children’s Museum, the Boston Public Garden, Fenway Park and New England Aquarium. You and your family can even spend the day walking the Freedom Trail, which is a fun way to see many of these attractions along the way. One of the many reason I love Boston is that there is stuff to do there all year long, so that means you can visit Boston anytime and never lack for things to do. For your reference, here is a list of year round seasonal activities in Boston that I put together to make it easier for you when you do stay in the area.

During our stay at the Element Boston Seaport, my family walked to the North End for dinner and and passed lots of family-friendly attractions (the Children’s Museum & Fanueil Hall to name a new), making it the perfect place to stay for your next Boston staycation.

The Element Boston Seaport is located at 391-395 D Street in Boston, MA.

**Disclosure: My family was provided with a complimentary stay at Element in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

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  98 Responses to “The Element Boston Seaport I Boston Staycation Approved”

  1. What a cool swanky place to visit. I’ve never been to Boston and this looks like a nice place to stay at.

  2. Wow that looks like a great place to stay! That’s really cool that they provide bikes for exploration!

  3. Wow this place has really planned for everyone. The rooms looks inviting and big. Breakfast bar looks good. Always love a good pool and fitness area. But having washer and dryers and kitchens plus ordering food. Over the top wow.

  4. This place has so many great amenities. The washers and dryers are a big plus for families as is the complimentary breakfast. Everything looks so clean and spacious.

    • We always look for complimentary breakfast while we travel as a family. It saves money and time too!

  5. I LOVE Staycations. The Element Boston Seaport looks like such a fun hotel! Although I’ve technically been to Boston (on a layover flight), I’ve never really “been” to Boston.

  6. That looks like a great place to stay. I love all of the pictures. It is great that they’ve got laundry available.

  7. This looks like an awesome place to stay! The breakfast bar sounds good and I like that it is dog friendly.

  8. This looks like a really nice place to stay, especially that its close to home. There are so many awesome amenities, i would really like that breakfast bar!

  9. I tried the Element in Times Square and it was okay 🙂

  10. I love to do a staycation when I can. It is a great way to get away and save money. I enjoy relaxing by the pool with a good book.

  11. This looks like a great hotel! I’m hoping to get up to Boston next year. Will have to keep this place in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  12. This looks like such a great staycation! I’ve always wanted to do something like this, thanks for sharing!

  13. Have never been to Boston but will keep this place in mind when I do visit! The gym looks like a great little set up!

  14. What a beautiful hotel and a great idea! The weather is so fickle that it is best not to risk being disappointed due to an unplanned event.

  15. What an awesome place. I’ll keep it in mind, because I do want to go to Boston soon. I love the history of it and wanted to take my kids.

  16. This looks like a great place to stay when in Boston.

  17. That food station looks so good, its definitely a hotel I would love to stay in!

  18. The buffet, exercise room, pool, and stuff look nice but I gotta say the rooms look kinda plain compared to it all! Don’t get me wrong, they’re beautiful, nice lighting and space but more color maybe? Anyways, hope you had a good time 🙂

  19. What a gorgeous hotel!!! I would love to go back to Boston one day!

  20. Looks like a good place for a short staycation. Love the amenities provided to the guests. I love the salt water swimming pool and the complimentary bikes. I will keep this in mind if we get to travel to Boston.

  21. I love this hotel! It’s a Starwood property and we stayed there about 3 days when we first got here (because our bed wasn’t put together and I wasn’t about the floor life lol). I love it there!!! So glad you got this stay girl. 🙂

  22. I’m a huge fan of a hotel that provides free breakfast! This looks like a great place to stay 🙂

  23. What a nice hotel. I’ve never stayed there but know exactly where it is. Perfect spot to be close to downtown Boston.

  24. That is a fantastic hotel! I love the fitness center and the fact that it’s pet friendly. This would be my go-to for a staycation in the area as well.

  25. That is a sweet hotel! I love the fitness center and breakfast. I would stay there for a staycation. Heck, I’d stay there on a regular vacation. Nice.

  26. I love a good staycation! this looked like the perfect fit and I also love a good modern style hotel! great find.

  27. I think it’s a great idea staying close to home because of the weather. And this place has everything one needs – pool & gym!

  28. We love Staycations! I was recently in the Seaport District at the Convention Center, and there really is so much to do, close to there. Traffic from Southern NH was horrible, staying somewhere close like this would’ve been so much more convenient. We didn’t realize there was a pet friendly hotel close by though, thanks for sharing!

