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“Great value & location - alternative to big hotels” 5 of 5 stars
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14 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 46 Boston B&B and Inns
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“Great value & location - alternative to big hotels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We stayed here for four nights at the end of April, 2012. We had a lovely twin bedded room with private bath and kitchenette, and it was very comfortable. The location is most convenient, being in the Beacon Hill area, just across the street from the Charles/MGH RedLine MTA stop, and within walking distance of a number of restaurants, shops, with the Charles River just across the road.

Our room was in the lower level so we expected it might be dark, but it was bright and airy, and we did not notice any street noise like others have mentioned. We had a television and large closet, large bathroom (was outfitted for wheelchair accessibility) and a large kitchenette area. It was spic and span clean, and everything was well maintained.

This is a charming old building, nicely furnished, and gives you a real sense of living in genteel, old time Boston rather than just a chain hotel. Breakfast was included (rolls, assorted pastries, fresh fruit (bananas and apples while we were there - these were also available throughout the day), coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juice which was enough to get us off to a good start for our days of sightseeing.

The staff were friendly and helpful. Also, the kitchenette turned out to be very handy There was a full size refrigerator, a microwave, sink, stovetop with a set of basic cutlery. - we were able to bring back doggie bags from dinner, along with some ice cream for the freezer for late nite snacking!

The value was excellent - it cost us roughly half of what we would have paid if staying at the large hotels in town. Overall we really enjoyed this stay - I would definitely stay here again on another visit to Boston.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

We had to come to Boston for medical reasons and were surprised by the price of hotels near Mass General. On a fluke we checked out the B n B's and found a few close by the hospital on Charles St. We chose the Jefferies House for it's location and price. It can be a little loud at times due to ambulance arrivals but the location close to attractions and the hospital, the dining. A really good place to stay. My only rral complaint was the beds were to hard for tastes but thats not unusual.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

When Boston Hotel prices escalate in the halcyon days of Charles River summers, you can find a place to relax and socialize at this hotel. I would categorize the rooms as rather sparse but adequate. The suites and some of the superior rooms have kitchenettes. I booked a superior room for one person and actually had a sitting room and a separate bedroom. However, the bedroom had no TV in it and I do like to rest in bed with the remote in hand. Luckily, I brought plenty of books and, therefore, did not avail myself of the TV. The breakfast that is included is also rather sparse. It consists mainly of doughy sticky buns and the odd piece of fruit. The salon where one partakes of breakfast is quite lovely and a warm and friendly place for socializing. I loved that the hotel is right at the base of Beacon Hill and directly across from the T. The front door to the "house" was locked at all times and egress was gained by ringing the bell and waiting to be buzzed in. I saw a free standing fan in my closet and asked whether or not air conditioning was provided in the summer. I was assured that it was but have not stayed there in July or August so cannot assure the visitor in that regard. The overall feel of the house (as it chooses to be called) is somewhat sterile, but, nevertheless, quite amenable and truly a bargain for the location and price. I will definitely stay there again. Apparently, as the house literature suggests, Charles Dickens slept here, too!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

Great things about this hotel:
1. Right across from the Charles/MGH station. You can get anywhere from here.
2. Brand new bathrooms.
3. Everything was CLEAN.
4. The windows open.
5. Great service, nice people.
6. Considering all of the above, the absolute most reasonably priced hotel in Boston.

Not so great things about this hotel:
1. Right across from the Charles/ MGH station, Mass General, and a very busy intersection. Lots of noise, although they don't usually run with sirens at night. But you're in the middle of Beacon Hill, not some country manor. Have a glass of wine before bed.
2. The a/c won't be turned on until sometime in June. So...windows open for cooling, and no way to create white noise to block road noise.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

My first stay was in March and looking forward to returning.
Great location, Subway right across the street! Charming hotel with old world feel. Very friendly.
Would recommend for both business and leisure travel.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Stayed here for about 4 nights during our trip in Oct 2011. We were very pleased with the accommodation. Location was superb - just 5 mins from the subway station and within walking distance to city centre (about 15 mins). We had a studio which came with a kitchenette, and that gave us extra room for our many baggages. Room was clean and warm. We requested for a room that doesn't face the main road and busy junction, so we had no problems with the noise. Breakfast was just some pastries in the lounge, but we're satisfied with that. Coffee, tea and fruits are available at the lounge all day - wonderful. Generally decent accommodation within walking distance from the city centre are very costly, so this place is a very good find.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for five nights. Service was excellent. They held packages for me which I picked up on arrival. Breakfast was pastries fruit coffee tea etc. It was sufficient to start the day and there were plenty eating places around the corner in Charles street.
The John Jeffries is within walking distance of many tourist attractions and shopping. For those a bit further afield there is a Red Line station across the road giving access to the MBTA.

The place has a charm lacking in most upmarket establishments, it is well run and we will return here on our next visit to Boston.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Beacon Hill
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Kitchenette
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Ranked #14 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 46
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