Boston is a great choice for a US city break. For a start, America's oldest city has the closest major airport for Brits - from London or Manchester, it's around 7 hours flying time with plenty of scheduled airlines offering daily flights at competitive and affordable prices.
The capital of Massachusetts, Boston has everything you want from a big city: a wide choice of quality hotels, great food, superb shopping. But, more than that, it also has world-class arts and cultural attractions. Then, there is the history. If you want to get to grips with the American psyche, there is no better place to start than Boston - this is, after all, where the American Revolution started!
Three or four days are just about right - and getting around is easy. Famous as a 'walking city', Boston boasts an efficient and inexpensive public transport system, known as the 'T'. The downtown area is compact, so you can cram a lot in, either on a short break, or or at the start/end of a more extensive visit to Massachusetts.
In an ideal location, in the heart of Back Bay, this is one of Boston's newest hotels, housed in a building that was once the Boston Police Headquarters. Big on character, the hotel offers contemporary styling and great attention to detail in the guest rooms. There's also a fitness centre and a choice of dining with the casual Coffs Bar and the more formal Stanhope Grill.
Guide price - 3 nights from £625pp including scheduled flights and standard room
Also in Back Bay and connected to over 200 shops in Copley Place Mall, the Sheraton is good value and enjoys a great location. There's a choice of casual dining venues including a Starbucks. Upgrade to the Club Floor to enjoy the extra benefits of the Club Lounge, a private concierge and fantastic river views.
Guide price - 3 nights from £585pp including scheduled flights and standard room accommodation.4th night free between 22 Nov and 31 Mar 2010
Another of Boston's grand, historic properties which retains all the character of its glorious past. Room types vary greatly but all offer custom-made furnishings, marble bathrooms, plush bathrobes and mini-bars. Recently named as the Best Steakhouse in Boston, dinner in the Oak Room is a real treat
Guide price - Moderate room from £73 to £102pp per night.3 nights for 2 offer between 01 Jan and 31 Mar 2010.
Opened in March 2007, the 424 room InterContinental brings modern elegance to Boston Harbour. Expect luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, spa style bathrooms, fine dining in a choice of three restaurants and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Guide price - Standard room rates between £89 and £120pp per night
Overlooking the Public Gardens and the upscale shopping of Newbury Street, the Taj Boston's enviable location puts you within a short stroll of Beacon Hill, the Theatre District and Boston Common. Traditional, classicly styled guestrooms and suites are adorned with special touches including plush imported linens, feather duvets and pampering bathroom amenities.
Guide price - Deluxe room from £104 - £122pp per night. 3rd night free in Junior and Executive Suite accommodation, year round