Here's some more of Boston for you. Our hostel (cheap cheap cheap Farrington Inn) was in Allston, 2-3 miles from the city center. It was all right (not more) and thus we got to see that part of the town, too. Nice student vibe and lots of little cafes everywhere. We had breakfast at the hipstery Refuge Cafe one morning, and then took the T-train to the city center.