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3 Centre Place, Fort Hill, Boston, MA 02119 (Dorchester / Roxbury / Mattapan)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 46 Boston B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
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“Charming Apartment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Our host, Terry, was kind enough to accommodate our extremely early arrival. Easy to find and very close to public transport in a quiet neighborhood. Upon arrival we found the cute 2 bedroom apartment to be neat, tidy and comfortable. A home away from home really. Plenty of helpful visitor information was available. Great place and very reasonable pricing. Thanks for having us!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

We had a great stay at Fort Hill Inn. On arrival we were upgraded to an apartment which was absolutely beautiful, and a lovely base to see Boston from. Terry was very friendly and helpful and there was loads of information about Boston and sightseeing tips/maps etc. The kitchen enabled us to buy in food for breakfast which made our stay cheaper, and we really liked the location -- a nice residential neighbourhood just a few stops from the centre but with its own quieter feel. Would definitely recommend Fort Hill Inn to friends and family.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Fort Hills Inn was a wonderful home away from home for us. Authentic building, welcoming owner, convenient location to the subway station that provides an easy access to every sightseeing place , quite neighborhood.
The apartment was very clean and comfortable - charming place overall.
We definitely recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Brooklyn, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We got lost trying to find the Fort Hill Inn when we drove into Boston off the interstate, but it was worth the effort. Location was a bit of an issue. It's a little Civil-War-era rowhouse tucked into a private cul-de-sac on the fringes of the Roxbury area. The immediate surrounding area was a gorgeously historic, quirky mix of antebellum mansions and brownstones that was truly quiet and friendly (apparently anything Roxbury has a 'reputation,' this area was lovely). The nearest "T" stop (Roxbury Crossing?) is across the street from a huge modern mosque, and we chatted with some nice guys who were breaking their Ramadan fast at a tiny nearby cafe in the evening. So, the neighborhood was reminiscent of our own (Flatbush, Brooklyn), in its mix of diverse working-class folks and slightly ahead-of-the-curve gentrifiers. The art museum is a 20-minute walk away, and the 'T' (once you get used to its mysteries) well serves the North End and central Boston areas. However, it's not your basic Hyatt-in-the-middle-of-everything, obviously.
Our 'suite' was actually a fully-appointed duplex apartment decorated in lush high urban style, with a full kitchen, high-tech inflatable fold-out bed in the living room, and cozy bedroom downstairs; the hallway retained the Victorian feel of dark, posh original detail, so the contrast was charming. We stayed only 2 nights but wished it could've been longer, even with the train ride needed to access most Boston attractions.
Two caveats: One. The owners do NOT offer breakfast (they are up-front about this), but it's not like you can just skip down the block to a Starbucks. Aside from a Domino's and an always-closed cafe at the 'T', there is NOWHERE to eat or even a bodega to buy milk or coffee at unless you walk a looong way (10+ blocks). Our flat had a fridge and coffee maker, but we had to make do with powdered creamer and then find breakfast once we were afoot. Given the lack of easily walkable amenities, I would urge the owners to provide a coffee set-up in the morning plus some pastries and fruit, even if only on a tray in the hallway.
Second caveat: In the ground-floor duplex unit we took, the downstairs bedroom was accessible only by a VERY narrow, steep, and winding iron spiral staircase: quaint, but quite perilous for anyone with orthopedic, visual or balance problems. The folks who run Fort Hill Inn, who were gracious and accommodating, would do well to make this clear in advance.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We rented an apartment at the Fort Hill Inn and found it to be comfortable, tastefully and thoughtfully arranged, well-stocked and a total delight. The little street on which we were located is charming and quiet and parking was easily available and convenient. We would come again.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We loved our stay at Fort Hill Inn! The house, our room, and proximity to the middle of Boston were perfect for us. We didn't have to pay the $200+/nt at the hotels and were still within minutes of everything. It is very conveniently located only ten minutes by subway to the center of everything. It is on a little hill and feels secluded from the hustle and bustle, the block its on made us feel transported to another time.

We stayed in the private room for three nights recently. This Victorian Inn is just lovely. It is overflowing with treasures (paintings, vases, sculptures, other little trinkets). Our bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The room was spotlessly clean. The bathroom was my favorite part - there was an abundance of towels, excellent toiletries (not the generic kind, but rather little items that make you feel they hand-picked them), and a claw foot tub! There were all these little touches like dried lavender in a little pot that just made us feel doted on. Lots of closet and drawer space as well as two chairs, a desk, and a flat screen TV. They have done a great job combining the old Victorian feel with modern amenities. I don't know how they fit everything in this room, but it all works together seamlessly.

There is also a binder with lots of information on Boston, along with personal recommendations. I had emailed Terry, the owner, prior to our stay and he provided very helpful feedback on our itinerary.

The only drawback is there aren't that many options for food and drink within walking distance. We ate a couple of our meals at Ashur Restaurant, an African/Middle Eastern restaurant within a minute's walk from the house. It caters to a very close-by mosque. The food here was decent, both in quality and price. There is also a Dominoes’. Aside from that, there was a closed cafe. We were told of a sushi place, a couple of Italian places, and a bar but didn't find them too attractive walking up and down one evening. But, it’s only a few minutes to other areas where there are plenty of options.

Also, they do have a cat on property. I am both allergic and afraid so I told them this upon arrival. They were extremely accommodating and kept her away during our stay. Only one time, I had a brush with her accidently and they were extremely apologetic. Definitely let them know if you have any issues and they will be extremely aware.

Overall, it was a little oasis, conveniently located minutes from the heart of Boston where you will feel pampered after a long day!

Room Tip: If you are looking to cook your own meals, they have full apartments.
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  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Mobile, AL
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed four nights at the Ft. Hill Inn in June 2012. Terry, our innkeeper, was very helpful and accommodating. Our room was clean and comfortable and very well stocked with just about anything you might need when traveling. The bed and linens were all high quality - a big deal for me. Our room was stocked with a mini fridge, microwave and Keurig coffee maker. The location is very quiet at night and we were able to sleep well. We didn't have a car, but I noticed that parking was free and on the street at the location. The T is only two or three blocks away.

In my opinion, the downside of this location is that we found no restaurants within walking distance that we wanted to go to. I was a little hesitant about the neighborhood at first, but we never had any problems of any sort. It seemed the neighborhood was at one time a nice middle class area, but has been in a decline; but all the neighbors we met along the way seemed nice and kept to themselves. To get to the inn from the T, you walk through a community college campus and it was pretty deserted during our stay since school was out for summer.

Overall, this was a great place to stay, especially when you consider the price of most of the other hotels in the area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Fort Hill Inn

Address: 3 Centre Place, Fort Hill, Boston, MA 02119
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Dorchester / Roxbury / Mattapan , Jamaica Plain / Mission Hill
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect hotel alternative, super value, on clean, comfy, guest rooms in a nicely cared for brick Victorian townhouse. Located in the quiet Boston residential Fort Hill neighborhood. Private rooms w/ private baths. On the Orange Line, just minutes to the Back Bay/South End/Downtown. Nicely appointed. No smoking. Can accommodate up to 2 guests, 3 night minimum. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Fort Hill Hotel Boston

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