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The Inn At St Botolph
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   99 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 77 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Guildford
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“Utterly Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I have just come back from a long weekend in Boston and cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. The location is truly perfect - close to the subway, easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, Prudential Tower, (& a great diner, Thorntons, just around the corner) - and in the most beautiful, charming street. The room was spacious, clean and beautifully presented and the staff are really helpful. Truly would come back to this hotel again, and would recommend it to anyone wanting something smaller, quieter and individual without losing any of the comfort or luxury of a large hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New Harmony, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

After calling several Boston hotels that were either booked up or too pricey, we found this one thanks to Trip Advisor. Our studio suite was $329 per night. While this is not economy/budget pricing, the accommodations, amenities, and the prime location, make this is a lovely place to stay. The inn has a total of 16 suites, some are studio and others are one bedroom and two-bedroom executive suites. This is a unique inn located in a wonderful, upscale, residential neighborhood lined with brownstones. We easily walked to Faneuil Hall and Durgin Park restaurant in 30 - 40 min. Several coffee shops are within an easy walk.

Our studio suite was tastefully decorated and included a queen size 4 poster bed. Also a kitchenette which included a refrigerator, small cooktop, microwave, & the appropriate glassware and dishes, etc. A 42 inch flatscreen TV and access to Internet service was also at our disposal. There was also a small loveseat and comfortable chair and a small kitchen table with 2 chairs. The bathroom included a shower only, but was clean with plenty of towels. This is a keyless entry inn which requires an entry code for not only the front door but to your room. Daily continental breakfast is available in the lounge. A small fitness center and a business center are also at your disposal. The staff in the office was exceptionally helpful. There is no parking at the inn, but public parking is nearby in the Prudential parking garage. Discount coupons for parking can be found online. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 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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Califon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Delightful small hotel with a Back Bay neighborhood feel just around the corner from the Prudential Center/Copley Square and a walk away from everything Boston. Friendly staff, impeccable yet unobtrusive service. Parking is not adjacent, but that's what roller luggage is for.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

I loved it! Everything was beautiful about it! The room, the shower, the bed and the whole set up. You feel like you are at home but away at the same time! It was just a relaxed area a corner store right near the hotel! Overall I loved it!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The Inn @ St Botolph was a charming, well run hidden gem! We had a quiet room on the 4th floor. The decor was very tasteful, and the kitchenette very well equipped. It is in a very lovely tree lined street within very easy walking of Copley Square and perfectly placed to walk to the museums, Boston common, Beacon Hill and the Freedom trail.

  • Stayed September 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Obviously its a very unusal hotel with some drawbacks. You get codes in advance to admit you to the building and your room. You park a few blocks away under the Prudential Building. You need someone to mind the car while you unload luggage. The room itself was splendidly decorated. it was like living in a magazine article on creative and economical decoration of small apartments. We had a nice living area, lavishly equipted kitchenette and reasonalbly sized bedroom. The closet is tiny as is the bathroom. Those last two factors could make it undesirble for some. The basement lounge where the rudimentary breakfast is served is depressing and to be avoided but there are great places in the neighborhood and the kitchenette would serve the purpose of providing light meals as well. The is a grocery store directly across the streef for coffee, newspapers, pastry etc. So why such a good overall grade? Because its right in the middle of one of Boston's relatively undiscovered treasures: The South End. A great neighborhood to explore with more than its share of shopping restaurant and entertainment options. St. Botolphs cant compete with four star hotels on services and convenience but no four star hotel in Boston can make you a temeporary resident of The South End.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Laguna Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Stayed here for a weekend and was pleasantly surprised. After canvassing all of the big-named hotels in Boston and suffering from serious sticker-shock on the room rates, I decided to try something different. Did I really need a 24-hour front desk with concierge? Would I really miss a restaurant and bar onsite? Could I exist without room service? For this trip, I decided that I could forego these things and instead spend my money on very comfortable lodgings in a great part of town. The St Botolph delivered on these items and definitely exceeded my expectations. First, the location is one block from the Prudential Center T stop and cabs can be found at the Marriott 2 blocks away (for that reason I never needed to call a cab). The street is quiet and there's a 7-11 right across the street for basic necessities. The building is gorgeous; historic, brick with pretty window boxes. I had a suite (one category higher than the cheapest room) and while the rooms were small, they were smartly decorated and very clean. The bed was incredibly comfortable, the shower had tons of pressure with lots of towels and the small kitchenette was great for making morning coffee.

I always judge a property on how problems are handled (things always come up; no place is perfect). In my case, I heard some loud (and rather bizarre) music wafting through the walls into the bedroom at 1:00 am. I pressed "0" on the phone (not sure where it would go) and someone did answer and took care of the problem. I didn't think anyone was even onsite! So the hotel definitely passed that important test.

They do provide maid service (they refer to it as a "light cleaning") so long as you either hang a card outside your front door by 10:00 pm the night before or contact the office. I forgot to hang out the card and didn't feel like calling so no big deal. I looked at it as though I was staying at a wealthy single friend's apartment in Boston for the weekend who was out of town; once I was in that mindset, I didn't mind making my bed in the morning, cleaning the cup from my coffee, etc. (and I could have had these things had I just called the office and asked for housekeeping). It definitely beat staying at a non-descript boxy room at the Marriott or Westin down the street and paying at least 30% more. I will definitely return!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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: 99 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02116
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Boston
#20 Family Hotel in Boston
#27 Business Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Inn At St Botolph 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Inn @ St. Botolph, a luxury boutique hotel located in the shadow of the Prudential Center. With a keen nod to its namesake, the patron saint of travelers, The Inn @ St. Botolph in Boston's historic Back Bay wraps a wealth of luxuries in a tidy and affordable package for discerning travelers. Like its sister hotel, the internationally acclaimed XV Beacon, The Inn @ St. Botolph offers understated contemporary interiors graced with traditional styling and comfort. ... more   less 
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