Shopping, Sightseeing and Shows in Downtown Crossing

While we’re proud of what’s inside of The Godfrey and can’t wait to unveil it to you, we’re also proud of what’s outside – Downtown Crossing. We’re excited to be part of such a historic neighborhood, which was once coined “The Hub of the Universe,” and is currently undergoing a vibrant revival.

Stores, restaurants and lodging galore are opening left and right over the past few years. In addition to the construction work we’re undergoing, Millennium Tower Boston – soon to the be the 4th tallest building in Boston – is also going up. It’s exciting to see our progress side-by-side.

Millennium Tower is being built. Photo Credit: @BuildItBoston on Instagram - #GoGodfrey Contest Submission.

Millennium Tower is being built. Photo Credit: @BuildItBoston on Instagram – #GoGodfrey Contest Submission.

What’s so great about Downtown Crossing outside of its location and ease of access is that you don’t need to leave the surrounding area to experience shopping, sightseeing and shows. True to Boston’s nature, there is more than you could ever imagine within a 10-minute walk from our front door.


Whether you’re shopping for groceries, jewelry, clothing or antique books, Downtown Crossing has you covered. Some of our guest rooms even overlook Brattle Book Shop – a neighborhood favorite since 1825.

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The Brattle Book Shop

Walking up and down Washington Street you’ll see everything from Roche Brothers to local flower stands and Macy’s to TJMaxx. A Primark is set to open this fall and there are jewelry stores dotting the street that offer a nod to the neighborhood’s (and our) past. And if you’re up for a 15-minute walk, the famous Newbury Street is within reach.

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Shopping on Washington Street


Located along the Freedom Trail, Downtown Crossing is home to and neighbors on a variety of historical landmarks. If you step outside of The Godfrey and look left down Washington Street towards State Street, you’ll see the Old South Meeting House.

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Old South Meeting House

The Boston Commons is a block behind us, the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is a 13-minute walk down Summer Street to the Boston Harbor and Faneuil Hall is just a 10-minute walk from our front doors. And for something a bit off the beaten path, the Boston Athenæum is just an eight-minute walk through the Commons and overlooks the Granary Burying Ground.


If you’re still not tired after a day of shopping and sightseeing in and around Downtown Crossing, spend a night out in the neighboring Theater District. It starts one block down from us on Washington Street and boasts everything from Broadway musicals to ballet and concerts to the silver screen.

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Entertainment options on Washington Street

In a one-minute walk you can catch a show at the Boston Opera House or walk an extra block to see the newest blockbuster at AMC Lowes. The Orpheum Theatre is a couple blocks in the opposite direction and hosts concerts of all sorts. Or, support the local Emerson students by attending one of their many shows at The Paramount Theater.

Needless to say, there is a never-ending list of things to do and see in Downtown Crossing and the neighboring areas … and we haven’t even discussed all of the dining options yet. Stay tuned for more updates on what to do and see during your stay with us.