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“Poor value/No A/C in some rooms!” 1 of 5 stars
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463 Beacon Street Guest House
463 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115 (Back Bay)   |  
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Ranked #35 of 46 Boston B&B and Inns
Richmond, MA
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“Poor value/No A/C in some rooms!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I reserved a room for one night during the height of the heat wave. The front desk person I spoke with said they had one room left and it was on the fourth floor. For $150, I assumed that the room had air conditioning. I found out in my confirmation email that it didn't. Just a fan and a small window. Well, the outside temp. was almost 100, and it was like a blast furnace in the room. I put the fan on, and went out for the evening. Upon my return, the fan had been turned off, and the room was sweltering. I slept on a park bench on nearby Commonwealth Mall. It was much more comfortable than the bed, and about 30 degrees cooler! The only positive this place has going for it is its location. The accommodations are more like a hostel, and the cost should be just a fraction of what they charge.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is our second time staying at 463 Beacon. We love the location, as it is walkable to a great Chinese restaurant, an Irish pub, a mini-mart, Newbury Street and a subway station. You can also go for a stroll or jog along the river, and if travelling with kids let them run off some steam in a lovely little playground.

The main downside of this guest house is the lack of elevator. If you are travelling with a lot of luggage, then request a room at the basement, first or second (maximum) floor. We so wanted to stay here that we willingly lugged our large cases all the way up to a 5th floor loft room.

If you love Edwardian ambiance and want to be in a great location to explore Boston, this is a good place for you. If you want a very posh, cushy-luxurious accommodation, then it most likely won't fit your bill. Rooms are not sparkling new, but they are cleaned well. We've never had problems with noise. Most rooms have a sink/microwave area, and some have small kitchenettes - handy, if you plan to be in town longer than a few nights.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A converted large family home near downtown. Many homes on Beacon street have been converted to guest homes. The location is good near the T line . (2.5 blocks).
Trying to get a room during commencement week in Boston is a challenge of sorts. This was the only room available for us at close $265.00/night.
The rooms are quaint and full of heritage furniture and decorations. A large old fashioned bed, but for us mattress far too soft.
Amenities are just in the bathroom, which is clean and modern. Very thin walls separate your bathroom with the one of your neighbor. My wife thought I was talking to her which actually was the neighbour man in his bathroom.
Service is only on request . Towels were exchanged but the bed not made! not a big deal but it was unexpected.
We arrived late pm and were advised to enter with the assistance of a key drop box, as the desk closes around 20.00 hrs. Despite many tries we were unable to open the box. No matter how hard we tried. Lucky for us another established guest arrived who in turn let us in.
There is coffee in the morning. Our room at the back of the house was quiet. Beacon street itself is a busy and noisy street during the day.
There was no need for AC, although we noticed a portable AC set in the closet for summer times.

Room Tip: Try to get a room at the back of the place. No elevators, only stairs
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

$159 for a medium size room with bath. Pluses, set in grand Victorian townhouse that will have would be interior decorators imaging how gorgeous the rooms could be. Close to BU, Fenway, shopping on Newbury St. Minuses, no sound proofing, telephone, front desk from evening to 8am, maid service! Hair dryer, shampoo or other amenities. Some may find this a fair trade off, others will hate it.

Room Tip: Rooms at back might be quieter, some share baths so be forewarned and ask!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I do not understand the good reviews, however, I will also try to find some positives. I certainly don't need anything fancy. I am fine staying somewhere that has been maintained and is clean. 463 Guesthouse is neither. For starters, 463 Guesthouse had a four night minimum for the Boston Marathon weekend. Some of the nicer, better maintained guesthouses had a three night minimum. The room was dirty and needed SIGNIFICANT renovations. I had to wash the sink and countertop as the sink still had food residue from the previous guests. If they didn't clean the sink, how can I be sure that the staff changed the bedding. The room was dark and dingy with poor lighting, and it had some kind of plastic, drop ceiling. We had to practically beg the front desk for additional towels and toilet paper. Positives. The location is great at the west end of the Back Bay a few blocks from Mass Ave and Hynes Convention Center T Stop. The room, which had two beds, was reasonably cheaper than some of the guest houses at $750-ish for the four nights. If you're strapped for cash, or are a bunch of poor college kids looking for a "flop-house" in the Back Bay, this is probably the place.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed at 463 Beacon Street during a short visit to Boston en route to Maine (where I'm from). I was bringing my partner home to meet the fam for the first time and we wanted to have a few days of vacationing on our own before the family time. This place was a great find, and probably the highlight of our visit. It was a great location, within walking distance of everything- including dinner with some friends over near MIT, a Red Sox game, breakfast and coffee on Newbury Street and a walk along the river. We were in Room 50, on the top floor. The private balcony and view over Beacon Street made walking up all those stairs worth it! The staff were friendly and helpful with directions and suggestions. It felt like we really got a taste of living in the neighborhood, and we'd certainly stay here again!

  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Just finished another great stay at 463. My wife and I have been coming here once or twice a year for 15 years. Our first choice when in Boston--great price, great location, clean rooms, and service-oriented, friendly staff!

  • Stayed December 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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Address: 463 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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