  29. Boston has always been a place I would love to visit and this sounds like a great place to stay. Staycations are indeed better especially in the winter months here in our area because of our crazy weather. Thanks for sharing the information.

  30. What a beautiful hotel! Me and my mom love traveling but we don’t go too often. Boston is such a nice city. I grew up in Connecticut so I’ve been there a few times. Thank you for the the helpful information about this hotel. It’s definitely on my go-to!

  31. Staycations are awesome enough – but to be able to do it in this way is so cool! I’m glad you guys had such a great time, and that everything was so handy to the hotel, and I thought being able to have groceries ordered in in advance was a really great extra touch!

  32. That hotel certainly has a lot of ammeities to offer. I always try to get my hubby to do a staycation but he never agrees with me. Maybe one of these days he will.

  33. I definitely need to go out to Boston. There’s so many interesting things that you’ve mentioned that I definitely want to check out the city. Now I know a good place to stay.

  34. What a beautiful hotel. My kids would definitely love that pool. I would appreciate the coffee options in the morning for sure. I would love to stay here!

  35. We have two kids so hotels with breakfast cinclusion is must for us. This place looks clean and offer the amenities that you need when traveling or having a vacation.

  36. I love places that offer an evening snack. Free coffee is also good.

  37. What a fantastic place to visit. It looks wonderful there.

  38. What a cool place to stay! I have never been to Boston, but I would love to visit one day.

  39. Oh wow! I have stayed at the Element in Boston Seaport too! I was there for a business trip and I absolutely loved my stay! Just like you I recommend it to anyone who visits Boston 🙂

  40. I used to be up in Maryland. Never got to Boston. This place is suppppperrrrr chill looking. Would love to kick it there.


  41. Girl, I am all about a stay-cation! When I lived in Boston I did that often. So many amazing things to do right in your own backyard. I also love doing this in my current city of Cleveland!

  42. This place seems to be a very relaxing place to stay. It has everything I need to enjoy myself while being away from home.

  43. I love Boston. It’s on my list for a long weekend. I’ll be sure to reference your post when we go. That parking tip was a good one!

  44. This looks like such a fun place! I love stay-cations! They are always he best because you away.. but still close enough! Thanks for sharing!

  45. That looks like a fantastic hotel. I would love to enjoy that pool for a bit.

  46. What a great place to staycation! We’ve never been to Boston, so this would be a great option for us to stay at when we do one day, hopefully soon!

  47. The rooms look nice and spacious and the breakfast bar sounds delicious! Nice you can bring your fur babies, too! Always on the look out for places to brings our pups!

  48. Looks like a comfy place to stay. It is a perfect place to stay with your family and when you are on a long business trip.

  49. Looks like a comfy place to stay. It is a perfect place to stay with your family and when you are on a long business trip!

  50. I just love your review of the Element Boston Seaport. It definitely makes me want to go and stay there! It is obvious that they are clean and airy. I know that sounds odd but it just looks so spacious and comfortable. You had me at the breakfast bar :).

  51. This place is so inviting. We’ll check it out next time we’re in Boston. We’d love to see the seaport district.

  52. Looks like a great place to stay with all the modern conveniences. Love the indoor pool!

  53. I went by this place the last time I was in Boston! I am going to have to consider a staycation too since this place is right near the museum!

  54. I will keep this place in mind for the next time we are in Boston. I love that they are committed to being green!

  55. A walking distance to all areas was a plus point for me. An outdoor area with a self-serve grill in the summer and a complimentary bike to borrow for exploring was a great thing.

  56. I would love to stay at the Element Boston Seaport. I love to do a staycation when I am itching for a change in scenery.

  57. A staycation is a great way to get out of the house and not have to travel far. I am looking forward to exploring Boston myself soon.

  58. I will have to plan a staycation for my husband and I for Valentine’s Day. There are some really nice hotels around here I would love to check out.

  59. Dang their laundry room is NICE! Love all the amenities they offer. The buffet looks solid too! I love staycations! Glad you had a great time.

  60. What an awesome place! I love that it’s so clean and all that they offer! The food looked amazing!

  61. I love studios and suites for family travel, the kitchen and living areas are very convenient. Free breakfast is a great way to save some money too.

  62. Staycation is a great idea! A lot of people take for granted the cool places they live near! Haha those washer and dryer machines look really nice!!! Haha weird comment I know but they looks spanking brand new lol! I also love they lend you bikes!

