Accommodations

When your child is in the hospital, deciding where you and your family are going to sleep can be a very important decision.

Sleeping at the hospital

If your child is hospitalized overnight at Boston Children's Hospital, one parent can stay with the child in his or her room. Chairs in most patient rooms fold out into cots, and some rooms have beds built into the window alcoves.

There are showers in each patient room (except for the Intensive Care Units) for parents to use, and lockers and safes may be available where you can secure valuables. Laundry facilities are located on the first floor of the Farley Building. The unit provides towels and bed linens, and toiletries can be purchased at CVS on the second floor of the Fegan Building.

Please notify your child's nurse if you would like to stay overnight in your child's room.

Twenty-six additional sleep spaces and several shower facilities are available for parents of patients in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU).

Sleep spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis for parents of patients in the ICUs. Parents can request a sleep space room or shower access in the Hale Family Center For Families.

Sleeping outside of the hospital

For families coming from more than 50 miles away, our Patient Family Housing Program provides affordable accommodations in a home-like environment.

Specialty accommodations

Options such as Hospitality Homes, The Boston House (Brookline), and the Ronald McDonald House (Charlestown) also provide free or low-cost accommodations for families whose children are being treated at Boston Children's.

The Boston House

Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer provides low-cost accommodations for families and patients receiving oncology treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and 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 must live more than 30 miles outside of Boston. Rates are $10 a night or $200 a month.

229 Kent Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: 617-734-3333
Website: www.thebostonhouse.org

Hospitality Homes

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. There is a suggested donation of $25 a night for host housing.

P.O. Box 15265
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 1-888-595-4678
Website: www.hosp.org

The Charlestown Ronald McDonald House

The Charlestown Ronald McDonald House provides low-cost accommodations for families and patients receiving treatment at Boston-area hospitals. Patients must be under 21 years old, receiving treatment at a Boston area hospital, and live more than 40 miles away from the house. Please contact for rates.

250 First Avenue, #318
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 617-398-6458
Website: www.rmhbostonharbor.org

Hotels, inns, and short-term rentals

Many hotels and inns in the Boston area offer a medical discount rate for the families of our patients at Boston Children’s. We have partnered with WWStay to offer one online location to access the hotels based on rates and proximity to the hospital. Access the WWStay hotel and short-term rental platform.

If you are a hotel or short-term rental who would like to be added to our WWStay platform please email conciergeservices@childrens.harvard.edu.

Patient Family Housing Program

The Patient Family Housing Program provides affordable accommodations for up to 35 families, to any parent or guardian of a Boston Children's Hospital patient that lives beyond 50 miles from the hospital, while their children receive the medical care they need from Boston Children's. The program offers housing at two locations: the Devon Nicole House and the Yawkey Family Inn.

About the houses

  • communal kitchen
  • shared private bathrooms
  • living room areas
  • free internet access
  • free laundry facilities
  • wheelchair accessibility
  • secured facilities
  • 24-hour staff

When can I book my reservation?
We book reservations up to four months in advance.

What is the cost to stay?
The rate is $30 per night.

How can I make a reservation?
Reservations are made Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

To make a reservation:

If you have any questions about your application and reservation request:

Call the main office at 617-919-3450.

PLEASE NOTE: Completing the application does not guarantee your reservation. Once your application has been received, you will be contacted by program staff within 24 business hours.

Directions and parking

The Devon Nicole House

21 Autumn Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

Walking directions: Exit the Main Entrance of the hospital. Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Proceed straight for about four blocks (cross over Brookline Avenue). Turn left on to Autumn Street. The house is on the fifth floor of 21 Autumn Street (second brick building on your right).

Driving directions: Exit the Main Entrance of the hospital. Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Proceed straight for about four blocks (cross over Brookline Avenue). Turn left on to Riverway and then left onto Autumn Street. The house is on the fifth floor of 21 Autumn Street (first brick building on your left).

The Yawkey Family Inn

241 Kent Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Exit the Main Entrance of the hospital. Turn left onto Longwood Avenue. Proceed straight for about six blocks (cross over Brookline Avenue and the Riverway). Turn left on to Kent Street. The house is number 241. Please use the side entrance.

There is no parking available at either of the houses. To load and unload your luggage, you will need to obtain a 20-minute parking pass.

Long-term parking is available for all Boston Children's patients and families at the Boston Children's Garage at 298 Longwood Avenue, across from the hospital's Main Entrance. The garage is open 24 hours a day. The validated parking rate for families is $10 per day. See additional information on parking at the hospital.

Frequently asked questions

When can I book my reservation?
We book reservations up to four months in advance.
When do I check in?
Check in for both houses is daily from 2 to 7 p.m. You will need to make other arrangements if you are unable to check in during these times.
When do I check out?
Check out for both houses is at 11 a.m.
How many guests can stay in the room?
Our rooms accommodate a maximum of one to four guests, depending on the size of the room. There will never be more than four guests allowed at one time (including the patient).
Do I need to stay in my room each night?
Yes. Our policy is that an approved guest must stay in the room each night. Due to the high demand for rooms, you must check out if you will not be staying in your room.
Can I request more than one room?
No. We can only offer one room per patient (including the ICU Sleep Spaces) due to high need for affordable accommodations in the area.
Can I have an ICU Sleep Space in the hospital and a room at one of the houses?
No. You may only have one room in either the ICU Sleep Spaces or in the houses.
Are pack & plays and/or cots provided?
Yes. Pack & plays and cots are available upon request.
Are linens and towels provided?
Yes. Linens and towels are provided to each guest.
Can I do laundry?
Yes. Laundry facilities (washer and dryer) are open for all guests to use as needed on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are responsible for providing their own laundry detergent.
Is there a place to store my food?
Yes. There is a very small space (size of a shoebox) in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer for you to store food.
Where can I store my breastmilk or medications that need to be refrigerated?
We have breastmilk freezers and medication refrigerators for your use.
Is there a shuttle to the hospital?
Yes. There is limited weekday free shuttle service from the houses to the hospital — a morning, a midday, and an evening pick-up and drop-off. On the weekends and between the hours of 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays a free security escort is available.

Become a Patient Family Housing Program volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Patient Family Housing Program. Our volunteers are instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of providing a warm and supportive home-like environment for our guests. We depend on our volunteers to assist with daily operations of the Yawkey Family Inn and the Devon Nicole House, as well as to host meals and events for our guests. We house 35 families and encourage our meal, holiday, and food-drive volunteers to donate with our total number of families in mind.

Volunteer opportunities (for individuals and groups)

  • office support
  • creative groups and activities
  • preparing a meal or dessert for guests
  • Adopt-a-Holiday
  • food drives

Depending on your interest, you may be considered a short-term or long-term volunteer.

Long-term volunteers who are making a six-month to one-year commitment must complete an application and orientation with the Office of Volunteer Services at Boston Children’s Hospital, in addition to the application with the Patient Family Housing Program. This process includes the need for CORI and TB/immunizations test.

Short-term volunteers are individuals or groups that would like to donate a meal or host an event, and need to complete the application process with the Patient Family Housing Program only.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Sharon Healey at 617-919-3455.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send a completed application by email to familyhousing@childrens.harvard.edu or by fax to 617-919-3451.

Contact the Patient Family Housing Program

For more information on the Patient Family Housing Program or special accommodations, please call 617-919-3450 or email us at familyhousing@childrens.harvard.edu.

For more information on local hotels, inns, and short-term rentals, please call 617-355-4626 or email us at conciergeservices@childrens.harvard.edu.

Patient Family Housing Program
Phone: 617-919-3450
Fax: 617-919-3451
Email: familyhousing@childrens.harvard.edu