Comfort comes well before style at the Beacon and that’s just fine. I’m not saying the rooms are ugly; with their olive-green and white furnishings, last refurbished in 2013, they’re actually kind of handsome in a “college town parent’s hotel” sort of way. But what gives the Beacon two stars are its creature comforts: Each room comes with a fully usable kitchenette and is a generous 340 square feet or more, not including a good-sized bathroom and roomy closet. And because most of the standard rooms come with two double beds, they’re ideal for families. Up one level, but still affordable, are big one- and two-bedroom suites, each with a pullout sofa (families of five and six, take note). The two-bedroom suites have a second bathroom and are almost big enough for the Duggar family!
- Pauline Frommer