3.5 star hotel
0.70 mi from Central Square
Best Rooms: For a good view of the river, request a room facing west on floors 10 - 16.
Best Rooms: For the best river views, the Deluxe rooms (or the Executive Suites, if you don't mind spending a few extra dollars) are your best bet.
Best Rooms: Rooms at the front of the hotel have the best views of Newbury St., and these rooms can be booked in a variety of categories. The higher the floor, the better the view will be.
Best Rooms: Both sides of the building offer great views of either downtown or the river; towards the west, you can see Fenway Park. Every floor has at least two rooms with panoramic views that face the city. * The Superior rooms are on floors 23 and up.
3 star hotel
Area: Prudential - St. Botolph, Boston
1.74 mi from Central Square
Best Rooms: The side of the building facing Boylston St. offers decent city views. Rooms ending in *05 (i.e. 605, 705) sit at the corner of Blagden and Exeter Streets, and depending on how high of a floor you're on, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the Charles River; these will likely be the best views offered from the hotel.
3 star hotel
Area: Coolidge Corner, Brookline
1.92 mi from Central Square
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.
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.