More about Marriott Boston Quincy
Very Comfortable Stay
Stayed at the Quincy Marriott for 4 nights in June 2006, travelling for work. The staff I interacted with (front desk and restaurant) was very friendly. The room had the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept in. The breakfasts were wonderful, especially those blueberry pancakes. Dinner at Hancock's was delicious. The fitness center was spacious for a hotel, with a good supply of cardio-vascular equipment and weight machines. I wasn't interested in going into Boston, so the distance from the city wasn't an issue for me.
Nice, but isolated
Marriott Quincy is a very nice hotel in the middle of a somewhat run-down area. Nice lobby, clean rooms, comfy beds, great fitness center and pool. They even had a rubber ducky waiting for our daughter in her crib; she loved it!
The only drawback is that you will need a car to go anywhere. We rented a car and still saved money when comparing downtown Boston hotel rates. We parked and took the train from Quincy Center (about 2 miles from hotel), very easy.
Marina Bay is about 10-15 minutes from the hotel; this is where you can enjoy a nice meal outside and sit by the ocean.
New and pleasant, but isolated
I stayed at Marriott Quincy for 3 days in mid-August, 2006. It has nice and comfortable rooms -- though the two double bedded ones are not exactly suited for our case (a couple and a child), they had no two-queens at the moment. The hotel has a pleasant environment and is located on a hill from where one has a nice view. It has a large parking lot and the closest nearby area is a small business complexes area which is very quiet, especially at night. The subway station is around 2-3 kilometers away (one has to reach it by car) and parking there costs $3.5 for a day -- the space is empty only in weekends, though (there is a hotel shuttle there at times, but it is not operating in weekends). The hotel is definitely addressed to people using a private car. For such guests the convenience is that the hotel is located close to the highway exit, with easy access to the Cape Cod and nearby mall areas. One should not expect the location advantages of downtown Boston hotels, as the hotel is in Quincy, which is almost a different town. Boston can be reached within max.30min by subway, but, in my view, using a private car may be better in the weekends, as parking places can be found and cost much less than in weekdays (and I wouldn't say that I was thrilled with using the subway, as it is dirty and expensive, also bear in mind that Quincy is at a more distant and expensive zone).
The hotel has a small inside pool and a jacuzzi, operating till very late at night. We did not like that the hotel restaurant closed sharply at 9.30pm and the room service at 10.30pm. So, we almost stayed without anything to eat at the end of a long trip upon our arrival. Although this has to do with the general problem in the US, where, unlike Europe, restaurants close too early to be of any service, I think it is unthinkable for such a large hotel not to offer room service at least till midnight. And there is no trace of restaurant in the nearby area. The business center was OK, with free use of internet and the bar had a very relaxed atmosphere. The place is clean and people are nice, too.
Held an excellent business conference here
Our company recently held a business conference at the Quincy Marriott. We had about 125 people attend over a series of 5 days. Each day we held various meetings and speeches with breakout sessions, lunches, cocktails parties and more.
The hotel facilities were great. Our guests came from Europe and across North and even South America and all the feedback I got was very positive. They loved the excellent beds, the cleanliness of the place and the fact that there were plenty of fast elevators and restrooms in the conference area. These may seem trivial -- but if you've ever been in the "crush" of bathroom breaks and people running to the elevators during the let-outs at conferences, you know why our guests were happy and commented on this.
The food and beverage served at the conference and in the hotel's restuarant were superb. What you would expect to find at a high class restuarant. We got numerous, generous compliments on the food we served - the quality, the quantity and the superior service of the conference staff. The front desk staff and the bar staff were good -- but not as good as the conference food/beverage staff. They were excellent.
The event coordinator at the hotel was also very excellent. She was detail oriented, but flexible with the inevitable last minute requests of speakers and guest. Our requests were handled with grace, speed and efficiency.
One thing we found in our favor - Quincy is remote from downtown Boston - but we desired that in order to keep our guests at the conference. We arranged an outing to Boston one evening - which was 100% attended. There is also a "T" (subway) station down the hill -- which a quick cab ride (or during regular business hours, a hotel shuttle) took many guests to. My guests said the T was easy to use and they mainly went straight to Harvard or other tourist destinations. The Logan Express was efficient for getting our guests to and from the airport. Taxis were also available often (or you could call them) but the $50 fare to the airport ensured that many of our guests either used the Logan Express or doubled/tripled up on their taxi rides. This was fine.
