1650 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02135; (617) 566-6260 Recently taken over as a Best Western franchise and completely renovated, this motel is a surprising find tucked away in a residential neighborhood, just about halfway between Boston University and Boston College. Rates start around $80 for one person, $90 for two, during the summer season; winter rates come down $10 or so after October. Also, 10% AAA discounts are always offered.
Kitchenettes, outfitted with stainless steel countertops and stoves, are available at the same prices. All rooms have a refrigerator and a color TV; there’s a complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby, and free off-street parking though the Terrace is also located on the B branch of the Green Line trolley, making downtown convenient even if you don’t have a car.