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“Great Value and a pleasant Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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14 David G. Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114 (Beacon Hill)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 46 Boston B&B and Inns
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10 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great Value and a pleasant Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Stayed here for 4 days during my daughter's college graduation. Fantastic location, with the T, big CVS drugstore, and lots of restaurants close by. As it's directly on the Red Line subway, it's more convenient to Harvard or MIT than 'closer' options which are three or four times the price. Unlike others, John Jeffries' rate doesn't triple during graduation season. The outside gardens are pretty, service was generally good, maids were great, room clean and comfortable (we had a kitchenette which was handy) and nice complimentary fruit and coffee available in the lounge. Elevator access available if you have trouble with the entry stairs which are a steep 1/2 flight. There is a lovely walk along the Charles River just outside the hotel doors. Only suggestion is that the 'light breakfast' was only suitable for sugar addicts-- (maybe that's what they mean by 'American'?) very stale and very sweet donuts being the only option. Some cold cereal or even a bagel or toast would be far better.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • 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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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I called at the last minute to secure a room in the midst of a snowstorm - which prevented my further progress home to NH. A fellow traveler from Boston suggested this lovely inn and was kind enough to see me to the door from Logan Airport. The Inn is just across the street from the Mass General Hospital T stop (Red LIne), so very convenient to anyone traveling by T.

The room was cozy & comfortable with a microwave, stovetop, refrigerator and private bath. WiFi was included as was a light continental breakfast with good coffee. Charles Street offers many restaurant options. The only downside was the occasional siren, but that is inevitable in a city. I slept like a baby. The staff was accommodating and available 24 hours if needed. Great price, especially for the location. This is one of the best deals for accommodations in Boston.

One tip: if you are coming from Logan airport, take the bus labeled Silver Line T to South Station (free) for a quick transfer to the red line where you will exit at MGH/Charles Street. Cross the street and you are there.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed here as a group in Sept. 2022 and loved it. It is an historic house, formerly a nurses' home for the Massachusetts Infirmary, close by. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century. It was sympathetically renovated in 1986 and what an excellent job they made of the renovation- it is utterly charming. The public rooms are reminiscent of an English stately home in style- lovely reproduction furniture and upholstery make it a delightful experience for lovers of history or anyone else who is tired of modern corporate brand hotels, to stay here. Bedrooms have all mod cons, tho' and the kitchenettes included in most rooms are a boon for people who want a change from eating out or want to save their money to spend on the many other attractions Boston has to over. There are also take-aways nearby. Staff were most helpful and friendly and the location just great, close by the historic area of Beacon Hill, but an easy walk to other Boston attractions and very near shops, the "T" subway station .and many good restaurants and cafés . Breakfast very different but tasty, especially if you have a sweet tooth- lots of lovely cakes and muffins. Tea and coffee available all day. They will order lunch and dinner for you to eat in your room, from the nearby Panifico restaurant, too. All in all a great experience I just wish I had realised that there was a garden! I will definitely stay there again if I am lucky enough to return to Boston!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

John Jeffries house was a fabulous location, just at the end of Charles st, perfect for getting to the T and lots of facilities close by - restaurants, cleaners, chemist and Whole foods a short walk away. Although we didn't avail ourselves, there is an American continental breakfast included. Affordable rate, good wifi and cable tv. Very pretty area, close to Boston Common. Easy walk to the shopping street in town. We loved the area. Great shower, reasonable bed. Not overly friendly or helpful desk staff, but that didn't affect out stay at all. As Aussies we found the inside temperature stifling, and had trouble getting it right in order to sleep. However, better than being cold! Very pretty historic building and grounds.
We would stay here again, you can't beat Beacon Hill as a location.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Hi, we stayed here on our wedding weekend, and had about 20 rooms of guests. Everyone had a nice stay. Located across from Storrow Drive and the Esplanade, and Charles/MGH Red Line stop in Beacon Hill. Breakfast left a little to be desired, but overall a very nice stay. Cheapest hotel in Boston for the location.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I loved the simple, no frills elegance of this Inn. It definitely meets all needs, except perhaps for quiet. If your room , as mine was, is on the T (MGH stop is right outside almost) side of the building, there is noise. I am planning on staying in a suite on the garden side the next time I go.
The value is amazing and the ambiance relaxed. Breakfast offerings are simple, but in a lovely living room. It is next door practically to Mass General and Mass Eye and Ear, so a very convenient and reasonably priced if you have early morning appointments.

Room Tip: All the studios and standard rooms are on the noisy side of the building.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Eastham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Stayed here prior to ear surgery, and the start of the blizzard of 2014. Friendly staff, well appointed room. Near the T, but that also means there is quite a lot of rumbling "as the train comes rumbling through". Remember the MTA song?
Anyway, be sure to ask for a room that doesn't face the T tracks if you want it quieter . Also, if you park in the nearby Charles Street garage, there is a discount if you get the ticket validated at the Jeffries desk as you check out. Can't actually drive up to the front of the House, as there is some street construction going on.
Breakfast consisted of various muffins, OJ, bananas, coffee or tea. We ate a light supper almost across the street at the Sevens, (77 Charles Street) which is a pub with good sandwiches. The room had a refrigerator, stove and microwave. Would stay there again.

Room Tip: Looks like there is no AC in the summer, as there was a large fan in the coat closet.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 #13 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 46
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