I do hope we get to hold another event here in the future. It was an excellent choice for our business. If you are considering this location for a business event - I would highly recommend it.
My husband and I stay at a lot of high-end properties (Ritz, Four Seasons, etc.) so I have pretty high standards and have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Marriott in Quincy, MA -- definitely exceeded expectations!
I stayed two days (one night) on the concierge level with my two year old son, and from the moment we pulled up until we checked out the service was excellent - prompt, courteous, and comprehensive. The hotel was very clean, nicely appointed, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. The concierge lounge offered a nice selection of food & beverages, newspapers & magazines, and had two large flat screen tv's, several couches & club chairs, and a number of tables at which to eat. Lounge was always clean, and service there was quite good as well.
Best part of the stay, though, was the BED. This was truly the most comfortable hotel bed I've ever slept in (perfect mattress and pillows and unbelieveably soft sheets) and that includes the Ritz-Carlton. I would return to this hotel just to sleep in that bed again!
My husband and I will be going to Boston with our son this summer, and were planning to stay in the city. But now that I know about the Marriott in Quincy - minutes outside the city (if you have a car -- I might think twice about staying there if I were relying on public transport), seconds from the highway, and with service and amenities equivalent to that of a much more expensive hotel without the price tag- we will definitely be staying there!
Great building, rough service
This place has a great location and the facility is very nice. The service is a lot less impressive than the building. Those folks wandering around in uniform out front dont seem interested in helping guests. You are on your own if you need to find a place to park or if you get in an argument with a tour bus driver who has blocked your car. The people hanging out in the lobby will point out where you should take your laundry, rather than offer to take it themselves. The room cleaners apparently dont replace light bulbs or TV remote batteries or check the closets for a prior guest's trash. You place your room service order with a person who has no connection with room service itself. As a result, dont bother asking whether your $12.00 omlet comes with toast. They dont know and cant find out. That said, the room service orders arrive promptly and the food is well prepared. This is all frustrating since the hotel's appearance promises so much. It may be wortth staying here because of the location but adjust your service expectations to the level of a "no frills" budget hote.
Great hotel - definitely stop by Kilroys - if you're lucky you'll have Katie or Yannis work with you. Katie is incredible! Sharp as a tack and beautiful....Yannis is smart, witty, and a friend to everyone...
Everyone on the hotel staff was very friendly. The hotel was clean, and very nice.
I'll definitely stay here again. Did I mention Katie's smile? Or how well she put up with all of us nerd-types?
Nice Place very remote
This place is a beautiful hotel. Stayed there for a conference. However if you want to do anything away from the hotel a car is a must. The only bad thing is I didn't want to drive in Boston traffic. You need the car just to get to and from the train station. There are no restaurants close by except the ones in the hotel. The train station is an easy walk, but walking back is up a steep hill. There are no cabs at night.
Quincy and Quaint
We booked this hotel as a quick-little weekend getaway. It is 8 miles from downtown Boston and our hotel room was $139/night - not bad. We wanted to see the John Adams and John Quincy Adams National Historic sites and this hotel is perfect for that - a 5 minute drive to the national site.
This hotel was fine for what we wanted - a base for Boston. The rooms were very clean, bathroom was fantastic - both are either new or just rennovated. The breakfast buffet was $14/each and not exactly a bargain, but the one negative of the hotel is that there really is no other option for food, unless you want to get up and drivea (far) away from breakfast.
Compared to the expensive downtown Boston hotels I think we made a good move. The drive was, maybe 10 minutes into Boston on the weekend. We had great dinners in downtown each night. I would go back with these rates.
Great hotel outside Boston
My wife and I stayed there for three nights in August, at the beginning of a leisure trip to USA and Canada. The hotel is apparently new or recently renovated and the room we were assigned (a double queen) was spacious and clean.
The beds were extremely comfortable (and we appreciated that a lot, after our flight !!) and the breakfast buffet (included in our "hot deal" special rate ) was sumptuous.
We found the hotel to be a perfect base for exploring the Cape Cod area by car, as you may avoid the traffic congestion in the Boston area. On the other side, we used the subway to reach Boston downtown: it is a 20-30 mins journey and you can park the car in the subway station parking lot for a mere 3.50 USD a day (we did it on sunday and it was completely empty).
We did not use the pool and the business center, nor tried the internal restaurant, as we were out for most of the day
All in all, a convenient location with respect to many downtown hotels, though YOU DEFINITELY NEED a car to do anything but staying in your room.