3 star hotel
Area: Coolidge Corner, Brookline
0.98 mi from Boston University
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.
4 star hotel
Area: Prudential - St. Botolph
1.57 mi from Boston University
Best Rooms: For the best water views, be sure to specifically book a River View room, and keep in mind that getting up to at least floor 25 will be ideal for these views. For city views, request any even-numbered room.
Best Rooms: Queen rooms are located in three different areas of the hotel. Some of the rooms offer lovely views of Copley Square, while rooms in the center of the building don't have views, but are much quieter.
3 star hotel
Area: Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge
1.64 mi from Boston University
Best Rooms: A B and B Inn is situated next to Cambridge St. and offers limited views because it is surrounded by buildings.
Best Rooms: Rooms facing Clarendon St. on floors 10 - 14 offer a good view of the city.
Best Rooms: Located next to Berkeley St., Berkeley Residence is surrounded by equally tall buildings, so you won't find any great views.
2.5 star hotel
Area: East Cambridge, Cambridge
2.13 mi from Boston University
Best Rooms: Located along the highway and surrounded by other buildings, views at Hampton Inn Boston Cambridge are limited. However, rooms on floors 6 - 7 facing Monsignor O'Brien Highway offer a better city view.