The hotel is very nice and has obviously undergone a number of recent renovations and upgrades. It almost has a Jekyll-and-Hyde location in that it's got beautiful Beacon Hill with its tranquil side streets on one side of it but is bordered by busy streets across from a hospital and a T stop undergoing construction on the other. The cost was outstanding considering its location in one of the more expensive cities in the U.S. and I'd stay here again. Here's my rundown of some pros and cons:
1) The staff was polite enough and the crib for our son was set up in advance for us with linens included. Also, we had no problems being buzzed in either the front or back entrance (which closes after dark) like other reviewers have said.
2) The rooms were extremely clean (no water spots, dirty carpets, etc., like another reviewer stated) and the bathroom was especially luxurious with beautiful tiling and built-in shelves. The kitchen was a tiny strip of a countertop but had all the necessities including a sink, stovetop, mini microwave, mini (really mini) fridge, utensils, plates, etc.
3) While we griped about it being a bit small, we, as Americans, are used to oversized rooms. Given the hotel's location in an old building built at a time when rooms were much smaller and also the fact that it's in Boston, the most European of U.S. cities, I understand the rooms' sizes. We booked the largest room possible (the Deluxe Suite) but still had to move a bedroom dresser into the living room just to make room for the crib. Also, maneuvering the stroller into the room was quite a chore due to the tight hallway between the bedroom and living room
4) The outside noise was not particularly bothersome other than the usual city noise. We're suburbanites and live in an extremely quiet neighborhood, so coming to the city, we did pick up on the sirens, the T trains (which don't run all night) and the street cleaner, but nothing was obnoxious. Worst was probably the drunk kids hooting and hollering coming out the Beacon Hill Tavern across the street, but that was only for about 15 minutes after the bar closed (lasting until 2:30 am) while they waited for taxis on Saturday night. Rather than get mad, I simply took refuge in the fact knowing they'd be feeling worse in the morning than I would. Basically, you're staying in the city for a reason (to be close to the attractions and to the subway) and you just have to expect some noise... common sense tells you that. If you want utter peace and quiet, vacation in the Berkshires or in Cape Cod, not in Boston.
5) The beds were SMALL (a double bed in the bedroom) and a twin bed in the living room, and were not particularly comfortable. Overall, all the furniture is on a very small scale, with the largest piece in the living room being a loveseat (which pulls out into the twin bed).
6) I agree with a previous reviewer about the breakfast... the pastries were, indeed, dull. I think they could really do with expanding the selection. On the plus side, having free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a great fruit basket available around the clock was great.
Overall, it was a good experience and I'd go back. One recommendation about the room locations: try and get a third or fourth (top) floor room overlooking the Charles River. You'll be away from the side that faces the hospital and T, and while there's a busy street between the hotel and the river, if you're up higher, you probably won't notice the noise so much, and you'll get beautiful views of sailboats on the water.
- Also Known As:
- John Jeffries House Hotel
- John Jeffries House Hotel Boston
- John Jeffries House Boston