'Tis Day Two of Hotels Week 2014, and we're delving into that hospitality conundrum that makes you go hmm...: Do you pay that much extra for a luxury spread or be reasonable for once? Here, then, are a few pairings of two-star hotels vs. four-star ones, based on the rankings of Hotels.com. We requested the same things of each room: same time (first week in April), nonsmoking, WiFi, king-size bed, etc. The prices we got were not the same.
In the first match-up, in the luxury corner, the Loews Boston. In the reasonable corner, the Midtown:
Loews Boston Hotel
350 Stuart Street, Boston
Rate: $389 a night
Comes With: Extra roll-away bed; a 37-inch LCD TV; a coffee/tea maker; an espresso maker; a refrigerator; complimentary bottled water.
The Midtown Hotel
220 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Comes With: Extra roll-away bed; a 32-inch flat-panel TV; a coffeemaker.
200 Stuart Street, Boston
Comes With: Balcony; premium TV channels; complimentary weekday newspapers.
DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
240 Mount Vernon Street, Boston
Comes With: Cable TV with a video-game console; wireless Internet access (surcharge).
The Boston Park Plaza Towers
50 Park Plaza, Boston
Comes With: a 37-inch LCD TV; a coffee/tea maker, a coffee/tea maker; a refrigerator.
The Constitution Inn
150 Third Avenue, Boston
Comes With: Premium TV channels; a coffee/tea maker; a microwave; a refrigerator.
· Our Hotels Week 2014 archive [Curbed Boston]