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With the pandemic, it seems as though every day blends into the next. Most people have stayed in the same place with the same people for months now. While that is necessary in order to help keep COVID-19 numbers down as we wait for more and more people to get the vaccine, it takes a toll on students’ mental health and can be very fatiguing. The dull routine of being stuck in the same place, taking the same classes, and doing the same work can make many people feel like they are stuck in a rut and can have detrimental impacts on motivation and mood.

With universities such as BU cancelling spring break and instead opting for two wellness days, it is no surprise that students are feeling emotionally and physically drained. While traveling may not be an option yet, there are ways to get away without even leaving Boston. If you’re in need of a vacation, check out these Boston spots that make the perfect staycation:

Hotel Indigo Boston Garden:

Steps from the TD Garden sports and entertainment arena and just a block from the cobblestone streets of Boston's historic North End, this hotel is perfect for those who are looking to get away from the BU Campus and unplug for a weekend. This hotel is amongst one of the more reasonably priced hotels in Boston and the rooms offer a fresh and sleek design.

Boston Park Plaza:

If you really want to treat yourself, check out the Boston Park Plaza. This downtown Boston landmark hotel has been fully restored and reimagined through a $100 million renovation. The hotel is surrounded by trendy restaurants which makes it perfect for a small dinner with friends. It is also located right by the Boston Common, making it perfect for a picnic or stroll outside as the weather warms. Boston Park Plaza is abiding by all COVID-19 guidelines and enforcing safety and cleaning protocols.

Aloft Boston Seaport District:

This seaport hotel is perfect for spring. It may not offer the beach, but it’s only a short walk to the waterside. Even better, it’s with walking distance of restaurants such as Lola 42, Committee, Pink Taco and Tuscan Kitchen.

While staying in Boston may not be the same as spring break in Miami, it does offer at least somewhat of a getaway. All of these hotels provide a safe and relaxing way to unplug from the usual stress that seems to plague students this time of year. Who knows? Maybe the Boston Common is even better than South Beach.


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