We stayed for the 2013 Boston Marathon, and had a fantastic experience. First, the location is perfect for those of us who do not want to bother with a rental car. The house is about a 5 minute walk from the Newton Centre T stop, and it was so simple to hop on the T with our bags from South Station and get here. Next, the house is really nice and has that historic feel that we really appreciate. There are some fantastic restaurants and shopping within a 5 minute walk, and it is only 3/10 of a mile from the base of Heartbreak Hill (for you runners out there). The room was simple, with a queen bed and shared bathroom (I think there are 3 rooms total that they rent out), but everything was functional and very comfortable. Finally, the hosts were wonderful. They communicated with us beforehand regarding the time of our arrival, had everything ready when we got there, asked many many time if there was anything more they could do for us, then went the extra mile to let us return rather late in the day on the day of our departure so that we could shower after the marathon. While we were showering, the bomb blasts went off, and they were amazingly kind and generous, and offered to not only let us stay with them, but also helped us navigate a way through the mayhem back to South Station where we needed to catch our bus back to the Manchester airport. Even after we left, Ellen texted me several times about the whereabouts of the other guests who were at the marathon (and luckily were unhurt). I just want to again thank the hosts for their amazing generosity. We won't forget this weekend.
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