I'm in the very early stages of planning a possible trip to the East Coast next year, most likely in April or early May, but may put if off until Autumn depending on COVID situation. I'm going to visit museums that I have not visited before, mostly fine art but maybe some history thrown in. I'm planning to fly into Boston and back home from DC and taking the train between cities. Plan to stay at least 3 nights in each city so I have 2 full days for museum going. I want to stay as close as possible to the main tourists sights and museums but am not familiar enough with the cities to know what locations to look at for accommodations.
I'm a senior female traveling solo on a modest budget so most important to me are safety, cleanliness, and location - amenities are not a big need for me. Walking distance to venues would be nice but as long as I'm near safe public transportation that's good.
With that being said, I'd like to hear your recommendations for neighborhoods to look at for lodging in the following cities: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC. I know these can be expensive cities for hotels and I don't have a set budget yet but definitely can't go as high as $200/night and would prefer under $150.
Thanks in advance for any and all recommendations.
Edited to add: Even though I'm on a budget, hostels dorms and shared baths are a definite NO. I have some issues that necessitate a private bath and I don't think other travelers would appreciate my quite loud snoring at night. What can I say? I'm OLD. :)
Add'l edit: If it helps for suggesting locations the museums that I intend to visit in each city are: Boston - Museum of Fine Art and Isabella Gardner museum. New York - the Metropolitan, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and possibly the American Museum of Natural History. Philadelphia - the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. Baltimore - the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum and possibly the National Aquarium. Washington DC - the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and maybe one of the Smithsonians.