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Clarendon Square Inn
198 West Brookline Street, Boston, MA 02118   |  
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Ranked #7 of 46 Boston B&B and Inns
Marblehead, MA, USA
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We booked one night for a winter getaway. Tara, the manager, welcomed us warmly and provided all necessary information. Our deluxe Queen room on the third floor was immense, featuring gleaming mahogany woodwork and handsome furnishings. It included a nice sitting area and desk. The luxurious bathroom had a soaking tub, his and her sinks and large shower with two shower heads. Our accommodations were very quiet and comfortable. The continental breakfast was expansive, featuring hot oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, cheeses and cold cuts as well as fabulous pastries from Pan d'Avignon on Cape Cod. This beautifully restored Victorian house is a short walk to a variety of excellent restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Leland, North Carolina
Top Contributor
225 reviews 225 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This was our second experience at the Clarendon Inn. We stayed for five nights beginning December 12th. Our room was outstanding, on the ground floor - quite roomy and quiet. We will definitely request this room again.

We like the Clarendon because of its location - blocks from the South End - our old neighborhood and also quick walking distance to Back Bay and Trinity Church in Copley Square.

A Starbucks is a quick three blocks away when the Inn is not ready for breakfast until 8 am each morning.

AN EXTRA: Free Boston Globe and New York Times to read daily.

Room Tip: Request large room on ground floor, in back of the Inn.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We arrived at this wonderful B&B in the late evening (11:30pm) and let ourselves in as per the instructions we received via email for late night arrival. If you’re a bit taller, make sure to duck down a bit when entering the door (I hit my head twice as apparently I’m a slow learner haha...I nicknamed it the Hobbit door). Upon opening the door, we immediately had a very positive first impression: music was playing softly in the background, warm welcoming lights, fresh flowers, and snacks and a beverage carafe left out on Upon opening up the door I immediately gave myself a mental pat on the back :-)

The house is huge and made up of many levels:
-Main level is the breakfast/eating area
-next level up is the sitting area with 2 different seating areas which included a library & a piano -then there is the “pear” level (a row of pears on a ledge) with rooms
-then the “apple” level (where our room #2 was located) with rooms
-another level above us with rooms
-and finally the roof terrace with hot tub and an amazing city view! We made use of this every night
(there is also another level below the “main level” which more bedrooms. The total number of bedrooms is 7.


This and that:

-Lots of stairs which showed me just how out of shape I’m in
-Good selection of continental breakfast that sets you off for the day with healthy choices
-Staff-extremely welcoming and helpful (whether you need help navigating the city, booking reservations.....we received nothing but excellent service).
-Walking distance to the T (train), shops, restaurants, wine bars, and sites.
-the T is easy to navigate with a colour coded system
-Taxi tips: flag down on street, don’t book ahead –call as needed as it only takes 5-10min for them to arrive (if you try and book ahead they are very unlikely to show up---advice from numerous locals)
-we didn't rent a car and got around easily on foot, taxi, and the T (when we went to the football game)

We highly recommend this Inn when staying in Boston, and if going back-would book again without any hesitation.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

When you travel a lot you get tired of the same chain hotels - no matter how big and fancy they are. That is yet another reason why I try to stay at the Clarendon Square Inn whenever I am in Boston. The inn nestled on a beautiful quiet side street in Boston, has its own mix of contemporary and traditional design, lines, and feel. It is cozy yet elegant. The service is always top notch as is the breakfast. The views from the roof deck and the hot top are spectacular. My last stay was another great experience and I am looking forward to the next one!

Room Tip: Don't forget to check out the sunsets on the roof deck from the hot tub.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

If like me you find travelling a bit lonely at times, then this is the perfect place to stay when in Boston. It is friendly, warm and romantic. The people (Tara and Kris) could not have been more helpful and lovely. The breakfast may be "continental" but it is delicious and plentiful - lots of tasty options. It is superbly located for discovering Boston, too.

Room Tip: There are stairs so if you're unfit or at less than full capacity you may want to ask for a room...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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clarendonsquare, Owner at Clarendon Square Inn, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Dear Melanie, we are so pleased to hear you had a wonderful stay at Clarendon Square. Many of our business travelers, like yourself, miss home while they are away. Our work to provide luxury as well as comfort to all of our guests. We are also glad you enjoyed our signature breakfast – we find the small touches like Pan D’Avignon pastries, fresh seasonal fruit and special cheeses are a perfect way to begin the day.
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Lakeland, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

To be brief, PERFECT! We felt immediately at home and were given enough space in this bed and breakfast to have a quiet romantic weekend in Boston. The rooms are spacious, very clean, and comfortable. The staff and owners were a big help in deciding what to do on our first visit to Boston. They were also good company to chat about Boston and or just shoot the breeze. Tara, Steven and Bobby thanks for a great stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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clarendonsquare, Owner at Clarendon Square Inn, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Dear tomnottom, we are delighted to hear you immediately felt welcomed by our hosts. Each of our Innkeepers enjoy having the opportunity to share information with our guests to help them plan their time in Boston. It gives us great joy that you found the aesthetics romantic, spacious and warm. Thank you for choosing us for your first trip to Boston! Please come back and see us soon.
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We chose the smallest interior room which still had the best bathroom in four weeks of travelling in New England. Tara and Kris could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We would have appreciated additional restaurant options including the NorthEnd as the local restaurants are expensive. The parking is tight but achievable with patience and we were warned that a compact car would be preferable. The interior is beautiful and the location is excellent - upmarket and relaxing. They certainly catered to our every whim. We would unreservedly recommend Clarendon Square Inn, but recommend that you choose your room carefully if stairs are a problem. Having said that, they will happily carry your luggage. Oh. And Winnie is a gem.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: 198 West Brookline Street, Boston, MA 02118
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #7 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
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Number of rooms: 3
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