107 Merrimac St., Boston
What we liked most: The location and the stylish beige-and-white decor.
What we liked least: The fact that room service hasn't been set up yet.
What surprised us: The affordable rates, particularly with a AAA discount.
You know you're at the Bulfinch Hotel when . . . your triangle-shaped room in a junior suite is filled with light from three sides, and narrows to a point.
Rates: ''Classic double," the smallest rooms, $139-$224; standard rooms, $169-$284; junior suites in the ''nose," $199-$329.
Directions: The Bulfinch Hotel is near North Station and the TD Banknorth Garden, at the intersection of Merrimac and Lancaster streets, near Staniford Street.