Despite its modest size, the historic market town of Boston will surprise you with its range of quality and interesting places to stay. Around the town you will find waterside hotels and lodges, holiday parks, a 16th century inn converted into a bed and breakfast, and even a 200-year-old windmill with a self-catered apartment inside! In this guide we pick out our favourite hotels in Boston Lincolnshire, as well as other quirky and characterful accommodation options nearby.
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Hotels in Boston Lincolnshire
Boston was built on the River Witham, which runs like an artery through its centre, with offshoots of drainage waterways also flowing through the town. Some of the best hotels in Boston UK are built overlooking its pretty waterways. Many others are classic pubs with rooms that will welcome you with a smile and a refreshing pint.
A weekend in Boston is always a weekend well spent! While you’re visiting, check out our favourite things to do in Boston, Lincolnshire for ideas on how to make the most of your time. Read on to find out our favourite places to stay in and around the town.
The White Hart Hotel
The White Hart Hotel, set in a repurposed 19th-century coaching house, enjoys one of the most picturesque locations of our favourite hotels in Boston Lincolnshire.
You can’t miss the bright old building perched on the river’s edge, right opposite the famous Boston Stump (St Botolph’s Church) at the heart of town. When the sun is shining you can relax in the courtyard and soak up the scenery, and when you want to explore, the market square is just a couple of minutes’ walk across the bridge.
The White Hart Hotel also has a bar and restaurant, well reputed for its great food. After midday you can also enjoy a famous afternoon tea in the sunshine.Check prices and book
Quayside Hotel & Bar
Take a short walk out of the town centre along the river Witham and you will find another of Boston’s waterside accommodation options: Quayside Hotel & Bar.
The hotel has been so well maintained that you would barely guess it is a Grade II listed building, first opened in 1812. Much of this is thanks to a big refurb undertaken in 2016 that transformed it into a modern hotel, while retaining much of the original charm.
It has definitely maintained its pedigree as a quality place to stay; in 2020 it was the only hotel in all of Lincolnshire to receive the Good Hotel Award. Inside you find a restaurant serving delicious food, and a bar that is renowned for its range of gins! What more could you need for the perfect weekend getaway?Check prices and book
The Kings Arms
There are lots of things we love about The Kings Arms in Boston. Firstly, it is a Batemans Brewery pub, which is one of Lincolnshire’s homegrown breweries.
Situated on Horncastle Road, the pub overlooks the Maud Foster Drain canal, facing opposite the town’s famous windmill (more on that below). So you’ll be staying a prime spot!
This is a friendly local pub with a small number of en-suite rooms, at great value. There is a fireplace downstairs that brings that homely pub atmosphere in winter, and a beer garden for those summery afternoons. Oh, and it’s dog friendly too, which is perfect for us!
An extra little tip on Batemans Brewery… a few miles away at Wainfleet there is a camping and caravanning site at the main brewery premises. You can take a tour of the brewery and have a few drinks in the bar before camping overnight!Check prices and book
The Stanley Hotel
One of the most centrally located hotels in Boston Lincolnshire, The Stanley Hotel is situated on the High Street just a few doors down from the famous Mountain’s Boston Sausage butcher shop.
It’s a great spot in the heart of town as a base for exploring, with the Market Square a couple of minutes’ walk away, and an abundance of pubs, restaurants and shops nearby.
The Stanley Hotel has made use of a historic oak-beamed building, reimagined as a contemporary hotel. The rooms are spacious and have a luxury modern feel, each fitted with plush carpets and a walk-in shower. Some also come with a city view from a private balcony.
Overall, this is a great little hotel to stay in comfort with quick access to Boston’s central attractions.Check prices and book
Carpenters Arms Hotel
Affectionately known as ‘The Carps’, The Carpenters Arms is another of Boston’s friendly local pubs that doubles up as a hotel. Accommodation is adults-only given it’s a licensed premises.
This is a great place to stay if you’re looking for something lively near the town centre. There’s live music on Friday nights as well as frequent entertainment, such as quiz nights, open mic and karaoke.
When it comes to food, you can expect all the British pub classics – bangers and mash, toad in the hole, steak and chips, scampi, burgers, you name it.
The hotel rooms have a rustic boutique feel, each coming with a private bathroom. The room facilities include seating, a desk and a flat-screen TV.Check prices and book
Maud Foster Mill: stay in an operational windmill!
One of Boston’s most striking buildings and visitor attractions also doubles up as self-catered accommodation. Maud Foster Mill, standing 76 metres high just a few minutes’ walk away from the town centre, is one of the tallest remaining operational windmills in the UK.
The mill has been running for over 200 years and still produces stoneground flour and porridge oats to this day. One of its seven floors has been repurposed as a self-catered apartment, beautifully refurbished with a king-sized bedroom.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little out of the ordinary to stay in Boston, perhaps for a romantic weekend, Maud Foster Mill could be the answer!Check prices and book
Places to stay near Boston Lincolnshire
Boston is not only a great place to visit in its own right; it is also a gateway to exploring the pretty Lincolnshire countryside and nearby coastline, interspersed with characterful towns and villages. If you want to stay a little out of town, here are a couple of options.
Old King’s Head, Kirton
Five miles outside of Boston, Kirton is a quiet, charming village that has a fascinating history. One building that has stood the test of time is the Old King’s Head, a village inn that opened in the late 16th century.
The inn was a focal point of life in the village for many centuries and is attached to many tales and legends, having passed between 36 different landlords. In the 20th century it sadly fell into disrepair, but a restoration project in recent years spearheaded by Heritage Lincolnshire has brought it back to life.
After seven years of careful restoration, interrupted briefly by the pandemic, the Old King’s Head was reopened as a luxury four-star B&B in 2021. It also features a café, decorated with a timeline of the inn’s history, and a space for the local community to hold meetings and events.
Each of the nine bedrooms has its own intricate design, with many original features still retained. When you stay here it’s a little bit like stepping back in time, but with all of the modern comforts you need!Check prices and book
Appletree Holiday Park
A new Lincolnshire country park where you can stay surrounded by nature, Appletree Holiday Park – formerly Boston West – opened in 2022 after an injection of £3.5million in funding.
We were given a complimentary overnight stay to check out the accommodation and facilities. Check out our Appletree Holiday Park review to read all about our verdict.
Overall, Appletree Holiday Park is a peaceful and relaxing place to stay among the countryside just four miles outside Boston. It’s dog-friendly and also has lots of activities for families. The mobile homes and lodges are immaculate and kept beautifully clean – it’s a big yes from us!Check prices and book
Places to stay in Boston Lincolnshire: map
You can see a range of places to stay in and around Boston on the booking.com map below:
Want to explore the nearby coastline while you’re visiting Boston? See our guide to the best beaches in Lincolnshire.
Have you spent time in Boston recently? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below. Feel free to drop any tips on your own favourite hotels in Boston Lincolnshire!