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Quiet cozy apartment close to train & restaurants

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Boston
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

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mesonwoo
austin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Feels like home away from home.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 for a stay in May 2013
5
people found this review helpful

First off, let me preface this by saying that I rarely give 5 star reviews, but this property and owner earned every star!

For the short cliff's notes version of our stay, here are the pro's and con's:

PRO: Quiet, Cozy, Kitchen fully stocked with equipment, close to groceries, close to T (subway), just a short drive from everything, very accommodating host.

Cons: The same cozy architecture lends itself to creaky floorboards, street parking sometimes full. Spotty/slower internet, and basic cable.

Summary:
This was a trip for me, my parents, my sister, and my fiancee. We all stayed here at this property on the 2nd floor. We were in town for my graduation (Boston University) and wanted to all stay together for a week, enjoying the city and all it has to offer. We spend most of our time wandering the city and surrounding areas like martha's vinyard, etc.

We spend all nights sleeping at the property, and cooked all breakfasts', and two dinners at the flat. The place was very cozy, quaint, and cute, with older architecture that really gave it character. My fiancee loves older buildings with creaky wood floors and real wood everything...I also appreciate older buildings, as long as they don't come with the old building smells and problems. This one did not. It was nicely updated where it needed to be (i.e. bathroom and kitchen)

The thing I liked most about this place was the consideration by the owners to the details. I thought hospitality lay solely in the south where I'm from, but Olive does a great job of making sure the apartment is stocked with stuff travelers may need, but can't bring: iron, ironing board, kitchen with pots, pans, coffee maker, coffee grinder, dish-washing supplies, small cooler for picnics, ice packs in freezer, Tupperware, towels, fans. This all seems pretty standard, but you'd be surprised at how many places I've had to wear wrinkle bomb shirts all week because an iron wasn't supplied. So needless to say, it was nice to have those available.

The only con's like I mentioned above were very minor. The creaky floorboard...since we were on the second floor, there was a family renting above us on the third with a small child. The small child apparently liked to do somersaults and circus tricks across the length of the apartment. While it was noticeably loud, it was always at considerably appropriate times. We did not have a problem sleeping.

Also, the internet only worked in the back part of the apartment, and was extremely slow. This was not a big issue for our party, since we all had smart phones and cell reception was excellent there. If we wanted to look something up, we had the option of using our phone.

The television was kind of a mystery to us. There was a comcast cable box, which looked like it received all kinds of channels, but most of it was unavailable, leaving a handful of basic channels to watch. Again, this wasn't a big deal for us, since we didn't come on vacation to plop in front of the couch and watch tv. That being said, we did rent a movie from the local redbox and watch a movie on the tv w/ the dvd player supplied one night.

Overall, the ease at which we booked, arrived, and left gave us a positive trip experience we would never forget. We only met Olive one time at the front door, and she was so laid back and nice.

Oh, and street parking in front of the property was just fine for most of the week, but late at night on week days or late on weekends you might have to circle the block a few times to find a spot for your car...just be sure to keep an eye on parking signs.

Liked best: quiet neighborhood, convenience of location, considerate host
Liked least: creaky floorboards, spotty wifi internet
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Steve M
Armagh
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Perfect for a family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
2
people found this review helpful

Ok where to start. Firstly the area. Lovely quiet residential street. Nearby (5mins) south street has loads of restaurants, shops etc and there is a very handy (although a bit pricey) alternative store. The apartment is very clean and very well stocked with everything you may need. Good wi fi and tv with basic channels. Any questions we had were answered by olive and her partner who provided good local info and recommendations. The T is about ten mins walk away. The perfect base to explore Boston and $18 for a charliecard will take you wherever you want to go in the city for a whole week. Overall wonderful. The second bedroom took our three kids great with loads of room to spare. Good storage for luggage.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Location
Liked least: Genuinely nothing to report
Traveling group: Teenagers
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CoffeeInTheMorning
ME
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 for a stay in March 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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infoman1
Buenos Aires
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great place, close to subway, excellent stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
1
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We stayed during 4 days in early October. We were two couples with a 20 month baby.
We found everything as advertised and pictures are real. Totally equipped with all we needed.
Close to subway, 15' minutes to downtown. Grocery shopping nearby. Free parking on the street.
I'll surely rent it again if I travel to Boston.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Confortable appartment very close to downtown
Liked least: Everything OK; no complaints.
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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3beautygirls
Ontario
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012 for a stay in August 2012
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5 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
4 of 5 stars Location 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 4 of 5 stars Service
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loveydove...
Halesowen, United Kingdom
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“Great place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011 for a stay in September 2011
2
people found this review helpful

We were touring New England with two friends and spent 3 nights in this Boston appartment
The apartment was large and spacious and was well equipped with all you needed to make your stay comfortable.
Its location in a suburb of Boston was great for getting into the city centre taking about 15min by the subway with a 10 minute walk through a tree lined walkway to the station, no need for a car
If you wanted to self cater the kitchen and dining room were equipped with all you required and there were local shops within easy walking distance for your provisions
If you wanted to dine out local to the apartment ,there were a number of local bars and eating places
Olive the owner was great and very helpful ,
In summary, the apartment was ideal and we would recommend it to anyone

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Comfy beds
Traveling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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