3 star hotel
Area: Coolidge Corner, Brookline
3.12 mi from Arnold Arboretum
Best Rooms: There isn't too much in the way of views, as the hotel is surrounded by buildings, but rooms facing Webster St. on floors 7 - 8 are your best bet for a view of the city.
3.5 star hotel
Area: Cambridgeport, Cambridge
4.37 mi from Arnold Arboretum
Best Rooms: For a good view of the river, request a room facing west on floors 10 - 16.
Best Rooms: Located next to Berkeley St., Berkeley Residence is surrounded by equally tall buildings, so you won't find any great views.
Best Rooms: The One Bedroom Suites located on the corners, with room numbers ending in *32 (e.g. 1432, 1532) and the Junior Suites ending in *73 (e.g. 1473, 1573), offer the best views of the Castle at Park Plaza and Columbus Avenue. Rooms facing Columbus Avenue offer great city views. The Junior Suites located on the corners offer views of St. James Avenue and the John Hancock Tower, which are spectacular at night.
Best Rooms: Even-numbered rooms face the courtyard (e.g. 502, 604), while odd-numbered rooms face the street (e.g. 503, 605).
Best Rooms: You won't find much in the way of views, because the building is only six stories high. However, rooms facing Tremont St., on floors 5 - 6, offer nicer views of the city.