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Catch breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

By Susan Johnston

With zero sales tax on clothes and an abundance of cultural events, Boston is the perfect place to finish your holiday shopping and celebrate the season in style staying at cheap Boston hotels. Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has captivated generations of theater-goers. But there’s also The Urban Nutcracker (presentedby Ballet Rox at Wheelock Family Theater), Christmas Revels (in honor of the 40th anniversary, the Revels will return to their roots with a Medieval English theme), and scores of other holiday performances, concerts, and other special events and Boston vacation packages.Thanks to the following cheap Boston hotels, you can sleep like a king or queen without spending like one. Or as we locals would say, you can score a bah-gain!

1. Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel: Located on the banks of Boston Harbor, this posh hotel blends New England’s maritime past with the modern luxuries that present-day visitors expect. There’s a Starbucks on the first floor, and 606 Congress Restaurant serves fresh, seasonal dishes amidst elegant yet relaxed surroundings. It’s also a short distance from Boston’s new Institute of Contemporary Art and the Bank of America Pavillion.

2. Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside: A short drive or subway ride from downtown Boston, Hotel Indigo offers big city style in a calm, suburban location. The hotel’s commitment to the environment and the community is reflected in initiatives like Conserving for Tomorrow, a water reductionprogram, the use of eco-friendly cleaning products, and their involvement in local community organizations.

3. The Royal Sonesta: With gorgeous views of Boston’s skyline and the Charles River, the Royal Sonesta offers affordable luxury in all of its 400 guest rooms. Travelers enjoy complimentary high-speed internet, a year-round pool with retractable roof, a fitness center and sauna, and easy access to shopping at nearby Cambridgeside Galleria.

4. Doubletree Hotel Boston: For those who want to be at the center of the action in Boston’s downtown Theater District, the Doubletree Hotel offers unparalleled convenience and affordability. Designed according to the Asian principles of Feng Shui, the hotel features elegantly appointed guest rooms and a 24-hour business center. Once you step outside, it’s an easy walk to Boston Commons, dozens of restaurants and several nearby theaters.

Insider Tip: Book your hotel and cheap Boston flights together to save money. You can find cheap Boston flights and Boston vacation packages to suit any agenda.

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Susan Johnston has spent the last eight years living in and around Boston, Massachusetts, and still gets excited about the holidays in New England.

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