Enriched in historic colleges and world-class universities, it is no secret why Boston is America’s first college town. Harvard University opened the doors to a city of higher learning in 1636, paving the way for the 50 colleges and universities within a 50 mile radius of downtown Boston that we know today. With names like MIT, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bentley University, Wellesley College, and Emerson College, there is a strong chance that a greater Boston area school has been listed at the top of your college-bound student’s list.

As you begin to plan your trip to Boston to tour these masters of higher education and continued learning, we understand travel costs can quickly add up. Let us at Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Cambridge Arlington provide cost saving travel solutions when you stay with us.  This all-suite hotel is centrally located, reasonably priced, and includes valuable amenities that will make your tour trip efficient and comfortable. Here are four reasons why you should make us your college visit headquarters.

Two Queen One Bedroom Suite


Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Cambridge Arlington is centrally located to Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham, and Newton without being in the heart of the city. With quick convenient access to major highways, getting you quickly to your college tour has never been easier. Our hotel is 1 mile from Tufts University, 2 miles from Harvard University, and MIT is 4 miles away.

Pro tip: Take advantage and save with our free parking under cover. This is also a great benefit if you are visiting us during our winter season, allowing us to keep your car free of snow.


Are you looking to tour nearby schools car-free? Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority bus lines are only a block away. The Red Line and bus lines can swiftly transport you to Harvard University in Harvard Square, MIT in Kendall Square, Boston University in Kenmore Square and beyond.

Pro tip: We recommend taking advantage of our transit system during your visit. As most Boston area college students use the T, this will be a great way to have your student familiarize themselves with the various routes, as well as the inbound and outbound side of the tracks. Demystifying this and having a good experience with the ease of using the system means your student is already feeling a sense of ownership in their new town.


Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Cambridge Arlington offers a daily complimentary full, hot breakfast buffet, allowing the whole family to fuel up for the day of university visits. We also offer an evening social, Monday through Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, featuring complimentary light dining options.

Pro tip: Enjoy the comforts of home right in your room. Cook a meal for your family in your kitchenette. Each suite includes a full-sized refrigerator and a two-burner stop, equipped with pots, pans and service for four. Our hotel offers a free grocery-shopping service where we will stock your suite for you, allowing you to spend more time with your future college student.

Private Kitchenette

Rewarding Benefits

Join Hilton Honors and earn points each time you visit us. Once your college kid picks his or her dream school right here in Boston, you will want to start saving towards reward nights and other bonus benefits, fast!

Pro tip: Hilton Honors members always get the best rate possible at Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Cambridge Arlington.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family on your college journey, here in Boston. Are you looking to travel with a group? Please email bosar_ds@hilton.com or call 781-643-7258 to learn more about group options.

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