  63. I love an evening reception it is one of the best hotel amenities ever. I appreciate a staycation, I try to do them more often.

  64. This hotel looks amazing and has so much to offer. The amenities are divine and breakfast will keep you energized to start exploring. So glad you had a great time. I will keep it in mind for when I visit Boston next.

  65. I love it! It’s a nice and quiet getaway! I love how comfy the room looks, perfect for just staying in. I also like the amenities, you pretty much have everything you need.

  66. What a great place in such a big city, we would love to visit Boston one day. We will have to keep this place on our radar.

  67. I personally prefer stay cations. It looks like the hotel was beautiful and hospitable, and sounds like everyone had fun.

  68. I’ve never been to Boston, but I’ll make sure to bookmark this page and try this cool place! Ooh, now my feet’s itching to go!

  69. That is a good point you make about staying local in our good ol’ snow-bound home states!
    It looks like this was a nice local destination for you and your family.

  70. It looks like a great place to say in! I love that they have complete amenities, The rooms are spacious and clean. And I love that they have kitchen too. Awesome!

  71. This is a lovely place to stay!! Amazing rooms and delicious buffet

  72. This has everything that you need for a staycation! I love all the amenities included in their hotel. It’s definitely a place I’ll consider to vacation in when I need to relax and unwind.

  73. Whoa this looks like a great place to stay. I love Boston and I’ll have to add this my list of places to stay. Also, love they have free apps in the evening. 😉

  74. Boston has been on my bucket list for some time because I think it would be a great place to visit. If I make it there, I’ll check out this place.

  75. We stay at Element hotels all the time and they seem to all have the same cohesive look- simple and modern. We love Element hotels!

  76. Their breakfast bar looks absolutely amazing! And so do the rooms! If I ever get to Boston, I will have to stay here!

  77. What a great looking place for a staycation. I wish they had something nice like that around here, I would love to do something like that!

  78. I could use a staycation. I feel like I’m constantly going and taking care of everyone but me. Time to change that up.

  79. Staycations are great especially because my kids just love staying in a hotel so it doesn’t matter where we go.

  80. I love staycations! They generally end up being my favorite trips. That breakfast bar is pretty impressive.

  81. I do love mini stay-cations. Just enjoying what’s in my own backyard

  82. This looks like so much fun! It’s amazing to see a ‘real’ blog post of a place you’ve been to as opposed to ‘big’ bloggers showing photoshopped pictures of really expensive hotels. This is something we could actually do! xx

  83. Oh man i feel like a need staycation and this looks amazing! I love the pool and what a nice buffet!

  84. I’m actually heading back to Boston this weekend to visit! I lived there for 6 years and fell in love with the city and food. I loved sitting at the lawn in the seaport just staring out into the harbor. Your blog post just brought back some amazing memories for me. Thank you for sharing. xoxo

  85. Ok this is amazing. The best part? The laundry, you dont know how many times I’ve way over packed because you never now with so many kids. Now staying here that wouldn’t be an issue! How awesome.

  86. This place looks amazing. I want to go stay there. So beautiful and fun and that breakfast looks so good!

  87. When you’ve got somewhere that lovely to stay, why leave town? I love staycations, especially with young kids.

  88. What a lovely looking hotel, the breakfast bar reminds of a hotel I stayed in whilst in Oslo. I love my breakfast bars.

  89. Staycations are great options. That’s the one drawback of living in a small town, is that there really isn’t anything here.. we have to go away.

  90. You can always get me with a tasty breakfast bar! Hot coffee and fresh produce and eggs…Sign me up!

  91. We stay in Boston a lot! This is a great place for me and the family to stay. I love the continental breakfast and the afternoon snacks and beverages is a bing include for a family.

  92. I love staycations especially when you live in a beautiful place. This hotel looks like the perfect place to have a staycation.

  93. Ooh, You can’t go wrong with a breakfast bar! I’ve only been to a few hotels in my life. Each time, I made sure there were laundry rooms for me to be able to wash my dirty clothes before leaving lol.

  94. I’ve been loving your photos on Instagram of your mini stay cation. It looks like the whole fam had a blast.

  95. wow! the breakfast bar looks very nice! i like it! the place looks so great to visit!

  96. Staycations are great! You can see cool things, but you don’t have to drive very far to see them. Boston has a ton to see!