47 Commercial Wharf, Boston; (617) 720-3540 or (800) 248-9262
Not actually a place to stay but a reservation service, Bed & Breakfast Agency of Boston connects weary travelers with host homes across the city, many in historic locations such as the waterfront, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill. Many are located in stately townhouses and 19th-century buildings, with brick walls and heavy wooden beams. Single rates run as low as $65 a night, doubles as low as $70, with tax included.
These prices include continental breakfast, plus a homey touch you just won’t find at a motel. Extra perks include a 15% dinner discount at Boston’s Bay Tower Room although given his budget, Mine’s still not likely to be at the next table and trolley tour discounts. Additionally, winter specials (offered from November through February), allow guests to stay three nights for the price of two.
Ultimately, diversity of lodgings is key to this agency; sometimes your night is as simple as a private room in somebody’s home. Air conditioning and color TVs are common, and fully equipped kitchenettes are available. The roster is ever-changing, so call the agency and see what’s available; they’ll describe each setting in detail, and make all the arrangements for you.