The location of The Boston Newbury is fantastic - my friend and I tromped all over Boston, from Back Bay to North End, and had reliable options for making our way back to the apartment. The one bedroom suite we rented is on the top floor of this quaint walk-up, and the stairways are fairly steep and narrow (though carpeted). The bonus of our five-flight walk-up was the lack of noise from neighbors entering or leaving the building; we didn't hear any noise from inside the building during our stay. The lack of a landing outside the top floor apartment made for perilous entries; this unit is definitely not recommended for anyone with balance issues or other disabilities.
We had the opportunity to meet and chat with the housekeeping service; the cleaner was polite and friendly, and offered directions to the nearest T station. It appeared as though the apartment had been renovated relatively recently; the kitchen had nice marble counter-tops and everything we needed was clean and in working order. Don't try to close the large roller-top desk or use the drawers, however - they all seemed permanently stuck. Likewise, you'll quickly learn not to open the fridge door and leave it ajar, as it's not balanced well and will CRASH into the marble counter-top with a bang as you're reaching for a bottle of water. (Most importantly, the fridge *works*.)
There was a plain quilt in the storage cube in the living room, which we used to pad the sleeper sofa and make it more comfortable. You'll find extra pillows, sheets and blankets in the bedroom closet, though they're not the finest quality. (The blankets, in particular, have seen better days.)
The windows in the living/dining area appear to have been updated, and are better suited to minimizing street noise. That's especially true in comparison to the window in the bedroom, which overlooks Hereford St. The bedroom window is ancient and does a poor job of keeping out noise. There was a construction project less than a block away and the voices of the workers, as well as the machines, were distracting after a long day exploring the city. Bring earplugs if you''re a light sleeper.
Finally, don't expect to check in early! When we arrived, we called the customer service number we were provided when we booked our stay, and were surprised at the brusque, "What time is it?!" in response to our question about entering early. We were invited to leave our bags in the downstairs lobby, and ultimately decided to squirrel away our belongings in an unlocked storage room downstairs. We were able to retrieve our bags when we returned at check-in time, but found the storage room locked later in the day. If we'd left our bags any longer, we would have had a problem!
As with many apartment rentals, you won't have onsite service or regular maid service during your stay. We enjoyed the well-worn apartment and found it a good value for the money spent.
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