When your child is in the hospital, deciding where you and your family are going to sleep can be a very important decision. Fortunately, there are many accommodations options in the Longwood Medical Area and surrounding area.

If you’re traveling to Boston Children’s Hospital from outside the United States, please contact the International Center at 1-617-355-5209 or international.center@childrens.harvard.edu for more information on any of these options, or for help making reservations and arrangements.

Sleeping at the Hospital

If your child is hospitalized overnight, one parent can stay in the child’s room. Chairs in most patient rooms fold out into cots, and some rooms have beds built into the window alcoves. Please notify your child’s nurse if you’d like to stay overnight.

Additional sleep spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the parents of patients in the hospital’s intensive care units (ICUs). Parents can request a sleep space room in the Hale Family Center for Families.

Hotels, Inns, and Short-Term Rentals

Many local hotels and inns offer special discount rates to the families of our patients. If you contact an establishment directly to make reservations, be sure to ask for the medical rate or preferred rate for Boston Children’s Hospital patients and their families. The medical rate is not guaranteed and is based on availability.

Here are some guides to local hotels and inns. (Please note: Although we update this information frequently, prices are always subject to change.)

If you are planning on staying in the Boston area for longer than a week, consider a short-term apartment rental as a more affordable option.

Family Housing

The Patient Family Housing Program provides affordable accommodations ($30 per night) for up to 35 families while their children receive medical care at Boston Children’s Hospital. The program offers housing at two different locations: the Devon Nicole House and the Yawkey Family Inn.

The two locations each feature living room areas, a communal kitchen, shared private bathrooms, free internet access, free laundry facilities, wheelchair accessibility, and a 24-hour staff.

Free or Low-Cost Accommodations

Local agencies provide free or low-cost accommodations specifically for the families of children who are receiving medical treatment in the Boston area.

Hospitality Homes provides temporary housing in volunteer host homes and other donated accommodations for families and friends of patients seeking care at Boston-area medical centers. Since 1983, Hospitality Homes’ unique, home-away-from-home lodging option has provided a caring response as well as relief from emotional and financial challenges for individuals and families.

The Ronald McDonald House provides low-cost accommodations for families and patients receiving oncology treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Patients must be under 21 years old, be receiving treatment for cancer or other life-threatening hematological diseases, and live more than 30 miles outside of Boston. Rates are $10 per night or $200 per month.